CD of the Week http://iowapublicradio.org en CD of the Week from Spanish Gold http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-spanish-gold <p></p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 43193 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from Spanish Gold CD of the Week from The River Monks http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-river-monks <p></p><p>The Des Moines-based band The River Monks formed in 2010 with founding members Ryan Stier, Nicholas Frampton&nbsp;and Joel Gettys. &nbsp;Current members also include Drew Rauch, Mallory Heggen and Tommy Boynton. &nbsp;Their second album,&nbsp;<em>Home Is The House</em> could aptly be summed up by a phrase they have used to describe their sound: &nbsp;"wistful harmonious megafolk." &nbsp;The River Monks combine beautiful vocal harmonies, intriguing songwriting and creative use of traditional folk instrumentation on the new album. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>http://youtu.be/1_czyyyWgjE</p> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 42910 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from The River Monks Jolie Holland's 'Wine Dark Sea' Influenced by Many Art Forms http://iowapublicradio.org/post/jolie-hollands-wine-dark-sea-influenced-many-art-forms <p></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:32:00 +0000 Clay Masters 42634 at http://iowapublicradio.org Jolie Holland's 'Wine Dark Sea' Influenced by Many Art Forms CD of the Week from Jolie Holland http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-jolie-holland <p></p><p>Singer-songwriter Jolie Holland was born in Houston, Texas, and has also lived in San Francisco and Vancouver, where she was one of the founding members of The Be Good Tanyas. &nbsp;In her solo work, she has drawn inspiration from different genres of roots music to create her own unique sound. &nbsp;Holland's fifth studio album, <em>Wine Dark Sea,&nbsp;</em>blends&nbsp;elements of folk, blues, R&amp;B, and vocal jazz to great effect. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>http://youtu.be/4AOJbhgct8w</p> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 42539 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from Jolie Holland CD of the Week from tUnE-yArDs http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-tune-yards <p></p><p>The music of&nbsp;tUnE-yArDs is filled to the brim with interesting audio ideas and sounds, as befits a band that spells its name in such a quirky, stylistic fashion. &nbsp;tUnE-yArDs&nbsp;is the project of New England native Merrill Garbus in collaboration with bassist and frequent co-writer Nate Brenner. &nbsp;Garbus&nbsp;went to Haiti to study drumming, bringing some intricate polyrhythms to the band's third full-length album, <em>Nikki Nack. &nbsp;</em>The new record is as creative and vibrant as past tUnE-yArDs&nbsp;releases have been, yet more accessible this time out.</p> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 42193 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from tUnE-yArDs CD of the Week from Conor Oberst http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-conor-oberst <p></p> Sun, 08 Jun 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 41734 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from Conor Oberst CD of the Week from La Sera http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-la-sera <p></p><p>Katy Goodman was the bassist in the Brooklyn-based punk trio Vivian Girls. That band called it quits earlier this year, making it possible for Goodman to devote all her attention to La Sera, the side project she had started in 2009. &nbsp;A variety of different players have joined her for each La Sera album. &nbsp;<i>Hour of the Dawn</i> is the third full-length release, showcasing Goodman's songwriting and very appealing indie garage-pop sound.</p> Sun, 01 Jun 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 41486 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from La Sera CD of the Week from Woods http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-woods <p>The story of the band Woods follows a path that is not uncommon for some notable 21st Century bands. &nbsp;Songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Jeremy Earl was in another band (Brooklyn's Meneguar), and began Woods as a side project in 2005. &nbsp;He released his lo-fi music on cassette in the beginning. &nbsp;Woods developed into a full-fledged four-piece band, with more refinement and better production on each new album. &nbsp;The band releases their work on the Brooklyn label Woodsist, which Earl runs. Sun, 25 May 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 41127 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from Woods CD of the Week from Thee Oh Sees http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-thee-oh-sees-0 <p>Thee Oh Sees began as guitarist and vocalist John Dwyer's side project, eventually evolving into a full band with various personnel changes along the way. &nbsp;Dwyer relocated from Providence, Rhode Island to California in the late 1990's. &nbsp;He became active in the San Francisco indie rock scene, playing in several bands, and releasing&nbsp;his experimental home recordings under names like Orinoka Crash Suite, OCS and Orange County Sound. &nbsp;Since 2008, the name has been Thee Oh Sees. &nbsp;</p><p>http://youtu.be/vjy2kjx4J0w</p> Sun, 11 May 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 40408 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from Thee Oh Sees CD of the Week from Wye Oak http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-wye-oak <p>The Wye Oak was the honorary Maryland state tree, believed to have been over 460 years old before it went down in a thunderstorm in 2002. &nbsp;Perhaps aspiring to the awesomeness of their namesake, the band Wye Oak formed in Baltimore in 2006 (originally calling themselves Monarch). &nbsp;Jenn Wasner&nbsp;is the vocalist and guitarist. &nbsp;Andy Stack is the drummer and keyboard player, and adds backup vocals. &nbsp;On their fourth full-length record,&nbsp;<em>Shriek</em>, the duo feature more synths and drum machines, and less guitars. Sun, 04 May 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 40069 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from Wye Oak CD of the Week from Mac DeMarco http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-mac-demarco <p>Mac DeMarco&nbsp;is a Canadian songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. &nbsp;Born in British Columbia (and living in Brooklyn since last year), DeMarco has been making music since 2008, self-releasing a series of albums under the name Makeout Videotape. &nbsp;In 2011 he signed with the Captured Tracks label and began releasing his music as Mac DeMarco. &nbsp;<em>Salad Days</em> is his second full-length record. &nbsp;The tracks have a definite home-made, deliberately paced feel, yet his sound is tuneful and accessible. Sun, 27 Apr 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 39714 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from Mac DeMarco CD of the Week from Future Islands http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-future-islands <p>In the great tradition of art school bands (mainly in England, but Talking Heads also come to mind), the members of Future Islands started playing music together while they were art students at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, approximately a decade ago. &nbsp;There have been personnel changes along the way, and a move to Baltimore. &nbsp;Then came the release of the first Future Islands full-length album in 2008, establishing the New Wave-inspired synthpop&nbsp;sound they have been refining ever since. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 39294 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from Future Islands CD of the Week from Tacocat http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-tacocat <p></p><p>Arriving a bit early to be a summertime record, Tacocat's&nbsp;second album <i>NVM</i>‚Äč can certainly fit the bill as a fun, fun, fun springtime record! &nbsp;Emerging out of the Pacific Northwest and based in Seattle, the female-fronted (Emily Nokes on &nbsp;lead vocals, Lelah Maupin&nbsp;on drums, Bree McKenna on bass, lone male Eric Randall on guitar), Tacocat&nbsp;deliver with short, punchy power pop songs and sweet harmonies.</p><p>http://youtu.be/DFH1BBdxGjw</p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 39010 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from Tacocat CD of the Week from The War On Drugs http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-war-drugs <p>The War On Drugs formed in Philadelphia in 2005, with founding members Adam Granduciel and Kurt Vile. &nbsp;Vile left for a solo career following the release of The War On Drugs' debut album in 2008, and the band has included a few other members over the years, with songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Granduciel&nbsp;the only constant. &nbsp;The new record,&nbsp;<em>Lost In The Dream</em>, is the third full-length release for The War On Drugs, furthering the band's appealing blend of indie-rock and classic rock.</p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 38601 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from The War On Drugs CD of the Week from Black Lips http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-black-lips <p>Black Lips formed in 1999 in Dunwoody, Georgia, a northern suburb of Atlanta, while founding members Cole Alexander (guitar) and Jared Swilley (bass) were still in high school. &nbsp;Drummer Joe Bradley joined a few months later, and lead guitarist Ian Saint Pe' joined in 2004. &nbsp;After releasing records for other labels, Black Lips signed with Vice Records in 2007, releasing their new <em>Underneath The Rainbow</em>&nbsp;on that label. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 38272 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from Black Lips CD of the Week and Live Broadcast from Twins http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-and-live-broadcast-twins <p>The Waterloo, Iowa band Twins are about to release the &nbsp;follow-up to their 2012 album,&nbsp;<em>Funny Faces. &nbsp;</em>The new record,&nbsp;<em>Tomboys On Parade,&nbsp;</em>was self-produced by the band at Jealous Dog Studios in Cedar Falls, with Al Eacret engineering the recording sessions. &nbsp;Eacret mixed the album along with Twins lead vocalist and guitarist, Joel Sires. &nbsp;The line-up of Twins also includes Luke Sires on drums, Harper Sires on guitar and Devin Ferguson on bass. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 03:44:56 +0000 Mark Simmet 38000 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from St. Vincent http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-st-vincent <p>Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent, began her career as a member of The Polyphonic Spree. &nbsp;She formed her own band in 2006, and released her debut album the following year. &nbsp;After a couple more full-length records, she collaborated with David Byrne on&nbsp;<em>Love This Giant.</em>&nbsp; Byrne and St. Vincent toured together, wowing the crowd at last year's 80/35 Festival with a tight and celebratory show. &nbsp;The new album,&nbsp;<em>St. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 37487 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from St. Vincent CD of the Week from Broken Bells http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-broken-bells <p></p><p>James Mercer is the lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter in The Shins. &nbsp;Brian Burton (also known as Danger Mouse) is the artist and producer with many notable projects on his resume. &nbsp;With their band Broken Bells, the two artists combine their considerable musical credibility with great success. &nbsp;The second full-length Broken Bells album is&nbsp;<em>After The Disco. &nbsp;</em>For the new record, the band's atmospheric&nbsp;synth pop is augmented by a four-piece choir and seventeen-piece string orchestra.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:45:01 +0000 Mark Simmet 37324 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from Broken Bells CD of The Week from Low http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-low <p><em>The Invisible Way</em> is the tenth album from the Duluth, MN trio Low.&nbsp; Low's guitarist and vocalist Alan Sparhawk tells the story of how the new record came together:&nbsp; "While driving through Chicago, on tour, we stopped finally to visit Wilco at their studio, The Loft....It's a great place- a sea of instruments in a relaxed, open working environment."&nbsp; Wilco's Jeff Tweedy agreed to produce the new Low album.&nbsp; "He spoke a language we understood, but then took us effortlessly into the mystery," according to Sparhawk.</p><p></p> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 20:11:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 18289 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of The Week from Low