Mark Simmet

Studio One Host

Senior Producer Mark Simmet began working at KUNI over 20 years ago.  In that time he has produced and hosted a long-running daily jazz program, as well as weekly blues and world music programs.  Mark also was a fill-in/substitute folk music host.  He has spent many years perfecting IPR's unique blend of musical styles as the host and producer of Studio One.  Mark also reviews all new submissions to IPR’s Studio One library, deciding on CD of The Week artists and maintaining reporting of music aired to record companies, promoters and trade publications.

Mark has a Bachelor’s Degree in Art from St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, and finds that his creative skills are very applicable to his work sculpting Studio One.

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IPR/Tony Dehner

Check out the rest of the semi-finalists! Click here for a list of performances that have been posted, and tune in to IPR's Studio One when we announce Finalists, May 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Holly and the Night Owls

Check out the rest of the semi-finalists! Click here for a list of performances that have been posted, and tune in to IPR's Studio One when we announce the Finalists, May 22 at 7:30 p.m

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Ghost On Ghost is the fifth release from singer-songwriter Sam Beam, recording and performing under the name Iron And Wine.  The album was produced by Beam's longtime associate Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Califone, Fruit Bats) and follows 2011's Kiss Each Other Clean.  For Ghost On Ghost, Beam sought to move from what he called the "anxious tension" of his previous two records.  "This record felt like a reward to myself after the way I went about making the last few," he says.

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The Envy Corps' indie quasi-anthems, filled with galvanizing arrangements and elasticized melodies have garnered the Des Moines band the affection of the Midwest, and fans internationally.  The band stopped by the IPR Cedar Falls studios on September 8, 2011.  Tune in to hear a set recorded that night on the Thursday, April 25 edition of Studio One, in the 7:00 pm hour.

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The Black Angels are a neo-psychedelic band from Austin, TX, re-creating a heavy, reverb-laden 1960's inspired brand of psychedelia.  After all, Austin was the home of Roky Erickson and his band The 13th Floor Elevators back in the original heyday of this music.  The Black Angels have been very consistent in their sound on their records, but they also continue to refine their approach on their fourth full-length release, Indigo Meadow.

  

Christopher The Conquered

Christopher The Conquered has always been the primary outlet for the musical explorations of Iowa songwriter Chris Ford, but The Fate Of A Good Man marks an important moment in the evolution of the project, as it is the first album to feature a full band, with Ford staying seated at the piano.  He's backed by The Black Gold Brass Band, with songs arranged to rise and fall with the energy of the five-piece horn section.  Joining them is a rhythm section of bass, drums, guitar and Ford's keys.  The full band performed live in IPR's Cedar Falls studios on June 27, 2012.  Tune in for a

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Wavves is the project of San Diego's Nathan Williams.  From the beginning, Williams made the most of D.I.Y. bedroom recording methods and accidental recording techniques.  Wavves has become more polished on the fourth full-length record, Afraid Of Heights.  Williams created the record with Stephen Pope and producer John Hill, drawing on 1990's grunge, pop-punk and alternative rock influences.

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Devendra Banhart was born in Houston, Texas, raised by his mother in Venezuela, and later moved to California as a teenager.He studied visual art at the San Francisco Art Institute, but dropped out to perform music in Europe, San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Banhart released his debut album in 2002.  On his latest record, Mala, he explores different genres, his musical experiments unified by his always interesting songwriting. 

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Bonne Finken's remarkably versatile voice allows her to transcend genres effortlessly.  One moment, the Iowan is melting your heart with a classic soul-inspired ballad.  The next, she's making your heart race with a take-no-prisoners approach to a slice of driving, R&B-tinged pop.  Join us for a live set from Bonne Finken and The Collective, recorded in IPR's Cedar Falls studios on November 15, 2011.  Tune in Thursday, April 11 in the 7:00 pm hour of Studio One.

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Hailing from a horse farm along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, Iowa singer-songwriter William Elliott Whitmore has developed an intense love and spiritual understanding of the land, which he conveys through all of his records.  Whitmore stopped by the IPR Cedar Falls studios on July 11, 2012, playing and singing for a very appreciative audience.  We'll feature a set from that performance in the first hour of the Thursday, April 4 edition of Studio One.

CD of The Week from Low

Mar 31, 2013
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The Invisible Way is the tenth album from the Duluth, MN trio Low.  Low's guitarist and vocalist Alan Sparhawk tells the story of how the new record came together:  "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."  Wilco's Jeff Tweedy agreed to produce the new Low album.  "He spoke a language we understood, but then took us effortlessly into the mystery," according to Sparhawk.

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Richard Thompson is an accomplished songwriter and interpreter of other artist's songs.  He's also a fine vocalist and guitarist, concentrating on the acoustic guitar in recent years.  For his new record, Thompson has returned to the electric guitar, underlining that fact by titled the album Electric.  He does play acoustic guitar as well on the new release, but even on the quieter tracks a certain energy comes through.  Buddy Miller, acting as producer, and recording Thompson in his Nashville home studio, has a lot to do with that.  Electric features eleven tracks, all o

Mark Simmet hosts, with more from our CD of The Week, Holy Fire by the UK band Foals.  Also, new music from Richard Thompson, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down and David Bowie.

Mark Simmet hosts, with new music from David Bowie, Devendra Banhart, Johnny Marr, Steve Earle & The Dukes (and Duchesses) and Low.  Also, more from our CD of The Week, Holy Fire by Foals.

Mark Simmet hosts, with new music from Foxygen, Robyn Hitchcock, Son Volt and The Waterboys. Also, more from our CD of The Week, Hummingbird by Local Natives.

Mark Simmet hosts, with new music from Robyn Hitchcock, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Harper Simon and Iceage. Also, more from our CD of The Week, Hummingbird by Local Natives. Plus, the Canadian band Rah Rah recorded by IPR in our Cedar Falls studios.

Mark Simmet hosts, with new music from The Waterboys, Bjork, Shout Out Louds and Woodpigeon. Also, more from our CD of the Week, Hummingbird by Local Natives.

Mark Simmet hosts, with new music from Frightened Rabbit, Charles Bradley, The Slide Brothers and Harper Simon. Plus, more from our CD of The Week, We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace And Magic by Foxygen.

Mark Simmet hosts tonight, with new music from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Foals and The James Hunter Six. Also, more from our CD of The Week, We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace And Magic by the band Foxygen.

Tonight, host Mark Simmet has a live set from William Elliott Whitmore, recorded in our IPR Cedar Falls studios last July. Also, music from this coming Saturday's Blues Blowout performers, Ana Popovic and Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials.

Mark Simmet hosts, with new music from Nightlands, Buddy Guy and Dr. Dog. Also, more from our CD of The Week, Beta Love by Ra Ra Riot.

Mark Simmet hosts tonight with new music from Richard Thompson, They Might Be Giants and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Plus, tracks from our CD of the Week, Beta Love by Ra Ra Riot.

Tonight, Mark Simmet has more from our CD of the Week, Hung At Heart by The Growlers. Also, new music from Crystal Castles, The Joy Formidable and Neil Young & Crazy Horse. Plus, a live set from Christopher The Conquered, recorded by IPR in our Cedar Falls studios.

Mark Simmet hosts, with new music from Foxygen, Trixie Whitley and Toro Y Moi. Also, more from our CD of the Week, Hung At Heart by the California-based band The Growlers.

Join host Mark Simmet tonight for new music from Richard Thompson, Crystal Castles and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Also, selections from our CD of The Week, Hung At Heart by The Growlers.

Join host Mark Simmet for selections from our CD of The Week, Hung At Heart by The Growlers. Also, new music from Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale, the Iowa band Fire Sale, Ra Ra Riot and Thorcraft Cobra.

Mark Simmet hosts, with new music tonight from Parquet Courts, Free Energy, Duck Duck Punch and Yo La Tengo. Also, more from our CD of The Week, Medicine by Pop Levi. Plus, classic tracks from Graham Parker, Neil Young and Big Star.

Mark Simmet hosts, with new music tonight from Bat For Lashes, Memory Tapes and alt-J. Also, more from our CD of The Week, Medicine by British musician Pop Levi.

Join host Mark Simmet tonight for new music from Martha Wainwright, Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale, and Christopher Owens, formerly of the San Francisco band Girls. Also, more from our CD of the Week, Medicine by Pop Levi.

Mark Simmet hosts, with new music from Yo La Tengo, Camper Van Beethoven and Matisyahu. Also, selections from our CD of the Week, Medicine by Pop Levi.

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