James Mercer's band The Shins began as a side project of his then primary group, Flake Music. The Albuquerque, New Mexico band was more collaborative than The Shins, and was active for much of the 1990's. They only released one full-length album, When You Land Here It's Time To Return, in 1997. Because of the success of The Shins (and another Mercer project, Broken Bells), interest remains high in Flake Music. The album's songs, remixed and reissued now on the Sub Pop label, are enjoyable guitar-based indie pop.
Blind Boys of Alabama formed in 1944, and have stated that their goal is to "spiritually uplift audiences." They have released many records over the years, and Talkin' Christmas is not their first Christmas album. It is, however, the first to feature collaborator Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal has been putting his unique stamp on blues and world music for nearly 50 years. In Talkin' Christmas the singers and musicians have created a special blend of gospel and R&B for the season.
La Isla Bonita is the twelfth full-length album from Deerhoof, a band that formed in San Francisco in 1994. In that twenty year span, Deerhoof have produced and managed themselves, creating an avant-garde pop sound that can be equally challenging and intriguing. Japanese-born Satomi Matsuzaki is the band's distinctive vocalist. Inspired by the high energy, to-the-point style of the Ramones, Deerhoof reportedly recorded La Isla Bonita live in the basement of guitarist Ed Rodriguez in a "weeklong sleepover".
Pieta Brown, along with Bo Ramsey on electric guitar, stopped by IPR's Cedar Falls studios on Dec. 8. The set list included songs from the new album Paradise Outlaw. The live set was in advance of her Dec. 12 show at Des Moines' Temple for the Performing Arts, a night of music that will also feature The Pines, and is being presented by Iowa Public Radio Studio One. Enjoy this wonderful live performance!
Listen to the podcast to find out more about Switchback's latest album, Kanoka.
For over two decades, the musical partnership of Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack, known as Switchback, has been entertaining audiences around the world with their unique American Roots ~ Celtic Soul blend of music.
Ariel Pink is the stage name of Ariel Marcus Rosenberg, a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter and producer based in Los Angeles. He studied visual art for a time at the California Institute of the Arts, and has been writing songs for most of his life. He began making lo-fi recording of his songs in the mid-1990's, and has recorded over 500 songs since then, most of them unreleased commercially. The new album PomPom is an entertaining mix of accessible pop songs and Frank Zappa style eccentricity.
Based in Central Iowa, Unknown Component is the project of multi-instrumentalist and producer Keith Lynch. Unknown Component made a return visit to Studio One on Dec. 4, playing songs from the brand new release Arbitrary Ambiguity and more. With a couple of guitars, a laptop and a few other pieces of gear, Lynch produced the full sound of Unknown Component. You can listen right here!
Bob Dylan gave producer T Bone Burnett a batch of his lyrics written circa 1967. Burnett gathered Elvis Costello, Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons) and Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops) to write music for those lyrics. The musicians (calling themselves The New Basement Tapes) recorded an album in Los Angeles, and titled it Lost On The River. The songs harken back to Dylan and The Band's storied Basement Tapes, but are also fascinating songs in their own right from this unique group.
There is something about good music that just gets me, and for as long as I can remember I have always connected through music.
It was four years ago that I hosted my first show on IPR’s Studio One. It was on a Sunday night after the Thanksgiving holiday, and coincidently my last show falls during that same time of the year. I am grateful to have had the opportunity on Studio One to share my love of music with other fellow music aficionados throughout the state of Iowa.
On Nov. 20, Studio One partnered with The Des Moines Social Club to broadcast a live set from The Basement at the DMSC. Christopher The Conquered was in fine form, playing for an appreciative hometown audience just days before leaving for a month-long tour in Italy. We were treated to songs from the forthcoming record I'm Giving Up On Rock And Roll and more. You can listen right here!
Seeds is the fifth full-length album from TV On The Radio. The band formed in Brooklyn, NY in 2001 and have retained the same line-up for most of their career. Seeds is the first album from the group since the death (from cancer) of bassist Gerard Smith in 2011.
It's a combination of new and old shows this afternoon. Hours #1 & 3 originally aired 12/15/12. Hour #2 is brand new for today and features Des Moines area listener Russ Richardson's vinyl LP collection from the early 80s.
On November 18, the Iowa City band The Sapwoods returned to Studio One for a live performance. Their second album, Peaks And Valleys, was released this past summer. The Sapwoods are preparing for a Midwest tour beginning in January, and one of their gigs before a break for the holidays happened in our Cedar Falls studios. The tight five-piece group was in fine form for this set. Have a listen!