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 Mark Simmet will be hosting Minneapolis singer/songwriter Caroline Smith for a live performance in the Cedar Falls studios of Iowa Public Radio on Tuesday night, Feb. 18.  Smith and her band the Good Night Sleeps released their debut full length album in 2008, describing their music as "folk with an indie twist."  Two more records followed, and last fall Smith released her latest album, Half About Being A Woman.  Her sound now has an irresistible neo-soul, R&B feel.  

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  Be listening for Iowa Public Radio exclusive live recordings of one of the original British Invasion bands, The Zombies, from their very well-received show last September at the Ames City Auditorium.  The performance was a highlight of last year's Maximum Ames Music Festival.  The Zombies, including founding members Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent, are known for such classic hits as "She's Not There" and "Time Of The Season."  The band runs through all of their hits, plus album tracks old and new, and hits that Argent had apart from The Zombies.

Dum Dum Girls is began as Dee Dee's (Kirstin Gundred) bedroom recording project, and she remains the main force in the band.  In fact, for the third full-length album Too True, Dee Dee plays and sings nearly everything herself.  Dum Dum Girls began in Los Angeles in 2008, with the name inspired by an album by The Vaselines titled Dum Dum, and also by Iggy Pop's song "Dum Dum Boys".  Too True expands on the noisy and romantic guitar pop sound of Dum Dum Girls.

This week's medley was suggested by Cedar Rapids listener Matt Brandt

THE BEATLES-YOU'VE GOT TO HIDE YOUR LOVE AWAY/THINGS WE SAID TODAY

GEORGE HARRISON-WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS

RINGO STARR-IT DON'T COME EASY

JOHN LENNON-INSTANT KARMA

WINGS-JUNIOR'S FARM

GEORGE HARRISON-IF NOT FOR YOU

RINGO STARR-MATCH BOX

BEATLES-FLYING (ECERPT)

Blue Avenue February 9

Feb 9, 2014

All six nominees for the 2014 Blues Music Award in the Best New Artist Debut category, new releases from John Hammond, Billy Branch and Iowa Blues Hall of Famer Patrick Hazell, plus exclusive IPR recordings of Eric Gales.

WILLIAM CLARKE-BLOWIN' THE FAMILY JEWELS (EXCERPT)

ADRIANNA MARIE & HER GROOVECUTTERS-HANDS OFF

PAUL GABRIEL-ALL THAT TIME GONE

GRACIE CURRAN & THE HIGH FALUTIN BAND-CAN'T GETTA

VALERIE JUNE-YOU CAN'T BE TOLD

SHAWN HOLT & THE TEARDROPS-PLEASE DON'T DOG ME

CLAY SWAFFORD-YOU BETTER WATCH YOURSELF

Backtracks February 8

Feb 8, 2014

It's a 3-fers edition of the show, three songs from each of the featured artists.

VARIOUS ARTISTS-OPENING COLLAGE OF THE SHOW

PETE SEEGER-WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE/TURN TURN TURN/LITTLE BOXES

THE EVERLY BROS-DEVOTED TO YOU/WHEN WILL I BE LOVED/IT'S ALL OVER

JOHNNY RIVERS-WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE/SEVENTH SON/SECRET AGENT MAN

LONNIE MACK-WHAM (EXCERPT)

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STEVIE WONDER-I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER/UP TIGHT/HEY LOVE

THE KNICKERBOCKERS-LIES/ONE TRACK MIND/HIGH ON LOVE

CLASSICS IV-SPOOKY/STORMY/SUNNY

Stephen Malkmus was the influential songwriter and singer in Pavement.  When that group went on hiatus in 1999, Malkmus formed the Jicks.  Current members of The Jicks include Mike Clark, Joanna Bolme and Jake Morris.  The new Wig Out at Jagbags​ is the sixth Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks album, with Malkmus' distinctive wordplay and jam/punk guitar style prominent.

Blue Avenue February 2

Feb 2, 2014

Music from all 5 nominees for the 2014 Blues Music Award in the Rock Blues Album of the Year category, some 90s blues from Johnny Winter and Willie Murphy, plus exclusive IPR recordings of New York guitar player Chris Beard at the 2012 Bluesmore celebration in Cedar Rapids.

WILLIAM CLARKE-BLOWIN' THE FAMILY JEWELS (EXCERPT)

TEDESCHI/TRUCKS BAND-MADE UP MIND

THE RIDES-DON'T WANT LIES

TORONZO CANNON-I'VE BEEN DOING FINE

WALTER TROUT-BIG CITY

MIKE ZITO-THE ROAD NEVER ENDS

TINSLEY ELLIS-SASSY STRAT (EXCERPT)

Backtracks February 1

Feb 1, 2014

50s rockabilly, a few tracks from The Beatles Live on the BBC vol. 2 and lots and lots of leftover Listener Picks from last week's live requestfest!

VARIOUS ARTISTS-OPENING COLLAGE OF SONGS

JOHNNY BURNETTE & THE ROCK AND ROLL TRIO-HONEY HUSH

DON WOODY-BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE

JOHNNY HORTON-I'M COMING HOME

GUY MITCHELL-ROCKABILLY

CARL PERKINS-JIVE AFTER FIVE

THE BEATLES-LEND ME YOUR COMB/SURE TO FALL/HONEY DON'T

BRIAN POOLE & THE TREMELOES-TWISTIN' THE NIGHT AWAY/THINGS/RETURN TO SENDER

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The Comfort Kings stopped by Iowa Public Radio's Cedar Falls studios for a live set on Jan. 16.  The band is a part of the latest resurgence in bands with strong roots in folk music forms.  In recent years, bands like Mumford and Sons, Old Crow Medicine Show, Carolina Chocolate Drops, the Civil Wars, the Avett Brothers, Bon Iver and the Lumineers have been bringing traditional acoustic sounds to receptive listeners.  

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Singer/songwriter Damien Jurado has been recording music in his hometown of Seattle since the mid-1990s. 

  He began by releasing his lo-fi folk recordings on cassette.  Over the years Jurado has added more production and sonic techniques to his sound, all the while retaining the acoustic core of his music.  Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son offers an invitation to the listener to interpret the religious themes of the record.

This week's medley was suggested by Rebecca Raw from Solon IA

THE BEATLES-HER MAJESTY

THE TRAVELING WILBURY'S-HANDLE WITH CARE/END OF THE LINE

THE BEATLES-FOR YOU BLUE

PAUL MC CARTNEY-THAT WOULD BE SOMETHING/DANCE TONIGHT

THE BEATLES-BLACKBIRD

JOHN LENNON-IMAGINE/MOTHER

THE BEATLES-NORWEIGAN WOOD

THE BEATLES-FLAYING (EXCERPT)

Blue Avenue January 26

Jan 26, 2014

Music from all 5 of The Blues Foundation's nominees for Traditional Blues Album of the Year, plus an interview segment with The Lamont Cranston Band's leader Pat Hayes and exclusive IPR recordings of Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Fest in Davenport

WILLIAM CLARKE-BLOWIN' THE FAMILY JEWELS (EXCERPT)

LURRIE BELL-BLUES NEVER DIE

JAMES HARMAN-CRAZY MIXED UP WORLD

BARRELHOUSE CHUCK & KIM WILSON-I'M LEAVING YOU

THE CASH BOX KINGS-RUN, RUN, RUN

BARRELHOUSE CHUCK & KIM WILSON-K & C BOOGIE (EXCERPT)

Backtracks January 25

Jan 25, 2014

The monthly Listener Picks show!

VARIOUS ARTISTS-OPENING COLLAGE OF SONGS

THE EVERLY BROS-MUSKRAT

THE JAYNETTES-SALLY GO ROUND THE ROSES

PAUL SIMON-KODACHROME

JACKIE DE SHANNON-WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM

THE SEARCHERS-WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM

CREAM-SITTING ON TOP OF THE WORLD

THE AMBOY DUKES-JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE MIND

THE RUMBLERS-BOSS (EXCERPT)

LINDA RONSTADT-WHEN WILL I BE LOVED/WILLIN'

BOB DYLAN & THE BAND-LIKE A ROLLING STONE

JOE COCKER-WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS

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For their new record Foreverly, Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong, and his partner for this project Norah Jones, respectfully offer their own versions of all twelve tracks from the Everly Brothers 1958 album Songs Our Daddy Taught Us.  They honor the spirit and the fine harmonies of Phil and Don on this project, released just a few weeks before the January 3rd passing of Phil Everly.

This week's Medley was picked out by Iowa City listener Jim McKean with the theme"Night & Day With The Beatles"

PAUL MC CARTNEY & WINGS-DAYTIME NIGHTIME SUFFERING

THE BEATLES-DAY TRIPPER/THE NIGHT BEFORE/GOOD DAY SUNSHINE

JOHN LENNON-WHATEVER GETS YOU THRU THE NIGHT

THE BEATLES-8 DAYS A WEEK

PAUL MC CARTNEY & WINGS-GOODNIGHT TONIGHT

GEORGE HARRISON-THE DAY THE WORLD GETS ROUND

THE BEATLES-A HARD DAYS NIGHT

THE BEATLES-CRY FOR A SHADOW (EXCERPT)

Blue Avenue January 19

Jan 19, 2014

The first leg of this week's trip down The Avenue surveys the nominees for the Blues Foundation's Blues Music Award in the Contemporary Blues Album of the Year category, part two gives us some recent releases that came in during the last month and at 6:00 o'clock, exclusive IPR recordings of the last show EVAH by Iowa City's Kevin Burt & The Instigators

WILLIAM CLARKE-BLOWIN' THE FAMILY JEWELS (EXCERPT)

BEN HARPER & CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE-I'M IN I'M OUT AND I'M GONE

BRANDON SANTINI-THIS TIME ANOTHER YEAR

BUDDY GUY-BEST IN TOWN

Backtracks January 18

Jan 18, 2014

A two hour tour through my 45 rpm REKKID collection. As always, pops and scratches at no extra charge!

VARIOUS ARTISTS-OPENING COLLAGE OF SONGS

THE BIG BOPPER-BIG BOPPER'S WEDDING

HUEY SMITH AND THE CLOWNS-JUST A LONELY CLOWN

JOHNNY CASH-ALL OVER AGAIN

ROY HAMILTON-DON'T LET GO

ELVIS PRESLEY-NEW ORLEANS

ELVIS PRESLEY-LOVER DOLL

BOBBY DARIN-MACK THE KNIFE

SAM COOKE-THAT'S ALL I NEED TO KNOW

CHUBBY CHECKER-DANCIN' PARTY

DEL SHANNON-LITTLE TOWN FLIRT

THE MARKETTS-OUT OF LIMITS (EXCERPT)

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Kevin B.F. Burt

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host,Ben Kieffer chats with Iowa native and Blues legend, Kevin B.F. Burt.

Listen and download the podcast to find out more about his famous Iowa Blues music.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer  will chat with JD Eicher and his band, JD Eicher & the Goodnights.

Listen and download the podcast to find out more about their latest album Into Place.

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Give The People What They Want is the fifth album from soul and funk revivalists Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings.  Sharon Jones was born in Augusta, Georgia, but moved to New York at an early age.  A professional singer for many years, she found breakthrough success in middle age with the Dap-Kings.  The group's heartfelt devotion to soul music is apparent on this eagerly-awaited new album, as it has been throughout their career on Brooklyn's Daptone Records.

Chad Elliott
Chad Elliott

On this episode IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," Ben Kieffer chats with Iowa native and country artist,  Chad Elliott.

Listen and download the podcast to find out more about his recent album, So Sang the Crow.

Susan Werner
Susan Werner

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host,  Ben Kieffer will chat with Iowa roots artist, Susan Werner.

Listen and download the podcast to find out more about her new album, Hayseed.

Werner is a true performer and a veteran Java Blend artist. She connects her music to contemporary agricultural problems in songs like "Herbicides." At the same time Werner is grounded in the real-world experience of her life growing up as a farm kid.

Fire Sale
Fire Sale

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with local Iowa City artists, Fire Sale.

Listen and download the podcast to find out more about how college life has influenced their music.

Blue Avenue January 12

Jan 12, 2014

I'm celebrating my birthday with a nostalgic cruise through my personal blues vinyl collection including music by Howlin' Wolf, Mose Allison, Homesick James, and The Mother Blues Band. Plus, along the way, I'll have some excerpts from interviews I've done along the way with Muddy Waters, Rick Estrin, and Pay Hayes.

WILLIAM CLARKE-BLOWIN' THE FAMILY JEWELS (EXCERPT)

MUDDY WATERS-CAN'T GET NO GRINDIN'

HOWLIN' WOLF-THE RED ROOSTER (REHEARSAL)/THE RED ROOSTER

SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON-DON'T START ME TO TALKIN'

MUDDY WATERS-1974 INTERVIEW

The final of my weekend "It's My Birthday And I'll Play What I Want To" shows, with the tunes heavy on the early Fabs and early solo careers

THE BEATLES-DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET/MISERY/FROM ME TO YOU

GEORGE HARRISON-I DIG LOVE

THE BEATLES-THANK YOU GIRL/I'LL GET YOU/THIS BOY

RINGO STARR-BACK OFF BOOGALOO

THE BEATLES-BIRTHDAY/A DAY IN THE LIFE

THE BEATLES-CRY FOR A SHADOW (EXCERPT)

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The Comfort Kings are a contemporary acoustic band from the Cedar Valley.  They use a traditional bluegrass instrumental arrangement for their mix of old-time, Americana and original songs.  Join us for a live performance from The Comfort Kings in our Cedar Falls studios on Thursday, Jan. 16, in the 7:00 pm hour.  You are invited to be in the studio audience for this free show on the third floor of the Communication Arts Center on the UNI campus in Cedar Falls, or be listening to our live broadcast! 

Backtracks January 11

Jan 11, 2014

It's the annual "It's My Party And I'll Play What I Want To" birthday edition of the show! We'll start out Twistin', spend a lot of time with the tunes of The British Invasion and 60s soul music, and wind up with The Boss, Bruce Springsteen. You bring the CAKE!

VARIOUS ARTISTS-OPENING COLLAGE OF SONGS

CHUBBY CHECKER-LET'S TWIST AGAIN

JOEY DEE & THE STARLITERS-PEPPERMINT TWIST (PT.1)

DANNY & THE JUNIORS-TWISTIN' USA

GARY US BONDS-DEAR LADY TWIST

SAM COOKE-TWISTIN' THE NIGHT AWAY

CHUBBY CHECKER & DEE DEE SHARP-SLOW TWISTIN'

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Wildewoman is the very well-crafted indie pop debut record from the Brooklyn band Lucius.  Co-writers and vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig met while attending the Berklee School of Music in Boston.  Wildewoman​ succeeds due to their classic pop songwriting and their wonderful harmony vocals.

This winter, January through February, we'll be looking back at some of our favorite Java Blend broadcasts of the past year.

Tune in every Saturday this winter at 2 PM to catch these special encore broadcasts starting Saturday, Jan. 11. Find our schedule below.

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