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Los Campesinos! (the band include the exclamation point in their name) formed in Cardiff, Wales in 2006 at Cardiff University.  The Spanish word campesino translates as "peasant" or "country person."  All six of the current members, as well as the former members of the band use "Campesinos!" as their surname.  No Blues is their sixth full-length album, as energetic as before, but more focused this time out.

British vocalist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Nick Lowe is a major figure in UK pub rock, power pop and New Wave in the 1970's.  In recent years, his records have gone in a traditional and roots direction.  His latest release is a Christmas album, titled Quality Street:  A Seasonal Selection For All The Family.  The title is a nod to a famous UK manufacturer of holiday sweets.  For this project, Lowe offers traditional songs, forgotten gems, and new songs written by himself, Ry Cooder and Ron Sexsmith.

Cut Copy formed in 2001 in Melbourne, Australia as the solo project of DJ Dan Whitford.  During his studies in the graphic design field Whitford became interested in dance music and began working as a DJ.  He also bought a sampler and various keyboards, finding inspiration for his music in both dance and indie low-fi sounds.  Since then, Cut Copy has become an actual band.  Free Your Mind is their fourth album.

It's Beatle Christmas time! In addition to solo Holiday songs from Paul and Ringo, we'll hear the Beatle Fan Club messages of 1965 and 1969.

Blue Avenue December 22

Dec 18, 2013

We're going to have a Christmas party on the blues bus this week, with holiday blues by Lightnin' Hopkins and Chuck Leavell, a visit by Pat Hayes, the leader of The Lamont Cranston Band, for an interview segment part 2, and exclusive IPR recordings of soul/blues singer Charles Bradley.

Backtracks December 21

Dec 18, 2013

It's the monthly LIVE Listener Picks show, this time with a Christmas party atmosphere. YOU pick out the songs, with rock'n'roll Holiday songs given preference. Call 319-273-6350 during the show or advance requests taken at

Host Charity Nebbe sits down with "Studio One" host Mark Simmet and "Blue Avenue" and "Backtracks" host Bob Dorr of Iowa Public Radio's Studio One to talk about the best music of 2013.  Their picks are listed below, and you can hear excerpts throughout the show.

Mark Simmet - Best alternative/independent albums of 2013

10.  Sky Ferreira- Night Time, My Time   
She’s very young and she’s a tabloid celebrity, but her debut full-length album is catchy and creative.  It’s not disposable pop music, it’s good pop music.

IPR/ Tony Dehner

Someone, the new record from the Waterloo-based band Dylan Sires and Neighbors, will be officially released on Tuesday, Dec. 17.  That night, the band will join me on Studio One to play live and talk about the new album.  I invite you to be part of the studio audience for this free show!  We are located on the third floor of the Communication Arts Center on the UNI campus in Cedar Falls.  The set from Dylan Sires and Neighbors will begin around 7:15 pm.  Come on up, or listen live on Studio One!

We alternate between the newest Beatle releases: BBC Live Vol. 2 and Paul McCartney's "New"

Blue Avenue December 15

Dec 12, 2013

We'll hear new releases from Barrelhouse Chuck, Ross William Perry, and Studebaker John plus exclusive IPR recordings of Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Fest in Davenport and some vintage vinyl from Howlin' Wolf.

This show originally aired 10/20/13

Backtracks December 14

Dec 12, 2013

LOTS of 70s music on this week's show! Hour #1 deals with artists associated with the Warner Bros. labels including Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Cliff, Martin Mull, and The Allman Bros. Band. Hour #2 focuses on the country-rock sound from The Byrds to Jerry Jeff Walker to Poco to Pure Prairie League.

The Seattle band La Luz ("the light") bring their own take on girl groups and surf rock to their debut full-length album, It's Alive.  The line-up of Shana Cleveland (guitar), Marian Li Pino (drums), Abbey Blackwell (bass) and Alice Sandahl (keyboards) also adds a lo-fi retro-rockabilly vibe to the sound of La Luz. 

33 years ago, Dec. 8, 1980, John Lennon was murdered outside of his New York City apartment. I was on the air at the time. This week's medley remembers Lennon and that night.

Blue Avenue December 8

Dec 1, 2013

We'll hear a few more of my favorites of 2013, some new Iowa Blues from Bryce Janey and Robert 'One-Man' Johnson, exclusive IPR recordings of New York guitar player Chris Beard at the 2012 Bluesmore celebration in Cedar Rapids and some Christmas blues on 45 rpm vinyl!

Backtracks December 7

Dec 1, 2013

It's the return of LONG SONGS night! Every song is at least 8 1/2 minutes long. The entire two-hour show is covered by eight songs!

This show originally aired 6/22/13

This week's medley was picked out by IPR listeners Carol Kress from Gladbrook and Doug Ruby from Lincoln NE

Blue Avenue December 1

Nov 28, 2013

The entire show features my favorite blues releases of 2013.

Backtracks November 30

Nov 28, 2013

It's time for the annual Feast Of Leftovers! We'll listen to songs we've yet to hear from compilation boxsets, selections that did not make recent theme shows, a few of my 45 rpm "rekkids" and a bunch of leftover listener picks that I didn't have time to play on last week's LIVE requestfest.

Join us on IPR's Studio One Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 8:00 PM for a special live concert from Arcade Fire, performing at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles.  The band performed many of the songs from their new album Reflektor, as well as some of Lou Reed's music in tribute to the passing of Reed earlier that week.

Devonte Hynes is a British vocalist, songwriter and producer who has recorded as Lightspeed Champion in the past, and more recently as Blood Orange.  Hynes was born and raised in Ilford, Essex, and has resided in new York since 2007.  The new release Cupid Deluxe is Blood Orange's follow up to the 2011  album, Coastal Grooves.   Cupid Deluxe tunefully expands on the electro-pop of that acclaimed debut record. 

This week's medley was picked out by Independence IA listener Mark Hoover with the theme "Songs that present a question".

Blue Avenue November 24

Nov 20, 2013

In the first hour we'll listen to the winners of all ten categories of Blues Blast Awards that were given out in Chicago on Oct. 31 and the last half hour will spotlight some of my favorite 2013 releases by artists that I had never heard of before this year.

Backtracks November 23

Nov 20, 2013

It's time for the monthly LIVE Listener Picks show. YOU pick the tunes! I'll have listener suggestions from Facebook friends, emails, and your calls. Advance requests taken at Remember, all the music on this show is at least 25 years old.

Join us on Studio One Thursday, Nov. 21 in the 7:00 PM hour for a special feature on Minneapolis-based musician and songwriter Mason Jennings.  Iowa Public Radio's Clay Masters will be talking with Jennings about his life and his new record Always Been.  The new release was produced by Bo Ramsey.  Musicians and vocalists appearing on the album include Pieta Brown, Iris DeMent, and members of the Pines.  Along with the interview, you'll hear music from Jennings' records, including Always Been.  Also, the new album is our CD of the Week this week.

This evenings Beatle playlist was picked out by Quad Cities listener Adam Gustafson.

This medley originally aired 9/15/13

Blue Avenue November 17

Nov 14, 2013

New releases from Mavis Staples, Delbert McClinton, and Andrew Jr. Boy Jones as well as exclusive IPR recordings of multi Blues Music Award winner Janiva Magness at the 2012 Bluesmore Celebration in Cedar Rapids plus the blues on vinyl segment has records by Freddie King and Otis Rush.

This show originally aired 9/15/13

Backtracks November 16

Nov 14, 2013

Lots of spotlight segments including Rockin' Women of the 50s, some more song comparisons, British Beat of the early 60s (pre British Invasion) some more of my 45 rpm "rekid" collection, and a few selections from the new Duane Allman Restrospective box set.

This show originally aired 3/30/13

Shulamith is the second album from the Minneapolis-based band Polica.  An offshoot of the Minneapolis collective Gayngs, Polica was formed in 2011 by producer  Ryan Olson and  vocalist Channy Leaneagh.  Leaneagh described the songs the two co-wrote for the new record thusly:  "Drums.  Bass.  Synths.  Me, Women."  The title of the album is a reference to the feminist Shulamith Firestone, who Leaneagh described as her "muse and mentor."

We alternate songs from Paul McCartney's NEW cd with songs from his career with Wings and The Beatles

Blue Avenue November 10

Nov 6, 2013

The latest releases by Watermelon Slim & The Workers, Sugaray Rayford, and Barrelhouse Chuck, plus exclusive IPR recordings of Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Fest in Davenport, and some brand new blues on vinyl by Andrew Jr. Boy Jones