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Live Music Events
5:05 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

"Java Blend" LIVE Event: Dustin Smith & The Sunday Silos — 5/3/13

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 On Friday, April 26th at 2 PM at Iowa City's downtown Java House, IPR Studio One's Ben Kieffer will host a special hour of "Java Blend" with Dustin Smith & The Sunday Silos.

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Studio One
9:00 am
Mon April 29, 2013

CD of the Week from Iron And Wine

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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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Blue Avenue
1:11 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Blue Avenue April 28

New blues releases by Doug MacCleod, Ana Popovic, and Gina Sicilia plus exclusive IPR recordings of Chicago guitar player Linsey Alexander at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport and a vinyl tribute to the late Jimmy Dawkins

Backtracks
1:05 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Backtracks April 27

Lots of spotlight segments including Rockin' Women of the 50s like The Bobbettes and Brenda Lee, early vocal duets and duos, British Beat bands of the early 60s and some more of my vinyl 45rpm records including a half-hour of Iowa rock'n'rollers like The Neoterics and Midnight Sam

Live Music Events
12:09 am
Wed April 24, 2013

"Java Blend" LIVE Event: Korby Lenker on 4/26/13

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On Friday, April 26th at 2 PM at Iowa City's downtown Java House, IPR Studio One's Ben Kieffer will host a special hour of "Java Blend" with Korby Lenker.

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Studio One
11:33 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Live set from The Envy Corps

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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 Beatles Medley
2:06 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

The Beatles Medley April 21

All the music on this weeks medley is taken from the original vinyl releases including The Beatles at The Hollywood Bowl, The Plastic Ono Band, and The Beatles with Tony Sheridan.

Blue Avenue
2:01 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Blue Avenue April 21

Celebrating the newly reopened, reconfigured Studio One library, the entire show is taken from 80s vinyl in the Blues section of that library, including music by Gatemouth Brown, The James Harman Band, and JB Hutto & The Hawks

Studio One
10:47 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Live set from Christopher The Conquered

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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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Live Music Events
9:42 am
Tue April 16, 2013

"Java Blend" LIVE Event: Dave Zollo on 4/19/13

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On Friday, April 19th at Iowa City's downtown Java House, IPR Studio One's Ben Kieffer will host a "Java Blend" show with Iowa rock legend Dave Zollo!

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Studio One
1:00 am
Sun April 14, 2013

CD of the Week from Wavves

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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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Blue Avenue
2:58 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Blue Avenue April 14

On this week's drive down Blue Avenue, we'll hear new releases by 18 year old guitar phenom Andy Poxon, new blues supergroup Southern Hospitality, and Kansas City's Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats. Plus exclusive IPR recordings of Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport and the Blues on Vinyl segment has records by Son Seals and Charlie Musselwhite

Backtracks
2:49 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Backtracks April 13

All the music on this week's show comes directly from the original vinyl 45 rpm record (pops and scratches at no extra charge!) including singles by The Syndicate of Sound, The Turtles, Desmond Dekker & The Aces, The Trashmen, Badfinger, and The Mc Coys.

Live Music Events
8:56 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

"Java Blend" LIVE Event: Tallgrass on 4/12/13

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On Friday, April 12th at 2 PM at Iowa City's downtown Java House, IPR Studio One's Ben Kieffer will host a live taping of "Java Blend" with Tallgrass.

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Studio One
10:00 am
Mon April 8, 2013

CD of the Week from Devendra Banhart

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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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Studio One
9:33 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Live set from Bonne Finken and The Collective

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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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Blue Avenue
4:15 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, April 7, 2013

New releases by new blues supergroup Southern Hospitality, Boz Scraggs, and Chicago guitarman Michael Wheeler plus exclusive IPR recordings of Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport and some blues on vinyl by John Hammond.

Live Music Events
10:25 am
Thu April 4, 2013

"Java Blend" Live Event: Snowblink on 4/5/13

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On Friday, April 5th at 2 PM at Iowa City's downtown Java House, IPR Studio One's Ben Kieffer will host a special hour of "Java Blend" with Snowblink.

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Studio One
4:46 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Live Set from William Elliott Whitmore

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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.

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Java Blend
3:33 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Ben Cook-Feltz on Java Blend Saturday, April 6, 2013

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The best way to describe Ben Cook-Feltz's music may be, “Paul Simon singing piano ballads about broken hearts, and pants, to thunderous percussion.” A native of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Cook-Feltz has spent the past seven years living in Minneapolis, performing throughout the state and metro area with a variety of backing ensembles, large and small, sure and unsure.

This Saturday at 2 PM, we'll re-broadcast his percussive "Java Blend" performance from October of 2011.

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Talk of Iowa
2:05 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

A Thing Called The Divine Fits and IPR's Java Blend

Host Ben Kieffer at a recent Java Blend performance with The Giving Tree Band, from Chicago
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The band, Divine Fits, has been billed as an indie rock super group. The band was co-founded by Britt Daniel, most famous as the frontman for the band Spoon, and Canadian Rocker Dan Boeckner, of the bands Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs. Last year they released their first album, “A Thing Called Divine Fits.”

In the second part of the program, the music continues! The host of IPR's "Java Blend", Ben Kieffer, shares his experiences over the years, interviewing musicians from Iowa and across the country.

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Studio One
3:11 pm
Sun March 31, 2013

CD of The Week from Low

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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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Blue Avenue
4:14 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, March 31, 2013

New blues releases from Minnesotan Sena Ehrhardt, Chicago's Cash Box Kings, and Iowan Rush Cleveland. Plus exclusive IPR recordings of Reverand Raven & The Chain Smokin' Alter Boys at the 2010 Bluesmore Celebration in Cedar Rapids and some blues on vinyl from John Lee Hooker.

The Beatles Medley
4:05 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

The Beatles Medley March 31, 2013

The Fabs as a good old American rock'n'roll cover band.

Backtracks
3:55 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Backtracks Saturday, March 30, 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.

Java Blend
3:31 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Tiff Jimber on Java Blend Saturday, March 30, 2013

This is not your average piano girl. Singer-songwriter Tiff Jimber holds nothing back when she plays, smashing out rhythms and dancing on her toes. Consistently compared to Sara Bareilles and Ben Folds, this lady showcases her diverse jazz and classical training in catchy pop songs conjured up by her influences, Billy Joel, John Mayer, Nina Simone, and Adele.

Studio One
8:54 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Studio One CD of The Week from Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson
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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

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Blue Avenue
4:12 pm
Sat March 23, 2013

Blue Avenue Sunday, March 24, 2013

The blues the way it was made to be played: LIVE! Every song done live by classic performers like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, contemporary performers like Joe Louis Walker and Janiva Magness, and exclusive IPR recordings of zydeco music master Chubby Carrier at the 2011 Bluesmore celebration in Cedar Rapids

The Beatles Medley
4:06 pm
Sat March 23, 2013

The Beatles Medley Sunday, March 24, 2013

Some recent Beatle additions to my personal collection including 70s vinyl from George's Extra Texture LP and the Wings 3-record set Wings Over America plus selections from the Yellow Submarine Soundtrack.

Backtracks
3:54 pm
Sat March 23, 2013

Backtracks Saturday, March 23, 2013

LOTS of spotlight segments including 45rpm records from my personal collection (pops and scratches at no extra charge!); more song comparisons between the hit versions and the original not so famous versions; and some tracks from the new 7-CD Duane Allman Retrospective Boxset.

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