Ernest Greene records and performs as Washed Out. On his second full-length record Paracosm, he takes the dreamlike, otherworldly atmospheres of his music further by adding a variety of old keyboards to his sonic palette of computers and synths. Greene and his wife Blair (who plays in the Washed Out live band) recently relocated from Atlanta to a house outside Athens, Georgia. Escaping is a theme on Paracosm. The title refers to a phenomenon in which people create detailed imaginary worlds.
Join us this Sunday between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. for The Folk Tree, a blend of roots-based music both traditional and modern, acoustic and electric. Each week, we share some of Iowa Public Radio's exclusive live recordings made at various venues around the state. This week, we'll hear the Irish band Danu, recording live in Ames, and Radoslav Lorkovic from the 2010 Iowa Arts Festival in Iowa City. We've also got music on tap from Brooks Williams, Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott, the Deadly Gentlemen, and Altan.
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.
I'm kicking off the Fall production season with a LIVE listener picks show featuring listener suggestions from email, Facebook friends, and YOUR calls! Advance requests taken at firstname.lastname@example.org or call during the show. Don't forget, all the music on the program is at least 25 years old!
New releases from Omar Dykes and The Charles Burton Blues Band. A half-hour with Pat Hayes, the leader of The Lamont Cranston Band. Exclusive IPR recordings of Iowa Blues Hall of Famer Perry Welsch, and blues on vinyl by Jimmy Dawkins.
It's an all new potpourri spotlight segment/leftover show, including spotlights on early rock'n'roll women of the 50s, some early 60s British Beat bands, and some leftovers from last week's Work Song Labor Day special.
This morning, public radio stations across the country premiered genre-bending rock band TV On The Radio's new single, "Million Miles." It's the group's second single from a yet-to-be-titled fifth studio album, due for release sometime soon on producer Dave Sitek's own record label, Federal Prism. It will be TV On The Radio's first album since parting ways with Interscope Records, which released the group's prior three albums.
Singer-songwriter Daughn Gibson was born in Pennsylvania (as Josh Martin). His new album, Me Moan, is his first for the Sub Pop label, and his second full-length release overall. Gibson combines country and classic Americana styles with synths and electronic sounds. The result has garnered Gibson critical acclaim for his originality.
It's all about the workin' blues on this Labor Day weekend, with all the songs having something to do with the work/labor experience, including songs by Walter Trout, Hamilton Loomis, BB King, Jimmy Reed, and Otis Rush.
I'll be "workin' it" on Backtracks for this Labor Day weekend, with all the songs having something to do with the work experience (or at least having the word WORK in the title!) including work tunes from Sam Cooke, Bob Seger, Roy Orbison, Bruce Springsteen, and Steely Dan.
This week on The Folk Tree, join us for exclusive Iowa Public Radio recordings of Iowa native Susan Werner (now based in Chicago, and known around the world), from the Oster Regent Theater in Cedar Falls; and jazzy blues, or perhaps bluesy jazz, from The Hot Club of Davenport, recorded live at Muddy Waters in Bettendorf.
We'll also hear music from Peter Mayer, Claudia Schmidt, Jean Ritchie, and the Old Crow Medicine Show, among others.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros formed in Los Angeles in 2007. Lead vocalist Alex Ebert leads the band, with a revolving lineup of up to 12 people. The musical collective began as a collaboration between Ebert and singer Jade Castrinos. The band's name and Ebert's live persona are based on a messianic figure named Edward Sharpe, from a story he wrote. The band's sound has elements of folk, gospel, roots rock and psychedelic music. Their third release is self-titled, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
This week on The Folk Tree, join us for exclusive Iowa Public Radio recordings of award-winning Des Moines-based singer-songwriter Mary McAdams, from the 2010 Iowa Women's Music Festival, and Iowa City acoustic roots band Red Rock Hill, recorded live last August in our own Studio One in Cedar Falls.
We'll also hear music from new releases by Tom Paxton, the Wild Ponies, and the Barn Birds, and old favorites from the Battlefied Band and Mary Flower.
Vacation is over! It's Back-To-School Time! Hour number one is all songs about school with tunes by Chuck Berry, The Yardbirds, Steely Dan, and The Ramones in the mix. Hour number two has UNI's new President, Bill Ruud as the guest DJ! We'll meet the new Prez and hear his picks including music by The Rolling Stones, Zager & Evans, and The Music Explosion. It's Rock'n'Roll 101 on this Back-To-School edition.
Gogol Bordello is a Gypsy punk band from the Lower East Side of Manhattan, formed in 1999 and known for persistent touring and theatrical stage shows. Much of the band's sound is inspired by Gypsy music. Gogol Bordello incorporates accordion and violin along with the punk and dub reggae elements of their music. The new album, Pura Vida Conspiracy, is their first in three years, and was recorded in El Paso, Texas.
This Saturday, Nov. 13, at 2 PM IPR Studio One's Java Blend presents an encore performance from 2012 by The Candymakers recorded at The Redstone Room in Davenport.
The Candymakers are a blues band with the traditions of old-school R&B, funk and soul. This young band offers a sound that is contemporary, yet keeps the essence of music past. Though the band is known for its soulful male and female vocalists, it is anchored by the collaborative genius of its blues driven guitarist, funky rhythm section and sultry horns.
It hasn't even been 11 full months since released The Carpenter, the North Carolina band's most recent collection of poignant and infectious, bluegrass-inflected folk-rock. And, given the lengthy touring cycle that each major album release generally spawns - the Avetts of last month's Newport Folk Festival with songs from The Carpenter - fans had no reason to expect new music this year.
Soft Will is the third album from the Chicago band Smith Westerns. The band was formed in 2007 by Max Kakacek and Cullen Omori, who at the time were students at Chicago's Northside College Preparatory School. Cameron Omori, Cullen's brother, soon joined on bass. The current drummer in the Smith Westerns is Julien Ehrlich. Originally inspired by 1960's garage rock, Smith Westerns continue to refine their melodic indie rock sound on Soft Will.