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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 Pom Pom is an entertaining mix of accessible pop songs and Frank Zappa style eccentricity.

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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!

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer will chat with Greg Klyma.

Listen to the podcast to find out more about Klyma's latest album, Another Man's Treasure.

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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.

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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!

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer will chat with Muckrockers.

Listen to the podcast to find out more about Muckrockers' latest album, We The People.

Muckrockers are a group of working class musician-citizens aiming to illuminate and eliminate the corporate stranglehold on our government and our lives. 

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.

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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!

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer will chat with The Mayflies Trio.

Listen to the podcast to find out more about The Mayflies' latest album, Saturday Afternoon Girl.

Hold My Home is the fifth full-length release from Cold War Kids.  The band formed in Fullerton, California ten years ago, and remains based in the Golden State.  Cold War Kids have said that in the beginning, having instruments was secondary to their enthusiasm.  At band practices they thumped on walls, banged on heat pipes, stomped and chanted.  Cold War Kids now have more instruments, a steadily growing indie rock reputation, and a solid new album titled Hold My Home.

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Currently based out of Iowa City, the prolific singer-songwriter Brooks Strause, stopped by our Cedar Falls studios for a live performance on November 13. Brooks played a variety of songs from both his early and current releases. He also shared some details about his most recent LP, Renaissance Beast, as well as some of his forthcoming projects, which includes an opera. You can listen to the live set below. 

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Cedar Falls folk-punk trio, Peas and Carrot stopped by Studio One for a live performance Tuesday night. Consisting of Audrey Robinson on vocals and guitar, Walt Goodknight on bass, and Nathan Lantz on drums, the trio played several songs from their debut EP Big Girl Shoes—plus Audrey had some interesting things to say about the band’s name. If you missed Peas and Carrot the first time around or would like to hear them again, you can do so by clicking on the audio below. 

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If you don't already know Jack Klatt, he's a rambling, roving troubadour-type folk singer who made an appearance on IPR Studio One's "Java Blend" earlier this year. Klatt was born and raised in Michigan's Mississippi River Valley,  but his true story telling talent comes from his travels. 

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If you're a fan of live music, or a performing musician, you might not think of a stranger's living room as a good choice for a performance venue. But that's exactly what's been happening in one Cedar Falls home for about six years.

Since 2008, Cedar Valley House Concerts has provided traveling singer-songwriters with a place to perform, along with a warm bed, an opportunity to do laundry, and other comforts that artists often miss while on tour. Open to the public, guests are asked for a small donation that goes directly to the artist, plus a side dish or snack to share.

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," with Ben Kieffer rock out with Hero Jr while they play a special acoustic set featuring songs from their latest album.

Bazaar is the second album from the Portland, Oregon band Wampire.  Childhood friends, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Rocky Tinder and Eric Phipps honed their sound playing house parties in Portland as a duo.  Their band name is said to originate from the way that Phipps' goth friends from Germany pronounced "vampire."  After their debut album was released in the spring of 2013, Wampire expanded to a five-piece band and toured extensively.  Now comes the new record, Bazaar, with nine tracks of state-of-the-art indie rock!

You may recognize some of Iowa City-based Jack Lion's members from another local band, Slip Silo. But, it's not just their name that has changed. 

Jack Lion’s members unearth the early ’00s interest in connections between jazz and electronic music and refashion it for this current era. Striking a balance between jazz composition, down-tempo break-beats, and hazy atmospherics they have made their mark as one of Iowa City’s headiest and most adventurous bands. 

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Rips is the debut album from the Washington, D.C. trio Ex Hex.  They have been described as a "power trio" with members that all happen to be women.  Mary Timony, known for her work in the bands Wild Flag and Helium, is the guitarist and lead vocalist in Ex Hex.  Laura Harris plays drums, and Betsy Wright is on bass.  Rips, released on the well-regarded indie label Merge Records, is catchy and melodic with big guitars and power pop vocals.

When it comes to compiling a Halloween playlist, there are the staples like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” and “The Monster Mash” sung by the theatrical Bobby Boris Pickett. Oddly enough the 60s and 80s created a lot of the music that has ended up being played at nearly every Halloween event, but then every decade has produced some uncanny tracks. And for inspiration we’ve brewed up a short list of some of our favorites to spice up your Halloween festivities.

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The High Crest is the Des Moines-based duo of Aaron Earl Short and Kat Darling.  They brought their self-described "Folk & Roll" music to IPR's Cedar Falls studios for a heartfelt live set on Oct. 27.  Playing songs from their brand new 24-track double album Gone, as well as their self-titled debut album and more, The High Crest engaged the studio audience with their music of trials and hope.  Have a listen!

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Mighty Shady.

Download the podcast to find out more about the Des Moines indie groove band. 

Canadian musician and composer Dan Snaith began recording his music as Manitoba around the turn of the century, but for legal reasons later changed his stage name to Caribou.  Inspired by psychedelia and electronica, Caribou has become known for creative compositions and arrangements, as well as experimental production.  In recent years, Caribou's music has retained those qualities, but also become more danceable.  That trend continues on the sixth studio album, Our Love.

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The Iowa band King of The Tramps played a live set for Studio One on Oct. 21.  Their performance included songs from their third album, Joyful Noise.  That title and the band's own description of their music as "whiskey gospel" turned out to be apt descriptions of celebratory audience engagement and a raucous good time!  Listen to what I mean right here!

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Dave Zollo & The Body Electric.

Download the podcast to find out more about the Iowa City icon and gospel rocker.

If you're a follower of the Midwestern indie music world (or of American roots music generally) you might be forgiven for thinking David Zollo has been around forever. The truth is, it just seems that way.

The Studio One Featured Release this week is Black Moon Spell, the new album from King Tuff.  Band members are Kyle Thomas (also known as King Tuff) on guitar and vocals, with Magic Jake on bass, and Garett Goddard on drums.  King Tuff is from Vermont, and they record for the venerable indie label Sub Pop Records.  Black Moon Spell is their third full length album.  In describing their sound, King Tuff says "We make rock roll."  'Nuff said!  

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Project Trio were in Iowa recently for a performance schedule that included being a part of WCF Symphony's season opening concert on Oct. 11.  The Brooklyn, NY three-piece also stopped by IPR's Studio One for music and conversation.  Project Trio (Greg Pattillo on flute, Peter Seymour on bass, Eric Stephenson on cello) delightfully blur the edges of musical genres, as you can hear right here! 

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The Des Moines-based band Mighty Shady played a tight, energetic live set for Studio One on Monday, Oct. 13. The five-piece Mighty Shady combine rock, reggae, funk and more to create their own signature sound, as heard on their new album Double Think.  Have a listen to Mighty Shady, live on Studio One!

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host, Ben Kieffer will chat with Jack Klatt.

Download the podcast to find out more about the Minnesota artist and his rambling, rolling music straight from the banks of the Mississippi.

For Hire is the new album from David Zollo and The Body Electric.  The band includes Zollo on vocals and keyboards, Brian Cooper on drums, Stephen Howard on bass and electric guitar, and Randall Davis on acoustic and electric guitars and lap steel guitar.  Zollo, from Iowa City, has been called "practically the patron saint of (Iowa's) roots music underground."  He was the frontman for Iowa band High and Lonesome, started up Iowa City-based Trailer Records, and has been a session player on many projects over the years.

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