Mark Simmet http://iowapublicradio.org en Mark Picks: New Summer Releases http://iowapublicradio.org/post/mark-picks-new-summer-releases <p></p><p>Spring will be sticking around for good any day now, and then summer will be right around the proverbial corner.&nbsp; That puts one in mind of (among other things) new music!&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:35:12 +0000 Mark Simmet 39201 at http://iowapublicradio.org Mark Picks: New Summer Releases CD of the Week from Tacocat http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-tacocat <p></p><p>Arriving a bit early to be a summertime record, Tacocat's&nbsp;second album <i>NVM</i>​ can certainly fit the bill as a fun, fun, fun springtime record! &nbsp;Emerging out of the Pacific Northwest and based in Seattle, the female-fronted (Emily Nokes on &nbsp;lead vocals, Lelah Maupin&nbsp;on drums, Bree McKenna on bass, lone male Eric Randall on guitar), Tacocat&nbsp;deliver with short, punchy power pop songs and sweet harmonies.</p><p>http://youtu.be/DFH1BBdxGjw</p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 39010 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from Tacocat Hear Brother Trucker's Studio One Live Set http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hear-brother-truckers-studio-one-live-set <p></p><p>The Des Moines-based band (with Davenport connections) Brother Trucker brought their roots-rock Americana sound to IPR's Cedar Falls studios for a crowd-pleasing live set on April 10. &nbsp;Andy Fleming (lead vocals/guitar), Mike Fitzpatrick (lead guitar/vocals), Lyle Kevin Hogue (bass), Jim Viner&nbsp;(drums) and Matt Jesson&nbsp;(keyboards) showcased some of their best songs with road-refined musicianship! Listen here for the complete performance, including a song that only the studio audience got to hear!</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:15:45 +0000 Mark Simmet 38997 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hear Brother Trucker's Studio One Live Set CD of the Week from The War On Drugs http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-war-drugs <p>The War On Drugs formed in Philadelphia in 2005, with founding members Adam Granduciel and Kurt Vile. &nbsp;Vile left for a solo career following the release of The War On Drugs' debut album in 2008, and the band has included a few other members over the years, with songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Granduciel&nbsp;the only constant. &nbsp;The new record,&nbsp;<em>Lost In The Dream</em>, is the third full-length release for The War On Drugs, furthering the band's appealing blend of indie-rock and classic rock.</p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 38601 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from The War On Drugs CD of the Week from Black Lips http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-black-lips <p>Black Lips formed in 1999 in Dunwoody, Georgia, a northern suburb of Atlanta, while founding members Cole Alexander (guitar) and Jared Swilley (bass) were still in high school. &nbsp;Drummer Joe Bradley joined a few months later, and lead guitarist Ian Saint Pe' joined in 2004. &nbsp;After releasing records for other labels, Black Lips signed with Vice Records in 2007, releasing their new <em>Underneath The Rainbow</em>&nbsp;on that label. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 38272 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from Black Lips Hear TWINS' Studio One Live Set http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hear-twins-studio-one-live-set <p>In anticipation of the April 1 release of their new record&nbsp;<em>Tomboys On Parade,&nbsp;</em>the Waterloo-based band TWINS joined me for an exuberant March 27 in-studio performance on Studio One. &nbsp;The band (lead vocalists/guitarists Joel and Harper Sires, drummer/vocalist Luke Sires and bassist/vocalist Devin Ferguson) were in fine form, playing&nbsp;<em>Tomboys On Parade</em> songs and more, including an encore that was not part of the live broadcast, but was heard by the studio audience. &nbsp;Here is their set, complete with encore and my conversation with TWINS.</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:45:36 +0000 Mark Simmet 38265 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hear TWINS' Studio One Live Set Hear John June Year's Studio One Live Set http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hear-john-june-years-studio-one-live-set <p>The Iowa band John June Year stopped by IPR's Cedar Falls studios for a high energy in-studio performance on March 25. &nbsp;Their music has been described as filling the gap between British guitar rock, the raw and artsy sounds of the Velvet Underground, the early 2000's garage rock revival of bands like the Strokes, and contemporary torch-bearers such as the Arctic Monkeys. &nbsp;You'll hear those influences in this live set, plus a Monkees cover included among their original songs!&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:57:25 +0000 Mark Simmet 38160 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hear John June Year's Studio One Live Set John June Year Live on Studio One http://iowapublicradio.org/post/john-june-year-live-studio-one <p>John June Year, from Clinton, Iowa (and currently residing in Cedar Falls) join me for a live in-studio set on Tuesday, March 25, beginning around 7:15 pm. &nbsp;John June Year fills the gap between British guitar rock, the raw and artsy sounds of the Velvet Underground, the early 2000's garage rock revival of bands like the Strokes, and contemporary indie rock torch-bearers such as the Arctic Monkeys. &nbsp;The free show will be on the third floor of the Communication Arts Center on the UNI campus in Cedar Falls. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:31:58 +0000 Mark Simmet 38091 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week and Live Broadcast from Twins http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-and-live-broadcast-twins <p>The Waterloo, Iowa band Twins are about to release the &nbsp;follow-up to their 2012 album,&nbsp;<em>Funny Faces. &nbsp;</em>The new record,&nbsp;<em>Tomboys On Parade,&nbsp;</em>was self-produced by the band at Jealous Dog Studios in Cedar Falls, with Al Eacret engineering the recording sessions. &nbsp;Eacret mixed the album along with Twins lead vocalist and guitarist, Joel Sires. &nbsp;The line-up of Twins also includes Luke Sires on drums, Harper Sires on guitar and Devin Ferguson on bass. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 03:44:56 +0000 Mark Simmet 38000 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from St. Vincent http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-st-vincent <p>Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent, began her career as a member of The Polyphonic Spree. &nbsp;She formed her own band in 2006, and released her debut album the following year. &nbsp;After a couple more full-length records, she collaborated with David Byrne on&nbsp;<em>Love This Giant.</em>&nbsp; Byrne and St. Vincent toured together, wowing the crowd at last year's 80/35 Festival with a tight and celebratory show. &nbsp;The new album,&nbsp;<em>St. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 37487 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from St. Vincent CD of the Week from Broken Bells http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-broken-bells <p></p><p>James Mercer is the lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter in The Shins. &nbsp;Brian Burton (also known as Danger Mouse) is the artist and producer with many notable projects on his resume. &nbsp;With their band Broken Bells, the two artists combine their considerable musical credibility with great success. &nbsp;The second full-length Broken Bells album is&nbsp;<em>After The Disco. &nbsp;</em>For the new record, the band's atmospheric&nbsp;synth pop is augmented by a four-piece choir and seventeen-piece string orchestra.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:45:01 +0000 Mark Simmet 37324 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from Broken Bells Studio One - Picks to Beat Cabin Fever! http://iowapublicradio.org/post/studio-one-picks-beat-cabin-fever <p></p><p>Winter keeps dragging on, and here at Studio One we've got Cabin Fever! While we wait out these last few weeks of cold and snow, here are the top songs and bands keeping us warm and thinking about summer!</p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:46:32 +0000 Al Schares, Mark Simmet, Karen Impola & Scarlett Cerna 37125 at http://iowapublicradio.org Studio One - Picks to Beat Cabin Fever! CD of the Week from Beck http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-beck <p>Beck is known for his sonically adventurous&nbsp;recordings, creating anticipation for each new release since he can go in so many different directions. &nbsp;His twelfth studio album,&nbsp;<em>Morning Phase,&nbsp;</em>is drawing comparisons to his&nbsp;<em>Sea Change</em>&nbsp;record. &nbsp; It's even being called a "companion piece" to that very successful 2002 release. &nbsp;Many of the same musicians from&nbsp;<em>Sea Change</em> are back, and the songs are meditative and gorgeous in their use of vocal harmonies and &nbsp;occasional string sections. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:07:13 +0000 Mark Simmet 37019 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from Beck CD of the Week from Hospitality http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-hospitality <p>Hospitality formed in Brooklyn, NY in 2007, with Amber Papini (vocals, guitar, chief songwriter), Brian Betancourt (bass) and Nathan Michel (percussion). &nbsp;Their debut full-length album of infectious indie pop,&nbsp;<em>Hospitality</em>, was released in early 2012 on the venerable indie label Merge Records. &nbsp;Two years later we have the second album, <em>Trouble, </em>also on Merge. &nbsp;Hospitality's sound has evolved on this new release, becoming deeper and richer.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 00:18:18 +0000 Mark Simmet 36788 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from Hospitality Hear Caroline Smith's Studio One Live Set http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hear-caroline-smiths-studio-one-live-set <p></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:34:17 +0000 Mark Simmet 36510 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hear Caroline Smith's Studio One Live Set CD of the Week from Nick Waterhouse http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-nick-waterhouse <p>Nick Waterhouse&nbsp;grew up in the ocean side city of Huntington Beach, known for it's&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">surf culture. &nbsp;He established his musical sensibilities in the middle of the burgeoning southern California Psych-Garage scene, while retaining his fondness for American Rhythm &amp; Blues. &nbsp;His new record is titled </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">H</em><em style="line-height: 1.5;">olly. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:40:24 +0000 Mark Simmet 36412 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from Nick Waterhouse Caroline Smith Live on Studio One http://iowapublicradio.org/post/caroline-smith-live-studio-one <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Mark Simmet&nbsp;will</span>&nbsp;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. &nbsp;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." &nbsp;Two more records followed, and last fall Smith released her latest album,&nbsp;<em>Half About Being A Woman.</em>&nbsp;&nbsp;Her sound now has an irresistible neo-soul, R&amp;B feel. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:24:22 +0000 Mark Simmet 36236 at http://iowapublicradio.org Caroline Smith Live on Studio One Live Sets from The Zombies http://iowapublicradio.org/post/live-sets-zombies <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>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. &nbsp;The performance was a highlight of last year's Maximum Ames Music Festival. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:50:28 +0000 Mark Simmet 36231 at http://iowapublicradio.org Live Sets from The Zombies CD of the Week from Dum Dum Girls http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-dum-dum-girls <p>Dum Dum Girls is began as Dee Dee's (Kirstin Gundred) bedroom recording project, and she remains the main force in the band. &nbsp;In fact, for the third full-length album&nbsp;<em>Too True</em>, Dee Dee plays and sings nearly everything herself. &nbsp;Dum Dum Girls began in Los Angeles in 2008, with the name inspired by an album by The Vaselines titled&nbsp;<em>Dum Dum,&nbsp;</em>and also by&nbsp;Iggy&nbsp;Pop's song "Dum Dum&nbsp;Boys". &nbsp;<em>Too True&nbsp;</em>expands on the noisy and romantic guitar pop sound of Dum Dum Girls.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 00:18:36 +0000 Mark Simmet 36095 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-stephen-malkmus-jicks <p>Stephen Malkmus was the influential songwriter and singer in Pavement. &nbsp;When that group went on hiatus in 1999, Malkmus formed the Jicks. &nbsp;Current members of The Jicks include Mike Clark, Joanna Bolme and Jake Morris. &nbsp;The new&nbsp;<em>Wig Out at Jagbags</em>​ is the sixth Stephen Malkmus&nbsp;&amp; The Jicks&nbsp;album, with Malkmus' distinctive wordplay and jam/punk guitar style prominent.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 00:10:27 +0000 Mark Simmet 35752 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hear The Comfort Kings Studio One Live Set http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hear-comfort-kings-studio-one-live-set <p></p><p>The Comfort Kings stopped by Iowa Public Radio's Cedar Falls studios for a live set on Jan. 16. &nbsp;The band is a part of the latest resurgence in bands with strong roots in folk music forms. &nbsp;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. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:02:45 +0000 Mark Simmet 35524 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hear The Comfort Kings Studio One Live Set CD of the Week from Damien Jurado http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-damien-jurado <p>Singer/songwriter Damien Jurado&nbsp;has been recording music in his hometown of Seattle since the mid-1990s.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>He began by releasing his lo-fi&nbsp;folk recordings on cassette. &nbsp;Over the years Jurado&nbsp;has added more production and sonic techniques to his sound, all the while retaining the acoustic core of his music. &nbsp;<em>Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son&nbsp;</em>offers an invitation to the listener to interpret the religious themes of the record.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 20:06:11 +0000 Mark Simmet 35406 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from Damien Jurado CD of the Week from Billie Joe & Norah http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-billie-joe-norah <p>For their new record <em>Foreverly, </em>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 <em>Songs Our Daddy Taught Us.&nbsp; </em>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.</p><p></p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 21:25:36 +0000 Mark Simmet 35097 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from Billie Joe & Norah CD of the Week from Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-sharon-jones-dap-kings <p><em>Give The People What They Want </em>is the fifth album from soul and funk revivalists Sharon Jones &amp; The Dap-Kings.&nbsp; Sharon Jones was born in Augusta, Georgia, but moved to New York at an early age.&nbsp; A professional singer for many years, she found breakthrough success in middle age with the Dap-Kings.&nbsp; 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.</p><p></p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 20:51:50 +0000 Mark Simmet 34804 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings The Comfort Kings Live on Studio One http://iowapublicradio.org/post/comfort-kings-live-studio-one <p></p><p></p><p>The Comfort Kings are a contemporary acoustic band from the Cedar Valley.&nbsp; They use a traditional bluegrass instrumental arrangement for their mix of old-time, Americana and original songs.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; 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!&nbsp;</p><p></p> Sun, 12 Jan 2014 20:17:53 +0000 Mark Simmet 34541 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Comfort Kings Live on Studio One CD of the Week from Lucius http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-lucius <p><em>Wildewoman&nbsp;</em>is the very well-crafted indie pop debut record from the Brooklyn band Lucius. &nbsp;Co-writers and vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig&nbsp;met while attending the Berklee&nbsp;School of Music in Boston. &nbsp;<em>Wildewoman</em>​ succeeds due to their classic pop songwriting and their wonderful harmony vocals.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 16:30:36 +0000 Mark Simmet 34522 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from Lucius CD of the Week from Los Campesinos! http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-los-campesinos <p>Los Campesinos! (the band include the exclamation point in their name) formed in Cardiff, Wales in 2006 at Cardiff University.&nbsp; The Spanish word <em>campesino</em> translates as "peasant" or "country person."&nbsp; All&nbsp;six of the current members, as well as the former members of the band use "Campesinos!" as their surname.&nbsp; <em>No Blues </em>is their sixth full-length album, as energetic as before, but more focused this time out.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 07:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 33856 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from Los Campesinos! CD of the Week from Nick Lowe http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-nick-lowe <p>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.&nbsp; In recent years, his records have gone in a traditional and roots direction.&nbsp; His latest release is a Christmas album, titled <em>Quality Street:&nbsp; A Seasonal Selection For All The Family</em>.&nbsp; The title is a nod to a famous UK manufacturer of holiday sweets.&nbsp; For this project, Lowe offers traditional songs, forgotten gems, and new songs written by himself, Ry Cooder and Ron Sexsmith.</p><p></p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 07:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 33855 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from Nick Lowe CD of the Week from Cut Copy http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cd-week-cut-copy <p>Cut Copy formed in 2001 in Melbourne, Australia as the solo project of DJ Dan Whitford.&nbsp; During his studies in the graphic design field Whitford became interested in dance music and began working as a DJ.&nbsp; He also bought a sampler and various keyboards, finding inspiration for his music in both dance and indie low-fi sounds.&nbsp; Since then, Cut Copy has become an actual band.&nbsp; <em>Free Your Mind </em>is their fourth album.</p><p></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 19:57:53 +0000 Mark Simmet 33835 at http://iowapublicradio.org CD of the Week from Cut Copy Studio One Picks the Best of 2013 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/studio-one-picks-best-2013 <p>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.&nbsp; Their picks are listed below, and you can hear excerpts throughout the show.</p><p></p><p>Mark Simmet - Best alternative/independent albums of 2013</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 18:04:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe, Katherine Perkins, Bob Dorr & Mark Simmet 33647 at http://iowapublicradio.org Studio One Picks the Best of 2013