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From Iowa City, The Olympics played 80/35 for the first time, and by all accounts they played a great set at the Nationwide free stage. It was fun working with them again after their IPR appearance at the Des Moines Social Club in May!

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British songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Richard Thompson began his recording career in 1967 with the revered folk-rock band Fairport Convention.  He has continued to record and tour throughout the world.  Still is officially his sixteenth studio record under his own name (including many great albums credited to Richard and Linda Thompson).  Thompson wanted to shake up his approach to making records this time out, so for the role of producer he sought out Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.  Tweedy was happy to oblige, and the album was recorded in Chicago at Wilco's The Loft studio.  

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One of the most talked-about bands from any of the stages at 80/35 was Brazilian 2wins, from Cedar Falls. Between both of their electrifying sets at the festival, they've acquired many new fans!

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With the launch of the new Iowa Public Radio Studio One 24-hour music stream and IPR app for iOS and Android this week, plus the annual 80/35 Festival in downtown Des Moines this weekend, it's a great time to be a music fan in Iowa!  The Studio One crew will be at 80/35 again this year- with bells on!  The IPR booth will be at the corner of 10th and Locust.  Please stop by and say hello, and take in some exclusive performances from many of the Iowa and national bands appearing on 80/35 stages this year.

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend,"  join host Ben Kieffer as he catches up with Davenport's versatile jam band Firesale. 

Listen to their unique blend of ska, funk and rock below. 

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Two bands make up the collaborative project known as FFS.  Of those two, the Glasgow, Scotland group Franz Ferdinand is certainly the more well known.  The other part of the equation is Sparks- a "cult band" since the 1970's.  Brothers Ron and Russell Mael are the core members of Sparks.  Over the decades, they have achieved some success in Europe, but were generally thought of as "too weird" to make it in the US.  The times have caught up with their weirdness, but now they would probably be thought of as "too old."  Franz Ferdinand are fans of Sparks, and met them a few years ago.

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Finnders and Youngberg is a great Colorado-based bluegrass band with an Iowa connection. Guitarist and principal songwriter Mike Finnders hails from our state,  and so does bassist Erin Youngberg.  The band typically does a swing through Iowa each summer, and they stopped by Iowa Public Radio’s studios during their visit to play some music and chat with The Folk Tree host Karen Impola.   They’ve got gigs in Des Moines on July 1, Dubuque on July 2, and Iowa City on July 3, and you can find out more at fy5band.com.

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Name: Clay Masters

Job: Morning Edition is weekdays from 5 to 9 on the Iowa Public Radio News Channel. I'm also a reporter spending a lot of time covering the Iowa Caucuses.

What was the very last thing you listened to today? Be honest!

I've been listening to My Morning Jacket's new record, "The Waterfall", on my 4 a.m. commute to work. I saw them play at The Ranch Bowl in Omaha 12 years ago and I've been hooked ever since. Every album they've put out has taken some getting used to...this one is finally sinking in. 

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer chats with Minneapolis native and Doomtree member Dessa. 

Have a listen to Dessa's thought provoking hip hop below. 

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Django Django are often classified as an "art rock" band, which is appropriate since the band members met while attending Edinburgh College Of Art in Scotland.  The group itself formed in London in 2009.  Their new album, Born Under Saturn, is the follow-up to their 2012 debut full-length release.  That first album received widespread critical acclaim, plus it was nominated for the 2012 Mercury Prize (awarded annually for best album of the year in the UK).

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Gentlemen Of The Road Festival Stopovers are organized by Mumford & Sons, so it's fitting that seemingly 98% of festival attendees are there for them, and the other bands are kind of an afterthought.  When they took the stage Saturday night and played for over two hours, Mumford & Sons more than justified the buzz generated by their presence in Waverly.  They played great, with spirited performances of both the hits and album cuts, and they did an intimate acoustic/near- a cappella set.

Lettuce was founded in 1992. The band met as teenagers while attending the Berklee College of Music, and their name comes from going into Boston jazz clubs when just starting out and asking club owners and musicians to "let us play". Obviously influenced by the likes of James Brown, Tower Of Power, Earth, Wind & Fire and others, Lettuce's music has all the hallmarks of classic funk & soul and is characterized by big organ and horn sounds, along with funky guitar rhythms.

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer chats with The Parish Festival about the trip back to their native Iowa. 

Download the podcast to hear their uniquely infectious music. 

Featuring lead vocalist Jamey Cummins from the Hot Club of Davenport, The Parish Festival was formed in 2005 in Davenport, IA. Making up the band are Andy Rappel, Sara Ulloa, Kurt Lammers, and Jim Foster.

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While Frances Quinlan was a senior in high school, she began her acoustic solo project and called it by the rather unwieldy name of Hop Along, Queen Ansleis.  That was in 2004.  In 2008, Quinlan's brother Mark joined as drummer, and bassist Tyler Long came aboard in 2009.  The Philadelphia band shortened their name to just Hop Along around that time, and have since added guitarist Joe Reinhart.   Painted Shut is their third full-length album; their first for Omaha's Saddle Creek label.

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Des Moines-based performer Dan Tedesco played a great live set on Studio One on June 18.  The singer-songwriter treated us to songs from his latest album Death In The Valley, ​plus some older compositions.  He accompanied himself on guitar and stompbox (percussion for a one-man band), and also played the vintage Steinway piano in IPR's Cedar Falls studios.  You can listen to the set right here!  

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 What's almost as much fun as listening to your favorite music? Talking about it, of course! And with the year already half over, we've got a built-in excuse!

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Name: Lindsey Moon

Job: I'm a producer at IPR, which means that I help brainstorm and research ideas for the shows and stories you hear on the air. Lots of the people who have conversations with Ben Kieffer or Charity Nebbe during "River to River" or "Talk of Iowa" spoke with me first.  

What was the very last thing you listened to today? Be honest!

"Your Party" by Ween

What album have you been listening to a lot lately?

In this encore episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer chats with longtime Iowa musician Raldo Schneider. 

Download the podcast to listen to Raldo's distinctive country-folk. 

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Why Make Sense? is the sixth studio album from the British electronic music band Hot Chip.  The band formed in London in 2000.  Hot Chip strive to be melodic in their dance music.  While listening to their music, one never feels that the synths are overpowering the humanity behind the machines.  For the new record, the band has said they had enough material for an album twice as long, but they held back in an effort to not be indulgent.  They made the right choice- Why Make Sense? is a great listen!

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Des Moines' Parranderos Latin Combo played two great sets live on Studio One on June 4.  We were broadcasting live from  The Basement venue of the Des Moines Social Club, spinning discs and also bringing listeners another sample of what's coming up at the 80/35 Festival this summer.  Parranderos Latin Combo will be on hand for 80/35 with their expertly played, irresistibly danceable music!  Check it out right here!     

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer talks with world-renowned acoustic blues artist Catfish Keith. 

Download the podcast to listen to foot-stomping tracks off his new album, "Honey Hole."

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The Magic Whip is the the eighth studio album from the British band Blur.  It's the first new album in 12 years for the band, and features the intact original lineup:   Damon Albarn (vocals & keyboards), Graham Coxon (guitar & vocals), Alex James (bass) and Dave Rowntree (drums).  Blur has achieved mass popularity in the UK, but here in the US they are known for their own particular brand of smart indie (albeit on a major label) rock.  Recorded in Hong Kong and London, The Magic Whip is the welcome return of Blur. 

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Job: Host of River to River; Host/Producer of Java Blend

What is the last thing you listened to today? Be honest!

An audio book version of "Dead Wake", the latest book by Erik Larson about the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915. I love Larson's historical work and once had the pleasure of interviewing him. 

What album have you been listening to lately?

Van Morrison's "Astral Weeks". It reminds me of being young!

What's your favorite song today?

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer catches up with singer songwriter Ben Schmidt. 

Download the podcast to hear some tracks from Ben's upcoming projects. 

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Hot Buttered Rum is a five-piece modern bluegrass band from the San Francisco Bay area. The group's members are all close friends and decided to start the band while on a backpacking trip in the High Sierra. The band is known for energetic live performances and have performed with the likes of Phil Lesh, Chris Thile, Brett Dennen and Robert Earl Keen. They describe their music as "a sound that's as tough to describe as it is easy to love, and it has found its way to the most prestigious pop, folk and bluegrass stages in the country".

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Songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Bethany Cosentino and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno formed Best Coast in Los Angeles in 2009.  California Nights is their third full-length album.  Influences for the band include surf rock, 1960's girl groups, The Beach Boys and much more.  Those influences and Best Coast's own take on them combine to create their sound.  Their songs evoke the feeling we've come to associate with west coast music.  That appealing vibe continues on California Nights.

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We took Studio One on the road May 21 for another live broadcast from The Basement venue of the Des Moines Social Club!  It was a great night of music, including two sets from the Iowa City indie band The Olympics.  Studio One has been hosting live performances from some of the Iowa bands appearing at the 80/35 Festival in Des Moines this July.  Have a listen as The Olympics give us a preview of what to expect when they take the stage at 80/35!

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June 4th marks Studio One's live monthly broadcast at The Basement venue of the Des Moines Social Club from 7-9 p.m. Iowa Public Radio's Mark Simmet is hosting the event and will be spinning Studio One's usual great mix of indie rock, alternative, singer-songwriters and more!

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend,"  host Ben Kieffer chats with the Ames based rock band The Colt Walkers.

Download the podcast to listen to tracks off their debut album. 

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My Morning Jacket can be described as a roots rock band that is willing to experiment and stretch their sound. The new album is titled The Waterfall, directing the listener's attention to fluid and moving cascades of sound.  Since their 1998 formation in Louisville, Kentucky, My Morning Jacket have been in the tradition of deliberately creating albums of songs that flow best when heard together.  Vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Jim James leads the group.  They are on tour now, with an Iowa stop in Waverly on June 19.    

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