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Jan. 24, 2006

Music From The Death Ships Featured on 'Java Blend' Show Feb. 2

An Iowa City band, The Death Ships, will perform live at noon Friday, Feb. 2 at the Java House, located at 211 E. Washington St. in downtown Iowa City. The public is invited to be part of the live audience for the free show, which will be recorded for broadcast on the "Java Blend" program originating on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910.

The program will be broadcast at a later date on Iowa Public Radio stations across the state. For broadcast times, see and scroll to "Java Blend."

Based in Iowa City, The Death Ships play a mix of rock, folk, pop, and alternative country music. Started as a solo project by lead singer and guitarist Dan Maloney in 2001, Death Ships is now a five-member band, and is presently promoting their release, "Seeds of Devastation" released Sept. 5, 2006 on Faithful Anchor Music. They were declared in the May 2006 issue of Alternative Press magazine as "Unsigned Band of the Month," later receiving a five-star review from the popular national magazine.

Hosted by Ben Kieffer, "Java Blend" offers an eclectic mix of live music from the vibrant independent music scene, featuring artists from around the state and around the country. Kieffer infuses the performances with lively chats to find out about the artists' music and lives.

"Java Blend" is taped at noon on Fridays before a live audience at the Java House, located at 211 E. Washington St. in downtown Iowa City. The hour is broadcast statewide multiple times on a future weekend to an estimated 50,000 Iowa Public Radio listeners. Stations include KUNI Cedar Falls/Waterloo/Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, KUNY/KRNI Mason City, KDMR Des Moines, KDUB Dubuque, WSUI Iowa City/Cedar Rapids, WOI Ames/Des Moines, KTPR Fort Dodge, KOWI Lamoni, and KWOI Carroll.

The program will also be videotaped for several TV broadcasts on the UITV cable channel in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area. The audio version also can be heard worldwide on the Internet via the respective stations' live webcasting.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,; Program: Ben Kieffer, WSUI, 319-335-5730