NPR logo
Wisely in Studio on World Cafe - 06/20/2006
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/5498919/5498985" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Wisely: 'Alt-Pop' That Swings

Wisely: 'Alt-Pop' That Swings

Wisely in Studio on World Cafe - 06/20/2006
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/5498919/5498985" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Set List

"Through Any Window"

"This Is Everything"

"Erase Me"

Drawing from formidable influences such as The Beatles, David Bowie, Elvis Costello and Simon & Garfunkel, Willie Wisely — a.k.a. "Wisely" — creates a sound that he describes as "swing-alt-pop." Part of his distinctive approach comes from the upright bass, arch-top guitars and trombone that drive his singular style.

Willie Wisely.

Willie Wisely. hide caption

toggle caption

Raised in Minneapolis, Wisely began his career in the early '90s with his band The Willie Wisely Trio, which toured the Midwest frequently. When the group broke up, Wisely wrote the score for an independent film (1996's Tromeo and Juliet, then went on to produce two solo albums, She and Turbosherbert. In 2000, after several self-released titles under the name The Conquerors, Wisely relocated to Los Angeles and started playing shows under his own name. His most recent album, Parador, was released in January.

Web Resources

Purchase Featured Music

Parador

Purchase Music

Buy Featured Music

Album
Parador
Artist
Wisely

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.