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The Airborne Toxic Event in Studio on World Cafe 10/29/08

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The Airborne Toxic Event: Literate Dance-Rock

The Airborne Toxic Event: Literate Dance-Rock

The Airborne Toxic Event in Studio on World Cafe 10/29/08

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Set List

  • "Gasoline"
  • "Girls in Their Summer Dresses"
  • "Sometime Around Midnight"

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Spurred by a string of bad news in his personal life, novelist Mikel Jollett turned to writing songs instead of prose for relief, and within months, The Airborne Toxic Event was born. Shaking up standard rock with the addition of viola and trumpet, The Airborne Toxic Event has become a fixture of the L.A. music scene within just two years.

In a session with host David Dye, the band weighs in on the media's hefty comparisons between its work and that of artists such as Leonard Cohen. Jollett also explains his songwriting process, noting that it's not too far off from his prior occupation, since he composes songs as short stories.

This segment originally ran Oct. 29, 2008.

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Airborne Toxic Event
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Shout! Factory
Released
2007

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