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Los Campesinos! in Studio on World Cafe, 7/31/08
Listen Now: Hayes Carll On Mountain Stage
The Kooks in Studio on World Cafe 7/30/08
Ratatat: Electronic Rock With A Pulse
Listen Now: Jakob Dylan On Mountain Stage
Composer Introduces A 'Dead' Symphony
Listen Now: Paddy Casey On Mountain Stage
Singer-songwriter Teitur Lassen originates from the Faroe Islands (which translates to Sheep Islands), a remote spot of land between Iceland and Norway. On his third album, The Singer, Teitur's arrangements are quiet and sparse, but he sings with such confidence and fervor that the effect is, at times, gripping. "Guilt By Association," for example, tells a story about an accidental murder, with thrilling lines like, "Run away, they are coming to get us now." These minor-key dirges are clearly his signature, but some of the more immediately accessible and uplifting moments come when he loosens up.
G. Love in Studio on World Cafe 7/24/08
The secret identity of the electronic artist known as Podington Bear has been blown. Hear how it happened. We've also got music from the gentle-voiced singer, Doveman. He turns the dance-pop song "Let's Hear It For The Boy," from the Footloose soundtrack, into a slow dirge. Also on the show: Tilly and the Wall, a baroque viola piece, Teddy Thompson, the gifted son of Richard and Linda Thompson, Swedish singer Sarah Assbring, also known as El Perro Del Mar, and a nearly flawless new album from Germany's 20-year rock veterans, The Notwist.