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Air On World Cafe | February 15, 2012

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Air, the French duo of Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel, has fused together a broad range of influences — '70s synth-pop, Pink Floyd, Serge Gainsbourg and The Carpenters, to name a few — over the course of a career that's spanned lots of atmospheric pop music and some of the most high-profile film scores in recent memory. The pair has worked extensively with director Sofia Coppola, contributing to the soundtracks of The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation, but Air's new work is tied to a film released more than a century ago.

Le Voyage Dans La Lune (A Trip To The Moon) is Air's seventh album — an extension of the band's score for a re-release of the 1902 Georges Méliès silent film of the same name. The result is a futuristic, instrumental, endlessly captivating record. Fleshed out with vocal contributions by Au Revoir Simone and Victoria Legrand of Beach House, Le Voyage Dans La Lune explores a fascination with the final frontier, and the result is simultaneously nostalgic and forward-thinking.(link)


Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

The Waterboys "The Whole of the Moon" The Best Of The Waterboys: 1981-1990  
Frank Sinatra "Fly Me to the Moon" Space Cowboys Soundtrack
The Police "Walking on the Moon" Reggatta De Blanc
REM "Man on the Moon" Automatic for the People

((Air "Seven Stars" Le Voyage Dans La Lune))

Air "Seven Stars" Le Voyage dans la lune
Air "Sonic Armada" Le voyage dans la lune

((Air "Sonic Armada" Le Voyage Dans La Lune))

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers "Luna" Tom Petty &  the Heartbreakers
Nick Drake "Pink Moon" Pink Moon
David Bowie "Moonage Daydream" The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Shivaree "Goodnight Moon" I Oughta Give You A Shot In the Head For Making Me Live In This Dump

Hour 2

The Barr Brothers "Beggar In the Morning" Barr Brothers
Dr. Dog "That Old Black Hole" Be the Void
Jerry Garcia "Reuben & Cherise" Cats Under the Stars
The War on Drugs "Brothers" Slave Ambient

((Ezra Furman "I Dreamed Of Moses" Banging Down The Doors))

Sharon Van Etten "Serpents" Tramp
The National "Fake Empire" Boxer
Andrew Bird "Eyeoneye" Break It Yourself
Vampire Weekend "Mansard Roof" Single
The Kooks "Junk of the Heart" Junk of the Heart

((Those Darlins "Be Your Bro" Screws Get Loose))

The Shins "Simple Song" Port of Morrow
Yeasayer "Wait for the Summer" All Hour Cymbals
Ry Cooder "John Lee Hooker for President" Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down
M. Ward "Oh Lonesome Me" Hold Time