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Alt-J On World Cafe | October 23, 2012

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Alt-J (stylized as ∆) may be the most successful new British band of 2012 — a favorite to win the Mercury Music Prize in November and a Top 20 chart phenomenon in the U.K. The group, which chose its name from the mathematical symbol for change, made a splash with its debut album, An Awesome Wave, which came out in September. The record mixes upbeat indie rock and brooding synths with vocals that sound like no one else's in music today.

In this World Cafe session, Alt-J's members discuss how they met at Leeds University, the story behind their band's name, and the way they got started in the industry. And, of course, they perform several tracks from An Awesome Wave. (link)

Listen to the Alt-J session here.

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Roxy Music "Out of the Blue" Country Life
Yeasayer "Longevity" Fragrant World
Matthew Sweet "You Don’t Love Me" Girlfriend
Ben Folds Five "Do It Anyway" The Sound of the Life of the Mind
((Alt J "Something Good" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Alt J "Fitzpleasure" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Alt J "Tessellate" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Alt J "Breezeblocks" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Alt J "Fitzpleasure" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Divine Fits "Would That Not Be Nice" A Thing Called Divine Fits
The Smithereens "Blood & Roses" Especially for You
Stars "Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It" The North
Florence & the Machine "Shake it Out" Ceremonials
((Coldplay "Life In Technicolor" Viva La Vida))
Cody ChesnuTT "I’ve Been Life" Landing On a Hundred
Gomez "Airstream Driver" A New Tide
Beirut "Santa Fe" The Rip Tide
Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang "Feba" En Yay Sah
KT Tunstall "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" Eye to the Telescope
Delta Rae "Bottom of the River" Carry the Fire
((Fruit Bats "Flamingo" The Ruminent Band))
Patterson Hood "Leaving Time" Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance
Neil Young "Look Out for My Love" Comes a Time
John Butler Trio "Zebra" Sunrise Over Sea
((Black Joe Lewis "Master Sold My Baby" Tell Em What Your Name Is))
Aimee Mann "Charmer" Charmer
Andrew Bird "A Nervous Tic Motion Of The Head To The Left" Andrew Bird & The Mysterious Production Of Eggs
David Wax Museum "Will You Be Sleeping" Knock Knock Get Up
John Fogerty "Old Man Down the Road" Centerfield
Gary Clark Jr. "Ain’t Messin’ Around" Blak and Blu