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Archie Powell & The Exports on World Cafe | July 24, 2012

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Archie Powell has been surrounded by music since he was little: His father was a violinist in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Powell himself picked up the guitar at 11, so songwriting became a natural next step for the music prodigy. He joined up with his band The Exports — brothers Ryan, Adam and RJ Export play keyboards, bass and drums, respectively — soon after college. By 2010, the Chicago-based power-pop band was ready with its first full-length studio album, Skip Work.

The group's second record — Great Ideas in Action, released this past May — owes its name to a quote from a Calvin & Hobbes comic strip. Recently, Powell gave up lead-guitar duties to devote his attention to singing; in this session of World Cafe, he and The Exports play songs from their new album and discuss their songwriting process.

Powell even takes a minute to talk to World Cafe host David Dye about one of his major musical influences, his late father, whose picture appears on the inlay of Great Ideas in Action with Powell as a young man. "He died in November, so it's a memorial," Powell says. "I think that's where I get my [musical] inclinations from." (link)

Playlist

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HOUR 1

The Church "Under the Milky Way" Starfish
The Alabama Shakes "Hang Loose" Boys & Girls
Otis Redding "Hard to Handle" The Otis Redding Story
Elvis Costello "(Angels Want to Wear My) Red Shoes" My Aim is True
The Records "Hearts In Her Eyes" Smashes, Crashes, and Near Misses: The Best of the Records
King Tuff "Bad Thing" King Tuff
((Archie Powell & The Exports "Job Fair" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Archie Powell & The Exports "Metronome" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Archie Powell & The Exports "Crazy Pills" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Archie Powell & The Exports "Job Fair" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Archie Powell & The Exports "Great Ideas In Action" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Archie Powell & The Exports "Metronome" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Patti Smith "Because the Night" Easter
Passion Pit "Take a Walk" Gossamer
Glen Hansard "Love Don’t Leave Me Waiting" Rhythm and Repose
Patterson Hood "Deliver" Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance
((Sara Watkins "Freiderick" Sara Watkins))

HOUR 2

Velvet Crush "Why Not Your Baby" Teenage Symphonies To God
John Mayer "Queen of California" Born and Raised
Calexico "Alone Again Or" Calexico
Mariachi El Bronx "Revolution Girls" II
Rodrigo Y Gabriela "Tamacun" Rodrigo Y Gabriela
((Sidi Toure "Adema" Sahel Folk))
Joe Jackson "Caravan" The Duke
Sufjan Stevens "Chicago" Come On Feel the Illinoise
The Walkmen "Heaven" Heaven
((David Bazan "Bearing Witness" Curse Your Branches))
Shawn Colvin "All Fall Down" All Fall Down
Bell X1 "The Great Defector" Blue Lights on the Runway
David Wax Museum "Will You Be Sleeping" Knock Knock Get Up
Beach House "Lazuli" Bloom
Nick Drake "Pink Moon" Pink Moon
((Bobby Long "So Tear Me Up" Dirty Pond Songs))