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Bassnectar on World Cafe | August 15, 2012

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Since beginning his "open-source" musical project in the 1990s, Lorin Ashton and his Bassnectar alias have become nearly superhuman. Bassnectar is associated with a community of devoted Bass Heads, several non-profit and charity organizations and shows of such epic proportions, they're called Bass Centers. Ashton describes his music as "the motion of [his] cells bouncing back at the world," and tens of thousands of people connect with it as a deeply human pursuit, as well. Last year, he sold out a New Year's Eve show attended by 10,000 fans.

This year, Bassnectar has a new album and a new tour — two pursuits sure to give Bass Heads plenty to celebrate. Vava Voom was released in April and features collaborations with Lupe Fiasco, ill.Gates and Tina Malia. While he often discusses how his influences are rarely apparent in what he creates, several sources have identified the chords of Orbital's "Halcyon" in Vava Voom's "Empathy." Hear Ashton discuss his influences and his music in today's episode of World Cafe.

This episode originally aired on May 16, 2012. (link)


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Silversun Pickups "Here We Are (Chancer)" Neck of the Woods
Prince "Take Me With U" Purple Rain
M83 "Midnight City" Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
((Bassnectar "Deftones/Prince Remix" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Bassnectar "What" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Bassnectar "Deftones/Prince" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Bassnectar "What" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Spiritulaized "Hey Jane" Sweet Heart Sweet Light
The Soup Dragons "I'm Free" Lovegod
Craig Finn "New Friend Jesus" Clear Heart Full Eyes
Ry Cooder "Tamp 'Em Up Solid" Paradise and Lunch


Jame McMurtry "Levelland" Where'd You Hide the Body
John Mayer "Shadow Days" Born and Raised
Anders Osborne "When Will I See You Again" Black Eye Galaxy
The Alabama Shakes "I Found You" Boys & Girls
Paul Simon "Boy in the Bubble" Graceland
((Pearl And The Beard "Sweetness" Killing The Darlings))
Metric "Youth Without Youth" Synthetica
Foster the People "Don't Stop" Torches
Gorillaz "Stylo" Plastic Beach
((Kopecky Family Band "Stand Back" The Disaster))
Dr. Dog "Lonesome" Be the Void
Neil Young "Out on the Weekend" Harvest
Counting Crows "Untitled (Love Song)" Underwater Sunshine
Feist "How Come You Never Go There" Metals
Polica "I See My Mother" Give You the Ghost
((LCD Soundsystem "Something Great" Sound Of Silver))