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Centro-Matic On World Cafe | February 1, 2012

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The celebrated alt-country group Centro-Matic hails from Denton, Texas. What began as a side project for singer-songwriter and guitarist Will Johnson in the 1990s soon grew into a full-fledged band. With 20 albums in just 14 years, Centro-Matic has built a solid reputation for playful yet masterful, country-infused rock. With Matt Pence, Scott Danborn and Mark Hedman supporting Johnson's quick wit and pop influences, Centro-Matic's catalog exudes both boundless energy and emotional restraint.

The band's latest album, Candidate Waltz, was released last June, and it's passionate and full of bright harmonies, with Johnson's raspy vocals and a ramshackle vibe combining to make the album something of a sing-along. It can get stuck in your head easily, but it's not the sort of thing you're in a rush to get out, either.

Here, the band discusses its evolution and performs live versions of songs from its new CD.(link)

Playlist

Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

Marshall Crenshaw "Television Light" Fall 1999 Sampler
Gotye "Somebody That I Used to Know" Kimbra
Monsters of Folk "Say Please" Monsters of Folk
George Harrison "Awaiting On You All" All Things Must Pass

((Centro-Matic "Against The Line" Recorded Live for the World Café))

Centro-matic "Against the Line" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Centro-matic "Iso-Residue" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Centro-matic "All the Talkers" Recored Live for the World Cafe
Centro-matic "Flashes and Cables" Recorded Live for the World Café

((Centro-Matic "Flashes And Cables" Recorded Live for the World Café))

The Alabama Shakes "Hold On" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Them "It's All Over Now Baby Blue" Girl, Interrupted Soundtrack
White Rabbits "Heavy Metal" Milk Famous
Love "Alone Again Or" Forever Changes

Hour 2

Tom Waits "Heartattack and Vine" Heartattack and Vine
Delta Spirit "California" Delta Spirit
The Clash "Train In Vain" London Calling
Neil Young "Old Man" Harvest
Dawes "Fire Away" Nothing is Wrong

((Beirut "Santa Fe" Recorded Live for the World Café))

The Shins "Simple Song" Port of Morrow
Diego Garcia "You Were Never There" Laura
Cesaria Evora "Sodade" Adventures in Afropea 3: Telling Stories to the Sea
Etta James "At Last" Pleasantville Soundtrack

((Primus "Lee Van Cleef" Recorded Live for the World Café))

Jimmy Cliff "Ruby Soho" Sacred Fire EP
The Meters "People Say" Funkify Your Life
Mayer Hawthorne "Hooked" How Do You Do
Spoon "The Underdog" Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Dum Dum Girls "Bedroom Eyes" Once In Dreams