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The Chain Gang Of 1974 On World Cafe | December 22, 2011

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The Chain Gang of 1974 is the stage name for DJ Kamtin Mohager, a longtime beat master whose penchant for dance-inducing music and reverence for '80s pop pushed him to create this solo project. Mohager points to a childhood of Persian music, then inspiration by Tears for Fears and Talk Talk, as the muse for his inner rhythms and keen sense of melody. After playing bass on tour with 3OH!3 for a few years, Mohager moved to Los Angeles for a change of scenery — and to write Wayward Fire, his second album.

Wayward Fire goes beyond catchy at times. It's clearly inspired by 30-year-old synth-pop, but has contemporary influences, as well. Mohager describes the result as "all over the place, from a piano ballad to songs that sound like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Primal Scream or Justice." Here, The Chain Gang of 1974 performs on World Cafe.(link)

Playlist

Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

Girls "Honey Bunny" Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Moby Grape "Omaha" Listen! My Friends!
Foster the People "Helena Beat" Torches
My Morning Jacket "Circuital" Circuital

((The Chain Gang Of 1974 "Heartbreakin' Scream" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

The Chain Gang of 1974 "Heartbreakin' Scream" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Chain Gang of 1974 "Undercover" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Chain Gang of 1974 "Hold On" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((The Smith Westerns "Dye The World" Dye It Blond))

Dr. Dog "The Old Black Hole" Be the Void
Raphael Saadiq "Stone Rollin'' Stone Rollin'
Heartless Bastards "Parted Ways" Arrow

((LCD Soundsystem "Something Great" Sound Of Silver))

Hour 2

Steely Dan "Hey Nineteen" Gaucho
Etta James "The Jealous Kind" Seven Year Itch
Cesaria Evora "Sodade" Adventures In Afropea 3: Telling Stories To The Sea
Iron & Wine "Tree by the River" Kiss Each Other Clean
Ryan Adams "Lucky Now" Ashes & Fire

((Mike Doughty "Twenty-Seven Jennifers" Golden Delicious))

Craig Finn "New Friend Jesus " Clear Hearts Full Eyes
Suzanne Vega "Cassidy" Dedicated
Beirut "Santa Fe" The Rip Tide

((Little Dragon "Turn Left" Little Dragon))

The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra "I Turn My Camera One" The World's Funkiest Covers
Spoon "You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb" Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Leonard Cohen "Show Me the Place" Old Ideas
Kurt Vile "In My Time" Smoke Ring For My Halo
Elbow "Lippy Kids" Build a Rocket Boys