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Cloud Cult On World Cafe | Wednesday, December 15, 2010

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Fifteen years in, Minnesota's Cloud Cult remains a strong force in independent music. What started out as Craig Minowa's solo project in 1995 has grown into a full-fledged ensemble featuring cellist Sara Young, bassist Shawn Neary (former Tapes 'n Tapes member), drummer Arlen Peiffer, violinist Shannon Frid, French horn/ keyboardist Sarah Elhardt, and even two live painters and performers (including Minowa's wife, Connie). Instead of signing to an established record label, the group decided to remain autonomous and started their own, Earthology Records. Dedicated to providing artists with eco-friendly practices, Cloud Cult became a pioneering "green band" by using 100 percent recycled materials.

After eight studio albums that often explored philosophical conundrums, Minowa got positive on the band's latest, Light Chasers. The band brings its instruments and paint brushes to Philadelphia for a World Cafe studio session.

Check out the playlist below.

The Church  Under the Milky Way  Starfish 
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros  40 Day Dream  Here Comes EP 
Arcade Fire  Ready to Start  The Suburbs 
The National  Terrible Love  High Violet 
Cloud Cult  You'll Be Bright  Recorded Live for the World Cafe 
Cloud Cult  Running With the Wolves  Recorded Live for the World Cafe 
Cloud Cult  Forces of the Unseen  Recorded Live for the World Cafe 
Cloud Cult  Everybody Here Is a Cloud  Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Procol Harum  Conquistador  Best Of Procol Harum
XTC  Earn Enough For Us  Skylarking 
Jukebox the Ghost  Empire  Everything Under the Sun
Josh Ritter  Girl in the War  Recorded Live for the World Cafe 
Amos Lee  Windows Are Rolled Down  Mission Bell 
Peter Bjorn & John  Amsterdam  Writer's Block 
Ra Ra Riot  Boy  Orchard 
Bert Jansch  Kate Cruel  The Black Swan 
Pearl Jam  Daughter  Vs. 
Matt Costa  Witchcraft  Mobile Chateau
Richard Thompson  Season of the Witch  Crossing Jordan 
Girls  Heartbreaker  Broken Dreams Club EP 
My Morning Jacket  Off the Record  Z 
Jenny & Johnny  Scissor Runner  I'm Having Now 
Paul McCartney  Every Night  McCartney 
Erland & the Carnival  My Name is Carnival  Trouble in Mind EP