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David Wax Museum on World Cafe | October 3, 2012

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David Wax Museum fuses traditional Mexican and American folk music into what the band calls "Mexo-Americana" — a style that's lively and unique. David Wax and Suz Slezak, the band's core members, met while he was attending Harvard and she was at Wellesley. After spending summers working with Quakers in rural Mexico, Wax spent a graduate fellowship year studying the local music of Mexico. Slezak is well-versed in Appalachian and Irish fiddle music, and sometimes plays the quijado, a percussion instrument made from the jawbone of a donkey.

In this session, David Wax and Suz Slezak talk to World Cafe host David Dye about their backgrounds, funding their albums and the origins of the group's name. They also perform songs from Knock Knock Get Up, which was released last month and reflects the group's maturation with a vibrant and eclectic mix of Americana, bluegrass and Latin influences. (link.)


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Hour 1

John Cale “Face to the Sky” Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood
Lianne La Havas “Is Your Love Big Enough” Is Your Love Big Enough
Fitz & the Tantrums “Moneygrabber” Picking up the Pieces
((David Wax Museum “Wondrous Love” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
David Wax Museum “Harder Before It Gets Easier” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
David Wax Museum “Leopard Girl” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
David Wax Museum “Wondrous Love” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((David Wax Museum “Vivian” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Mumford & Sons “Lover of the Light” Babel
The Band “Look Out Cleveland” The Band
Firewater “The Monkey Song” International Orange
Monsters of Folk “Say Please” Monsters of Folk
((Vietnam "Apocalypse" Vietnam))

Hour 2

Ray LaMontagne “Beg Steal or Borrow” God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise
The Grateful Dead “Cumberland Blues” Workingman’s Dead
Calexico “Splitter” Algiers
Peter Himmelman “With You” Skin
Freelance Whales “Locked Out” Diluvia
((Gigi "Semena-Wrock" Gold and Wax))
The Alabama Shakes “Hang Loose” Boys & Girls
Same Cooke “A Change is Gonna Come” The Man and his Music
The Black Keys “Little Black Submarines” El Camino
((Nino Moschella "Strong Man" The Fix))
Alt-J “Tessellate” An Awesome Wave
The Jam “That’s Entertainment” Sound Affects
Beirut “Santa Fe” The Riptide
Patterson Hood “Disappear” Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance
Tom Petty “Into the Great Wide Open” Into the Great Wide Open
((John Mayer "Queen of California" Born and Raised))