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Fitz and the Tantrums on World Cafe | February 17, 2011 |

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It all started with the 88 keys of an old organ. Frontman Michael Fitzpatrick recalls his ex-girlfriend hurriedly phoning him about the instrument for sale next door, and when Fitzpatrick finally got it home that night, the first pieces of the soon-to-be single "Breaking the Chains of Love" began to form. As he put it, "sometimes, the music gods just give it to you."

Add five musicians, plenty of touring, and a sets of songs that sound straight out of the classic days of Motown, and you've got a pretty good description of Fitz and The Tantrums. The Los Angeles group's latest, Pickin' Up The Pieces, was released this past August. (link)



MGMT "Kids" Oracular Spectacular 
Black Joe Lewis & The Honey Bears "Booty City" Scandalous 
The Black Keys "Howlin' for You" Brothers 
Gregg Allman "I Can't Be Satisfied" Low Country Blues
Electric Light Orchestra "Showdown" Ole' ELO 
Me'Shell Ndegeocello "Who Is He and What Is He to You" Peace Beyond Passion 
Fitz and the Tantrums "Breakin' the Chains of Love" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Fitz and the Tantrums "L.O.V." Recorded Live for the World Cafe 
Fitz and the Tantrums "Moneygrabber" Recorded Live for the World Cafe 
Fine Young Cannibals "I'm Not the Man I Used To Be" The Raw and the Cooked 
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti "Bright Lit Blue Skies" Before Today 
Elvis Costello "The Beat" The Year's Model 
Hayes Carll "Hard Out Here" Kmag Yoyo 
Justin Townes Earle "Harlem River Blues" Harlem River Blues 
Phish "Julis" Hoist 
Jerry Harrison "Man With a Gun" Casual Gods 
Deerhunter "Desire Lines" Halcyon Digest 
PJ Harvey "Written on the Forehead" Let England Shake 
The Pixies "Here Comes Your Man" Doolittle 
The Youngbloods "Darkness, Darkness" The Best Of The Youngbloods
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss "Please Read the Letter" Raising Sand 
Liz Janes "I Don't Believe" Say Goodbye 
Al Green "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart" Let's Stay Together 
Bright Eyes "Shell Games" The People's Key 
The Clash "Clampdown" London Calling