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Garland Jeffreys On World Cafe | December 20, 2011

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The title of Garland Jeffreys' latest album is an apt description of his life's work overall: The King of in Between. A singer-songwriter whose blend of rock 'n' roll, reggae, blues and soul is as edgy as it is full of social commentary, Jeffreys knows what it means to be an outsider, as evidenced by his accessible yet unclassifiable music. With a discography stretching back to the '60s (when he met Lou Reed before The Velvet Underground and played at countless Manhattan nightclubs), Jeffreys has done it all. He's been called an urban poet, the sound of New York, a confessional singer-songwriter and an explorer of the links between rock, race and rebellion. His Atlantic Records version of "Wild in the Streets" has become something of an anthem for skaters, and he was featured in Martin Scorsese's documentary on blues music.

The King of in Between comes after a 13-year hiatus from the music business, during which Jeffreys focused on raising his daughter. Now that his daughter Savannah is 15 and gaining fans herself, Jeffreys is also back on the scene. The King of in Between was co-produced by Larry Campbell (Grammy-winning producer with Levon Helm) and mixed by legendary Roy Cicala (John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen). It features Lou Reed, Duncan Sheik, Duke Levine and, of course Savannah Jeffreys. It's rootsy, something of a return to Jeffrey's early days, and its focus is greatly on New York — the incredible mix of people and ideas, embodied in music. Melancholy and joyful, acoustic and electric, full of both bluesy rock and R&B, Jeffreys' latest is truly king of in between.

Here, Jeffreys plays live and talks about his writing process and the inspiration for his music.(link)

Playlist

Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

!!! "AM/FM" Strange Weather, Isn't It?
Mink Deville "Mixed Up Shook Up Girl" Best Of Mink Deville
Lou Reed "Rock and Roll" The Best of Velvet Underground
The black Keys "Run Right Back" El Camino

((David Bazan "Bearing Witness" Curse Your Branches))

Garland Jefferys "Coney Island Winter" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Garland Jefferys "Till John Lee Hooker Calls Me" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Garland Jefferys ""Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Fruit Bats "Flamingo" The Ruminant Band))

Beth Orton "Concrete Sky" Daybreaker
Bon Iver "Holocene" Bon Iver

((Bell X1 "Amelia" Blue Lights On The Runway))

Hour 2

Willis "Word Up" Rewind Vol 4
Tennis "Origins" Young & Old
Talking Heads "Hey Now" True Stories
Gary Clark Jr. "Bright Lights" Bright Lights
Amy Lavere "Killing Him" Anchors and Anvils

((Local Natives "Cubism Dream" Gorilla Manor))

Real Estate "It's Real" Days
Lykke Li "I Follow Rivers" Wounded Rhymes
One Eskimo "Kandi" One Eskimo
Jenny Lewis "See Fernando" Acid Tongue

((Black Dub "Silverado" Black Dub))

Holmes "You Dropped a Bomb On Me" Covers
The Rolling Stones "In Another Land" Their Satanic Majesties
Milagres "Here to Stay" Glowing Mouth
The Head & The Heart "Down in the Valley" The Head & The Heart
The Byrds "Goin' Back" The Notorious Byrd Brother

((Taken By Trees "Watch The Waves" East Of Eden))