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The Head And The Heart On World Cafe | December 12, 2011

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December 12, 2011

The Head and the Heart was formed after five twentysomethings met at an open mic night in Seattle.

"None of us knew each other beforehand," recalls singer Josiah Johnson. "I just happened to go to the same open mic. [Jonathan Russell] played some songs and I played some songs, then we started talking and hanging out."

After the band self-released its eponymous debut album last June, the emblematic Seattle label Sub Pop will reissue the album in April. The Head And The Heart is a bright, powerful debut full of classic harmonies, a la Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and The Beatles.

Hear the band chat with World Cafe host David Dye about its origins, moving to Seattle and the creative process that led to its debut LP.

This session originally aired on June 16, 2011.(link)


Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

Joni Mitchell "Coyote" Hejira
Bright Eyes "Shell Games" The People's Key
Fleet Foxes "Helplessness Blues" Helplessness Blues

((The Head And The Heart "Heaven Go Easy On Me" The Head And The Heart))

The Head And The Heart "Down In The Valley" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Head And The Heart "Ghosts" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Head And The Heart "Honey Come Home" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Head And The Heart "Rivers And Roads" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Frazey Ford "If You Gonna Go" Obadiah))

Bon Iver "Holocene" Bon Iver
Broken Bells "The High Road" Broken Bells
Roxy Music "More Than This" Avalon

((Girls "Curls" Girls))

Hour 2

Midlake "Roscoe" The Trials Of Van Occupanther
Hiss Golden Messenger "Blue Country Mystic" Poor Moon
Hiss Golden Messenger "Super Blue (Two Days Clean)" Poor Moon
Of Monsters & Men "Little Talks" My Head Is An Animal
Phoenix "1901" Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

((Hiss Golden Messenger "Jesus Shot Me In The Head" Poor Moon))

The Black Keys "Set You Free" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Black Keys "Gold On The Ceiling" El Camino
Stevie Ray Vaughan "Say What" Soul To Soul

((Apex Manor "Under The Gun" The Year Of Magical Drinking))

Jimmy Cliff "Ruby Soho" Sacred Fire EP
The English Beat "I Confess" Special Beat Service
The New Pornographers "Sing Me Spanish Techno" Twin Cinema
Cold War Kids "Hang Me Up To Dry" Robbers & Cowards
Craig Finn "Honolulu Blues" Clear Heart Blue Eyes