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Husky on World Cafe | September 25, 2012

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The Australian folk-rock band Husky takes its name from frontman and chief songwriter Husky Gawenda, whose croon soars over the group's artfully crafted instrumentals. Husky is the first Aussie band signed to Sub Pop Records — and, with its lush harmonies and thoughtfully crafted lyrics, it fits right in with its labelmates and indie-folk contemporaries in Fleet Foxes.

Forever So, Husky's debut, sounds mature and polished, though it was recorded in a makeshift recording bungalow in the back of Gawenda's house in Melbourne in 2010. The album was later mixed by producer Noah Georgeson, who has worked with Joanna Newsom and The Strokes. Since Forever So's release, Husky has toured with Devendra Banhart, Noah and the Whale and Gotye, among others.

In this installment of World Cafe, the band talks with WXPN's David Dye about the music scene in Melbourne, finding inspiration for its songs and winning Triple J's competition Unearthed. (link.)

Playlist

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Hour 1

Heartless Bastards "Parted Ways" Arrow
Crowded House "Four Seasons in One Day" Woodface
Gotye "Easy Way Out" Making Mirrors
The Go Betweens "Streets of Your Town" 16 Lovers Lane
((Husky "The Woods" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Husky "Animals & Freaks" Recorded Live at the World Cafe
Husky "Tidal Wave" Recorded Live at the World Café
Husky "History’s Door" Recorded Live at the World Cafe
((Husky "Tidal Wave" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
The Avett Brothers "Live and Die" The Carpenter
Richard Thompson "I Feel So Good" Rumour and Sigh
Holy Ghost Tent Revival "Walk You Home Again" Sweat Like the Old Days
The Band "Ophelia" To Kingdom Come
Dr. Dog "That Old Black Hole" Be the Void

Hour 2

John Prine "It's a Big Old Goofy World" The Missing Years
Shemekia Copeland "Lemon Pie" 33 1/3
Creedence Clearwater Revival "Hey Tonight" Chronicle
Gary Clark Jr. "Ain't Messin' Around" Blak and Blu
Divine Fits "Would That Not Be Nice" A Thing Called Divine Fits
Spoon "Underdog" Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
((Mayer Hawthorne "The Ills" A Strange Arrangement))
David Byrne & St. Vincent "Lazarus" Love This Giant
St. Vincent "Cruel" Strange Mercy
10cc "I'm not in Love" The Very Best of 10cc
((Fleet Foxes "Meadowlark" Fleet Foxes))
Langhorne Slim & The Law "The Way We Move" The Way We Move
Dave Edmunds "From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)" D.E. 7th
The Hold Steady "Chips Ahoy" Boys and Girls in America
Jason Lylte "Department of Disappearance" Department of Disappearance
The Shins "It's Only Life" Port of Morrow
((Choir of Young Believers "Hollow Talk" This Is For the Whites In Your Eyes))