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Imelda May On World Cafe | March 14, 2012

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Imelda May began her affair with rockabilly early on in life — by the time she was 9, she'd already begun to emulate Elmore James and Billie Holiday. In 2007, after years of singing in clubs, May stole the spotlight with Love Tattoo. The 12-track collection shot to the #1 spot in Ireland, stealing the hearts of audiences and contemporaries the world over. May has since won a Meteor award and shared a stage with a long and very impressive list of artists including Lou Reed, Elvis Costello, Jeff Beck, Meat Loaf and Lionel Ritchie, among others.

May released a follow-up to Love Tattoo, which reached the U.S. in 2011. Mayhem is a continuation and evolution of her bluesy, rocking jazz. It showcases her witty lyrics, genre mixing and energizing rockabilly. Also including more than a hint of country, Mayhem builds on the balladry and powerful vocals that first ushered her into the international spotlight. It's no wonder that Mayhem was released to a #1 spot on Irish charts — it's clear that Imelda May is here to stay.(link)

Playlist

Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals "Ah Mary" This Is Somewhere
Beach House "Myth" Bloom
Portishead "Sour Times" Dummy

((Imelda May "Inside Out" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

Imelda May "Mayhem" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Imelda May "Inside Out" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Imelda May "Johnny Got A Boom Boom" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Imelda May "Tainted Love" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Imelda May "Tainted Love" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

The Black Keys "Gold On the Ceiling" El Camino
ZZ Top "Waiting for the Bus" Tres Hombres
TV On the Radio "Caffeinated Consciousness" Nine Types of Light

((Choir Of Young Believers "Hollow Talk" This Is For The Whites In Your Eyes))

Hour 2

Middle Brother "Portland" Middle Brother
Paul Revere & The Raiders "Hungry" Greatest Hits
Robert Cray "Smoking Gun" Strong Persuader
Quarterflash "Harden My Heart" Quarterflash
The Dandy Warhols "Bohemian Like You" Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia

((Typhoon "Claws Pt. 1" A New Kind Of House))

The Kingsmen "Louie Louie" Very Best: Kingsmen
The Wipers "Over the Edge" Wipers Box Set
Nu Shooz "I Can't Wait" Poolside
Everclear "Fire Maple Song" Ten Years Gone
The Decemberists "Engine Driver" Picaresque

((Menomena "Killemall" Mines))

The Kingsmen "Louie Louie" Very Best: Kingsmen
The Wipers "Over the Edge" Wipers Box Set
Nu Shooz "I Can't Wait" Poolside
Everclear "Fire Maple Song" Ten Years Gone
The Decemberists "Engine Driver" Picaresque
The Decemberists "Valerie Plame" Always the Bridesmaids
Elliott Smith "Miss Misery" New Moon
Modest Mouse "Fire It Up" We Were Dead Before the Ship Sank
Menoma "Queen Black Acid" Mines
Laura Veirs "Pink Light" Saltbreakers

((Thao And The Get Down Stay Down "Geography" We Brave Beestings And All))