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James Vincent McMorrow On World Cafe | March 1, 2011 |

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Though the intrigue was always there, James Vincent McMorrow didn't decide to pick up a guitar until he was 19. His growing fascination with singing and songwriting was a pretty big shift from his affinity for heavy metal, but he quickly found a home in the pop world. According to McMorrow, he "just learned to play as many instruments as I could and listened to as many singers as I could... when I got to about (age) 19, 20, I started listening to singers. I normally just listened to bands."
Influenced by the work of Sufjan Stevens and Band of Horses, he made an attempt to learn how to play various instruments in order to achieve the richly piled instrumentation, big choruses and vocal-driven sounds that inspired him. McMorrow spent five months holed up in a house on the Irish coast, writing and recording his debut, Early In The Morning, which was released in January.
Hear the stripped down versions of these songs as McMorrow talks to World Cafe host David Dye about the creation of the record and making the switch from a drummer in hardcore bands to a singer-songwriter. (link)
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes "Home" Up From Below
Alexander "A Million Years" Alexander
Los Lobos "Burn It Down" Live at the World Cafe Vol. 31
Damien Rice "Volcano" O
Villagers "Becoming A Jackal" Becoming A Jackal
James Vincent McMorrow "If I Had a Boat" Early In the Morning
James Vincent McMorrow "If I Had a Boat" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
James Vincent McMorrow "Hear the Noise That Moves So Soft and Low" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
James Vincent McMorrow "This Old Dark Machine" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Teddy Thompson "Looking for a Girl" Bella
Free Energy "Bang Pop" Stuck On Nothing
Squeeze "Pulling Mussels From a Shell" Argy Bargy
The Thievery Corporation "Lebanese Blonde" The Mirror Conspiracy
Lykke Li "I Follow Rivers" Wounded Rhymes
Death Cab for Cutie "I Will Posses Your Heart" Narrow Stairs
Fleet Foxes "Helplessness Blues" Helplessness Blues
The Cars "Blue Tip" Move Like This
The B-52's "Dance This Mess Around" The B-52's
Foster the People "Pumped Up Kicks" Foster the People EP
Janelle Monae "Tightrope" The Archandroid
Buddy Miller "Why Baby Why" The Majestic Silver Strings
The Secret Sisters "Big River" Big River
Summer Fiction "Chandeliers" Summer Fiction
Amiee Mann "One" Everybody Sings Nilsson