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Megafaun on World Cafe | November 9, 2011

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When DeYarmond Edison broke up in 2006, its guitarist and singer Justin Vernon moved to Wisconsin to create Bon Iver, and the other three members — Joe Westerlund and brothers Brad and Phil Cook — stuck around North Carolina and formed Megafaun. Since then, the band has consistently pushed the boundaries of folk music by incorporating jazz, psychedelia and both experimental and acoustic rock.

On its fourth album, Megafaun, the group strikes a balance of musically-adventurous improvisation and traditional styles of modern folk music. According to the band, this is perhaps best represented in the melancholy, blues guitar-laden jam "State/Meant." "Real Slow" features Phil Cook's jaunty banjo, while the doo-wop harmonies on "Second Friend" recall Beach Boys-era surf rock.

On today's installment of World Cafe, Megafaun sits down with WXPN's Michaela Majoun to discuss its origin story as a band and as musicians who met at jazz camp.(link)

Playlist

Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

Grateful Dead "U.S. Blues" From the Mars Hotel
Caitlin Rose "Shanghai Cigarettes" Own Side Now
Girls "Honey Bunny" Father, Son, Holy Ghost
The Kinks "Waterloo Sunset" Something Else By the Kinks
Lisa Hannigan "Knots" Passenger

((Megafaun "State/Meant" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

Megafaun "Real Slow" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Megafaun "Second Friend" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Megafaun "State/Meant" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Dan Mangan "Sold" Nice, Nice, Very Nice))

Bell x1 "The Great Defector" Blue Lights on the Runway
Spirit "I Got A Line On You" Best Of Spirit
Portugal. The Man "Got It All" In the Mountain, In the Cloud
 
Hour 2
 

John Martyn "Head and Heart" Sweet Little Mysteries
The Head and the Heart "Lost In My Mind" The Head And The Heart
The Shins "Australia" Wincing the Night Away
Tom Waits "Back In the Crowd" Bad As Me
Aimee Mann "Choice in the Matter" I'm With Stupid

((Death Cab For Cutie "Pity And Fear" Narrow Stairs))

The Weakerthans "Virtute the Cat" Reunion Tour
Old 97's "Murder (Or A Heart Attack)" Fight Songs
The Cure "The Love Cats" Starting at the Sea: The Singles
Squeeze "Cool for Cats" Cool for Cats
 
((Arborea "The Fossil Sea" Red Planet))

Beth Orton "Go Down Easy" Johnny Boy Would Love This
Cults "Go Outside" Cults
Mariachi El Bronx "48 Roses" Mariachi El Bronx
Bruce Springsteen "It's Hard to be a Saint" Greetings From Ashbury, PA
Kathleen Edwards "Change the Sheets" Voyageur

((Papercuts "The Machine Will Tell Us So" You Can Have What You Want))