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Milagres On World Cafe | September 22, 2011

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The Brooklyn dream-pop band Milagres might bring to mind some juggernauts of the past: "Here to Stay" calls to mind Arcade Fire and R.E.M., where the certified slow jam "Glowing Mouth" conjures Prince's Purple Rain deep cut "The Beautiful Ones." Don't be mistaken, though — Milagres is rightfully hard to pin down. The group's dynamic arrangements and instrumentation provide the perfect bed for singer-songwriter Kyle Wilson's shape-shifting voice, and together they create something curious, but not unfamiliar.

Perhaps the surrealistic feel of Milagres' music comes from its basis in the familiar — old friends who play music together — and the extraordinary: the exhilaration of high-altitude mountaineering. These elements aren't quite as incongruous as they may seem, according to Wilson, who explains his musical and adventurous inclinations in this session of World Cafe. (link)

Playlist

HOUR 1

Twin Sister "Bad Street" In Heaven
Feist "Here You Come Never Go There" Metals
The Pixies "Here Comes Your Man" Doolittle
Band Horses "Laredo" Infinite Arms
Milagres "Halfway" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Milagres "Here to Stay" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Milagres " Glowing Mouth" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. "Simple Girl" It's a Corporate World
Vampire Weekend "Horchata" Contra
Mike Doughty "Na Na Nothing" Yes and Also Yes
Cracker "Low" Kerosene Hat
Jimi Hendrix "Little Wing" Axis: Bold As Love

HOUR 2

Richard Thompson "Tear Stained Letter" Hand of Kindness
Justin Townes Earle "Christchurch Woman" Recorded Live for the World CafÈ
Indigo Girls "Making Promises" Beauty Queen Sister
Tinariwen "Tinere Taqqim Tossam" Tassili
Kurt Vile "In My Time" Smoke Ring for My Halo
Belle & Sebastian "Step Into My Office Baby" Dear Catastrophe Waitress
Death Cab for Cutie "Doors Unlocked and Open" Codes and Keys
M. Ward "Chinese Translation" Post-War
The Head and the Heart "Lost in My Mind" The Head and the Heart
St. Vincent "Cruel" Strange Mercy
Santogold "Lights Out" Creator/L.E.S. Artistes
Peter Bjorn and John "Young Folks" Writer's Block
Paul Simon "Rewrite" So Beautiful or So What