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Mumford & Sons on World Cafe | September 28, 2012

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It took a while, but the London folk-rock band Mumford & Sons broke big with its 2009 debut album, Sigh No More. The album combines the raspy vocals of singer Marcus Mumford with lush harmonies and rootsy instrumentation in tracks that range from soothing to rocking.

Mumford & Sons finally burst into the mainstream in early 2011 after receiving nominations for two Grammy Awards and performing at the ceremony that same year. Since then, the band's career has skyrocketed, as it's headlined large concerts and music festivals all over the world. The group's highly anticipated second album, Babel, just came out, and is projected to sell as many as 600,000 copies in its first week.

In this session of World Cafe, David Dye talks to Mumford & Sons' members about how they achieved success. And, of course, they perform songs from Babel. (link.)


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Hour 1

MGMT "Kids" Oracular Spectacular
Grizzly Bear "Yet Again" Shield
The Decemberists "Down by the Water" The King is Dead
Ben Lee "Catch My Disease" Awake is the New Sleep
Laura Marling "Sophia" A Creature I Don’t Know
((Mumford & Sons "If I Needed You" Recorded Live at the World Cafe))
Mumford & Sons "Whispers in the Dark" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Mumford & Sons "Lover’s Eyes" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Mumford & Sons "Ghosts that We Knew" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Mumford & Sons "If I Needed You" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Mumford & Sons "Lover's Eyes" Recorded Live at the World Cafe))
Beach House "Lazuli" Bloom
((Sun Airway "Swallowed By the Night" Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier))

Hour 2

The Rolling Stones "Luxury" It’s Only Rock and Roll
Kelly Hogan "Why We Can’t Have Nice Things" I Like to Keep Myself in Pain
They Might Be Giants "Birdhouse in your Soul" Flood
New Pornographers "Myriad Harbour" Challengers
((David Bazan "Bearing Witness" Curse Your Branches))
Electric Guest "This Head I Hold" Modo
Chris Isaak "Baby Did a Bad Thing" Forever Blue
Best Coast "The Only Place" The Only Place
BECK "Think I’m in Love" The Information
The Breeders "Divine Hammer" Last Splash
The Hello Sequence "Hall of Mirrors" Negotiations
((War On Drugs "Coast Reprise" Wagonwheel Blues))
Dwight Yoakam "A Hear Like Mine (Edit)" 3 Pears
Gin Blossoms "Found Out About You" New Miserable Experience
Wilco "I Might" The Whole Love
The XX "Angels" Coexists
Paul Weller "I Walk on Gilded Splinte" The Wire Soundtrack
((Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit "The Last Song I Will Write" Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit))