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Nada Surf On World Cafe | February 24, 2012

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On Nada Surf's new album, The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy, the long-running band alternates between infectious optimism and sweet sadness. In spite of countless label changes, the group has remained remarkably consistent in its 20 years together: Blending good-natured affirmations with catchy pop-rock hooks, Nada Surf sounds like a bunch of fresh-faced kids, albeit unusually wise ones.

After "Popular" made the group famous in 1996, Nada Surf spent a good chunk of its career recovering from "one-hit wonder" status. But with the release of Let Go in 2002, the band began a string of widely beloved, relentlessly upbeat records, and The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy continues in that endearing spirit. Here, Nada Surf plays a bunch of its terrific new songs in a studio session on World Cafe.(link)

Playlist

Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

David & David "Welcome to the Boomtown" Boomtown
Wilco "Dawned On Me" The Whole Love
Old 97's "Every Night Is Friday Night Without You" The Grand Theatre
Punch Brothers "Movement and Location" Who's Feeling Young Now
The Civil Wars "Poison & Wine" Barton Hollow

((Nada Surf "When I Was Young" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

Nada Surf "Teenage Dreams" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Nada Surf "Waiting for Something" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Nada Surf "When I Was Young" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Nada Surf "Looking Through" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Nada Surf "Teenage Dreams" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

Gary Clark Jr. "Bright Lights" Bright Lights EP
Joe Cocker "You Can Leave Your Hat On" Cocker

Hour 2

(( )) for interlude music

David & David "Welcome to the Boomtown" Boomtown
Wilco "Dawned On Me" The Whole Love
Old 97's "Every Night Is Friday Night Without You" The Grand Theatre
Punch Brothers "Movement and Location" Who's Feeling Young Now
The Civil Wars "Poison & Wine" Barton Hollow

((Nada Surf "When I Was Young" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

Nada Surf "Teenage Dreams" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Nada Surf "Waiting for Something" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Nada Surf "When I Was Young" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Nada Surf "Looking Through" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Nada Surf "Teenage Dreams" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

Gary Clark Jr. "Bright Lights" Bright Lights EP
Joe Cocker "You Can Leave Your Hat On" Cocker