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Sea Wolf On World Cafe | December 19, 2012

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Alex Brown Church began performing under the name Sea Wolf in 2003, after writing a handful of songs that didn't fit the rock band he played with at the time. Although Church has roped in a supporting cast of musicians to perform his songs, Sea Wolf is still very much his baby.

For the second Sea Wolf record, White Water, White Bloom, Church began to put together more ornate arrangements with strings and unusual instruments. For his latest album, he took a stripped-down approach, relying on just his voice and guitar and focusing on the cores of his songs. The result, Old World Romance, is a more straightforward affair, one that Church produced himself.

Although Church did at one point accidentally wipe the hard drive containing all of the audio files he'd been working on for the album, he was eventually able to get them all back. The album comes across as a distillate of the confidence Church has developed over the past few years, revealing strength in his singing and songwriting that wasn't quite so obvious in his previous work. (link)


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Freelance Whales “Generator Second Floor” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Midlake “Head Home” The Trial of Can Occupancy
Bat for Lashes “All Your Gold” The Haunted Man”
((Sea Wolf “The Garden That You Planted” Get To The River Before It Runs Too Low))
Sea Wolf “Old Friend” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Sea Wolf “Middle Distance Runner” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Sea Wolf “Priscilla” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Sea Wolf “You’re A Wolf” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Sea Wolf “Turn the Dirt Over” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Foxygen “Shuggie” 21st Century Ambassadors
Phoenix “1901” Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Patti Smith “So You Want to Be a Rock & Roll Star” Wave
Florence & The Machine “Shake it Out” Ceremonials
((The Byrds “Stranger in a Strange Land” Turn!Turn!Turn!))


Stars “The North” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Neil Young & Crazy Horse “Walk Like a Giant” Psychedelic Pill
Soul Asylum “Somebody to Shove” Grave Dancer’s Union
The Black Keys “Gold on the Ceiling” El Camino
((Teddy Thompson “Lover her for That” Teddy Thompson))
Kail Baxley “Say Goodbye to the Night” Heat Stroke/The Wind & The War
Otis Redding “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember” The Otis Redding Story
The Alabama Shakes “Hold On” EP
Eels “Peach Blossom” Wonderful Glorious
Grant Lee Buffalo “Mockingbirds” Mighty Joe Moon
((The Beach Boys “Good Vibrations” The Beach Boys (Bonus CD)))
Tame Impala “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” Lonerism
Gomez “Girlshapedlovedrug” How We Operate
Ann Peebles “Dr. Love Power” The Hi Years
Passion Pit “I’ll Be Alright” Gossamer
Fine Young Cannibals ‘I’m Not the Man I Used To Be” The Raw and the Cooked