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Snow Patrol On World Cafe | January 20, 2012

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Blending melodic, powerful, guitar-driven indie rock with hook-filled pop and Coldplay-style balladry, Scottish band Snow Patrol has become an international sensation with heavy touring, chart-topping albums and beautiful singles. In 2003, Final Straw vaulted the group onto the international music scene. Snow Patrol released Eyes Open in 2006; that collection features the hit "Chasing Cars" and, with millions of albums sold, solidified the band's reputation for anthemic rock.

Just this month, Snow Patrol released its sixth full-length, Fallen Empires. It represents a move away from melancholic, epic rock, both in terms of lyrics and topics. The album features gospel influences in the form of Lissie and the Inner City Mass Choir, as well as inspiration from Arcade Fire and U2. Singer Gary Lightbody explains the album's club beats and electronic guitar riffs, saying, "There's been very little master plan. We allow things to happen as much by accident as by deliberate intention."

Here, Snow Patrol plays live and discusses the new album.(link)


Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

Bruce Springsteen "For You" Greetings From Ashbury PA
Cracker "Teen Angst" Cracker
Nada Surf "Waiting for Something" The Stars are the Indifferent to Astronomy

((Snow Patrol "Chocolate" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

Snow Patrol "Called Out In the Dark" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Snow Patrol "Lifening" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Snow Patrol "New York" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Snow Patrol "Chocolate" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Snow Patrol "New York" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

M83 "Midnight City" Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
My Morning Jacket "Off the Record" Z
The Alabama Shakes "I Found You" EP

Hour 2

Sea Wolf "Where the Wind Blows" Turn the Dirt Over Single
Radiohead "Staircase" The Daily Mail / Staircase Single
Jim White "Crash Into the Sun" Transnormal Skipperoo
The Shins "Simple Song" Port of Morrow
World Party "Put the Message in the Bottle" Goodbye Jumbo
Florence & the Machine "Shake it Out" Ceremonials

((Nicole Atkins "Cool Enough" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

Jesse Baylin "Hurry Hurry" Little Spark
Harry Nilsson "Without Her" Greatest Hits
Gotye "Somebody That I Used to Know" Kimbra

((Two Door Cinema Club "Cigarettes In The Theater" Tourist History))

Nick Lowe "Sensitive Man" The Old Magic
The Mavericks "All That Heaven Will Allow" What a Crying Shame
The Barr Brothers "Give the Devil Back His Heart" The Barr Brothers
Traffic "40,000 Headmen" Smiling Phases

((Okkervil River "Savannah Smiles" The Stage Names))