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Spiritualized on World Cafe | June 7, 2012

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Sweet Heart Sweet Light, the new album by the English space-rock band Spiritualized, was recorded while frontman Jason Pierce was undergoing chemotherapy for liver disease. Pierce set out to craft the record as a clear-cut pop record in between hospital stays, and though he says he isn't convinced he succeeded, most of the album is composed of could-be Top 10 radio hits from the early '70s. The album's first single, "Hey Jane," is a love song with many parts, but it sounds like a classic-rock hit, complete with guitar-based interludes and organ riffs.

In this World Cafe session with host David Dye, Pierce explains how the process of recording Sweet Heart Sweet Light served as a worthwhile distraction from his medical treatments. (link)


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Talking Heads "Take Me to the River" Stop Making Sense
Of Monsters & Men "Little Talks" My Head is an Animal
Edwin Hawkins Singers "Oh Happy Day" Soul Hits of the 70's
((Spiritualized "Mary" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Spiritualized "Hey Jane" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Spiritualized "I Am What I Am" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Spiritualized "Mary" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Spiritualized "Hey Jane" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Father John Misty "I'm Writing a Novel" Fear Fun
Spoon "The Beast and Dragon, Adored" Gimmee Fiction
Mayer Hawthorne "No Strings" How Do You Do
Al Green "Tired of Being Alone" Greatest Hits


Aimee Mann "31 Today" Smilers
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros "Man on Fire" Here
My Morning Jacket "Off the Record" Z
Zeus "Are You Gonna Waste My Time" Busting Visions
The Replacements "Unsatissfied" Let it Be
((The Parsons Red Heads "Time is Running Out" Yearling))
Polica "Dark Star" Give You the Ghost
Foster the People "Don't Stop" Torches
The Decemberists "O Valencia" The Crane Wife
Fleet Foxes "White Winter Hymnal" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Audra Mae "Eli, the Barrow Boy" Haunt))
Lucinda Williams "God I'm Missing You" Kin
Buddy Miller "Worry Too Much" Universal United House of Prayer
Jukebox the Ghost "Somebody" Safe Travels
Eurythmics "It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back)" Be Yourself Tonight
((Richard Thompson "Persuasion" Sweet Talker))