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Uncle Tupelo's Family Tree on World Cafe | October 25, 2011

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Throughout the month of October, we're celebrating the 20th anniversary of World Cafe. Each day, we'll revisit some of the best and most memorable interviews of the past 20 years.

The influential alt-country group Uncle Tupelo spawned Wilco and Son Volt shortly after it broke up in the mid-'90s. In this episode, we'll hear archival performances from all three bands, and assess the state of their genre as it's continued to develop.

Uncle Tupelo was born when three friends — Jay Farrar, Jeff Tweedy and Mike Heidorn — decided to re-form their high-school band after its lead singer left for college. Based in Belleville, Ill., the members of Uncle Tupelo quickly realized that their punk idols The Ramones and The Sex Pistols were not the toast of their music scene. They began to explore country music, and resulting blend on the group's 1990 album No Depression became synonymous with the alt-country sound. During its short but remarkable run, Uncle Tupelo recorded a live session with World Cafe before its split in 1994.

With the breakup of Uncle Tupelo, Farrar formed Son Volt, which has put out critically successful Americana albums from 1995 through its most recent record, American Central Dust, in 2009. The band has visited World Cafe on several occasions over the years, and we'll play three songs from different points in the late '90s.

Led by Jeff Tweedy, Wilco has released music that's run the gamut from folk-rock to experimental pop. Wilco has graced World Cafe many times over the years, and we'll hear a selection of songs from visits between 1995 and 2009. The band's most recent album, The Whole Love, came out this year.(link)

Playlist

Hour 1

Wilco "Muzzle of Bees" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Uncle Tupelo "Acuff-Rose" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Uncle Tupelo "Slate" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Uncle Tupelo "Give Back the Key to My Heart" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Son Volt "Tear-Stained Eye" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Son Volt "Windfall" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Son Volt "Back Into Your World" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Son Volt "Medicine Hat" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Wilco "Box Full of Letters" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Wilco "Outtamind, Outtasight" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Wilco "She's a Jar" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Wilco "Kamera" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Wilco "What Light" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Wilco "You and I" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

Hour 2


Grace Potter & The Nocturnals "Ah Mary" This is Somewhere
Death Cab for Cutie "Summer Skin" Plans
Death Cab for Cutie "Soul Meets Body" Plans
Glen Hansard & Markeeta Irglova "Falling Slowly" Once Soundtrack
Arcade Fire "No Cars Go" Neon Bible
Vampire Weekend "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Vampire Weekend "A-Punk" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Spoon "The Underdog" Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Modest Mouse "Dashboard" We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
Letting Up Despite Great Faults "Teenage Tide" Paper Crush
Letting Up Despite Great Faults "Sophia in God" Paper Crush
Amy Winehouse "Rehab" Back to Black
Iron & Wine "Boy With a Coin" Boy With a Coin