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The Head and The Heart on World Cafe | September 9, 2013

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This session, from Dec. 12, 2011, is the second in our Vintage Cafe series, where we revisit some of our best studio performances.

The Head and the Heart was formed after five twentysomethings met at an open mic night in Seattle.

"None of us knew each other beforehand," recalls singer Josiah Johnson. "I just happened to go to the same open mic. [Jonathan Russell] played some songs and I played some songs, then we started talking and hanging out."

After the band self-released its eponymous debut album last June, the emblematic Seattle label Sub Pop will reissue the album in April. The Head And The Heart is a bright, powerful debut full of classic harmonies, a la Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and The Beatles.

Hear the band chat with World Cafe host David Dye about its origins, moving to Seattle and the creative process that led to its debut LP.

This session originally aired on June 16, 2011. (via World Cafe)

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Little Feat “On Your Way Down” Dixie Chicken
Mark Knopfler “I Used to Could” Privateering
Little Walter “Juke” The Essential Little Walter
((The Black Keys "Psychotic Girl" Attack and Release))
The Head and the Heart “Down in the Valley” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Head and the Heart “Ghosts” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Head and the Heart “Honey Come Home” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Head and the Heart “Rivers and Roads” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((The Head and the Heart “Down in the Valley” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
The Head and the Heart “Shake” Let’s Be Still
Counting Crows “Daylight Fading” Recovering the Satellite
Jake Bugg “Lightning Bolt” Jake Bugg
JD McPherson “North Side Gal” Signs and Signifiers
Spanic Boys “Keep on Walking Spanic Boys
((Modest Mouse "Missed the Boat" We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank))
Local Natives “Sun Hands” Gorilla Manor
Royal Bangs “Better Run” Brass
Best Coast “Boyfriend” Crazy For You
REM “Losing My Religion” Out of Time
((Ben Folds Five "Hold That Thought" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Diego Garcia “Sunnier Days” Paradise
St. Vincent “Cruel” Strange Mercy
Trombone Shorty “Fire and Brimstone” Say That to Say This
The Clash “The Guns of Brixton” London Calling
((Dr. John "Locked Down" Locked Down))
Julia Holter “In the Green Wild” Loud City Song
The Church “Under the Milky Way” Starfish
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti “Bright Lit Blue Skies” Before Today
Sniff N The Tears “Driver’s Seat” Fickle Heart
Elastic Bond “Find a Way” Real
((Diamond Rugs "Call Girl Blues" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))