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Phosphorescent on World Cafe | June 24, 2013

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It's easy to hear the steady growth in the music of Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck since the release of his band's 2009 Willie Nelson tribute album, To Willie. In 2011, Here's to Taking It Easy was a sprawling, languid epic written with his road band's performances in mind.

Phosphorescent's latest album,Muchacho, finds Houck writing the most personal songs of his career, many inspired by a stay on the Mexican beach in Tulum; as Houck tells World Cafe host David Dye, the album's sound was influenced in part by Brian Eno albums. In this performance, the pedal steel of his country-leaning days remains out in front, bringing a mystical quality to Phosphorescent's music.(Link)

This installment of World Cafe was first published on May 8, 2013.


(( )) for interlude music

Hour 1

Jeff Buckley “Everybody Here Wants You” Sketches For My Sweetheart the Drunk
Rhye “Open” Open
Marvin Gaye “Inner City Blues” What’s Going On
((Phosphorescent "Song for Zula" Muchacho))
Phosphorescent “Terror In the Canyons” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Phosphorescent “Song For Zula” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Phosphorescent “Quotidian Beasts” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Phosphorescent "Los Angeles" Here's to Taking It Easy))
Iron & Wine “Grace For Saints & Ramblers” Ghost On Ghost
Jerry Harrison “Man With A Gun” Casual Gods
Pickwick “Lady Luck” Can’t Talk Medicine
Fleetwood Mac “Think About Me” Tusk
((David Bowie "Andy Warhol" Hunky Dory))

Hour 2

North Mississippi Allstars “Drop Down Mama” Shake Hands With Shorty
Houndstooth “Canary Island” Ride Out The Dark
Houndstooth “Wheel On Fire” Ride Out The Dark
The Heavy “How You Like Me Now?” The House That Dirt Built
Kopecky Family Band “Heartbeat” Kids Raising Kids
Vampire Weekend “Ya Hey” Modern Vampires Of the City
((The Dandy Warhols "Bohemian Like You" Thirteen Tales of Urban Bohemia))
Neko Case “Man” The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
Elvis Costello “Accidents Will Happen” Armed Forces
Raphael Saadiq “Heart Attack” Stone Rollin’
Phoenix “Entertainment” Bankrupt
Foxygen “San Francisco” We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic
((Dawes "God Rest My Soul" North Hills))
John Prine “Lake Marie” Lost Dogs & Mixed Blessings
Bright Eyes “Crazy As A Loon (John Prine Cover)” AOL Sessions
((Langhorne Slim "Sometimes” Langhorne Slim))