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Unknown Mortal Orchestra On World Cafe | January 24, 2014

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 Unknown Mortal Orchestra is the work of Ruban Nielson, a New Zealand-bred musician who moved to Portland, Ore., six years ago. While there, he started working with samples in his bedroom that would later become the first Unknown Mortal Orchestra album in 2011. He released another in 2013, called II, as well as an EP.

Nielson tours with a band, but on this episode of World Cafe, we'll discuss the music he mostly makes alone. He also talks about his passion for electronics, building his own pedals and modifying equipment at home — and, of course, he performs live versions of songs from his new album.

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Tracklisting:

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Warpaint “Love is to Die” Warpaint
Edie Brickell “What I Am” Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars
Raphael Saadiq “100 Yard Dash” The Way I See It
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks “Lariat” Wigout at Jagbags
((Youth Lagoon “Dropla” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Unknown Mortal Orchestra “No Need For a Leader” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Unknown Mortal Orchestra “So Good At Being In Trouble” Recorded Live for the World
Unknown Mortal Orchestra “Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Unknown Mortal Orchestra “So Good At Being In Trouble” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Beth Orton “Dolphins” Best Bit EP
The Rolling Stones “Paint It Black” Grrr!
Suzanne Vega “I Never Wear White” Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles
The White Stripes “Icky Thump” Icky Thump
((Unknown Mortal Orchestra “No Need For a Leader” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
RL Burnside “Everything Is Broken” Big Bad Love Soundtrack
Damien Jurado “Silver Timothy” Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Sun
Lou Reed “Solsbury Hill” Peter Gabriel: And I’ll Scratch Yours
Jose Gonzalez “Stay Alive” The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Soundtrack
((Minus the Bear “Ice Monster Planet” Planet of Ice))
The Alabama Shakes “Hold On” Boys & Girls
Little Feat “Roll ‘Um Easy” Dixie Chicken
Valerie June “Workin’ Woman Blues” Pushin’ Against a Stone
Rosanne Cash “Modern Blue” The River and the Thread
REM “Shiny Happy People” Out of Time
David Byrne “I Don’t Remember” Peter Gabriel: And I’ll Scratch Yours
((Red Hot Chili Peppers “Sir Psycho Sexy” Blood Sugar Sex Majik))
Shovels and Rope “Birmingham” O’ Be Joyful
John Fullbright “Jericho” From the Ground Up
The Move “Do Ya” Message from the Country
((J Roddy Walston & the Business “Marigold” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))