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Admiral Radley on World Cafe | Wednesday, December 8, 2010

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The members of Admiral Radley have known each other forever. Jason Lytle and Aaron Burtch were part of the indie-rock band Grandaddy while Aaron Espinoza and Ariana Murray were part of Earlimart. Hailing from the same town in California led the two bands to bond over similar styles of music. Talk of bridging the two bands began swirling last year and the four members decided to temporarily move away from their prior projects to focus on the collaboration.

The group released its solid, fun-spirited debut album, I Heart California, earlier this year. In this interview, Lytle reveals that the title track is light-hearted, but realistic compared to the dreamy idealization that often characterizes songs about "The Golden State."

Here is the playlist:

Beck  Nobody's Fault But My Own  Mutations 
Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3  Resolution  Northern Aggression 
Spoon  The Beast & Dragon, Adored  Gimme Fiction
Arcade Fire  The Suburbs  The Suburbs 
Admiral Radley  I Heart California  Recorded Live for the World Cafe 
Admiral Radley  The Thread  Recorded Live for the World Cafe 
Admiral Radley  Ghosts of Syllables  Recorded Live for the World Cafe 
John Lennon  Number Nine Dream  The J.L. Collection 
Elliot Smith  Because  American Beauty Soundtrack 
Girls  Heartbreaker  Broken Dreams Club EP 
Big Star  The Ballad of El-Goodo  Keep an Eye on the Sky 
Annie Lennox  Train in Vain  Medusa 
Adele  Rolling In The Deep  21
Buddy Miles  Them Changes  Them Changes 
Local Natives  Sun Hands  Gorilla Manor 
Aimee Mann  That's Just What You Are  I'm With Stupid 
Menomena  Queen Black Acid  Mines 
King Crimson  Matte Kudasai  Discipline 
Vampire Weekend  Horchata  Contra 
Fran Healey  Sing Me to Sleep  Wreckorder 
Psychedelic Furs  The Ghost in You  All This and Nothing
One Eskimo  Kandi  One Eskimo 
Alison Krauss  Oh Atlanta  Now That I've Found You: A Collection
Sharon Van Etten  One Day  Epic