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Anaïs Mitchell On World Cafe | March 20, 2012

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Vermont folk singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell's confessional ballads and strong, emotive singing have earned her comparisons to Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Gillian Welch. Since her 2002 debut, she's added five more albums to her discography and collaborated with the likes of Ani DiFranco, Justin Vernon and Ben Knox Miller of The Low Anthem.

Mitchell shuttles deftly between genres, displaying a penchant for narrative poetry and a deep reverence for the expressiveness of folk. Her latest record, the operatic Young Man In America, is woven with a theme of social responsibility. It is also one of her most critically acclaimed albums. Inspired by scenes of struggle in our economic crisis, Mitchell has evolved her protest music into something more allegorical and applicable to any time period. (via World Cafe)


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Talking Heads "Slippery People" Speaking in Tongues
The Swell Season "Low Rising" Strict Joy
K D Lang "Constant Craving" Ingenue
Michael Kiwanuka "Tell Me a Tale" Tell Me a Tale EP
((Anais Mitchell "Ships" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Anais Mitchell "Wilderland" Young Man in America
Anais Mitchell "Shepherd" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
(( Anais Mitchell "Wilderland" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Sharon Van Etten "Serpents" Tramp
Beirut "Santa Fe" The Rip Tide
Peter Gabriel "I Have the Touch" Shaking the Tree (Best of Peter Gabriel)
Andrew Bird "Eyeoneye" Break it Yourself


Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker, Yim Yames "Hoping Machine" New Multitudes
Teenage Fan Club "The Concept" Bandwagonesque
Girls "Honey Bunny" Father, Son, Holy Ghost
The Black Keys "Lonely Boy" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Clarence Frogman Henry "Ain't Got No Home" New Orleans Story
((Dan Auerbach "My Last Mistake" Keep It Hid))
Dr. John "Revolution" Locked Down
Captain Beefheart "Crazy Little Thing" Clear Spot
Howlin' Wolf "Evil" The Chess Box
The Heavy "How You Like Me Now?" The House that Dirt Built
Mayer Hawthorne "Hooked" How Do You Do
(( BLK JKS "Mystery" Mystery EP))
Fanfarlo "Shiny Things" Rooms Filled with Light
Mumford & Sons "The Cave" Sigh No More
Ben Howard "The Wolves" Every Kingdom
Jeff Buckley "Lover You Should've Come Over" Grace