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Blind Pilot On World Cafe | December 8, 2011

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Friends since college, guitarist and vocalist Israel Nebeker and drummer Ryan Dobrowski are the essence of Portland's Blind Pilot. From the beginning, their minimalist folk-rock sound has revolved around simple melodies, sparse drumming and warm vocals. Their lyrical bent often calls to mind folk-rock contemporaries such as Neutral Milk Hotel, Fleet Foxes, The Shins and Iron and Wine. In 2008, after a West Coast bicycle tour, the two wrote their breakout album, 3 Rounds and a Sound, and solidified their reputation for hauntingly beautiful music.

Since Blind Pilot's critically praised debut, it's toured with The Decemberists, Langhorne Slim and Gomez, and written more lovely, sturdy songs. This year, the band expanded to six members, bringing Blind Pilot a bigger sound full of layered vocals and instrumentals. The hooks are just as catchy and the guitar riffs are just as sweet, and the overall sound is bigger and better than ever. Blind Pilot's new album is titled We Are the Tide.(link)


Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

Phosphorescent "Nothing Was Stolen (Love Me Foolishly)" Here's to Taking it Easy
Portugal the Man "Got It All" In Mountain, In the Cloud
Givers "Up, Up, Up" In Light
Heartless Bastards "Parted Ways" Arrow
Spoon "Trouble Comes Running" Transference

((Blind Pilot "The Story I Heard" Three Rounds And A Sound))

Blind Pilot "Keep You Right" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Blind Pilot "The Colored Night" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Blind Pilot "Half Moon" Recorded Live for the World CafeBlind Pilot "We Are the Tide" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Balmorhea "Night In The Draw" All Is Wild, All Is Silent))

Aimee Mann "Freeway" @#%&! SMILERS
Joe Jackson "Is She Really Going Out" Look Sharp
Mike Doughty "Na Na Nothing" Yes and Also Yes

Hour 2

Nick Drake "Cello Song" Five Leaves Left
The Decemberists "This is Why We Fight" The King is Dead
Laura Veirs "Soldier's Joy" Tumble Bee: Laura Veirs Sings Folk Song for Children
The Black Keys "Little Black Submarines" El Camino
Elizabeth Cook "El Camino" Welder

((Here We Go Magic "Only Pieces" Here We Go Magic))

Girls "Honey Bunny" Father, Son, Holy Ghost
The Beach Boys "Heroes & Villains" The Smile Sessions
The War On Drugs "Taking the Farm" Wagonwheel Blue
Bob Dylan "Tombstone Blues" Highway 61 Revisited

((Tame Impala "Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind))

The Replacements "Temptation Eyes" Let It Be
Wild Flag "Romance" Wild Flag
Deer Tick "Make Believe" Divine Providence
Manfred Mann "Pretty Flamingo" Best Of Manfred Mann
Ryan Adams "Lucky Now" Ashes & Fire     

((Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit "The Last Song I Will Write" Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit))