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Brendan Benson on World Cafe | July 25, 2012

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Brendan Benson has spent the past decade and a half curating a distinct and exciting sound, but his ascent hasn't been a smooth one. His debut album, 1996's One Mississippi, is considered a power-pop classic, but it sold poorly at the time of its release. The Detroit singer-songwriter's next album, 2002's Lapalco, found a small but similarly intense fan base six years later, and Benson eventually landed a gig collaborating with Jack White in the supergroup The Raconteurs.

Benson has gone on to record three more solo records, including this year's What Kind of World, which came out in April. The album was Benson's first release on his own label, Readymade, which launched earlier this year. Here, he joins World Cafe host David Dye to talk about signing his first two acts — Young Hines and Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons — and play songs from his new album. (link)

Playlist

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HOUR 1

Stevie Wonder "Master Blaster (Jammin')" Original Musiquarium I, Vol. II
The Raconteurs "Steady as She Goes" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Blur "Under the Westway" Under the Westway
The Beatles "Tomorrow Never Knows" Revolver
((Brendan Benson "What Kind of World" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Brendan Benson "Pretty Baby" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Brendan Benson "Bad For Me" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Brendan Benson "Keep Me" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Brendan Benson "What Kind of World" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Brendan Benson "Pretty Baby" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Aimee Mann "Charmer" Charmer
Father John Misty "I'm Writing A Novel" Fear Fun
Nazz "Open My Eyes" Anthology Disc One
Jack White "Love Interruption" Blunderbuss
John Hiatt "Thing Called Love" Bring the Family
((Los Straightjackets "Aha" Rock en Espanol))

HOUR 2

The Blue Nile "Stay" A Walk Across Rooftops
Polica "Wandering Star" Give You the Ghost
MGMT "Electric Feel" Oracular Spectacular
Yeasayer "Longevity" Fragrant World
((Blk Jks "Mystery" Mystery EP))
Kelly Hogan "We Can't Have Nice Things" I Like To Keep Myself In Pain
Kirsty Maccoll "Can't Stop Killing You" Titanic Days
The Cure "In Between Days" Staring At the Sea: The Singles
Hacienda "Savage" Shakedown
Thin Lizzy "Wild one" Dedication
((Ben Vaughn "Brushfire" Designs in Music))
Justin Townes Earle "Look the Other Way" Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now
The Lumineers "Stubborn Love" The Lumineers
Dawes "If I Wanted Someone" Nothing Is Wrong
Wilco "Art of Almost" The Whole Love
((John Lydon "One Drop" This is PiL))