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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros on World Cafe | August 17, 2012

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A band's sound is only as big as its members, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' music is huge. The 10 members are a whirl of roving horns, as well as whistles, claps, shouts, strummed string instruments and percussion involving drums, hands and anything else they can find. The group's communal folk sound blew up in 2009 with the heart-pounding, foot-stomping single "Home"; with its universal sentiment, the song includes a back-and-forth between frontman Alex Ebert and bandmate Jade Castrinos.

In this World Cafe session, Ebert describes how the pair came to terms with performing "Home" as their relationship evolved from an undying friendship to a romantic relationship and back again over the past few years. Attempting to dissolve the categories and definitions of relationships in a blend of light and love, Ebert and the gang perform songs from their second album, Here. Check back to hear their performance soon.

This episode originally aired on June 8, 2012. (link)


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Dr. Dog "Warrior Man" Be the Void
The War on Drugs "Come to the City" Slave Ambient
Luna "Anesthesia" Lunapark
Beach House "Myth" Bloom
((Freeland Whales "Vessels" Weathervanes))
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros "Man on Fire" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros "Fire Water" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros "Home" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros "40 Day Dream" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Beirut "Santa Fe" The Rip Tide
Sufjan Stevens "Chicago" Come on Feel the Illinoise
moe. "New York" Dither


Washed Out "Eyes Be Closed" Within and Without
Randy Newman "New Orleans Wins the War" Land of Dreams
Dr. John "Goin’ Back to New Orleans" Goin’ Back to New Orleans
Trombone Shorty "On the Way Down" Backatown
Ani Difranco "Little Plastic Castle" Little Plastic Castle
((Jeremy Messersmith "Light Rail" The Silver City))
The Tallest Man on Earth "1904" There is No Leaving Now
Bob Dylan "Mr. Tambourine Man" Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits
John K. Samson "When I Write My Master’s Thesis" Provincial
((Two Cow Garage "Sweet Saint Me" Sweet Saint Me))
Hacienda "Savage" Shakedown
Los Lobos "Can’t Stop the Rain" Colossal Head
TV on the Radio "Will Do" Nine Types of Light
Jack White "I’m Shakin’" Blunderbuss
Little Richard "Slippin’ & Slidin’" Here's Little Richard
JD McPherson "North Side gal" Signs & Signifiers
((Black Joe Lewis "I Don’t Mind" Black Joe Lewis))