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The Front Bottoms On World Cafe | February 8, 2012

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Brian Sella and Mathew Uychich of the New Jersey band The Front Bottoms have been playing together for years. Luckily, they haven't lost a shred of their irreverent and emotional style over the course of their unconventional careers together: Before releasing an official studio album, they toured internationally, sharing the stage with everyone from Vanessa Carlton to Titus Andronicus. Their official, eponymous debut, which came out last September, combines smart comedy with melodically rich songcraft.

As described by the band, The Front Bottoms is rich in hooks and confessions while calling on influences ranging from Joni Mitchell to Green Day. Although containing its fair share of indie folk, punk influences creep through, as well. Filled with poetic imagery and endless humor, the album defies classification, and that's by design.

In this session, Sella and Uychich talk to World Cafe's David Dye about their lifelong friendship, writing songs in their teens and their live shows, and also perform live in the studio.

You can also hear The Front Bottoms perform live in concert from Philadelphia on World Cafe Live.(link)


Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

Radiohead "Lotus Flower" The King of Limbs
John Lennon "Instant Kharma" Working Class Hero: The Definitive Lennon
The Alabama Shakes "Hold On" The Alabama Shakes EP
Violent Femmes "Blister In the Sun" Violent Femmes
The Modern Lovers "Roadrunner" The Modern Lovers

((The Front Bottoms "Legit Tattoo Gun" The Front Bottoms))

The Front Bottoms "Father/The Beers" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Front Bottoms "Mountain" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Front Bottoms "Maps" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Jeremy Messersmith "Light Rail" The Silver City))

Craig Finn "Honolulu Blues" Clear Heart Full Eyes
Raphael Saadiq "Brand New Leopard Skin Pill Box Hat" Chimes Of Freedom
The Velvet Underground "Rock & Roll" The Best of the Velvet Underground

((Fruit Bats "Flamingo" The Ruminant Band))

Hour 2

The Thievery Corporation "Lebanese Blonde" The Mirror Conspiracy
Roxy Music "In the Midnight Hour" Flesh and Blood
Wilco "Dawned on Me" The Whole World
Leonard Cohen "Darkness" Old Ideas
Tom Waits "Downtown Train" Rain Dogs

((Tristen "Doomsday" Charlatans at the Garden Gate))

Bonnie Raitt "Right Down the Line" Slipstream
Warren Zevon "Join Me In L.A." Warren Zevon
Justin Townes Earle "Look the Other Way" Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now
Lissie "In Sleep" Catching a Tiger

((Tyler Ramsey "Worried" A Long Dream About Swimming Across the Sea))

Birdy "Skinny Love" Birdy
Bon Iver "Holocene" Bon Iver
Delta Spirit "California" Delta Spirit
The Allman Brothers "Southbound" Brothers and Sisters

((Delta Spirit "Ode to Sunshine" Ode to Sunshine))