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G. Love On World Cafe | March 18, 2011 |

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Self-proclaimed, "hip-hop blues" artist G. Love returns with his latest fusion of political messages and sophisticated song structures on Fixin' To Die. The album is still full of G Love's signature blend of blues, alt-rock, soul and hip-hop, but this time there's something more. The Avett Brothers have had a deep influence on G. Love this past year, and the result is a foray into folk music.
 
The band was originally formed in 1992 in Philadelphia when G. Love recruited Jimmy "Jazz" Prescott on acoustic bass and Jeffrey Clemens a.k.a. "House Man" on drums in order to help flesh out his compositions in a band setting. The self-titled debut, released in 1994, won them near-instant acclaim and adoration thanks to its blues-based song structures and hip-hop beats.
 
More than 15 years later, Fixin' To Die is quite the departure, but remains true to G. Love's eclectic style. (link)
 
HOUR ONE
 
Lissie "In Sleep" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Jessica Lea Mayfield "Our Hearts Are Wrong" Tell Me
RL Burnside "Let My Baby Ride" Let My Baby Ride
Gregg Allman "I Can't Be Satisfied" Low Country Blues
G. Love "Milk and Sugar" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
G. Love "Heaven" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
G. Love "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
G. Love "Fixin' To Die" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
REM "Mine Smells Like Honey" Collapse Into Now
Modest Mouse "Fire It Up" We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
Jenny Lewis "See Fernando" Acid Tongue 
Squeeze "Another Nail In My Heart" Argy Bargy
The Cars "Blue Tip" Move Like This
 
HOUR TWO
 
Robert Palmer "Looking for Clues" Addictions Vol. 1
Belly "Feed the Tree" Star
Best Coast "Boyfriend" Crazy for You
Kurt Vile "Jesus Fever" Smoke Ring for My Halo
Luna "California (All the Way)" Bewitched
Telekinesis! "You Turn Clear in the Sun" 12 Desperate Straight Lines
Sun Volt "Windfall" Trace
Indigo Girls "Closer To Fine" Indigo Girls
The Head and the Heart "Lost In My Mind" The Head And The Heart    
Shuggie Oats "Inspiration Information" Inspiration Information    
Fitz and the Tantrums "Moneygrabber" Picking Up the Pieces
The English Beat "Tears Of a Clown" You Just Can't Beat It: The Best Of The Beat
Lucinda Williams "Blessed" Blessed
Bob Dylan "The Man In Me" The Big Lebowski Soundtrack