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The Head and The Heart On World Cafe | June 16, 2011

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The Head and the Heart was formed after five twentysomethings met at an open mic night in Seattle.

"None of us knew each other beforehand," recalls singer Josiah Johnson. "I just happened to go to the same open mic. [Jonathan Russell] played some songs and I played some songs, then we started talking and hanging out."

After the band self-released its eponymous debut album last June, the emblematic Seattle label Sub Pop will reissue the album in April. The Head And The Heart is a bright, powerful debut full of classic harmonies, a la Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and The Beatles.

Hear the band chat with World Cafe host David Dye about its origins, moving to Seattle and the creative process that led to its debut LP.

This World Cafe performance originally aired March 15. (link)

Playlist:

HOUR 1

George Harrison "My Sweet Lord" All Things Must Pass
Middle Brother "Blood and Guts" Middle Brother
Neil Young "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere" Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
The Head and The Heart "Down In the Valley" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Head and The Heart "Ghosts" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Head and The Heart "Honey Come Home" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Head and The Heart "Rivers and Roads" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Mountain Goats "Birth of Serpents" All Eternals Deck
M. Ward "Chinese Translation" Post-War
PJ Harvey "Written on the Forehead" Let England Shake
Neil Finn "Sinner" Try Whistling This

HOUR 2

Alexi Murdoch "Some Day Soon" Towards the Sun
REM "Uberlin" Collapse Into Now
Local Natives "Sun Hands" Gorrila Manor
John Prine "Illegal Smile" John Prine
Citizen Cope "If There's Love" Citizen Cope
Elbow "Lippy Kids" Build a Rocket Boys
Peter Gabriel "Mercy Street" Shaking the Tree: 16 Golden Greats
Tristen "Baby Drugs" Charlatans at the Garden
Elliot Smith "Baby Britain" XO
Girls "Heartbreaker" Broken Dreams Club EP
Black Dub "Surely" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Deerhunter "Desire Lines" Halcyon Digest