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Jonathan Wilson On World Cafe | February 7, 2012

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Jonathan Wilson is practically overflowing with music, if his debut album Gentle Spirit is any indication. The album runs 78 minutes, with several songs spanning more than six minutes. That's a lot of material for a debut, but Wilson is no newbie — he's worked with the likes of Elvis Costello, Robbie Robertson and Jackson Browne.

Gentle Spirit got its start in Laurel Canyon, the famous L.A. mecca for folk, and Wilson's efforts to re-create the classic canyon sound fill the record. The album was written in between performances, on the road, and with a conscious effort to capture a "dreary day in the canyon," as Wilson put it. The result is a mesmerizing slice of dreamy pop which also incorporates country and rock 'n' roll. Wilson carefully focuses on the instrumentation, often using his voice as a quiet piece of his compositions.(link)

Playlist

Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

Jackson Browne "My Opening Farewell" Saturate Before Using
The War on Drugs "Brothers" Slave Ambient
Los Lobos "Jenny's Got a Pony" The Neighborhood
John K. Samson "When I Write My Master's Thesis" Provincial

((Jonathan Wilson "Canyon In The Rain" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

Jonathan Wilson "Can We Really Party Today?" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Jonathan Wilson "The Way I Feel" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Jonathan Wilson "Desert Raven" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Jonathan Wilson "The Way I Feel" Recorded Live on the World Cafe))

The Byrds "My Back Pages" The Byrds Box Set (Disc 2: Cruising Altitude)
Lykke Li "I Follow Rivers" Wounded Rhymes
Real Estate "It's Real" Days

((Chairlift "Bruises" Does You Inspire You))

Hour 2

Heartless Bastards "Parted Ways" Arrow
The Black Keys "Little Black Submarines" El Camino
Led Zepplin "Goin to California" Led Zepplin 4
Gotye "Somebody That I Used to Know" Kimbra
Crowded House "It's Only Natural" Woodface

((Choir Of Young Believers "Hollow Talk" This Is For The Whites In Your Eyes))

Fanfarlo "Shiny Things" Rooms Filled with Light
Matthew Sweet "Looking at the Sun" Girlfriend
Of Monsters & Men "Little Talks" My Head is an Animal
Feist "How Come You Never Go There" Metals
Elbow "Open Arms" Build a Rocket Boys

((Ra Ra Riot "Oh La" The Rhumb Line))

Jesse Baylin "Hurry Hurry" Little Spark
Joni Mitchell "Down to You" Court & Spark
Andrew Bird "Eyeoneye" Break it Yourself