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Los Campesinos! On World Cafe | February 22, 2012

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After first coming together as a trio at Cardiff University in 2006, Los Campesinos! has blossomed into a septet with a reputation for lively indie-rock, in the spirit of everyone from Modest Mouse to Broken Social Scene to Belle and Sebastian. The generous joy in the Los Campesinos! sound first brought the group the label of "twee-pop," but in the past several years, the band has earned its reputation for dark humor, danceable beats and layered instrumentals.

Now on its fourth full-length album, Los Campesinos! continues to evolve. The 10 tracks on Hello Sadness, released in November, traffic in the signature Los Campesinos! sound — plenty of glockenspiel, love and soccer. But there's something more direct about the record: The sharp lyrics create deeply personal narratives, often about breakups. But the twisted humor and fresh beats from the Los Campesinos! repertoire make Hello Sadness even more exuberant than its predecessors.

The band performs songs from the new album in this World Cafe session with David Dye.(link)


Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

U2 "Walk On" All That You Leave Behind"
Dawes "A Little Bit of Everything" Nothing is Wrong
Translator "Everywhere That I'm Not" New Wave Hits Vol. 4
Kevin Kinney & The Golden Palominos "Never Gonna Change" A Good Country Mile

((Los Campesinos! "By Your Hand" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

Los Campesinos! "By Your Hand" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Los Campesinos! "Hello Sadness" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Los Campesinos! "Songs About Your Girlfriend" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Los Campesinos! "Baby I Got the Death Rattle" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Los Campesinos! "Songs About Your Girlfriend" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

Sharon Van Etten "Serpents" Tramp
Aztec Camera "Oblivious" High Land, Hard Rain
The La's "There She Goes" The La's
Death Cab for Cutie "Doors Unlocked and Open" Codes and Keys

((Black Dub "Silverado" Black Dub))

Hour 2

Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker & Yim Yames "Hoping Machine" New Multitudes
Wilco "California Stars" Mermaid Avenue
Bruce Springsteen "We Take Care of Our Own" Wrecking Ball
Leonard Cohen "Darkness" Old Ideas
Tanita Tikaram "Twist In My Sobriety" Ancient Heart

((Laura Marling "Night Terror" Alas, I Cannot Swim))

Prince "A Case of You" Tribute to Joni Mitchell
Gotye "Somebody That I Used to Know" Making Mirrors
Pete Yorn "Life On A Chain" Musicforthemorningafter
Nada Surf "Waiting For Something" The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy

((Elizabeth Cook "Follow You Like Smoke" Welder))

Justin Townes Earle "Look the Other Way" Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now
Ben Lee "Catch My Disease" Awake is the New Sleep
Beirut "Santa Fe" The Rip Tide
Other Lives "For 12" Tamer Animals

((Those Transatlantics "To The Editor" Knocked Out))