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Menomena on World Cafe | Thursday, December 9, 2010

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Portland, Oregon's experimental-rock trio Menomena is always full of surprises. Since self-releasing its debut, I Am The Fun Blame Monster!, in 2000, it's been a solid 10-year career full of innovative music. Over the past decade, the perfectionists fuse guitar, glockenspiel, bass, baritone and alto sax, keys, percussion and vocals, playing several instruments at once and swapping between songs. At their aid is their very own homemade computer program, which loops their instrumental riffs together, allowing Menomena to delicately mix punk and funk rhythms with eerie, deep melodies, and gorgeous vocal harmonies. Clearly their process is an intricate one, but it makes for quite a spectacular live experience.

With several albums to their name and a Grammy nomination for "Best Recording Package," the indie rock veterans have returned with their first record in four years, Mines. The follow-up to their critically acclaimed third release, Friend and Foe, Mines finds Menomena taking a much darker, serious route.

Listen to the band speak with World Cafe host David Dye about transforming its studio creations into live music.

Check out the playlist:

Vampire Weekend Giving up the Gun  Contra 
John Legend & The Roots  Wake Up  Wake Up
The Cure  In Between Days  Staring at the Sea - The Singles
The National  Bloodbuzz Ohio  High Violet 
Menomena  Dirty Cartoons  Recorded Live for the World Cafe 
Menomena  Queen Black Acid  Recorded Live for the World Cafe 
Menomena  Killemall  Recorded Live for the World Café 
Amos Lee  El Camino  Mission Bell 
The Grateful Dead  Jack Straw  Europe '72 
Rusted Root  Send Me on My Way  When I Woke 
Cold War Kids  Louder Than Ever  Mine Is Yours 
Tanita Tikaram  Twist in My Sobriety  Ancient Heart 
The Greenhornes  Saying Goodbye  ****
Matthew Sweet  Divine Intervention  Girlfriend
Old 97's  Champaign Illinois  Grand Theatre Vol. 1 
James McMurtry  Peter Pan  It Had to Happen 
Lykke Li  Get Some  Get Some
Minus the Bear  My Time  Recorded Live for the World Cafe 
Fitz & The Tantrums  Moneygrabber  Picking Up the Pieces 
Robert Palmer  Night People  Double Fun
Jessica Lea Mayfield  Our Hearts Are Wrong  Tell Me 
Dan Auerbach  Heartbroken, In Disrepair  Keep It Hid 
Citizen Cope  Healing Hands  The Rainwater LP 
The Rolling Stones  Faraway Eyes  Some Girls