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Milk Carton Kids on World Cafe | April 23, 2013

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When Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan ditched their solo careers to form The Milk Carton Kids, they discovered that they had a lot to teach each other. They also had a plan: to give their music away in order to find their audience. It worked remarkably well. Now, their third album, The Ash & Clay, is out on a regular label — no freebies this time around — and they're playing to packed houses across the U.S. and Europe.
What they have is wonderful songwriting, performed immaculately, and that's what we'll hear in their performance on this installment of World Cafe. They also tell us how playing together has inspired both of them in their songwriting. Listen for Pattengale's "Memphis," a particularly telling song about America. (link)
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Bell X1 “Starlings Over Brighton Pier” Chop Chop
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals “Ah Mary” This Is Somewhere
Local Natives “Heavy Feet” Hummingbird
((Milk Carton Kids “The Ash And Clay” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Milk Carton Kids “Hope of a Lifetime” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Milk Carton Kids “The Ash And Clay” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Milk Carton Kids “Memphis” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Sera Cahoone “Deer Creek Canyon” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Bob Weir “Cassidy” Ace
Lord Huron “Time To Run” Lonesome Dreams
The Olms “Wanna Feel It” The Olms EP
David Gray “Babylon” White Ladder
((Pearl Jam “Black” Ten))
Chris Isaak “Wicked Game” Heart Shaped World
Dawes “Just Beneath the Surface” Stories Don’t End
Wilco “I Might” The Whole Love
The Lemonheads “It’s a Shame About Ray” It’s a Shame About Ray
Leagues “Spotlight” You Belong Here
((Dinosaur Jr. “Drawering” Where You Been))
Teenage Fan Club “The Concept” Bandwagonesque
David Bowie “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” The Next Day
Modest Mouse “Satellite Skin” No One’s First, And You’re Next
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club “Let the Day Begin” Specter At the Feast
((The Black Keys “Psychotic Girl” Attack and Release))
Bombino “Amadine” Nomad
RL Burnside “Let My Baby Ride” Come On In
Shuggie Otis “Miss Pretty” Inspiration Information
Terence Trent D’arby “Wishing Well” Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D’arby
The Alabama Shakes “Hang Loose” Boys & Girls
((Thao Nguyen “Geography” We Brave Bee Stings and All))