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Minus The Bear On World Cafe | December 20, 2012

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The majority of Minus The Bear's records have been iterations of the intricate, melodic rock the Seattle band has been playing since it formed in 2001. In 2010 the band made a slight departure with Omni, an album that relied much more heavily on synthesizers and keyboards.

The band didn't go into the recording process for its latest record, Infinity Overhead, with any stated goals of returning to its trademark sound, but that was the outcome nevertheless. Guitarists Jake Snider and David Knudson say they fell back in love with playing guitar, and their renewed affection for their instruments is immediately apparent in the riff-laden hooks that dominate the album.

The band plays an acoustic set of songs from Infinity Overhead in this session of World Cafe. (Link)

Tracklisting

(( )) for interlude music

HOUR 1

Radiohead "Optimistic" Kid A
Atoms for Peace "Default" Amok
St. Vincent & David Byrne "Who" Love This Giant
Luna "Slash Your Tires" Lunapark
((Minus the Bear "Empty Party Rooms" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Minus the Bear "Steel and Blood" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Minus the Bear "Empty Party Rooms" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Minus the Bear "Diamond Lightning" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Minus the Bear "Steel and Blood" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
The Amazing "Flashlight" Gentle Stream
The Swell Season "Low Rising" Strict Joy
Local Native "Breakers" Hummingbird
King Tuff "Bad Thing" King Tuff

HOUR 2

Paul Simon "She Moves On" The Rhythm of The Saints
David Wax Museum "Will You Be Sleeping" Knock Knock Get Up
Spoon "Small Stakes" Kill the Moonlight
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros "Man on Fire" Here
Mumford & Sons "Whispers in the Dark" Babel
Ryan Adams "Firecracker" Gold
((The Ponys "Harakari" Turn the Lights Out))
Bob Dylan "Things Have Changed" Things Have Changed
The Last Bison "Switzerland" Inheritance
JD McPherson "North Side Gal" Sings and Signifiers
Bright Eyes "Crazy as a Loon" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((The Horse’s Ha "Map Of Stars" Of The Cathmawr Yards))
Kopecky Family Band "Heartbeat" Kids Raising Kids
Givers "Up, Up, Up" In Light
Dr. John "Locked Down" Locked Down
Kid Creole & The Coconuts "Endicott" Kid Creole Redux
((Talking Heads "Burning Down the House" Speaking in Tongues))