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Neil Young on World Cafe | July 4, 2012

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Neil Young's dozens of albums and myriad side projects showcase his incredible range and stylistic flexibility. His music has gone from the soft folk of Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young to the loud, raucous rock of Crazy Horse. Young has teamed up with Crazy Horse for the first time since 2003 to record Americana, which was released June 5th.

Americana takes a fresh look at standards and folk songs with novel arrangements. Young brings his hard-rocking sound to songs like Stephen Foster's "Oh! Susanna" and Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land" in ways that are both unexpected and strangely unsurprising. On today's World Cafe segment, Young talks with host David Dye about about including less popular verses in these campfire songs — dark verses that deal with death and starvation in the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Young also describes the live recording of Americana and its release on Blu-ray disc while sharing his views on sound quality, audio fidelity and why he prefers the Blu-ray format. Listen to this edition of World Cafe to hear Young's versions of classic American songs. (link)

Playlist

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HOUR 1

David Bowie "Young Americans" Young Americans
Timbuk III "National Holiday" Edge of Allegiance
X "4th of July" See How We Are
Bruce Springsteen "Pay Me My Money Down" We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings "This Land is Your Land" Up In the Air Soundtrack
((Neil Young "This Land is Your Land" Americana))
Neil Young "Oh Susannah" Americana
Neil Young "Get a Job" Americana
Neil Young "This Land is Your Land" Americana
((Neil Young "Oh Susannah" Americana))
Creedence Clearwater Revival "Cotton Fields" Chronicles Volume 2
Wilco "California Stars" Mermaid Avenue
Bruce Springsteen "4th of July, Asbury Park" The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle
Paul Simon "American Tune" There Goes Rhymin Simon
((Girls "Curls" Girls))

HOUR 2

James McMurtry "Levelland" Where'd You Hide the Body
Metric "Youth Without Youth" Synthetica
Gorillaz "On Melancholy Hill" Plastic Beach
Spoon "My Mathematical Mind" Stranger than Fiction Soundtrack
The War on Drugs "Baby Missiles" Slave Ambient
((Grand Archives "Swan Matches" Grand Archives))
Father John Misty "I'm Writing a Novel" Fear Fun
Old 97's "Murder (Or a Heart Attack)" Fight Songs
Megan Reilly "Throw it Out" The Well
((Benjy Feree "The Grips" Come Back to the Five and Dime Bobby Dee Bobby Dee))
My Morning Jacket "It Makes no Difference" Endless Highway
The Civil Wars "Barton Hollow" Barton Hollow
Jukebox the Ghost "Somebody" Safe Travels
Dawes "A Little Bit of Everything" Nothing is Wrong
((Hayes Carll "Beaumont" Trouble in Mind))