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Frank Turner on World Cafe | July 11, 2013

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Singer-songwriter Frank Turner has a fanatically large following in the U.K. Though he might not be filling large halls in the States quite yet, his American fans are just as dedicated and engaged.

Originally a member of the punk band Million Dead, Turner moved on to a solo career after the band broke up in 2005. He has now shifted to a more acoustic, folk sound, with a voice that is still reminiscent of his past punk days. His latest album, Tape Deck Heart, was recorded in the U.S. by producer Rich Costey, who's worked with artists like Muse, Weezer and Rage Against The Machine.

On this installment of World Cafe, Turner talks about everything from songwriting to politics — and even a little bit about his tattoos. (Link)


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Hour 1

The Hold Steady “First Night” Boys & Girls in America
Billy Bragg “Waiting for the Great Leap Forward” Worker’s Playtime
Mumford & Sons “Lover of the Light” Babel
((Mason Jennings "Be Here Now" Boneclouds))
Frank Turner “Recovery” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Frank Turner “Losing Days” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Frank Turner “Peggy Sang the Blues” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Frank Turner “Wherefore Art Thou Gene Simmons” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Lindi Ortega "Angles" Little Red Boots))
Phosphorescent “Song for Zula” Muchacho 
The Postal Service “Such Great Heights” Give Up
((Passion Pit "Live To Tell The Tale" Chunk of Change))

Hour 2

John Hiatt “Buffalo River Home” Perfectly Good Guitar
Rose Windows “Wartime Lovers” The Sun Dogs
Crowded House “World Where You Live” Crowded House
Polica “Dark Star” Give You the Ghost
((The Bees "She Is Gone" High Society))
Catupecu Machu “El Mezcal Y La Cobra” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Catupecu Machu “Metropolis Nueva” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Catupecu Machu “A Veces Vuelo” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((My Morning Jacket "Lay Low" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Broken Bells “The High Road” Broken Bells
The National “Don’t Swallow the Cap” Trouble Will Find Me
Gregory Alan Isakov “Living Proof” The Weatherman
Cake “Mexico” Prolonging the Magic