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Phosphorescent on World Cafe | May 8, 2013

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It's easy to hear the steady growth in the music of Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck since the release of his band's 2009 Willie Nelson tribute album, To Willie. In 2011, Here's to Taking It Easy was a sprawling, languid epic written with his road band's performances in mind.

Phosphorescent's new album, Muchacho, finds Houck writing the most personal songs of his career, many inspired by a stay on the Mexican beach in Tulum; as Houck tells World Cafe host David Dye, the new album's sound was influenced in part by Brian Eno albums. In this performance, the pedal steel of his country-leaning days remains out in front, bringing a mystical quality to Phosphorescent's music. (Link)

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Mark Knopfler “What It Is” Sailing to Philadelphia
Jason Isbell “Stockholm” Southeastern
Steve Earle “You’re Still Standing There” I Feel Alright
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club “Let the day Begin” Specter at the Feast
((Phosphorescent “Los Angeles” Here’s to Taking it Easy))
Phosphorescent “Terror in the Canyons” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Phosphorescent “Song for Zula” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Phosphorescent “The Quotidian Beast” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Phosphorescent “Song for Zula” Muchacho))
The Hold Steady “Sequestered in Memphis” Stay Positive
Counting Crows “Rain King” August and Everything After
The National “Don’t Swallow the Cap” Trouble Will Find Me
Little Feat “Roll Um Easy” Dixie Chicken


Antibalas “Hilo” Security
Mark Ronson with Amy Winehouse “Valerie” Version
Donald Fagen “Walk Between the Raindrops” The Nightfly
Jamie Lidell “Do Yourself a Faver” Jamie Lidell
Junip “Your Life Your Call” Junip
Steve Winwood “Different Light” About Time
((The Black Keys “Psychotic Girl” Attack and Release))
Taj Mahal “Corrina” Best of Taj Mahal
Houndmouth “On the Road” From the Hills Below the City
The Lumineers “Submarines” The Lumineers
Sufjan Stevens “Chicago” Come on Feel the Illinoise
((Toro Y Moi “High Living” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
The Shouting Matches “Gallup, NM” Grownass Man
Neil Young “Revolution Blues” On the Beach
The Slide Brothers “Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’” Robert Randolph Presents: The Slide Brothers
Cream “Badge” Goodbye
((The Amazing “Flashlight” Gentle Streams))