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Aaron Embry on World Cafe | January 29, 2013

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If Aaron Embry's name doesn't sound familiar, his previous collaborators will. Embry was recently the touring pianist with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and has worked with the likes of Elliott Smith, Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris.

In 2009 alone, the multifaceted musician composed a score for Yukio Mishima's silent film, Patriotism, and produced Avi Buffalo's self-titled debut. Yet throughout his diverse, nearly two-decade career, Embry never released his own solo record — until now.

Out just last year, Tiny Prayers is a sparse, soft piano album. Drawing on jazz and folk, Embry brings a somber melodic quality to the music, reminiscent of Elliott Smith himself.

Embry's inspiration for the record came from his time spent touring with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros — particularly the band's train tour with Old Crow Medicine Show and Mumford & Sons, as documented in the film Big Easy Express.

Here, Embry plays a few songs from Tiny Prayers for World Café and talks with host David Dye about recording the album. (Link)



(( )) for interlude music
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros "Home" Up From Below
The Lone Bellow "You Never Need Nobody" The Lone Bellow
George Harrison "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)" Living in the Material World
The Lumineers "Stubborn Love" The Lumineers
((Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros "Om Nashi Me" Up From Below))
Aaron Embry "No Go" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Aaron Embry "Your Heart and Mine" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Aaron Embry "When All is Gone" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros "Janglin" Here Comes EP))
Thao with the Get Down Stay Down "Holly Roller" We the Common
Belle & Sebastian "The Blues are Still Blue" The Life Pursuit
Erin McKeown "The Jailer" Manifestra
Talking Heads "Psycho Killer" Talking Heads ‘77
((Violent Femmes "Gone Daddy Gone" Violent Femmes))
Tanlines "Not the Same" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Kopecky Family Band "Heartbeat" Kids Raising Kids
Nick Lowe "Cracking Up" Basher: The Best of Nick Lowe
Local Natives "Breakers" Hummingbird
Django Django "Firewater" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Bell X1 "Amelia" Blue Lights on the Runway))
Jose James "Trouble" No Beginning No End
Steve Winwood "Different Light" About Time
Band of Horses "Knock Knock" Mirage Rock
St. Vincent & David Byrne "Who" Love This Giant
Lykke Li "I Follow Rivers" Wounded Rhymes
((Mewithoutyou "January 1979" Catch Us for toe Foxes))
Night Beds "Ramona" Country Sleep
Neko Case "Loretta" The Tigers Have Spoken
Los Lobos "Maricela" Colossal Head
Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside "They Told Me" Untamed Beast
Link Wray "Rumble" Rumble! The Best Of Link Wray