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Craig Finn On World Cafe On World Cafe | February 10, 2012

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Ever since Craig Finn's band The Hold Steady first broke through in 2004, he's gotten famous for a mix of hyper-literate story songs and classic-rock arrangements. After releasing a string of highly praised albums and EPs, Finn took a five-month break from The Hold Steady to record his solo debut, Clear Heart Full Eyes.

Released in January, Clear Heart Full Eyes is full of quieter, moodier fare. Finn himself acknowledges the difference, describing Clear Heart Full Eyes as coming from "a different part of me... I wanted to go after that melancholy." The result is still a lyrical gem, full of narratives and descriptions that only he could bring to life. Its emotive, relatively quiet guitar lines provide an atmosphere that's twangy and approachable.

In this session, Finn sits down with David Dye to discuss the story behind his solo album and the influence Bob Dylan had on his work; plus, Finn plays live from the World Cafe studio.(link)


Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

Midlake "Roscoe" The Trials of Van Occupanther
Radiohead "Staircase" The Daily Mail / Staircase
Neil Finn "Sinner" Try Whistling This

((Craig Finn "Honolulu Blues" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

Craig Finn "Honolulu Blue" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Craig Finn "New Friend Jesus" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Craig Finn "Jackson" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Craig Finn "Rented Room" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Craig Finn "Jackson" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

Stan Ridgeway "Lonely Town" Mosquitoes CD-2
The Head and the Heart "Lost In My Mind" The Head and the Heart
Sea Wolf "Where the Wind Blows' Song of the Magpie/ Where the Wind Blows

Hour 2

Toots & the Maytals "Funky Kingston" Funky Kingston
Jack White "Love Interruption" Blunderbuss
Bright Eyes "Soul Singer In a Session Band" Cassadega
Dr. Dog "Lonesome" Be the Void
Gillian Welch "The Way It Goes" The Harrow and the Harvest

((Extra Golden "Ukimwi" Thank You Very Quickly))

The Heavy "How You Like Me Now?" That House that Dirt Built
The Lijadu Sisters "Amebo" Danger
Michael Kiwanuka "Tell Me A Tale" Home Again
Talking Heads "The Great Curve" Remain in Light

((Bright Eyes "Four Winds" Cassadega))

Ryan Adams "New York, New York" Gold
Jonathan Wilson "The Way I Feel" Gentle Spirit
Richard Thompson "Wall of Death" Shoot Out the Lights
Kathleen Edwards "Empty Threat" Voyageur

((Real Estate "Suburban Beverage" Real Estate))