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Crooked Fingers On World Cafe | January 18, 2012

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Eric Bachmann can't seem to stay away from music. The talented singer-songwriter first attracted mainstream and underground attention in the '90s with Archers of Loaf before introducing a new project called Crooked Fingers in 2000. That band's stripped-down folk-rock has drawn comparisons to the likes of Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen and Nick Drake, but it explores a bit of new terrain on last year's Breaks in the Armor.

The genesis of Breaks began when Bachmann moved to Taipei to teach English in an effort to escape the music business for a while. In this interview, Bachmann describes how he bought a guitar within two weeks of arriving in Taiwan and began writing what would become Breaks in the Armor.

Recorded with Matt Yelton (Pixies' sound engineer) and Liz Durrett on backing vocals, Breaks is retrospective and often solemn, with its songs of regret enhanced by Bachmann's rough voice. On World Cafe, Bachmann and host David Dye discuss the process of making Breaks in the Armor, and also touch on the recent spate of Archers of Loaf reissues.(link)

Playlist

Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

Beth Orton "She Cries Your Name" Trailer Park
Craig Finn "Honolulu Blues" Clear Heart Full Eyes
REM "Radio Free Europe" Murmur
The War On Drugs "Baby Missles" Slave Ambient

((Dan Mangan "Sold" Nice, Nice, Very Nice))

Crooked Fingers "Bad Blood" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Crooked Fingers "Your Apocalypse" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Crooked Fingers "Heavy Hours" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Crooked Fingers "Typhoon" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Georgie James "More Lights" Places))

Dawes "Fire Away" Nothing Is Wrong
Robbie Robertson "Broken Arrow" Robbie Robertson

((Alberta Cross "City Walls" Broken Side Of Time))

Hour 2

Talking Heads "Take Me to the River" Stop Making Sense
Heartless Bastards "Parted Ways" Arrow
Karen Dalton "In A Station" In My Own Time
Girls "Honey Bunny" Father, Son, Holy Ghost
The Beach Boys "Do It Again" Good Vibrations

((Tunng "Don't Look Down Or Back" And Then We Saw Land))

John Gorka "She's That Kind of Mystery" Morrissey Tribute Concert
Mark Erelli "Milltowns" Morrisey Tribute Concert
Bobby Long "Who Have You Been Loving" A Winter Tale
The Smiths "The Boy With the Thorn In His Side" The Queen is Dead

((The Fling "Cold Comfort" The Fling))

Wild Flag "Romance" Wild Flag
Spoon "My Mathematical Mind" Stranger Than Fiction Soundtrack
St. Vincent "Surgeon" Strange Mercy
Chris Bathgate "Poor Eliza" Salt Year

((Bell X1 "Amelia" Blue Lights On The Runway))