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David Lynch on World Cafe | June 26, 2012

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David Lynch must know something we don't. There's a name for people like him — not director, not writer, not producer, not even photographer, but auteur. Lynch thoughtfully combines images and music, working with composer Angelo Badalamenti to breed a unique atmosphere in creations such as the TV series Twin Peaks and the film Blue Velvet. Lynch more recently collaborated musically with Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous on the album Dark Night of the Soul, which provided some of the inspiration for Lynch's first solo album, Crazy Clown Time.

Just like Lynch's visual work, Crazy Clown Time is deep and eerie yet disarmingly lush, weaving sounds into a slow, spacey, slightly unnerving lull. Music is integral to what Lynch does visually, and has always been a part of his bigger picture. "A lot of times, the film is finished being shot, and you're working on sounds and music and in an experimental mode, and you find a piece of music that marries to the picture and brings out the mood that's required," Lynch says. "So it's both ways. Sometimes [music] starts the thing and sometimes it's one of the last things that goes in." Made in collaboration with engineer Dean Hurley, Crazy Clown Time even features a song with vocals from Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. In this World Cafe session, Lynch discusses his craft with host David Dye and plays a few songs from the album. (link)

Playlist

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HOUR 1

The Hold Steady "We Can Get Together" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Calexico "Para" Algiers
Elliott Smith "Miss Misery" New Moon
St. Vincent & David Byrne "Who" Love This Giant
Julee Cruise "Rockin' Back Inside My Heart" Floating Into the Night
((David Lynch "Pinky's Dream" Crazy Clown Time))
David Lynch "Good Day Today" Crazy Clown Time
David Lynch "Crazy Clown Time" Crazy Clown Time
David Lynch "Pinky's Dream" Crazy Clown Time
((David Lynch "Crazy Clown Time" Crazy Clown Time))
Norah Jones "Happy Pills" Little Broken Hearts
Spoon "You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb" Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Givers "Up, Up, Up" In Light
Rhett Miller "Out of Love" The Dreamer
((Ryan Adams "Halloween Head" Easy Tiger))

HOUR 2

Beach House "Lazuli" Bloom
Shawn Colvin "All Fall Down" All Fall Down
Dawes "A Little Bit Of Everything" Nothing Is Wrong
REM "Talk About the Passion" Murmur Deluxe
Allo Darlin' "Capricornia" Europe
((Delicate Steve "Welcome-Begin" Wondervisions))
First Aid Kit "Blue" The Lion's Roar
The Lumineers "Ho Hey" The Lumineers
The Jayhawks "Waiting For the Sun" Hollywood Town Hall
((Apex Manor "Under the Gun" The Year of Magical Drinking))
The Heavy "What Makes A Good Man" The Glorious Dead
Jimi Hendrix "Red House" Blues
The Style Council "My Ever Changing Moods" The Singular Adventures of the Style Council
Phoenix "Lisztomania" Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
The War on Drugs "Come to the City" Slave Ambient
((The Dears "Disclaimer" Missiles))