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Bill Callahan On World Cafe | December 10, 2013

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Those who love indie singer-songwriter Bill Callahan's music no doubt have their favorites among his solo albums, if not from records he previously made under the name Smog. Callahan's music has been remarkably consistent and deeply meaningful; as a writer, he's truly invested in making every word count. Callahan's latest album, Dream River, is a classic illustration of his artistry.

On Tuesday's episode of World Cafe, listeners will hear songs from that record being played in a relaxed session. Callahan is backed during the set by the band he recorded the album with. In a discussion with hostDavid Dye, the musician discusses his recording process. He also reflects on life in Austin, Texas.

Available for download is a live performance of Callahan's drum-flecked, psychedelic "Javelin Unlanding." (via World Cafe)


(( )) for interlude music

Nick Drake “Cello Song” Five Leaves Left
Neil Finn “Dizzy Heights” Dizzy Heights
Crowded House “Sister Madly” Temple of Low Men
Lucius “Turn it Around” Wildewoman
Man Man “Head On” On Oni Pond
((Bill Callahan “Ride My Arrow” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Bill Callahan “Seagull” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Bill Callahan “Spring” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Bill Callahan “Javelin Unlanding” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Bill Callahan “Seagull” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Yo La Tengo “Mr. Tough” I’m Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
Arcade Fire “Afterlife” Reflektor
Otis Redding “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember” The Otis Redding Story
Toots Hibbert “Hard to Handle” Toots in Memphis
The Decemberists “Valerie Plame” Always The Bridesmaid: A Singles Series
Courtney Barnett “Avant Gardener” The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas
Patti Smith “Kimberly” Horses
Vampire Weekend “Unbelievers” Modern Vampires of the City 
The Head and The Heart “Shake” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Wilco “What Light” Sky Blue Sky 
((Radiohead “All I Need” In Rainbows))
Midlake “The Old and the Young” Antiphon
Jim James “A New Life” Regions of Light and Sound of God
Prince “When Doves Cry” The Hits/The B-Sides
((VHS or Beta “Euglama” Bring on the Comets))
Pearl Jam “Sirens” Lightening Bolt
Elliot Smith “Waltz #2” XO
Fleetwood Mac “Silver Springs” 25 Years: The Chain