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Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová On World Cafe | September 30, 2013

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This session, from July 2007, is part of our Vintage Cafe series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances.

Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová never set out to make a record together: The two had toured Europe together on and off, but that was mostly to provide a break from Hansard's long-running main band, The Frames. Then the two were approached to record a pair of songs for a film — and given four days in the studio, which they spent recording enough material for a full album, complete with the accompaniment of strings.

Not only did they make a great record — 2006's breathtakingly sweet The Swell Season — but they also wound up making a great movie. Though initially seen as mere musical contributors, Hansard and Irglova were ultimately cast as the leads in Once. A surprise box-office hit that's been almost universally hailed by critics, Once has done what 15 years in The Frames couldn't do for Hansard: make him a star in America.

In this segment, Hansard discusses the movie, as well as how he and Irglová first met and the strong parallels between the movie and his own life. (via World Cafe)

Tracklisting

(( )) for interlude music

Pete Yorn “Last Summer” Back & Fourth
Bear’s Den “Agape” Agape
Mumford & Sons “The Cave” Sigh No More
Glen Hansard “Love Don’t Leave Me Waiting” Rhythm & Repose
((Bon Iver “Holocene” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova “Falling Slowly” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova “Once” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova “If You Want Me” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova “Star Star” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova “Drown Out” The Swell Season))
Justin Townes Earle “Baby’s Got A Bad Idea” Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now
Spoon “I Turn My Camera On” Gimme Fiction
Blitzen Trapper “Shine On” VII
Jason Isbell “Stockholm” Southeastern
((Audra Mae “Eli, the Barrow Boy” Haunt))
Jack White “Love Interruption” Blunderbuss
Aretha Franklin “Since You’ve Been Gone (Sweet Sweet Baby)” Aretha’s Gold
San Fermin “Sonsick” San Fermin
San Fermin “Methuselah” San Fermin
Neil Young “Harvest Moon” Harvest Moon
The Lumineers “Submarines” The Lumineers
Dr. Dog “Broken Heart” B-Room
((Camera Obscura “Break It To Me Gently” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears “Come To My Party” Electric Slave
Mott the Hoople “All The Way From Memphis” Mott
Delta Spirit “Bushwick Blues” History From Below
Ryan Adams “New York, New York” Gold
Little Comets “Jennifer” Life Is Elsewhere 
((Tanlines “Not the Same” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
J. Roddy Walston & The Business “Heavy Bells” Essential Tremors
The Faces “Stay With Me” A Nod is as Good as a Wink to a Blind Horse
Nick Lowe “I Knew the Bride (When She Used To Rock And Roll)” Stiffs Live