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Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker on her mysterious love of Bill Callahan

5 Songs We Can't Stop Listening To is a collection of our newest favorite songs. Every week we ask an artist that we love to tell us about the music they love.

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Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker picks "What Comes After Certainty" by Bill Callahan

My guest today is Adrianne Lenker from the band Big Thief. I’m just gonna say it: Big Thief is my favorite band making music right now. They released "Masterpiece" in 2016, "Capacity" in 2017; and that was my favorite album of 2017. They released “U.F.O.F.” earlier this year and coming up they are going to be releasing their second album of the year, “Two Hands .” There’s a mystery in Big Thief’s music which I feel can only be felt. We are playing the song “Not” right now. My guest today is Adrianne Lenker from the band Big Thief.

Adrianne, what’s the last song that you couldn’t stop listening to, or the last song that you’ve listened to that you really loved?

Oh wow. The last song that I couldn’t stop listening to must’ve been Bill Callahan’s “What Comes After Certainty.”

Wow. You’re the third person in three weeks that has picked Bill Callahan, that have talked about Bill Callahan.


What do you like about him?

Well, I love that new record so much. I couldn’t even say it real quick because I would have to think about it. I like that new songs inspire questions upon questions. I don’t listen to the song and feel like “Oh I know.” I know more questions after I listen to his songs.

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