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Okkervil River On World Cafe | July 14, 2011

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Austin's critically acclaimed band Okkervil River seem to outdo itself with each new release. The group's grand, emotionally gripping arrangements and witty, literate lyrics have earned comparisons to rock 'n' roll greats like Elvis Costello, Lou Reed and Bruce Springsteen.

The band's previous two albums, The Stage Names and The Stand Ins, were conceptual explorations of fame, art and life in a media-saturated world. Its latest, I Am Very Far, is equally ambitious but thematically harder to sum up. Recently, leader and songwriter Will Sheff and bassist Patrick Pestorius sat down with World Cafe host David Dye to discuss the process of creating I Am Very Far and the stories behind some of its most arresting songs.

Hear the interview, along with live cuts recorded at Okkervil River's World Cafe Live concert in June, on today's World Cafe. (link)



Ray Lamontagne "Beg Steal or Borrow" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Civil Wars "Poison and Wine" Barton Hollow
Simon and Garfunkel "My Little Town" Still Crazy After All These Years
Bon Iver "Calgary" Bon Iver
Okkervil River "We Need a Myth" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Okkervil River "Rider" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Okkervil River "In The Valley" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Dave Matthews Band "What Would You Say" Under the Table and Dreaming
Cracker "Satisfy You" Cracker
Givers "Up, Up, UP" In Light


Deerhunter "Helicopter" Halcyon Digest
Angelique Kidjo "Batonga" Logozo
Dennis Coffey "Knockabout" Dennis Coffey
John Butler Trio "Zebra" Sunrise Over Sea
Aloe Blacc "I Need a Dollar" Good Things
Foster the People "Helena Beat" Torches
World Party "Way Down Now" Goodbye Jumbo
The Rolling Stones "Dandelion" Through the Past Darkly
Beady Eye "The Roller" Different Gear, Still Speeding
Oasis "Don't Look Back in Anger" What's the story Morning Glory
Steve Earle "Waiting on the Sky" I'll Never Get out of this World Alive
Richard Thompson "I Feel So Good" Rumour and Sigh
TV on the Radio "Will Do" Nine Types of Light