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Scott Walker on World Cafe | January 9, 2013

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Scott Walker possesses one of the greatest and most distinctive voices of the last quarter-century. To the pop world, he's best known for his work with The Walker Brothers in the 1960s. For a time, Walker's stardom rivaled that of The Beatles — and even then, he pushed the envelope and shaped a sound that interested him. His music is personal, complex and inventive, always presenting sounds and forms that haven't been heard before. Lyrically, Walker can be dark yet caustically funny, obscure but always completely thought out.

Here, he speaks with World Cafe host David Dye about terrifying his musicians with machetes on his latest record, Bish Bosch, as well as why he never listens to his old material and the "giant in a general's toilet" of "Zercon." (Link)


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Beach House "Zebra" Teen Dream
Dr. John "Revolution" Locked Down
Antibalas "Dirty Money" Antibalas
Foxygen "San Francisco" We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic
The Byrds "Goin Back" The Notorious Byrd Brothers
The Walker Brothers "The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore" Greatest Hits
((David Lynch "Pinkys Dream" Crazy Clown Time))
Scott Walker "Tar" Bish Bosch
Scott Walker "SDSS1416+13B (Zercon, A Flagpole Sitter)" Bish Bosch
((Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti "Hot Body Rub" Before Today
Radiohead "Paranoid Android" O.K. Comptuer
Atoms for Peace "Default" Default
The XX "Angels" Coexist
((Sea Wolf "Turn the Dirt Over" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
The Amazing "Flashlight" Gentle Stream
Dwight Yoakam "A Heart Like Mine" 3 Pears
Ry Cooder "The Way We Make a Broken Heart "Borderline"
Arthur Alexander "Anna" The Ultimate Arthur Alexander
Ivan & Alyosha ""Running for Cover" All the Times We had
Beck "Think I’m in Love" The Information
((Cake "Never There" Prolonging the Magic))
Graham Parker "Local Girls" Passion is No Ordinary Word
Zeus "Are You Gonna Waste My Time" Busting Visions
Django Django "Default" Django Django
Tanlines "All of Me" Mixed Emotions
((DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince "Summertime" Home Base))
Mumford & Sons "Whispers in the Dark" Babel
Indigo Girls "Galileo" Rites of Passage
Tame Impala "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" Lonerism
Love "Alone Again Or" Forever Changes
Finley Quaye "Sunday Shining" Maverick a Strike
((Mars Ill "Sound Off" Pro Pain))