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Tim Robbins on World Cafe | September 8, 2011

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Tim Robbins, the actor, screenwriter, director and activist, now adds "musician" to his already-impressive roster of successes. He has just released a self-titled record from his band, Tim Robbins and the Rogues Gallery Band, which was produced by Hal Wilner, former producer of Saturday Night Live. This session's music was recorded at a World Cafe Live performance featuring Robbins and his eight-piece band, which includes Joan As Policewoman.

On stage, Robbins was flanked by photos of his parents, a telling connection to his lifelong relationship with music. His parents met in the UCLA marching band, and his father eventually moved the family to Greenwich Village during the height of the '60s folk renaissance to pursue a career with The Highwaymen. The result is Robbins' abiding love of blue-collar Americana, as evidenced by the heartfelt tone of his eponymous debut.

"I feel I have collected a number of stories to tell on stage," Robbins says. "I've grown more and more frustrated with the opportunities in Hollywood to tell the stories I want to tell."

Robbins, an outspoken anti-war activist, has written songs about Iraq War veterans and a chance meeting with Nelson Mandela. He discusses these stories and more in an illuminating conversation on today's World Cafe. (link)

Playlist

HOUR 1

The Beatles "Act Naturally" Help
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks "Tigers" Mirror Traffic
The Civil Wars "Barton Hollow" Barton Hollow
Counting Crows "Omaha" August And Everything After
The Horrible Crowes "Behind The Hurricane" Elsie
Rosanne Cash "Runaway Train" Kings Record Shop
Tim Robbins And The Rogues Gallery Band "Time To Kill" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Tim Robbins And The Rogues Gallery Band "Lightning Calls" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Decemberists "Calamity Song" The King Is Dead
REM "The One I Love" Document
Fitz & The Tantrums "Moneygrabber" Picking Up The Pieces

HOUR 2

Gomez "Get Miles" Bring It On
Kurt Vile "Jesus Fever" Smoke Ring For My Halo
Patti Smith "Frederick" Wave
The Barr Brothers "Give The Devil Back His Heart" Barr Brothers
Yo La Tengo "4th Time Around" I'm Not There Soundtrack
The Parsons Red Heads "Burning Up The Sky" Yearling
Menomena "Queen Black Acid" Mines
Givers "Up Up Up" In Light
Mayer Hawthorne "The Walk" How Do You Do
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles "Going To A Go-Go" 18 Greatest Hits
Janelle Monae "Tightrope" The Archandroid
Foster The People "Helena Beat" Torches
The Police "Next To You" Outlandos D'Amour