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Asgeir On World Cafe | February 04, 2014

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One in 10 people in Iceland own singer-songwriter Ásgeir's first album — the fastest-selling debut in the country's history. Its lyrics are all in Icelandic, and written by Ásgeir's father. But for the U.S. release, singer-songwriter John Grant fashioned English lyrics to go with Ásgeir's melodies.

Here, Ásgeir sings live in the World Cafe studios.

(via link)

Tracklisting:

(( )) for interlude music

David Bowie “Scary Monsters” Scary Monsters
The Hold Steady “Spinners” Teeth Dreams
Tegan & Sara “Walking with a Ghost” So Jealous
((Typhoon “Young Fathers” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Tony Joe White “Way Down South” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Tony Joe White “The Gift” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Tony Joe White “Polk Salad Annie” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Tony Joe White “Way Down South” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Brook Benton “Rainy Night in Georgia” 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Brook Benton
Blitzen Trapper “Thirsty Man” VII
Amos Lee “The Man Who Wants You” Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song
The Black Crowes “Remedy” Southern Harmony & Musical Companion
((Tony Joe White “The Gift” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Polica “Dark Star” Give You The Ghost
Lake Street Dive “Bad Self Portraits” Bad Self Portraits
Steely Dan “Barrytown” Pretzel Logic
San Fermin “Methuselah” San Fermin
Kate Bush “And So Is Love” The Red Shoes
((Ween “Your Party” La Cucaracha))
David Crosby “What’s Broken” Croz
Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young “Déjà Vu” Déjà Vu
Damien Jurado “Silver Timothy” Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son
The Districts “Funeral Beds” The Districts
The Lumineers “Ho Hey” The Lumineers
((Smith Westerns “Weekend” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Robert Glasper Experiment “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Nirvana “All Apologies” MTV Unplugged in NYC
Nina Simone “I Think it’s Going to Rain Today” Nina Simone and Piano