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Villagers on World Cafe | June 6, 2013

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Recording under the name Villagers, Dublin singer-songwriter Conor O'Brien released his debut album, Becoming a Jackal, in 2010. A critically acclaimed Mercury Prize nominee, that record was stripped-down singer-songwriter fare.

But O'Brien changed a bit during the two-plus years leading up to the release of{Awayland}. The songwriter had listened to lots of techno in the interim and approached the new album with Cinemascope ambitions.

O'Brien recently visited the World Cafe studios for a solo performance of songs from the new record, and spoke with David Dye about his love of electronic music and living by the sea.(Link)

Photo Credit: Rich Gilligan/Courtesy of the artist


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Hour 1

John Prine “It’s A Big Old Goofy World” The Missing Years
The Lumineers “Submarines” The Lumineers
Arcade Fire “No Cars Go” Neon Bible
The Olms “Wanna Feel It” The Olms EP 
((Cate Le Bon "Shoeing the Bones" Me Oh My))
Villagers “Nothing Arrived” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Villagers “The Bell” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Villagers “Earthly Pleasures” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Villagers “The Waves” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Villagers "Twenty Seven Strangers" Becoming A Junkie))
Laura Marling “Where Can I Go” Once I Was An Eagle
Beach House “Myth” Bloom
The Left Banke “Pretty Ballerina” There's Gonna Be a Storm: The Complete Recordings 1966-69 
Caitlin Rose “I Was Cruel” The Stand-In
((Villagers "Twenty Seven Strangers" Becoming A Junkie))

Hour 2

Talking Heads “This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody)” Speaking In Tongues 
Kurt Vile “KV Crimes” Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze
Echo & The Bunnymen “The Killing Moon” Songs to Learn & Sing
Daft Punk “Get Lucky” Random Access Memories
Electric Light Orchestra “Showdown” Ole' ELO
((Eels "New Alphabet" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Laura Veirs “Sun Song” Warp And Weft 
Wilco “She’s A Jar” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Alabama Shakes “Hold On” The Alabama Shakes EP
((The Revelations "Heavy Metal" Deep Soul))
Aloe Blacc “I Need A Dollar” Good Things
Vampire Weekend “Ya Hey” Modern Vampires Of The City
Tom Jones “Hit Or Miss” Spirit In The Room
Janis Joplin “Me and Bobby McGee” Box of Pearls: The Janis Joplin Collection
((Eilen Jewell "How Long" Letters From Sinners and Strangers))