Robyn Hitchcock: A Stranger In 'Oslo' Hitchcock could be said to pick up where Syd Barrett left off: He's a master of slightly cracked, psychedelic pop whimsy. In a session from WFUV, he performs new material, including an as-yet-unreleased Peter Buck collaboration called "Propeller Time."
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Robyn Hitchcock in Studio on WFUV 6/5/09

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Robyn Hitchcock: A Stranger In 'Oslo'

Robyn Hitchcock: A Stranger In 'Oslo'

Robyn Hitchcock in Studio on WFUV 6/5/09

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Robyn Hitchcock has long seemed like the guy the music gods chose to carry on for Syd Barrett after Barrett lost his way. The singer-songwriter's knack for slightly cracked, psychedelic pop whimsy picks up right where Pink Floyd's masterful The Piper at the Gates of Dawn left off.

Robyn Hitchcock in Studio on WFUV 6/5/09

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I've been lucky enough to meet and speak with Hitchcock several times over the years, and his latest trip to the WFUV studios came on the occasion of a recent album called Goodnight Oslo. These days, Hitchcock works with the band The Venus 3, which could be considered a miniaturized version of The Minus 5, because it features The Minus 5's core: Scott McCaughey and R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, along with drummer Bill Rieflin. Being that McCaughey and Rieflin are supporting R.E.M. these days, The Venus 3 adds more than a bit of Athens, Ga., to Hitchcock's very English vision.

But for this session, Hitchcock sits alone, with just his acoustic guitar, and weaves his musical magic.

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Album
Goodnight Oslo
Artist
Robyn Hitchcock
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Yep Roc
Released
2009

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