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What Makes A Great Album Last?

The season of list-making, specifically (for us) lists about the year's best music, is rapidly descending. But before the craziness begins over who had the best album or song in 2017, we thought we'd look back at some of our previous top-ten lists to see if they even hold up. As you can imagine, some albums we once thought were great have since lost their luster, while others haven't aged a day. This got us wondering: Why? And what, exactly, makes a great album last? When an album doesn't...

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October at The Little Cafe: (follow link for more information)

Wednesday October 4 (7-9pm)  Margaret Explosion

Thursday October 5 (7-9pm) Big Blue House

Friday October 6 (8-10pm) Auld Lang Syne

Saturday October 7  (8-10pm) Connie Deming

Monday October 9 (7-9pm) Watkins and the Rapiers

Tuesday October 10 (7-9pm) Lakeshore @ The Little: Jerry Falzone, Cammy Enaharo, Maria Sebastian,                                                                    Chris Wilson

This week: our final (finally) rebroadcast before our new season starts on October 7!

A Vietnam Soundscape

Sep 24, 2017
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During World War I, soldiers carried song books in their kit bags. In World War II, some soldiers had access to radios and could hear Glenn Miller and the Army-Air Force Band perform. Others were lucky enough to catch Bob Hope headline a USO show. During the Korean War the military set up its own radio network, Armed Forces Radio (Korea). Vietnam had all these outlets and more. Its GIs brought their own radios and instruments from home. They bought records and swapped tapes of their favorite music.

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Talib Kweli has, for more than two decades now, been considered a standard bearer for what's sometimes called "conscious rap." Both as a part of the hip-hop duo Black Star with Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) and as a solo act, his music provides social and political commentary layered over a bed of eclectic production. Outside the studio, Kweli has been just as outspoken. whether sparring with Don Lemon on CNN or trolls on social media.

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The premier public radio showcase for contemporary music serving up an eclectic blend that includes blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country.

July at The Little Cafe: (follow link for more information)

Thursday July 13 John Palocy Trio & San Gabriel Social Club

Friday July 14 Jackson Cavalier

Saturday July 15 The Jane Mutiny

Monday July 17 Uptown Groove Duo

Tuesday July 18 Alyssa Rodriguez

Wednesday July 19 The Old Hippies

Thursday July 20 John Palocy Trio & San Gabriel Social Club

Friday July 21 Connie Deming

Saturday July 22 The Jane Mutiny

Monday July 24 Stringplicity

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With the help of Jack White's Third Man Records, the young Nashville band Sunseeker release their much anticipated debut EP Biddeford on July 14th. The Music City four piece now hope to make their presence known nationally - hear why the 21 years olds have been so quickly recognized for their talent in their artistically rich hometown.

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Best known as David Letterman’s house band leader for 33 years, Paul Shaffer is back with The World’s Most Dangerous Band. Their new record features Shaggy, Jenny Lewis, Darius Rucker, and Bill Murray. Paul talks about his time with Dave, his gig playing in the original Saturday Night Live House band and his role as Artie Fufkin in the mockumentary cult hit This is Spinal Tap.

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From growing up in LA to living in a 200-year-old gothic home in Virginia so her father could pursue priesthood, hear how Angelica Garcia’s range of experiences has shaped her music on her debut album, Medicine for Birds.

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Austin based Sweet Spirit, is punchy, powerhouse party band. Their raucous live shows earned them a fan in Britt Daniel of Spoon, who gave them a leg up on their debut album. Sweet Spirit performs music from their follow-up record called St. Mojo and share wild and fun stories befitting a wild and fun band on the next World Café.

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Hear songs old and new from one of the most influential alternative bands, the Pixies, as they play live at NonComm 2017.  They perform hits from classic albums Doolittle and Surfer Rosa plus a new track from the Pixies' latest album Head Carrier, and you've got a front row seat on the next World Cafe! 

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Allison Crutchfield came of musical age in the DIY punk scene, and has collaborated with many bands including P.S. Eliot and Bad Banana which she founded with her twin sister Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee. This year, she released her beautifully crafted and very personal debut full-length solo album called, Tourist in This Town.  

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This week: we rebroadcast a show from November 2016 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, Colorado. Trey Anastasio plays "Brian and Robert" and "Water in the Sky," The Staves sing "Sadness Don't Own Me" and "Hopeless," and Tig Notaro discusses what it's like to be a comedian.

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Today on the World Cafe is the indie rock quartet, Hippo Campus, from Minnesota. On their first full-length album, the group intended to write around a unified theme - exploring the impact of social media. Find out why that changed as they delved deeper into crafting the new songs.   

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On his new album City Music, Kevin Morby, taps into his love of Lou Reed and Patti Smith to craft characters and songs that evoke New York City. Morby was also inspired by a 2015 New York Times article called "The Lonely Death of George Bell" to write about the solitude of living in a big metropolis.

 

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