World Cafe

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

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World Cafe
7:56 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Jenny Lewis On World Cafe

Jenny Lewis.
Rich McKie WXPN

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 8:39 am

We're fans of Jenny Lewis' latest album, The Voyager. Since she and her band already came in to play the new songs live, Lewis invited us to do something different — drive through the San Fernando Valley, where she grew up, to find the inspiration for the title of The Voyager. So it's kind of a mystery in the back seat of a rental car, where we will also hear an acoustic version of the album's title track.

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World Cafe
4:01 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Gary Calamar On World Cafe

Gary Calamar.
Rich McKie WXPN

Meet Gary Calamar. He's many things: A DJ, an author, a recording artist and a music supervisor for films and TV.

He has been very successful choosing atmospheric and expressive music for shows like Six Feet Under and True Blood with showrunner Alan Ball, as well as Weeds, Entourage, Dexter and others.

We'll find out how he does what he does — including deciding to make his own CD You Are What You Listen To.

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World Cafe
1:12 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Jungle Fire On World Cafe

World Cafe host David Dye (left) and Jungle Fire.
Rich McKie WXPN

World Cafe's Sense of Place visit to LA continues today with a bit more of a funky West Coast vibe. Our guests are the powerful new Latin funk band Jungle Fire, whose album Tropicoso is out on North Hollywood-based Nacional Records.

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World Cafe
12:51 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Las Cafeteras On World Cafe

Las Cafeteras.
Rich McKie WXPN

We have a special Latin Roots segment for our Sense of Place: LA today as we are joined by a band from East LA, Las Cafeteras. The band formed around a community space called the Eastside Café, where they studied Son Jarocho music from Mexico and made it their own.

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World Cafe
4:57 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Dwight Yoakam And Lenny Waronker On World Cafe

Dwight Yoakam and Lenny Waronker.
Rich McKie WXPN

We talk with Dwight Yoakam, whose career really took off in the 1980s when his debut album Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. on Warner Bros. Records went to No. 1 on the country charts. Yoakam met our other guest today, Lenny Waronker, producer, A&R man and later president of Warner Bros., when that album came out.

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World Cafe
3:30 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Phil And Dave Alvin On World Cafe

Dave Alvin.
Rich McKie WXPN

The Blasters with Dave and Phil Alvin were an integral part of the Los Angeles punk scene in the 1980s, as well as the blues scene and even the cowpunk scene. Their high energy R&B was hard to deny. Phil sang, Dave played guitar and wrote songs. They parted acrimoniously in 1986, and it wasn't until last year's album of Big Bill Broonzy songs, Common Ground, that they recorded together again.

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World Cafe
1:43 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Gary Burden On World Cafe

Gary Burden
Rich McKie WXPN

Check out this video of an unusual interview with art director and album cover designer Gary Burden. He takes us up and down Laurel Canyon and discusses his experience living there in the '60's and '70s.

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World Cafe
1:11 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Harvey Kubernik On World Cafe

David Dye and Harvey Kubernik.
Rich McKie WXPN

We get the history of the bohemian area of Hollywood known as Laurel Canyon from historian and author Harvey Kubernik. His book Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon describes the musically fertile area that has provided escape for Angelenos since the 1920's.

World Cafe
3:28 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Jackson Browne On World Cafe

Jackson Browne.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

Jackson Browne is World Cafe's guest for the full hour today. The singer-songwriter and social activist has long resided at the heart of Los Angeles' famed Laurel Canyon sound.

A star for more than 40 years, Browne recently released a new album called Standing In The Breach. In this episode, he performs with his full band at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia and discusses his early days.

World Cafe
4:57 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

World Cafe Next: Dorothy

Dorothy.
Courtesy of the artist

All this week, World Cafe is taking a look at Los Angeles as part of its Sense Of Place series. For World Cafe: Next, Kevin Bronson of the website Buzzbands.la calls attention to the band Dorothy, which he describes as "old-school rock without the clichés." Hear and download two of its songs on this page.

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