Paolo Nutini, the Scottish soul singer with the Italian name, is our guest today on World Cafe. Here, he and his band perform songs from his new album, Caustic Love, which has topped the charts across Europe.
In an interview with host David Dye, Nutini describes how a speech from Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator resonated with him during the making of the song "Iron Sky."
In the 1980s, singer-songwriter John Mellencamp was known for huge heartland rock hits like "Jack & Diane," "Small Town" and "Pink Houses." Now, he tells World Cafe host David Dye, "It would be ridiculous for me to try to act like a 27-year-old guy at my age. ... I just can't play 'Hurts So Good.' I just can't do it."
Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 11:05 am
One half of The Eurythmics with Dave Stewart — with whom she crafted hits like "Here Comes The Rain Again" and "Sweet Dreams" — Annie Lennox has also enjoyed a hugely successful solo career in the past few decades.
Now, she turns to major songs of an earlier era on a new album of jazz standards, Nostalgia. On this episode of World Cafe, Lennox sits down with host David Dye to discuss why she chose certain songs for the album.
Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 11:07 am
Our World Cafe: Next artist this week is Philadelphia's Alex G. His new album, DSU, which comes out Nov. 4, is his fifth. The 21-year-old Temple University student continues to mine the rich space — explored so fruitfully by indie-rock forebears like Built To Spill — between intimate, personal expression and grandiose sonic worlds.
Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 11:06 am
Today's guest on World Cafe is guitarist James Williamson, who was a live guitarist for legendary Detroit rock band The Stooges after the release of 1970's Fun House and co-wrote 1973's Raw Power with Iggy Pop.
We welcome record producer Aaron Luis Levinson back to World Cafe's Latin Roots: Essentials series. This week, Levinson offers up his essential Latin jazz picks, starting with Duke Ellington's version of "Caravan." The song, written by Puerto Rican trombonist Juan Tizol, is a classic of the genre — one of the most enduring melodies in jazz, Latin music and beyond.
World Cafe's guest today is Hiss Golden Messenger, the North Carolina folk-rock duo of M.C. Taylor and Scott Hirsch. The pair, originally from California, relocated to the East Coast when Taylor decided to study folklore at the University of North Carolina.
Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 4:36 pm
Montreal band The Barr Brothers formed in 2005 when singer and guitarist Brad Barr met concert harpist Sarah Page after hearing her practice through the wall of his apartment. He and his brother, Andrew Barr, had played together in Boston as The Slip. But The Barr Brothers, as an official group, only took form after Page joined.
Here, the band plays songs from its new album, Sleeping Operator.
Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 4:02 pm
Vocalist and pianist Ben Thornewill, singer-guitarist Tommy Siegel and drummer Jesse Kristin met at George Washington University in 2003, then formed Jukebox The Ghost three years later. The D.C. pop band's self-titled fourth album comes out this week. In this interview and performance for World Cafe, Jukebox The Ghost tells guest host Michaela Majoun about placing piano in the foreground of its music, and explains how competition has been good for its songwriting.
Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 9:26 am
Multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven and Charlie Muench formed The Stray Birds in Lancaster, Penn., in 2012, though they'd known each other and performed together in the city's tight-knit music community prior to that. The group's self-titled debut was well-received in folk circles, and was named one of NPR's Top 10 folk and Americana albums for 2012.