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December 30, 2013

3:00 AM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
3:01 AM
I¿ve Been Life
Artist : Cody ChesnuTT
Album : Landing on a Hundred
Composer :
Label : Vibration Vineyard
3:09 AM
State Of The Art (A.E.I.O.U.)
Artist : Jim James
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
3:24 AM
Know Til Now
Artist : Jim James
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
3:32 AM
Dear One
Artist : Jim James
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
3:39 AM
Dear One
Artist : Jim James
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
3:44 AM
A New Life
Artist : Jim James
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
3:50 AM
Know Til Now
Artist : Jim James
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
3:51 AM
Inner City Blues
Artist : Marvin Gaye
Album : What's Going On
Composer :
Label : Kitchen Table
4:00 AM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
4:01 AM
Brand New Friend
Artist : Lloyd Cole & the Commotions
Album : 1984 ¿ 1989
Composer :
Label : Capitol
4:06 AM
Good Vibrations
Artist : The Beach Boys
Album : The Best of the Beach Boys
Composer :
Label : Capitol
4:09 AM
Harper Lee
Artist : Little Green Cars
Album : Absolute Zero
Composer :
Label : Glassnote
4:13 AM
Push the Sky Away
Artist : Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
4:14 AM
Wide Lovely Eyes
Artist : Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
4:22 AM
Jubilee Street
Artist : Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
4:37 AM
In Your Room
Artist : Depeche Mode
Album : Songs of Faith and Devotion
Composer :
Label : Warner Bros Mod Afw
4:38 AM
We Real Cool
Artist : Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
4:51 AM
Push the Sky Away
Artist : Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN

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World Cafe
9:13 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Of Monsters and Men On World Cafe

Of Monsters and Men.
John Vettese Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun July 20, 2014 11:59 am

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World Cafe
3:55 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Five Essential Icelandic Albums From World Cafe

12 Tónar Records.
John Vettese WXPN

On World Cafe's Sense of Place: Iceland trip, we felt inspired during our visit to Reykjavik's famed 12 Tónar Records. It's a homey, welcoming place where the shelves are filled with Icelandic CDs and vinyl.

Behind the counter, fielding all questions, was Einar Þór Kristjánsson, who has worked at 12 Tónar since it opened 15 years ago. We asked him to make a list of some of his favorite Icelandic music; he obliged, giving us the history of the unique store and picking five bands. (Some you may know well, others not so much.)

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World Cafe
3:39 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Sin Fang On World Cafe

Sin Fang at Iceland's Rás 2 studios.
John Vettese WXPN

Our Sense of Place: Iceland guest today is Sindri Már Sigfússon, who performs under the name Sin Fang for his solo work. He also leads the folk-pop group Seabear; in fact, the first Seabear recordings were released in conjunction with another ursine band, an early version of the American band Grizzly Bear. Sigfússon released his third solo album, Flowers, last year.

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World Cafe
3:31 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Olafur Arnalds On World Cafe

Olafur Arnalds.
Courtesy of the artist

World Cafe's Sense of Place: Iceland guest today is a busy man. Composer and musician Ólafur Arnalds creates beautiful, sweeping neoclassical music, perfect for the soundtracks that have won him high praise. He's been in especially high demand since winning a BAFTA award for his musical contributions to the British TV series Broadchurch.

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World Cafe
3:24 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Bjork On World Cafe

Björk.
Jean-Baptiste Mondino Courtesy of the artist

As part of World Cafe's week-long Sense of Place series, we resurface this 2000 interview with Björk, recorded in conjunction with the release of Selmasongs. At the time, the singer had just starred in the Lars von Trier film Dancer in The Dark, in which she played the character of Selma. The film won the Palme d'Or at Cannes, where Björk also won the award for Best Actress.

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Polyphonic Spree
10:30 am
Wed July 16, 2014

The Polyphonic Spree, 'Hold Yourself Up'

The Polyphonic Spree, in a scene from the band's new video for the song "Hold Yourself Up."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 2:37 pm

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World Cafe
4:02 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Siggtryggur Baldurson On World Cafe

Siggtryggur Baldurson.
John Vettese WXPN

As Sense of Place: Iceland continues on World Cafe, we have a thoughtful interview with Siggtryggur Baldurson; he's head of the Iceland Music Exchange (IMX), which is tasked with expanding the musical footprint of Iceland around the world. Baldurson is also the former drummer of the groundbreaking Icelandic band The Sugarcubes.

Here, he discusses various efforts to spread Icelandic music — including the Iceland Airwaves Festival, which draws visitors to the island every fall to experience more than 300 bands in Reykjavík's clubs.

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World Cafe
3:53 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Árstíðir On World Cafe

Árstíðir performs for a live audience at Reykjavik Public Radio station Rás 2.
John Vettese WXPN

On today's episode, we hear the first of the live sessions World Cafe recorded during its Sense of Place trip to Iceland in June. Árstíðir's performance was recorded in front of an audience of World Cafe Travel Adventurers at Reykjavik Public Radio station Rás 2.

With piano, two guitars, violin and vocals, Árstíðir re-created the richly delicate classical-folk sound that helped the band make it big on Icelandic radio and in mainland Europe. A new album is due out in September.

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World Cafe
2:55 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Óli Palli On World Cafe

David Dye and Óli Palli.
John Vettese WXPN

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 8:46 am

World Cafe's Sense of Place series takes the show to Iceland, where Ólafur Páll Gunnarsson — known by most as Óli Palli — was voted the most important Icelandic radio personality of the 20th century. He can be heard on the Icelandic public radio station Rás 2, on which he hosts the music programs Poppaland and Rokkland.

Here, he joins World Cafe to play new Icelandic pop from newcomer Grísalappalísa, as well as longtime favorite GusGus. He also tackles the question of why so many Icelandic artists sing in English.

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Music News
1:42 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

World Cafe, July 14-18

Credit play.com

Kinda muggy this week. Come along with us to Iceland on World Cafe, starting at 2pm. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Take a musical journey through Iceland on this week's Sense of Place series, which begins today with a Vintage Cafe with Ásgeir. Plus, we find out about the best new Icelandic bands with Oli P. from Reykjavik’s Ras 2 Radio.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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