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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
4:22 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

World Cafe Next: Kutosis

Kutosis
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  • Hear Two Songs By Kutosis

We call on Cardiff, Wales for our World Cafe: Next artists this week. Kutosis is a power-pop trio whose music has been described as "post punk, reverb-drenched and breezy." Their second album, Dream It Away, was released in June on Jealous Lover's Club Records. From album artwork to song titles, this group is all about surfing — a fitting match for their sunny power pop.

Don't forget to download our World Cafe: Next podcast with two songs from Kutosis.

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Station News
9:51 am
Mon July 7, 2014

World Cafe, July 7-11

Credit pitchfork.com

It's another week of live music and conversation on World Cafe!

Monday, July 7th, 2014

On this Vintage Cafe, English band, The xx play live music from their sophomore record, Coexist.

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Singer-songwriter and Grammy award winning producer, Joe Henry performs new music from his album, Invisible Hour.

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Saintseneca drop by to chat about their newest LP, Dark Arc.

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World Cafe
7:29 am
Fri July 4, 2014

World Cafe's July 4th Mixtape

Appeal to the senses this Independence Day — before watching fireworks, treat your ears to this playlist of World Cafe favorites.
Yana Paskova Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 6:57 pm

I love mixtapes. Don't we all? If I'm having a party or even a dinner, I meticulously program the music — even though, if it's a good party, no one will hear it because they're all talking!

Here's my Fourth of July mixtape for you. No in-studio guest today, just a wide variety of music with the only stipulation that "America," "American" or "U.S." has to be somewhere in the title. It's not even all from the U.S.! There's a version of the Brazilian singer Jorge Ben's "So Loco Porti America." There are some stirring classic tunes from Tom Petty and The Steve Miller Band.

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World Cafe
3:23 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Chrissie Hynde On World Cafe

Chrissie Hynde.
Dean Chalkley Courtesy of the artist

Ever since she helped form The Pretenders in the late 1970s, Chrissie Hynde has identified as part of the legendary British band. Recently, though, Hynde set out as a solo artist, releasing the album Stockholm in June.

Hynde tells World Cafe that the album is a product of collaboration; she even traveled to Sweden to work with Bjorn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John. That pairing led to others, including unlikely appearances by Neil Young and John McEnroe.

Hear a four-song set on today's World Cafe.

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World Cafe
4:29 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Dan Croll On World Cafe

Dan Croll.
Courtesy of the artist

English electro-pop musician Dan Croll released his debut album earlier this year; it's titled Sweet Disarray, an apt name for such a stylistically rich record.

Croll went to school for music at the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts, which was founded by Paul McCartney. Croll was even chosen by his classmates to meet Sir Paul; we'll hear that story and a live set in the studio today.

World Cafe
12:41 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

John Fullbright On World Cafe

John Fullbright.
Vicki Farmer Courtesy of the artist

John Fullbright is from Okemah, Okla., the hometown of Woody Guthrie. World Cafe first showcased Fullbright in 2012, when he released his diverse, Grammy-nominated album From the Ground Up.

His latest album is simply called Songs. As the title suggests, it's a collection of straightforward compositions, but they take on complicated topics. "Happy," for example, poses the question, "Do you have to have to be depressed to write a great song?"

Hear "Happy" and three other Fullbright songs in today's session.

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World Cafe
2:41 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

World Cafe Next: Heaven's Jail

Heaven's Jail.
Courtesy of the artist
  • Hear Two Songs By Heaven's Jail

This week's World Cafe: Next artist is the Brooklyn band Heaven's Jail. Frontman Francesco Ferorelli grew up listening to metal and hip-hop, later discovered country, and now plays indie-rock music. Producer Matthew Houck (of Phosphorescent fame) says of Ferorelli, "[He] is my favorite kind of songwriter — sensitive but not sappy, smart but not precious."

Ace Called Zero, the debut album by Heaven's Jail, is due out August 26. Download two songs as part of the World Cafe: Next podcast.

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Music News
9:16 am
Mon June 30, 2014

World Cafe, June 30 - July 4

Chrissie Hynde's new one
Credit rollingstone.com

Here's the line-up for this week. The show airs from 2-4pm.

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires have separate recording careers, but they played a special duo performance on this Vintage Cafe from 2013.

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

John Fullbright's remarkable debut earned a Grammy nomination two years ago, and Songs is the brand new follow-up.

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

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World Cafe
5:24 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Hozier On World Cafe

Hozier.
Courtesy of the artist

If you've heard the gospel-tinged "Take Me to Church" from Irish singer-songwriter Hozier, it's unlikely that you've forgotten it. The soulful, emotive singing could sustain the song on its own, but when you combine it with a powerful video, it's easy to understand why Hozier's rise to popularity has been so swift. That video alone has more than four million views and climbing.

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World Cafe
5:48 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Latin Roots: New Music From Cuba

Descemer Bueno.
Courtesy of the artist

For World Cafe's new Latin Roots segment, Judy Cantor-Navas, an editor at Billboard, plays new music from Cuba. She says the easing of the cultural embargo with the U.S. has yielded major results, allowing artists and their music to travel more freely out of the country. Cantor-Navas plays a couple of examples of how that can be good for music in Cuba and beyond.

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