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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December 30, 2013

2:00 PM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
2:01 PM
I¿ve Been Life
Artist : Cody ChesnuTT
Album : Landing on a Hundred
Composer :
Label : Vibration Vineyard
2:09 PM
State Of The Art (A.E.I.O.U.)
Artist : Jim James
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
2:24 PM
Know Til Now
Artist : Jim James
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
2:32 PM
Dear One
Artist : Jim James
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
2:39 PM
Dear One
Artist : Jim James
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
2:44 PM
A New Life
Artist : Jim James
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
2:50 PM
Know Til Now
Artist : Jim James
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
2:51 PM
Inner City Blues
Artist : Marvin Gaye
Album : What's Going On
Composer :
Label : Kitchen Table
3:00 PM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
3:01 PM
Brand New Friend
Artist : Lloyd Cole & the Commotions
Album : 1984 ¿ 1989
Composer :
Label : Capitol
3:06 PM
Good Vibrations
Artist : The Beach Boys
Album : The Best of the Beach Boys
Composer :
Label : Capitol
3:09 PM
Harper Lee
Artist : Little Green Cars
Album : Absolute Zero
Composer :
Label : Glassnote
3:13 PM
Push the Sky Away
Artist : Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
3:14 PM
Wide Lovely Eyes
Artist : Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
3:22 PM
Jubilee Street
Artist : Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
3:37 PM
In Your Room
Artist : Depeche Mode
Album : Songs of Faith and Devotion
Composer :
Label : Warner Bros Mod Afw
3:38 PM
We Real Cool
Artist : Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
3:51 PM
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
2:58 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Next: Houndstooth

Houndstooth.
Jaclyn Campanaro Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 5:45 pm

An indie-rock quintet based in Portland, Ore., Houndstooth features singer Katie Bernstein and guitarist John Gnorski — both of whom are originally from Austin, Texas. The band's sound reflects both hometowns, with Gnorski's loping guitar riffs hinting at bluesy Southern influences.

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World Cafe
3:07 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

KT Tunstall On World Cafe

KT Tunstall.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 5:45 pm

In the spring of 2012, Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall traveled to Tucson, Ariz., to work on her sixth album, Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon. But before she could return to finish the record, a lot happened in her personal life: The death of her father, as well as the dissolution of her marriage to drummer Luke Bullen, left Tunstall in a standstill.

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World Cafe
10:31 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Latin Roots: Timba, Cuba's Funky Dance Music

The timba collective Giraldo Piloto y Klimiax.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 5:51 pm

The Cuban music form known as timba developed in the 1980s, but exploded in popularity throughout the '90s. While training in jazz and classical conservatories, many Cuban musicians were looking for a new musical form that would challenge their skills. By combining rumba with funk and other dance music, timba became a new Cuban genre of synthesized styles.

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World Cafe
12:15 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

José James On World Cafe

José James.
Janette Beckman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 9:31 am

Originally from Minneapolis, José James began chasing his dreams of jazz singing at 17. He found his way to London and New York, and eventually ended up at The New School to study jazz vocals. James was always interested in a musical place where jazz, R&B, hip-hop and more can all come together.

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World Cafe
4:33 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

John Mellencamp, Stephen King And T-Bone Burnett On World Cafe

T-Bone Burnett, John Mellencamp and Stephen King are the creative team behind Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a stage show based on a true story of small-town tragedy.
Kevin Mazur Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 5:53 pm

Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T-Bone Burnett's collaboration on the musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County began 13 years ago. Inspiration for the story came when Mellencamp bought a vacation cabin; he says he found out just after closing that the home was the site of the tragic death of two brothers and the girl they both loved.

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World Cafe
3:36 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Low Cut Connie On World Cafe

Low Cut Connie.
Emad Hasan Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 5:53 pm

Low Cut Connie is a Philadelphia band led by piano player Adam Weiner, who's a born ham: an entertainer who will pound his piano (and his listeners) into submission. Low Cut Connie began when Weiner and his partner, Englishman Dan Finnemore, decided to team up.

In this installment of World Cafe, the band plays music from last year's Call Me Sylvia and tells the tale of bonding in a stuck freight elevator.

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World Cafe
5:14 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

World Cafe Next: Last Good Tooth

Last Good Tooth.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 5:55 pm

Last Good Tooth shares a hometown — Providence, R.I. — with The Low Anthem, and the two bands have both shown a penchant for experimenting with fiddles and Appalachian music.

Led by songwriter Penn Sultan, the son of sculptor Donald Sultan, Last Good Tooth crafts free-wheeling songs, marked by delightful extended breaks and smart lyrics. The group recently relocated to New York City, and its new album (Not Without Work and Rest) is out now on Conor Oberst's Team Love Records.

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World Cafe
5:02 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Patty Griffin On World Cafe

Patty Griffin.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 11:03 am

It's a middle-age milestone, dealing with a parent's death. Singer-songwriter Patty Griffin turns the experience into powerful moments on her latest album, American Kid. The album features songs inspired by everything from her dad exclaiming "Don't let me die in Florida!" to the gleam in her grandfather's eye on his own wedding day.

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World Cafe
9:53 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Villagers On World Cafe

Villagers' Conor O'Brien.
Rich Gilligan Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 5:57 pm

Recording under the name Villagers, Dublin singer-songwriter Conor O'Brien released his debut album, Becoming a Jackal, in 2010. A critically acclaimed Mercury Prize nominee, that record was stripped-down singer-songwriter fare.

But O'Brien changed a bit during the two-plus years leading up to the release of {Awayland}. The songwriter had listened to lots of techno in the interim and approached the new album with Cinemascope ambitions.

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World Cafe
5:06 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Parquet Courts On World Cafe

Parquet Courts.
Keven Pedersen Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 5:13 pm

Nonchalant raw riffage and perfect off-the-cuff lyrics are what attracted me to Light Up Gold, the second full-length album from the Brooklyn indie-rock band Parquet Courts.

On this edition of World Cafe, we were lucky enough to hear three new songs that were written after the release of Light Up Gold. We can't say what will become of them, but "Dear Ramona," in particular, is extraordinary.

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