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 31, 2013

3:00 AM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
3:01 AM
Come and Go Blues
Artist : The Allman Brothers
Album : Brothers and Sisters
Composer :
Label : Island / Mercury
3:06 AM
Queenie Eye
Artist : Paul McCartney
Album : New
Composer :
Label : Hear Music
3:09 AM
Fell in Love with a Boy
Artist : Joss Stone
Album : The Soul Sessions
Composer :
Label : EMI Europe Generic
3:14 AM
Midnight In Harlem
Artist : Tedeschi Trucks Band
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
3:15 AM
Made Up Mind
Artist : Tedeschi Trucks Band
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
3:22 AM
Do I Look Worried
Artist : Tedeschi Trucks Band
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
3:32 AM
It’s So Heavy
Artist : Tedeschi Trucks Band
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
3:37 AM
Misunderstood
Artist : Tedeschi Trucks Band
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
3:44 AM
Part of Me
Artist : Tedeschi Trucks Band
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
3:45 AM
Walk Us Uptown
Artist : Elvis Costello & the Roots
Album : Wise Up Ghost
Composer :
Label : Blue Note Records
3:49 AM
Burning Down The House
Artist : Talking Heads
Album : Speaking In Tongues
Composer :
Label : Warner Brothers / WEA
3:53 AM
Tell Me A Tale
Artist : Michael Kiwanuka
Album : Tell Me A Tale
Composer :
Label : Interscope
4:00 AM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
4:01 AM
For A Dancer
Artist : Jackson Browne
Album : Late For The Sky
Composer :
Label : Verve Forecast
4:10 AM
From a Window Seat (Rivers and Freeways)
Artist : Dawes
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
4:23 AM
God Rest My Soul
Artist : Dawes
Album : North Hills
Composer :
Label : WXPN
4:24 AM
Most People
Artist : Dawes
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
4:38 AM
Just My Luck
Artist : Dawes
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
4:43 AM
Someone WIll
Artist : Dawes
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
4:47 AM
Way Back Home
Artist : Dawes
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
4:49 AM
Don’t Swallow the Cap
Artist : The National
Album : Trouble Will Find Me
Composer :
Label : 4ad/ Ada
4:52 AM
Things Have Changed
Artist : Bob Dylan
Album : Wonder Boys: Music From the Motion Picture
Composer :
Label : Columbia

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World Cafe
4:55 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Latin Roots: The Evolution Of Flamenco

Spanish flamenco singer Estrella Morente.
Diario FemeninoSp Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 5:40 pm

Judy Cantor-Navas, managing editor of Billboard En Español, joins Latin Roots to discuss the mysterious world of flamenco music. It's hard to pinpoint exactly where the style originated; though known for its close ties to Spain, it's suggested that the roots of flamenco actually begin in India. Whatever its origins may be, however, it's a style dominated by strong performers.

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World Cafe
4:55 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Tom Jones On World Cafe

Tom Jones.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 6:01 pm

This segment, from June 27, is part of our Best Of 2013 series, in which we revisit some of our most memorable interviews and performances of the year.

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World Cafe
1:44 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Laura Mvula On World Cafe

Laura Mvula.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 5:15 pm

U.K. singer Laura Mvula has been well-served by her conservatory training, which helped her uncover her own unique sound: Mvula's first full-length album, Sing to the Moon, blends classic pop, jazz and soul.

With help from producer Steve Brown, Mvula's choral-like arrangements are wonderfully layered and complex. In this installment of World Cafe, the singer performs live with her band and talks to host David Dye about how she separates her roles as a songwriter and a performer.

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World Cafe
3:56 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Michael Nesmith On World Cafe

Michael Nesmith.
Alexandra Battaglia Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 5:43 pm

He's best known as the tall, hat-wearing member of The Monkees, but Michael Nesmith has worn many other hats in the last few decades. Nesmith recently finished up his first solo tour in 21 years, playing songs from both his original country-rock group (The First National Band) and his solo albums.

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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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