Jackson Browne is World Cafe's guest for the full hour today. The singer-songwriter and social activist has long resided at the heart of Los Angeles' famed Laurel Canyon sound.
A star for more than 40 years, Browne recently released a new album called Standing In The Breach. In this episode, he performs with his full band at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia and discusses his early days.
All this week, World Cafe is taking a look at Los Angeles as part of its Sense Of Place series. For World Cafe: Next, Kevin Bronson of the website Buzzbands.la calls attention to the band Dorothy, which he describes as "old-school rock without the clichés." Hear and download two of its songs on this page.
Back in 2012, it was an important year for Josh Tillman. That was the year he unleashed his Father John Misty persona on the world, with his debut album Fear Fun. It was also the year he met and fell in love with a photographer and filmmaker; their relationship became the inspiration for the songs on his new album, I Love You, Honeybear.
Before forming Cookies, Ben Sterling led Mobius Band, a group he formed in college. As that band faded, Sterling took the opportunity to figure out how his music should sound. On Cookies' debut album, Music For Touching, it sounds like bright, breezy electro-pop with high production values — a challenge, given that he records much of it himself. Here, Sterling performs with drummer Cinque Kemp, bassist Aakaash Israni and singer Ashley Giorgi.
A member of the best-selling trio Pistol Annies — alongside Ashley Monroe and Miranda Lambert — Angaleena Presley knows what it was like to grow up a coal miner's daughter in Beauty, Ky. Those experiences helped inform the stories she tells on her solo debut, American Middle Class, which came out last year. On this episode of World Cafe, she discusses the album and sings a few of its songs.
Owen Pallett made wonderful, genre-defying music under the name Final Fantasy, then began recording albums like last year's In Conflict under his own name. He sings, composes and arranges songs marked by elaborately looped sounds, particularly violin lines.
Pallett has toured extensively with Arcade Fire, on whose albums he's contributed dating back to Funeral. In 2014, he was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on the score to the film Her. This appearance on World Cafe features songs from In Conflict.
The Lone Bellow joins World Cafe today to perform in front of a live audience. The Brooklyn folk-rock trio has roots in the American South, with stories and images from its ancestral home permeating the songs on both The Lone Bellow's self-titled 2013 debut and this year's Then Came The Morning. The new disc was produced by The National's Aaron Dessner.
Between bits of enlightening conversation, The Lone Bellow gives an energetic performance of three songs from the new album, recorded at Philadelphia's World Cafe Live.
In World Cafe's newest Latin Roots segment, Rachel Faro returns to discuss lullabies, or canciones de cuna. Many of these songs are passed down from grandmothers to babies and end up becoming songs that everyone knows. Faro will play a couple of examples, and then you can explore her Spotify playlist if you truly need to drift off to sleep.
The Portland folk-pop band Horse Feathers' new album, So It Is With Us, showcases a lively, even aggressive sound. It's a much different approach than the one taken during the group's previous visit to World Cafe. Bandleader Justin Ringle presides over a full-band sound that's more cohesive than ever, and you can hear that quality in this upbeat session.