World Cafe's guest today is the Milwaukee band Field Report, named for an anagram of bandleader Chris Porterfield's last name. Before forming Field Report, Porterfield played with fellow Wisconsinite Justin Vernon — who now leads Bon Iver — in the band DeYarmond Edison. Porterfield opted to stay in Milwaukee when the rest of that group relocated to North Carolina.
Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 4:08 pm
Hear Two Songs By Jungle Fire
Jungle Fire keeps listeners on the dance floor. Like War or the British band Cymande back in the day, the L.A. group fuses Latin rhythms with funk, Afrobeat and jazz to produce an incendiary effect. The band's full-length debut, Tropicoso, came out earlier this year. Hear and download two songs from that album on today's episode of World Cafe: Next.
Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 4:10 pm
World Cafe's guest today is R&B and soul singer-songwriter Macy Gray. Her 1991 debut On How Life Is contained the massive hit "I Try," and she's released a string of solo records since. On her two most recent releases, Gray has turned to taking on the songs of others, including an album-length cover of Stevie Wonder's Talking Book.
Paolo Nutini, the Scottish soul singer with the Italian name, is our guest today on World Cafe. Here, he and his band perform songs from his new album, Caustic Love, which has topped the charts across Europe.
In an interview with host David Dye, Nutini describes how a speech from Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator resonated with him during the making of the song "Iron Sky."
In the 1980s, singer-songwriter John Mellencamp was known for huge heartland rock hits like "Jack & Diane," "Small Town" and "Pink Houses." Now, he tells World Cafe host David Dye, "It would be ridiculous for me to try to act like a 27-year-old guy at my age. ... I just can't play 'Hurts So Good.' I just can't do it."
Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 6:16 pm
One half of The Eurythmics with Dave Stewart — with whom she crafted hits like "Here Comes The Rain Again" and "Sweet Dreams" — Annie Lennox has also enjoyed a hugely successful solo career in the past few decades.
Now, she turns to major songs of an earlier era on a new album of jazz standards, Nostalgia. On this episode of World Cafe, Lennox sits down with host David Dye to discuss why she chose certain songs for the album.
Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 11:07 am
Our World Cafe: Next artist this week is Philadelphia's Alex G. His new album, DSU, which comes out Nov. 4, is his fifth. The 21-year-old Temple University student continues to mine the rich space — explored so fruitfully by indie-rock forebears like Built To Spill — between intimate, personal expression and grandiose sonic worlds.
Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 11:06 am
Today's guest on World Cafe is guitarist James Williamson, who was a live guitarist for legendary Detroit rock band The Stooges after the release of 1970's Fun House and co-wrote 1973's Raw Power with Iggy Pop.
We welcome record producer Aaron Luis Levinson back to World Cafe's Latin Roots: Essentials series. This week, Levinson offers up his essential Latin jazz picks, starting with Duke Ellington's version of "Caravan." The song, written by Puerto Rican trombonist Juan Tizol, is a classic of the genre — one of the most enduring melodies in jazz, Latin music and beyond.
World Cafe's guest today is Hiss Golden Messenger, the North Carolina folk-rock duo of M.C. Taylor and Scott Hirsch. The pair, originally from California, relocated to the East Coast when Taylor decided to study folklore at the University of North Carolina.