Foxygen re-creates the shambolic pop brilliance of '60s and '70s rock music with casual virtuosity. The homage is so spot-on, in fact, that vocalist Sam France's wild live performances and the band's more outré sonic explorations might just be par for the course.
Either way, France broke at least one mic stand during his performance for World Cafe; he says that happens most nights. Earlier this year, France and bandmate Jonathan Rado released their third album as Foxygen, the double-length ...And Star Power.
Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 9:39 am
Honeyblood's debut EP, Thrift Shop, was recorded in a bathroom and it sounds like it. There, fuzz shaded and refracted the emotion in singer-songwriter and guitarist Stina Tweeddale's unwavering voice. The Glaswegian duo — now Tweeddale and Cat Myers, after the departure of original drummer Shona McVicar — demonstrates that its songs are just as effective in high fidelity on its self-titled full-length debut.
Hear live version of songs from that record on today's episode of WorldCafe.
The Twilight Sad, the Scottish trio of singer James Graham, guitarist Andy MacFarlane, and drummer Mark Devine, makes thick-accented rock that can be rousing, bleak or both. The group has as much in common with the moody post-punk group Interpol as it does with its fellow Scots in Frightened Rabbit.
Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 10:09 am
Musicians and bandmates Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch, who record together under the name Milky Chance, tell World Cafe host David Dye that it took them six years to put together their viral hit "Stolen Dance." Soon after, however, the two put out their first full-length album, Sadnecessary, which saw them exploring folk, R&B and reggae, all buoyed by a catchy electronic foundation.
Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 10:02 am
Since he was a kid in Vermont, King Tuff's Kyle Thomas has been drawn to the layered, retro-leaning, guitar-driven sounds of garage-based pop and classic rock. His new album, Black Moon Spell, is filled with catchy power pop and chiming layers of guitars. On today's episode of World Cafe, Thomas and his road band perform songs from the record in the studio.
Dinosaur Jr.'s early albums (You're Living All Over Me, Bug, Where You Been) established a specific sound: whirling, layered, blown-out. At the time, it was some of the loudest — and prettiest — stuff around.
Frontman J Mascis' solo career, alternatively, has seen the guitarist and singer apply his dense, intricate fretwork to a quieter sonic spectrum. Mascis plays songs from his new album, Tied To A Star, on the World Cafe Live stage on today's episode of World Cafe.
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.