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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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June 20, 2013

8:59 PM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
9:01 PM
Parted Ways
Artist : Heartless Bastards
Album : Arrow
Composer :
Label : Partisan
9:06 PM
Grace For Saints and Ramblers
Artist : Iron & Wine
Album : Ghost on Ghost
Composer :
Label : Nonesuch
9:09 PM
Breezeblocks
Artist : AltJ
Album : An Awesome Wave
Composer :
Label : Atlantic
9:13 PM
Reva’s House
Artist : Los Lobos
Album : Kiko
Composer :
Label : Warner Bros./Wea
9:16 PM
Reboot The Mission
Artist : The Wallflowers
Album : Glad All Over
Composer :
Label : Sony
9:19 PM
Wait For Love
Artist : Josh Ritter
Album : The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter
Composer :
Label : RCA
9:24 PM
Hopeful
Artist : Josh Ritter
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:30 PM
A Certain Light
Artist : Josh Ritter
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:36 PM
Joy to You Baby
Artist : Josh Ritter
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:41 PM
Mind’s Eye
Artist : Josh Ritter
Album : The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter
Composer :
Label : RCA
9:42 PM
Love Don’t Leave Me Waiting
Artist : Glen Hansard
Album : Rhythm and Repose
Composer :
Label : Anti
9:46 PM
One Of These Things First
Artist : Nick Drake
Album : Bryter Layter
Composer :
Label : Fontana Island
9:51 PM
Flashlight
Artist : The Amazing
Album : Gentle Stream
Composer :
Label : Partisan Records
10:00 PM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
10:01 PM
First Glimmer
Artist : Paul Westerberg
Album : 14 Songs
Composer :
Label : UME Imports
10:05 PM
Birmingham
Artist : Shovels & Rope
Album : O' Be Joyful
Composer :
Label : Dualtone Music Group
10:09 PM
American Girl
Artist : Tom Petty
Album : Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Composer :
Label : Polygram UK
10:13 PM
Taking The Farm
Artist : The War On Drugs
Album : Wagonwheel Blues
Composer :
Label : Secretly Canadian
10:17 PM
Never Enough
Artist : Trixie Whitley
Album : Fourth Corner
Composer :
Label : Strong Blood Records
10:20 PM
Fool’s Gold
Artist : Graham Parker & The Rumor
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
10:21 PM
Ramona
Artist : Night Beds
Album : Country Sleep
Composer :
Label : Dead Oceans
10:25 PM
Lord Protect My Child
Artist : Susan Tedeschi
Album : Hope and Desire
Composer :
Label : Verve Forecast
10:30 PM
Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’
Artist : The Slide Brothers
Album : Robert Randolph Presents: The Slide Brothers
Composer :
Label : Concord Records
10:35 PM
Trashcan
Artist : Delta Spirit
Album : Ode to Sunshine
Composer :
Label : Rounder/UMGD
10:39 PM
Safe From Harm
Artist : Massive Attack
Album : Blue Lines
Composer :
Label : Virgin Records
10:40 PM
Just Make It Stop
Artist : Low
Album : The Invisible Way
Composer :
Label : Sub Pop
10:44 PM
Looking At The Sun
Artist : Matthew Sweet
Album : Girlfriend
Composer :
Label : Volcano
10:48 PM
Peach Blossom
Artist : Eels
Album : Wonderful Glorious
Composer :
Label : Vagrant
10:52 PM
Heart Attack and Vine
Artist : Tom Waits
Album : Heart Attack and Vine
Composer :
Label : Elektra/Wea

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World Cafe
10:21 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Bon Iver On World Cafe

Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.
D.L. Anderson

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 1:28 pm

This session, from Sept. 2, 2011, is part of our Vintage Cafe series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances.

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World Cafe
2:07 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Preservation Hall Jazz Band On World Cafe

Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Courtesy of brittanicadotcom

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 1:28 pm

New Orleans' Preservation Hall, the dirt-floor space off Bourbon Street, was founded in 1961 as a place for the elders of Crescent City jazz to play nightly. Today, World Cafe talks with Ben Jaffe; like his father Alan, who ran the space initially, Jaffe is a tuba player who guides the world-renowned band today.

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World Cafe
1:00 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

The Greyboy Allstars On World Cafe

The Greyboy Allstars.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 1:28 pm

Almost 20 years ago, the members of the Greyboy Allstars got together to play a record release party for DJ Greyboy and discovered a perfect fusion. Call it rare groove, acid jazz or Electric Boogaloo (as they named their 1995 debut album), guitarist Elgin Park, keyboardist Robert Walter, saxophonist Karl Denson and the rhythm section of Chris Stillwell and Aaron Redfield have a special sound. These Allstars still draw from '60s boogaloo on their new album, Inland Emperor.

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World Cafe
5:31 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Treetop Flyers On World Cafe

Treetop Flyers.
Sam Ford Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 1:28 pm

We welcome British band Treetop Flyers to the World Cafe. They are a folk-rock five-piece that initially turned heads on the main stage of the 2011 Glastonbury Festival. They won the spot through an "emerging artist" competition. From there, they were signed to Loose Music in the U.K. and to Partisan Records in the U.S. and put out their debut full-length record, The Mountain Moves, in June of this year. Their music is very much inspired by California in the '70s, so it was not much of a stretch to decamp to Malibu to record their debut.

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World Cafe
4:41 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Mark Mulcahy On World Cafe

Mark Mulcahy.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 1:29 pm

If you were an indie-rock fan in the mid-1980s, then you undoubtedly stumbled upon Miracle Legion. In the post R.E.M. jangle-rock landscape, they called it "college rock" and the Connecticut-based Miracle Legion ruled. It happened again with his work on Nickelodeon's Adventures of Pete & Pete with the fake-band Polaris made up of Miracle Legion musicians.

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World Cafe
2:20 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

World Cafe Next: Royal Bangs

Royal Bangs.
Ramon Hess Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 1:29 pm

Our World Cafe: Next artist this week is Royal Bangs, a band originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. The band formed in 2001 and had their first album released by The Black Keys' Patrick Carney on his own Audio Eagle Records in 2008. He actually discovered the band on MySpace.

The band is fronted by Ryan Schaefer and their new album, Brass, was produced by Carney. It's scheduled to be released on September 17, but you can hear two tracks from it on the World Cafe: Next podcast.

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World Cafe
4:23 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

The Head And The Heart On World Cafe

Seattle's The Head and the Heart recently performed on World Cafe.
Josh Principe The Billions Corporation

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 1:29 pm

This session, from Dec. 12, 2011, is the second in our Vintage Cafe series, where we revisit some of our best studio performances.

The Head and the Heart was formed after five twentysomethings met at an open mic night in Seattle.

"None of us knew each other beforehand," recalls singer Josiah Johnson. "I just happened to go to the same open mic. [Jonathan Russell] played some songs and I played some songs, then we started talking and hanging out."

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World Cafe
4:08 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Franz Ferdinand On World Cafe

Scottish band Franz Ferdinand.
Andy Knowles Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 1:29 pm

Scottish dance-rock band Franz Ferdinand are back with its fourth album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. A year-and-a-half in the making, the record includes collaborations with members of Hot Chip and Peter Bjorn and John. In this episode of World Cafe, we speak with lead singer Alex Kapranos and drummer Paul Thomson, and the band treats us to a live set.

World Cafe
3:27 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Latin Roots: Joe Arroyo

Colombian singer Joe Arroyo (left) arrives at the Latin Grammy awards in 2008.
Michael Buckner Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 11:35 am

  • Latin Roots On World Cafe

In this installment of our Latin Roots series, The Latin Alternative co-host Ernesto Lechner discusses his favorite singer, an influential Colombian musician named Joe Arroyo.

Arroyo began singing at age 10 in the whorehouses of Cartagena. He was discovered by Fruko (a.k.a. Julio Ernesto Estrada) when he was a teenager and soon joined the salsa player's band, Fruko Y Sus Tesos.

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World Cafe
2:08 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

James Cotton On World Cafe

James Cotton
Christopher Durst Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 1:30 pm

Harmonica master James Cotton is a giant of the blues. Born in 1935 on a cotton plantation in Tunica, Miss., he learned the instrument from Sonny Boy Williamson, who had a radio program right across the river in West Helena, Ark. After listening to the show and imitating him on a harmonica, Cotton met Williamson, who took him under his wing.

At 15, Cotton met and played with Howlin' Wolf, who took him to record at Sun Studios in Memphis. Later, while on tour, Muddy Waters asked Cotton to replace Junior Wells in his band; Cotton stayed on the road with Waters for a dozen years.

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