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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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December 25, 2013

9:00 PM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
9:01 PM
Have a Holly Jolly Christmas
Artist : Old 97’s
Album : Honky Tonk Holidays: Christmas in Deep Nöellum
Composer :
Label : Big Iron
9:02 PM
Jingle Bell Jamboree
Artist : Keb Mo
Album : The Spirit Of The Holiday EP
Composer :
Label : Yolabelle International
9:06 PM
Little Saint Nick
Artist : The Beach Boys
Album : Christmas Harmonies
Composer :
Label : Capitol
9:08 PM
This Christmas
Artist : Donny Hathaway
Album : Soul Christmas
Composer :
Label : Atlantic / WEA
9:11 PM
Christmas at the Airport
Artist : Nick Lowe
Album : Quality Street
Composer :
Label : Yep Roc Records
9:15 PM
Winter Wonderland
Artist : Al Kooper
Album : Christmas Guitars
Composer :
Label : Green Linnet
9:20 PM
North Pole Express
Artist : Nick Lowe
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:27 PM
Dollar Short of Happy
Artist : Nick Lowe
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:32 PM
She’s Got Soul
Artist : Nick Lowe
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:38 PM
Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day
Artist : Nick Lowe
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:41 PM
Sleigh Bells and Wine
Artist : Jason Gleason
Album : A Santa Clause
Composer :
Label : Immortal
9:43 PM
Are You Coming Over For Christmas
Artist : Belle & Sebastian
Album : Are You Coming Over For Christmas
Composer :
Label : Matador
9:46 PM
Someday At Christmas
Artist : Stevie Wonder
Album : A Motown Christmas
Composer :
Label : Motown
9:49 PM
Christmas in Prison
Artist : John Prine
Album : John Prine Christmas
Composer :
Label : Oh Boy
9:53 PM
How to Make Gravy
Artist : Paul Kelly
Album : Songs From The South: The Best of Paul Kelly
Composer :
Label : Compass Records
10:00 PM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
10:01 PM
Run Rudolph Run
Artist : Chuck Berry
Album : Chess Box
Composer :
Label : Chess
10:03 PM
Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights)
Artist : JD McPherson
Album : Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights)
Composer :
Label : New Rounder
10:06 PM
Skating Away On The Thin Ice of a New Day
Artist : Jethro Tull
Album : War Child
Composer :
Label : Chrysalis Records
10:09 PM
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Artist : The Fab Four
Album : Hark!
Composer :
Label : The Fab Four Corp. / Robo Records
10:12 PM
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Artist : The Fab Four
Album : Hark!
Composer :
Label : The Fab Four Corp. / Robo Records
10:20 PM
Sleigh Ride
Artist : The Fab Four
Album : Hark!
Composer :
Label : The Fab Four Corp. / Robo Records
10:24 PM
Sleigh Ride
Artist : Los Straightjackets
Album : Tis the Season for Los Straightjackets
Composer :
Label : Yep Roc Records
10:31 PM
Venimos Desde Lejos
Artist : Travy Joe
Album : Venimos Desde Lejos
Composer :
Label : One Spirit Records
10:38 PM
Aires De Navidad          
Artist : Willie Colon
Album : Asalto Navideño
Composer :
Label : Universal Latino
10:43 PM
Aires De Navidad          
Artist : Willie Colon
Album : Asalto Navideño
Composer :
Label : Universal Latino
10:45 PM
On Grafton Street
Artist : Nanci Griffith
Album : Flyer
Composer :
Label : Elektra/Wea
10:49 PM
Baby It’s Cold Outside
Artist : Rufus Wainwright & Sharon Van Etten
Album : Holidays Rule
Composer :
Label : Hear Music
10:53 PM
Merry Christmas, Baby/Please Come Home For Christmas
Artist : Charles Brown
Album : Bullseye Blues Christmas
Composer :
Label : Bullseye Blues

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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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