World Cafe on WXPR

Monday through Thursday 9-11 PM

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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Playlist

September 25, 2013

9:00 PM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
9:01 PM
Super 8
Artist : Jason Isbell
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:06 PM
Man
Artist : Neko Case
Album : The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight the More I Love You
Composer :
Label : Anti
9:09 PM
Float On
Artist : Modest Mouse
Album : Good News for People Who Love Bad News
Composer :
Label : Sony
9:13 PM
Broken Heart
Artist : Dr. Dog
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:16 PM
I’ve Got Dreams to Remember
Artist : Otis Redding
Album : The Otis Redding Story
Composer :
Label : Atlantic
9:20 PM
In Your Light
Artist : Jamie N Commons
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:21 PM
Caroline
Artist : Jamie N Commons
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:30 PM
In Your Light
Artist : Jamie N Commons
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:37 PM
Lead Me Home
Artist : Jamie N Commons
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:39 PM
Rumble and Sway
Artist : Jamie N Commons
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:42 PM
Caroline
Artist : Jamie N Commons
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:44 PM
Reflektor
Artist : Arcade Fire
Album : Reflektor
Composer :
Label : Merge
9:51 PM
Keep You
Artist : Wild Belle
Album : Isles
Composer :
Label : Columbia Records
9:54 PM
Trying to Be Cool
Artist : Phoenix
Album : Bankrupt!
Composer :
Label : Glassnote
10:00 PM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
10:00 PM
St. Robinson In His Cadillac Dream
Artist : Counting Crows
Album : This Desert Life
Composer :
Label : Interscope Records
10:06 PM
Young Fathers
Artist : Typhoon
Album : White Lighter
Composer :
Label : Roll Call Records
10:10 PM
Whose Authority
Artist : Nada Surf
Album : Lucky
Composer :
Label : Barsuk Records
10:13 PM
Sister Havana
Artist : Urge Overkill
Album : Saturation
Composer :
Label : Triple X Records
10:18 PM
Sister Havana
Artist : Urge Overkill
Album : Saturation
Composer :
Label : Triple X Records
10:19 PM
Byegone
Artist : Volcano Choir
Album : Repave
Composer :
Label : Jagjaguwar
10:19 PM
Down In the Valley
Artist : The Head and The Heart
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
10:22 PM
When I Write My Master’s Thesis
Artist : John K Samson
Album : Provincial
Composer :
Label : Epitaph / ADA
10:25 PM
Hockey Skates
Artist : Kathleen Edwards
Album : Failer
Composer :
Label : Zoe Records
10:29 PM
Pretty Green
Artist : White Denim
Album : Corsicana Lemonade
Composer :
Label : Downtown Records
10:33 PM
Crosseyed And Painless
Artist : Talking Heads
Album : Remain in Light
Composer :
Label : Remain in Light
10:37 PM
Right Action
Artist : Franz Ferdinand
Album : Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
Composer :
Label : Domino
10:40 PM
Freckle Song
Artist : Chuck Prophet
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
10:42 PM
Rain
Artist : The Beatles
Album : Revolver
Composer :
Label : Capitol
10:45 PM
Rainy Night in Georgia
Artist : Tony Joe White
Album : The Best Of Tony Joe White
Composer :
Label : Warner Brothers / WEA
10:50 PM
Come Rain or Come Shine
Artist : Ray Charles
Album : Great American Songwriters, Vol. 2: Johnny Mercer
Composer :
Label : Rhino
10:55 PM
It’s Raining
Artist : Irma Thomas
Album : New Orleans: Home Of The Blues, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : EMI Europe Generic

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World Cafe
1:29 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Next: Treetop Flyers

Treetop Flyers.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 7:14 pm

  • Hear Two New Songs By Treetop Flyers

The members of London's Treetop Flyers capture the sound of California folk-rock in the '60s on their debut album, The Mountain Moves. They met on the periphery of the London folk scene that gave the world Mumford & Sons and Laura Marling.

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World Cafe
1:32 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds On World Cafe

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.
Cat Stevens Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 2:46 pm

Australian singer-songwriter Nick Cave recently re-formed his band The Bad Seeds, minus founding member Mick Harvey on guitar, to record a new album called Push the Sky Away. On this installment of World Café, you'll hear a tremendous performance from the elegant, intensely emotive band.

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World Cafe
12:13 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Low On World Cafe

Low.
Zoran Orlic Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 11:45 am

It's hard to find another band that's stayed as true to its vision as Low. Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker have been making Low records for 20 years now, and just released their 10th full-length album, The Invisible Way.

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World Cafe
12:46 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Pickwick On World Cafe

Pickwick.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 4:49 pm

The first incarnation of the Seattle band Pickwick revolved around Galen Disston's strummy acoustic songs. Disston eventually found himself bored with his own music until a not-so-subtle shift took place; as the band began experimenting with new sounds and ideas, Disston shifted into the role of lead singer and crowds immediately noticed.

In this installment of World Cafe, you'll hear three songs from Pickwick's debut album, Can't Talk Medicine, as well as the full story behind the band's reinvention.

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World Cafe
11:49 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Matt Pond On World Cafe

Matt Pond.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 12:44 pm

The fact that Matt Pond has dropped the vestigial "PA" from the end of his moniker has more to do with geography than sound. On this episode of World Cafe, we learn why the singer-songwriter (and former Philadelphian) has moved around so much — it's all for love.

Pond does tell host David Dye what hasn't changed: his always likable voice and an ability to write heartfelt songs with melodies that stick.

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World Cafe
1:02 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Next: The Saint Johns

The Saint Johns.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 2:48 pm

  • Hear Two New Songs By The Saint Johns

A little reinvention never hurt anyone. Nashville singers Jordan Meredith and Louis Johnson met in St. Augustine, Fla., and quickly discovered how well their voices blended together, so they moved to New York City and formed Augustine.

The duo, which now resides in Nashville, has since become The Saint Johns, and recently released its gorgeous new songs on a free downloadable EP. Listen to two songs from The Live Sessions here.

World Cafe
1:02 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

The Lone Bellow On World Cafe

The Lone Bellow.
Courtesy of the artist

Zach Williams, Kanene Pipkin and Brian Elmquist are The Lone Bellow. Although Williams, the principal songwriter and lead singer, is a native Georgian, the group found its soulful folk-rock sound in Brooklyn. The group recorded its self-titled debut album on the Lower East Side, yet the lyrical, foot-stomping songs could have easily come from the heart of Nashville.

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World Cafe
12:06 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Dawes On World Cafe

Dawes.
Noah Abrams Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 2:47 pm

Dawes' Taylor Goldsmith writes heartfelt first-person songs, somewhat in the style of Laurel Canyon predecessors like Jackson Browne. In an exhaustive interview with World Cafe's Michaela Majoun, Goldsmith describes the inspiration for the songs on the band's new album, Stories Don't End.

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World Cafe
1:19 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Sons Of Fathers: Texas Rockers, Inspired By Their Dads

Sons of Fathers.
Courtesy of the artist

David Beck and Paul Cauthen were both playing music around San Marcos, Texas, when they recognized that it might be a good move to combine their talents and became Sons of Fathers. Actually, they originally went by the name Beck and Cauthen until another, more famous Beck took notice.

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World Cafe
3:37 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Thao And The Get Down Stay Down: New Home, New Album

Thao Nguyen of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down.
Courtesy of the artist

Thao Nguyen has been busy since her last album, Know Better Learn Faster, came out in 2009. The band moved to San Francisco while Nguyen explored recording with other artists, even making an album with Mirah.

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