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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
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

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
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
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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