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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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
1:44 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

The Milk Carton Kids, Making The Most Of Two Voices

The Milk Carton Kids.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 2:36 pm

When Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan ditched their solo careers to form The Milk Carton Kids, they discovered that they had a lot to teach each other. They also had a plan: to give their music away in order to find their audience. It worked remarkably well. Now, their third album, The Ash & Clay, is out on a regular label — no freebies this time around — and they're playing to packed houses across the U.S. and Europe.

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World Cafe
2:52 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Next: Bleached

Bleached.
Todd Cole Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 9:14 pm

You could hear it in their first singles in 2011: Sisters Jessica and Jennifer Clavin and their band Bleached are onto something. Now comes their debut full-length, Ride Your Heart, and it fills in the story: Beachy harmonies combine with punk attitude to take what you loved about Best Coast to a grittier place. It's fun and it's heartfelt — what could be better?

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World Cafe
1:01 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Ben Harper And Charlie Musselwhite On World Cafe

Charlie Musselwhite and Ben Harper.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 2:41 pm

Grammy-winning blues-rock singer Ben Harper has made 10 studio albums over the course of his career. For his latest project, he teamed up with harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite to release a collaborative album titled Get Up! Musselwhite, one of the few white musicians to gain exposure in the blues scene during the 1960s, has released 26 records and was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2010.

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World Cafe
12:27 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

How The Energy-Guzzling Rock Tour Can Go Green

Guster.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 9:13 pm

While on tour with his band Guster, Adam Gardner noticed that a lot of energy was being consumed, particularly in getting bands and fans together for a show. His wife, an ecologist, had been nudging him at home to become more green, and he'd started to wonder what could be done about the environmental impact of life on the road.

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World Cafe
1:08 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Eels: A 'Wonderful, Glorious' Look At Life

Eels.
Piper Ferguson Courtesy of the artist

The last few years have found Mark Oliver Everett of Eels doing more than a bit of summing up. That includes an autobiography, Things the Grandchildren Should Know, as well as an anthology of the band's past work — all while putting out an inter-related trilogy of new studio albums.

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World Cafe
3:35 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Latin Roots: Fado Creates 'Nostalgia For The Present Moment'

Fado singer Mariza.
Courtesy of the artist

Today, we welcome singer-songwriter, Grammy-nominated producer and record-company owner Rachel Faro, who visits World Cafe to discuss the Portuguese tradition of Fado.

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World Cafe
3:16 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Shovels And Rope: A Husband And Wife, A Homemade Sound

Shovels & Rope.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 3:35 pm

Husband and wife Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst had their own careers going — his with the band The Films and hers solo. Then they started performing together, just the two of them, and found that their personal chemistry translated to their music together.

The South Carolina duo released its debut album, O' Be Joyful, last summer. Here, Trent and Hearst join us to talk about how that homemade record came to be — and, of course, perform live in the studio.

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World Cafe
2:05 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

The James Hunter Six: 'Minute By Minute,' A Classic Soul Sound

The James Hunter Six.
Ruth Ward Courtesy of the artist

James Hunter fell in love with vintage R&B during his youth in England, with his grandmother's records providing a foundation. Hunter sang in workingman's clubs and got a break in the early '90s, when Van Morrison heard him singing and invited him on tour as a backing vocalist.

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World Cafe
9:34 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Jesse Dee: From The South By Way Of Boston, A Vintage R&B Sound

Jesse Dee.
Michael D. Spencer Courtesy of the artist

Jesse Dee grew up in Boston — far from the South, where the music he loves has its roots — and could never quite shake the '50s and '60s R&B he'd heard on the radio as a kid. He started writing his own material in high school because he wanted his music to be contemporary.

Dee's first album, Bittersweet Batch, came out in 2008; his latest is On My Mind/In My Heart. His love of singing shines through, in both our conversation and this live session.

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World Cafe
2:30 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Lady Lamb The Beekeeper On World Cafe

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, a.k.a. Aly Spaltro.
Shervin Lainez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 2:27 pm

The name Lady Lamb the Beekeeper came to singer-songwriter Aly Spaltro in a dream. When the Maine native emerged from the DVD-store basement where she'd been experimenting with music for several years, her friends responded positively. She soon moved to Brooklyn, where those original songs were re-worked for her debut album, Ripley Pine, released this past February.

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