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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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September 26, 2013

9:00 PM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
9:01 PM
El Paso
Artist : Old 97’s
Album : King of the Hill Soundtrack
Composer :
Label : Elektra / Wea
9:06 PM
Walk Us Uptown
Artist : Elvis Costello & The Roots
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:10 PM
How You Like Me Now?
Artist : The Heavy
Album : The House That Dirt Built
Composer :
Label : Counter
9:13 PM
Fire Bug
Artist : JD McPherson
Album : Signs & Signifiers
Composer :
Label : Rounder
9:16 PM
Killing Him
Artist : Amy Lavere
Album : Anchors And Anvils
Composer :
Label : Archer Records
9:19 PM
All Night Long
Artist : Pokey LaFarge
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:20 PM
Central Time
Artist : Pokey LaFarge
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:28 PM
Kentucky Mae
Artist : Pokey LaFarge
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:37 PM
Close The Door
Artist : Pokey LaFarge
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:42 PM
All Night Long
Artist : Pokey LaFarge
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:45 PM
Close The Door
Artist : Pokey LaFarge
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:47 PM
I Used To Could
Artist : Mark Knopfler
Album : Privateering
Composer :
Label : Verve
9:50 PM
Memphis in the Meantime
Artist : John Hiatt
Album : Bring The Family
Composer :
Label : A&M
9:54 PM
Don¿t Reach too Far
Artist : Ethan Johns
Album : If Not Now, Then When?
Composer :
Label : Three Crows Records
9:57 PM
Hip Hugher
Artist : Booker T. & The MG’s
Album : Stax Vol. 7
Composer :
Label : Warner Platinum
10:00 PM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
10:01 PM
What’s the Matter Here
Artist : 10,000 Maniacs
Album : In My Tribe
Composer :
Label : Elektra/Wea
10:05 PM
Wild Child
Artist : Brett Dennen
Album : Smoke and Mirrors
Composer :
Label : Atlantic / ADA
10:09 PM
Heavy Metal Drummer
Artist : Wilco
Album : Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Composer :
Label : Nonesuch
10:13 PM
Baby Missiles
Artist : The War on Drugs
Album : Slave Ambient
Composer :
Label : Secretly Canadian
10:16 PM
Shame Chamber
Artist : Kurt Vile
Album : Wakin¿ on a Pretty Daze
Composer :
Label : Matador Records
10:21 PM
Pregnant Pause
Artist : Cass McCombs
Album : Dropping the Writ
Composer :
Label : Domino
10:22 PM
The Man Who Wants You
Artist : Amos Lee
Album : Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song
Composer :
Label : Blue Note
10:25 PM
I Want You
Artist : Bob Dylan
Album : Blonde on Blonde
Composer :
Label : Sony
10:28 PM
Everybody Here Wants You
Artist : Jeff Buckley
Album : Sketches For My Sweetheart the Drunk
Composer :
Label : Sony
10:33 PM
Desire
Artist : U2
Album : Rattle and Hum
Composer :
Label : Island Records
10:36 PM
Two Fingers
Artist : Jake Bugg
Album : Jake Bugg
Composer :
Label : Island/Mercury
10:39 PM
Om Nashi Me
Artist : Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Album : Up From Below
Composer :
Label : Vagrant Records
10:41 PM
King & Cross
Artist : Asgeir
Album : In the Silence
Composer :
Label : One Little Indian US
10:44 PM
Breezeblocks
Artist : AltJ
Album : An Awesome Wave
Composer :
Label : Atlantic
10:48 PM
The Chain
Artist : Fleetwood Mac
Album : The Chain: Selections from 25 Years
Composer :
Label : WEA International
10:53 PM
Magnet and Steel
Artist : Walter Egan
Album : Not Shy
Composer :
Label : Culture Factory
10:56 PM
Bright Pink Bookmark
Artist : Frightened Rabbit
Album : The Midnight Organ Fight
Composer :
Label : Fat Cat

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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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World Cafe
2:01 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Natalia Clavier On World Cafe

Natalia Clavier.
Courtesy of the artist

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

There was never any doubt that Argentine vocalist Natalia Clavier could sing. She's been proving that for years, performing jazz and serving as the anonymous voice on hundreds of techno and dance songs, most recorded when she lived in Barcelona after moving there from Buenos Aires. For years, she's also been the go-to live voice for Thievery Corporation, and she remains part of its live act.

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World Cafe
1:43 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Youth Lagoon On World Cafe

Youth Lagoon performs live at NPR Music's SXSW showcase in March 2013.
Adam Kissick for NPR

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

Youth Lagoon is the work of Boise, Idaho's Trevor Powers. The title of his first album, 2011's The Year of Hibernation, captures what was going on: a solo bedroom project that explored the theme of emerging from isolation. It sounded great, and the positive response got Powers out of the bedroom and on the road for a year.

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World Cafe
1:11 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Houndmouth On World Cafe

Houndmouth.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 10:12 am

Houndmouth is a rootsy rock band from New Albany, Ind., right across the river from Louisville. In an age of loops, samples and all things digital, Houndmouth is a refreshingly straightforward rock band with guitars, B-3 and all members singing in harmony.

The group recently released its debut album, From the Hills Below the City. Hear Houndmouth perform four of its songs on this installment of World Cafe.

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World Cafe
9:31 am
Tue September 3, 2013

World Cafe Next: Caroline Rose

Caroline Rose.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 1:59 pm

Singer-songwriter Caroline Rose grew up in Vermont the daughter of two artists, so it was never a far stretch to imagine she would become a performer herself. What is a little surprising is the grit in this young woman's performance. Turns out her mother is from the South, and there were many trips and exposures to Southern culture along the way. She started writing songs in her early teens hasn't stopped since, and most of her debut full-length, America Religious, was conceived on the road. It's a tough-sounding record from an artist to watch.

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World Cafe
9:15 am
Mon September 2, 2013

The Black Keys On World Cafe

The Black Keys.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of Warner Bros.

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 1:31 pm

Welcome to the first in our weekly Vintage Cafe series of interviews from the archive. Each week we are going to be re-visiting significant session with major artists. For this installment, we bring back our Black Keys session, recorded in December 2011 right before the release of El Camino.

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World Cafe
12:05 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Buddy Guy On World Cafe

Buddy Guy's new double album is titled Rhythm & Blues.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 4:17 pm

We recorded this interview with blues guitarist and singer Buddy Guy the day after he turned 77 — and he turned up early for our 9 a.m. start.

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World Cafe
5:37 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Latin Roots: The Caribbean Coast Of Colombia

Petrona Martinez.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 11:34 am

In this edition of Latin Roots, we look at the music of Colombia's Caribbean coast. Our guest, Beat Latino host Catalina Maria Johnson, selected some older music from Petrona Martinez and her family, as well as a more modern example from Lido Pimienta, who is part of the large Colombian population based in Toronto. Pimienta uses traditional elements in her music, yet records on her laptop.

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World Cafe
5:37 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Smith Westerns On World Cafe

Smith Westerns.
Sandy Kim Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 4:17 pm

The wonderful half-garage, half-glam band Smith Westerns recently released its third album, Soft Will. In this installment of World Cafe, the group's members tell us that a lot of the record was written as a reaction to returning home to Chicago after touring for five years during their late teens and twenties. And, of course, they perform some of their songs live in the studio.

World Cafe
3:14 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Sarah Lee Guthrie And Johnny Irion On World Cafe

Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion.
Joanna Chattman

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 4:18 pm

Sarah Lee Guthrie is the granddaughter of Woody Guthrie, while Johnny Irion is the grand-nephew of author John Steinbeck. Since marrying in 1999, Guthrie and Irion have released five albums together, including this year's Wassaic Way.

The duo recorded its latest LP with help from Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and Pat Sansone in the band's loft. In this edition of World Cafe, Guthrie and Irion perform songs from Wassaic Way and chat with host David Dye about Wilco's many connections to the Guthrie family.

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