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June 13, 2013

9:00 PM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
9:01 PM
Too High
Artist : Stevie Wonder
Album : Innervisions
Composer :
Label : Motown
9:05 PM
One Step Up
Artist : Bruce Springsteen
Album : Tunnel Of Love
Composer :
Label : Sony
9:10 PM
Recovery
Artist : Frank Turner
Album : Tape Deck Heart
Composer :
Label : Polydor
9:14 PM
I’m Broke
Artist : Black Joe Lewis & The Honey Bears
Album : Tell 'Em What Your Name Is!
Composer :
Label : Lost Highway
9:18 PM
It’s All Over Your Body
Artist : Jose James
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:29 PM
Simply Beautiful
Artist : Jose James
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:36 PM
Trouble
Artist : Jose James
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:40 PM
Ice Monster
Artist : Minus The Bear
Album : Planet Of Ice
Composer :
Label : Suicide Squeeze
9:42 PM
Green Garden
Artist : Laura Mvula
Album : Sing to the Moon
Composer :
Label : RCA
9:46 PM
Born of Frustration
Artist : James
Album : Fresh as a Daisy: The Singles
Composer :
Label : Mercury
9:49 PM
Open
Artist : Rhye
Album : Woman
Composer :
Label : Universal Republic
9:54 PM
Your Love is King
Artist : Sade
Album : Diamond Life
Composer :
Label : Red Int. / Red Ink
10:00 PM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
10:01 PM
You Never Need Nobody
Artist : The Lone Bellow
Album : The Lone Bellow
Composer :
Label : Descendant Records
10:06 PM
On the Road
Artist : Houndmouth
Album : From the Hills Below the City
Composer :
Label : Rough Trade with Us
10:08 PM
Low
Artist : Cracker
Album : Kerosene Hat
Composer :
Label : Virgin Records
10:12 PM
Firecracker
Artist : Ryan Adams
Album : Gold
Composer :
Label : Lost Highway
10:15 PM
Cajuina
Artist : Forro in the Dark
Album : Bonfires of Sao Joao
Composer :
Label : NUBLU Records
10:20 PM
La Expresiva
Artist : NG la Banda
Album : La Habana Entera
Composer :
Label : Bis Music
10:30 PM
Hey You Loca
Artist : David Calzado Y La Charanga Habanera
Album : Charanga Habanera, Volume 1
Composer :
Label : DEP_Egrem
10:37 PM
Resumen De Los 90
Artist : Habana De Primera
Album : Ahora! En La Habana 2
Composer :
Label : Planet Records
10:44 PM
Jinetero
Artist : The Cuban Cowboys
Album : Cuban Candles
Composer :
Label : Muy Nice
10:45 PM
Constructive Summer
Artist : The Hold Steady
Album : Stay Positive
Composer :
Label : Astralwerks
10:50 PM
Thing Called Love
Artist : John Hiatt
Album : Bring The Family
Composer :
Label : A&M
10:52 PM
Nobody Move
Artist : Hanni El Khatib
Album : Head In The Dirt
Composer :
Label : Innovative Leisure

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World Cafe
11:03 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Next: Moreland And Arbuckle

Moreland & Arbuckle.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 1:32 pm

  • Hear Two Songs From Moreland & Arbuckle

This week's World Cafe: Next artist is the Kansas band Moreland & Arbuckle, whose members play blues-drenched roots-rock. On their fifth album, 7 Cities, they've adopted the loose theme of the explorer Coronado's search for the seven cities of gold — which, not so coincidentally, took the conquistador right into their home territory.

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World Cafe
12:10 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Camera Obscura On World Cafe

Camera Obscura.
Anna Isola Crolla Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 4:22 pm

Heartbreak has long resided at the center of Tracyanne Campbell's songs for Camera Obscura. Remember, she's the one who wrote a song responding to Lloyd Cole's "Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken?" — naturally, it's titled "Lloyd, I'm Ready to Be Heartbroken."

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World Cafe
4:08 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Mikal Cronin On World Cafe

Mikal Cronin.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 4:23 pm

Mikal Cronin's second solo album, MCII, contains more of his delightful, frequently dazzling, guitar-drenched pop-rock. Originally from Southern California, Cronin wrote his first record in response to making the post-college move to San Francisco. The new album is more about what happened when he got there and started playing in Ty Segall's band.

On this episode of World Cafe, Cronin sits down to chat with host David Dye and play a few songs with his band live in the studio.

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World Cafe
12:12 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Daughn Gibson On World Cafe

Daughn Gibson.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 4:24 pm

Daughn Gibson is the alter ego of Pennsylvania singer-songwriter Josh Martin. The former stoner-rock drummer took on his nom de plume as an homage to country legend Don Gibson, which makes sense: Martin's life thus far sounds like a country song. He's worked behind the counter in an adult book store, poured tall ones as a bartender and worked as a long-haul trucker.

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World Cafe
4:03 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Martha Wainwright On World Cafe

Martha Wainwright.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 4:30 pm

On this episode, Martha Wainwright joins us to talk about her late mother, Kate McGarrigle, and to sing us some of McGarrigle's songs.

McGarrigle, who died after a battle with cancer in January 2011, made a series of wonderful albums with her sister Anna during a career that spanned decades, beginning with their self-titled debut in 1975. The duo is probably best known for its cover of Linda Ronstadt's "Heart Like a Wheel."

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World Cafe
3:57 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Alice Russell On World Cafe

Alice Russell.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 4:30 pm

British soul singer Alice Russell has one of those voices that fills up a room. Over the course of five studio albums, she's been compared to Chaka Khan and the late Amy Winehouse, and performed with the likes of David Byrne and Fatboy Slim.

Her latest album is titled To Dust, which she celebrated in April by performing a sold-out show at World Cafe Live, the concert venue next door to the World Cafe studios. In this episode, we spotlight the best recordings from that concert and speak with Russell about what it's like to let loose on stage.

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World Cafe
5:38 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

World Cafe Next: New Country Rehab

Toronto band New Country Rehab.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 1:32 pm

Out of the Toronto music community comes New Country Rehab, an alt-country band that just released its second album, Ghost Of Your Charms.

The foursome, led by singer and fiddle player John Showman, combine a bluegrass aesthetic with some really strong songwriting chops. We love their song "Luxury Hotel," which may make you think differently about your summer vacation spot.

World Cafe
4:55 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Latin Roots: The Pacific Coast Of Colombia

Herencia De Timbiqui.
WXPN

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 4:33 pm

  • Listen To Latin Roots On World Cafe

In this edition of Latin Roots, Catalina Maria Johnson, from the Chicago-based program Beat Latino, plays music from Colombia's coastal areas where most of the country's Afro-Colombia population lives. The Pacific coastline is dominated by the sound of marimba. Johnson plays a traditional example from Grupo Naidy, and then we get to hear how Herencia De Tabiqui puts a younger, more contemporary spin on that tradition.

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World Cafe
11:58 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Shout Out Louds On World Cafe

Shout Out Louds.
Frode Marcus Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 4:32 pm

After working together for more than a decade, the members of Stockholm's Shout Out Louds continue to make lush, highly melodic pop music. The product of a year and a half of tinkering, their recent Optica is significantly lighter-sounding than its predecessors.

On this installment of World Cafe, hear the group discuss how it navigated new musical experiments on the album, and how all of its members finally came to agree on how Optica should sound.

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World Cafe
1:17 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

The Olms On World Cafe

The Olms.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 4:33 pm

  • Listen To The Olms On World Cafe

Pete Yorn has long had a way with hooky rock songs, so it was easy for him to connect with fellow L.A. musician J.D. King over a mutual love for '60s music. The two first started recording together just for fun, blending folk-rock and subtle psychedelia into a joint project they call The Olms.

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