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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 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
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

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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

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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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