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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 24, 2013

9:00 PM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
9:01 PM
Christmas Wrapping
Artist : The Waitresses
Album : The Edge of Christmas
Composer :
Label : Oglio Records
9:06 PM
Baby It’s Cold Outside
Artist : Ray Charles & Betty Carter
Album : Ray Charles and Betty Carter/Dedicated to You
Composer :
Label : Atlantic / WEA
9:10 PM
Valley Winter Song
Artist : Fountains of Wayne
Album : Welcome Interstate Managers
Composer :
Label : Virgin Records
9:13 PM
Christmas Must Be Tonight
Artist : The Band
Album : To Kingdom Come
Composer :
Label : Capitol
9:17 PM
Balulalow
Artist : Portland Cello Project
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:21 PM
White Winter Hymnal
Artist : Portland Cello Project
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:29 PM
Riu Chiu
Artist : Portland Cello Project
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:33 PM
Balulalow
Artist : Portland Cello Project
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:36 PM
Carol of the Bells
Artist : Portland Cello Project
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:38 PM
White Winter Hymnal
Artist : Portland Cello Project
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:39 PM
2000 Miles
Artist : The Pretenders
Album : Learning to Crawl
Composer :
Label : Matador Records
9:43 PM
River
Artist : Joni Mitchell
Album : Blue
Composer :
Label : Geffen Records
9:47 PM
Getting Ready For Christmas Day
Artist : Paul Simon
Album : So Beautiful Or So What
Composer :
Label : Hear Music
9:51 PM
Merry Christmas, Baby
Artist : Otis Redding
Album : R&B Christmas, Vol. 3
Composer :
Label : Atlantic
9:53 PM
Grateful for Christmas This Year
Artist : Hayes Carll
Album : Kmag Yoyo
Composer :
Label : Lost Highway
10:00 PM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
10:01 PM
Fairytale of New York
Artist : The Pogues
Album : Essential Pogues
Composer :
Label : Polygram
10:09 PM
Happy Christmas War Is Over
Artist : The Polyphonic Spree
Album : Recorded Live For the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
10:12 PM
Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire
Artist : The Polyphonic Spree
Album : Recorded Live For the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
10:15 PM
Silver Bells
Artist : The Polyphonic Spree
Album : Recorded Live For the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
10:19 PM
Little Drummer Boy
Artist : The Polyphonic Spree
Album : Recorded Live For the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
10:25 PM
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Artist : Jack Johnson
Album : This Warm December: A Brushfire Holiday Vol. 1
Composer :
Label : Brushfire Records
10:30 PM
Jingle Bells
Artist : Celia Cruz & La Sonora Matancera
Album : Six Pack: Latin Christmas with Celia Cruz EP
Composer :
Label : Intermusic
10:34 PM
Cancion De Navidad             
Artist : Silvio Rodriguez
Album : Rodriguez
Composer :
Label : Sony/Bmg Int'l
10:42 PM
El Pequeño Tomborilero
Artist : Los Papines
Album : It's a Cuban Christmas
Composer :
Label : Universal Latino
10:46 PM
Angels We Have Heard on High
Artist : Sufjan Stevens
Album : Songs for Christmas
Composer :
Label : Asthmatic Kitty
10:48 PM
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Artist : Jack Johnson & The Roots
Album : Recorded Live for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Composer :
Label : Brushfire Records
10:50 PM
Hooves On the Roof
Artist : Nick Lowe
Album : Quality Street
Composer :
Label : Yep Roc Records
10:53 PM
Oh My Christmas Tree
Artist : Dr. Dog
Album : Oh My Christmas Tree EP
Composer :
Label : Anti/Epitaph

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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

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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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