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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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June 18, 2014

9:00 PM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
9:01 PM
She Cries Your Name
Artist : Beth Orton
Album : Trailer park
Composer :
Label : Arista
9:06 PM
Stranger To My Happiness
Artist : Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
Album : Give The People What They Want
Composer :
Label : Daptone
9:09 PM
Cave Man
Artist : Sonny Knight & His Fabulous Lakers
Album : I'm Still Here
Composer :
Label : Secret Stash
9:12 PM
Inner City Blues
Artist : Marvin Gaye
Album : What's Going On
Composer :
Label : Kitchen Table
9:15 PM
Sunset
Artist : The xx
Album : Coexist
Composer :
Label : XL Recordings
9:19 PM
Default
Artist : Atoms for Peace
Album : Amok
Composer :
Label : XL Recordings
9:20 PM
Melt
Artist : Chet Faker
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:28 PM
1998
Artist : Chet Faker
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:38 PM
Talk is Cheap
Artist : Chet Faker
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:41 PM
Talk is Cheap
Artist : Chet Faker
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:43 PM
Back in the World
Artist : David Gray
Album : Mutineers
Composer :
Label : iht Records Ltd
9:47 PM
Please Forgive Me
Artist : David Gray
Album : White Ladder
Composer :
Label : RCA
9:51 PM
Chemical Plant
Artist : Robert Ellis
Album : Lights From The Chemical Plant
Composer :
Label : New West Records
9:57 PM
1998
Artist : Chet Faker
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
10:00 PM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
10:00 PM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
10:01 PM
The Road to Gila Bend
Artist : Los Lobos
Album : The Town and the City
Composer :
Label : Hollywood
10:05 PM
Cool for Cats
Artist : Squeeze
Album : Cool for Cats
Composer :
Label : Polygram UK
10:09 PM
Slow Motion
Artist : Phox
Album : Phox
Composer :
Label : Partisan Records
10:13 PM
Reach Out Richard
Artist : Mayer Hawthorne
Album : Where Does This Door Go?
Composer :
Label : Republic
10:17 PM
Broken Hearted Savior
Artist : Big Head Todd & the Monsters
Album : Sister Sweetly
Composer :
Label : Giant Records / Wea
10:21 PM
Menagerie
Artist : Caitlin Rose
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
10:22 PM
I Wanna Love You
Artist : Jessica Lea Mayfield
Album : Make My Head Sing
Composer :
Label : Ato Records
10:25 PM
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
Artist : Al Green
Album : Call Me
Composer :
Label : The Right Stuff
10:28 PM
Firecracker
Artist : Ryan Adams
Album : Gold
Composer :
Label : Lost Highway
10:31 PM
Tupelo Honey
Artist : Van Morrison
Album : Tupelo Honey
Composer :
Label : Polydor / Umgd
10:38 PM
Afterlife
Artist : Arcade Fire
Album : Reflektor
Composer :
Label : Merge
10:44 PM
Dreams of Cannibalism
Artist : Typhoon
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
10:45 PM
Bright Lit Blue Skies
Artist : Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Album : Before Today
Composer :
Label : 4AD
10:47 PM
King of Everything
Artist : Boy George
Album : This Is What I Do
Composer :
Label : Very Me Records
10:52 PM
Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime
Artist : The Korgis
Album : Dumb Waiter
Composer :
Label : Rialto Records
10:56 PM
Everybody’s Gotta Learn
Artist : Beck
Album : Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Soundtrack
Composer :
Label : Hollywood Records

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World Cafe
4:48 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

He's My Brother, She's My Sister On World Cafe

He's My Brother, She's My Sister.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 10:47 am

Joining us in the studio for hour two of Tuesday's World Cafe is the Los Angeles band He's My Brother, She's My Sister. As the name implies, lead vocalists Robert and Rachel Kolar are indeed siblings.

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World Cafe
4:48 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Elvis Costello And The Roots On World Cafe

Elvis Costello and ?uestlove of The Roots.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 10:47 am

In hour one of Tuesday's installment of World Cafe, we talk with Elvis Costello and The Roots' powerhouse drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson about how they met and came to utilize hip-hop techniques to make a non-hip-hop record. Costello and The Roots unveiled their collaborative album Wise Up Ghost last week — it's a project they'd made in semi-secrecy.

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World Cafe
1:59 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

World Cafe Next: Ásgeir

Ásgeir.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 9:16 am

  • Hear Two Songs By Ásgeir

Musically speaking, we travel to Iceland for Monday's installment of World Cafe: Next. Our featured artist is Ásgeir, a 21-year-old singer-songwriter who's on his way to making history. After releasing his debut album (In the Silence) in his homeland last year, the singer has the best-selling and fastest-selling debut album ever in Iceland.

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World Cafe
1:59 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Ray LaMontagne On World Cafe

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 10:46 am

In this installment of Vintage Cafe, we revisit Ray LaMontagne and The Pariah Dogs' performance from Oct. 8, 2010.

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World Cafe
2:18 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Jack Johnson On World Cafe

Jack Johnson.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 10:46 am

Singer-songwriter Jack Johnson recently released his sixth album of breezy, easygoing songs: From Here to Now to You finds him returning to more acoustic arrangements after 2010's To the Sea, which featured more instrumental variations, including electric guitars.

In this World Cafe session, Johnson credits much of his success to his wife, and dedicates a couple of songs to their relationship. The singer also discusses his Hawaiian home and the influence of the indigenous slack-key guitar culture on his style.

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World Cafe
1:56 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Latin Roots: The Evolution Of Balada

José José.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 3:53 pm

On Thursday's installment of World Cafe's Latin Roots series, Ernesto Lechner — co-host of the radio show The Latin Alternative — dives into balada, a romantic style of Latin music. Lechner starts by playing a couple of examples of the style from the late 1960s, when authentic balada drew from jazz and even the Brazilian genre of bossa nova. We'll also hear a modern rendition of the style from Babasónicos of Argentina.

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World Cafe
11:09 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Jason Isbell On World Cafe

Jason Isbell.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 12:40 pm

Soulful roots-rock singer Jason Isbell has been writing revealing, introspective songs since his days in the Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers. After leaving the group in 2007, Isbell went on to record a string of studio albums with and without his new band, The 400 Unit. His hit "Alabama Pines" won Song of the Year honors at the 2012 Americana Music Awards.

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World Cafe
12:18 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Neko Case On World Cafe

Neko Case.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 4:14 pm

This segment, from Sept. 18, is part of our Best Of 2013 series, in which we revisit some of our most memorable interviews and performances of the year.

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World Cafe
12:58 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

She & Him On World Cafe

She & Him.
Autumn de Wilde Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 10:47 am

When actress Zooey Deschanel started recording with producer M. Ward as She & Him in 2006, it was easy to see it as a passing thing. With the duo releasing the third album-length installment of its ongoing collaboration this year — in addition to a holiday record titled A Very She & Him Christmas — it's now pretty clearly a long-haul project.

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World Cafe
10:32 am
Mon September 16, 2013

World Cafe Next: Wildcat! Wildcat!

Wildcat! Wildcat!
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 9:16 am

  • Hear Two Songs By Wildcat! Wildcat!

The punchy L.A. indie-pop band Wildcat! Wildcat! is made up of three members who've been friends since middle school. They've released a couple of singles — including the latest, "Mr. Quiche" — and recently compiled them on a new EP. Hear a couple of the band's songs on this installment of World Cafe: Next.

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