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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 16, 2013

9:00 PM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
9:01 PM
The Whole of the Moon
Artist : The Waterboys
Album : The Best of the Waterboys: 1981¿1990
Composer :
Label : Capitol
9:06 PM
Holding on For Life
Artist : Broken Bells
Album : Holding On for Life
Composer :
Label : Columbia Records
9:10 PM
Art of Almost
Artist : Wilco
Album : The Whole Love
Composer :
Label : dBpm Records
9:17 PM
Impossible Germany
Artist : Wilco
Album : Sky Blue Sky
Composer :
Label : Nonesuch
9:19 PM
Surfin’ USA
Artist : The Beach Boys
Album : Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of the Beach Boys
Composer :
Label : EMI International
9:20 PM
Manic Depression
Artist : Jimi Hendrix
Album : Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix
Composer :
Label : Universal
9:23 PM
Turn! Turn! Turn!
Artist : The Byrds
Album : The Byrds' Greatest Hits
Composer :
Label : Sony
9:24 PM
8 Miles High
Artist : The Byrds
Album : We Have Ignition
Composer :
Label : Columbia
9:26 PM
KafiHoli
Artist : Ravi Shankar
Album : The Essential Ravi Shankar
Composer :
Label : XL Recordings
9:28 PM
Africa
Artist : John Coltrane
Album : Africa/Brass
Composer :
Label : Reprise / ADA
9:30 PM
Cymbidium
Artist : Nels Cline
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:38 PM
Rod Poole’s Gradual Ascent Into Heaven
Artist : Nels Cline
Album : Coward
Composer :
Label : Anti
9:50 PM
Rod Poole’s Gradual Ascent Into Heaven
Artist : Nels Cline
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
9:51 PM
The Wire
Artist : Haim
Album : Days Are Gone
Composer :
Label : Sony
9:55 PM
It’s About Time
Artist : The Lemonheads
Album : Come On Feel The Lemonheads
Composer :
Label : Atlantic
10:00 PM
Tanacara
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
10:00 PM
Bright Lit Blue Skies
Artist : Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Album : Before Today
Composer :
Label : 4AD
10:03 PM
Incense and Peppermints
Artist : Strawberry Alarm Clock
Album : Nuggets: Orginal Artyfacts from the First Psychadelic Era (Disc 2)
Composer :
Label : Rhino
10:06 PM
The West Wind
Artist : Ryley Walker
Album : The West Wind EP
Composer :
Label : Tompkins Square Records
10:11 PM
A Home For Me
Artist : Ryley Walker
Album : The West Wind EP
Composer :
Label : Tompkins Square Records
10:15 PM
Déjà vu
Artist : Crosby Stills Nash & Young
Album : Dejà vu
Composer :
Label : Atlantic / WEA
10:19 PM
Red Eyes
Artist : The War on Drugs
Album : Lost in the Dream
Composer :
Label : Secretly Canadian
10:25 PM
Hollow Talk
Artist : Choir of Young Believers
Album : This Is For the Whites In Your Eyes
Composer :
Label : Ghostly International
10:26 PM
Shelter Song
Artist : Temples
Album : Shelter Song
Composer :
Label : Heavenly
10:29 PM
That’s Entertainment
Artist : The Jam
Album : Sound Affects
Composer :
Label : Collector's Choice
10:32 PM
Wrong Side of the Moon
Artist : Squeeze
Album : Argybargy
Composer :
Label : Universal Japan
10:35 PM
Long Time Gone
Artist : Norah Jones & Billie Joe
Album : Foreverly
Composer :
Label : Reprise / Wea
10:39 PM
Throw It Out
Artist : Megan Reilly
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
10:40 PM
John Barleycorn Must Die
Artist : Traffic
Album : Troubadours of British Folk, Vol. 2: Folk into Rock
Composer :
Label : Rhino
10:46 PM
Ya Hey
Artist : Phosphorescent
Album : Recorded Live at KCSN
Composer :
Label : XL Recordings
10:53 PM
Some Velvet Morning
Artist : Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
Album : Greatest Hits
Composer :
Label : Paradiso

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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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