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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
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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