World Cafe

On Fridays 11 pm - 1 am

Since 1991, World Cafe®, has emerged as the premier public radio showcase for contemporary music serving up an eclectic blend that includes blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country. This two-hour daily program is nationally syndicated to more than 100 markets including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Los Angeles.The show is hosted by long-time Philadelphia radio personality David Dye. A passionate music enthusiast, Dye takes listeners on a unique journey of musical discovery as he presents a mix of music from both new and legendary artists. Live performances and intimate interviews with Dye's musical guests highlight each day's show.

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World Cafe
7:56 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Jenny Lewis On World Cafe

Jenny Lewis.
Rich McKie WXPN

We're fans of Jenny Lewis' latest album, The Voyager. Since she and her band already came in to play the new songs live, Lewis invited us to do something different — drive through the San Fernando Valley, where she grew up, to find the inspiration for the title of The Voyager. So it's kind of a mystery in the back seat of a rental car, where we will also hear an acoustic version of the album's title track.

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World Cafe
4:01 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Gary Calamar On World Cafe

Gary Calamar.
Rich McKie WXPN

Meet Gary Calamar. He's many things: A DJ, an author, a recording artist and a music supervisor for films and TV.

He has been very successful choosing atmospheric and expressive music for shows like Six Feet Under and True Blood with showrunner Alan Ball, as well as Weeds, Entourage, Dexter and others.

We'll find out how he does what he does — including deciding to make his own CD You Are What You Listen To.

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World Cafe
1:12 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Jungle Fire On World Cafe

World Cafe host David Dye (left) and Jungle Fire.
Rich McKie WXPN

World Cafe's Sense of Place visit to LA continues today with a bit more of a funky West Coast vibe. Our guests are the powerful new Latin funk band Jungle Fire, whose album Tropicoso is out on North Hollywood-based Nacional Records.

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World Cafe
12:51 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Las Cafeteras On World Cafe

Las Cafeteras.
Rich McKie WXPN

We have a special Latin Roots segment for our Sense of Place: LA today as we are joined by a band from East LA, Las Cafeteras. The band formed around a community space called the Eastside Café, where they studied Son Jarocho music from Mexico and made it their own.

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World Cafe
4:57 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Dwight Yoakam And Lenny Waronker On World Cafe

Dwight Yoakam and Lenny Waronker.
Rich McKie WXPN

We talk with Dwight Yoakam, whose career really took off in the 1980s when his debut album Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. on Warner Bros. Records went to No. 1 on the country charts. Yoakam met our other guest today, Lenny Waronker, producer, A&R man and later president of Warner Bros., when that album came out.

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World Cafe
3:30 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Phil And Dave Alvin On World Cafe

Dave Alvin.
Rich McKie WXPN

The Blasters with Dave and Phil Alvin were an integral part of the Los Angeles punk scene in the 1980s, as well as the blues scene and even the cowpunk scene. Their high energy R&B was hard to deny. Phil sang, Dave played guitar and wrote songs. They parted acrimoniously in 1986, and it wasn't until last year's album of Big Bill Broonzy songs, Common Ground, that they recorded together again.

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World Cafe
1:43 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Gary Burden On World Cafe

Gary Burden
Rich McKie WXPN

Check out this video of an unusual interview with art director and album cover designer Gary Burden. He takes us up and down Laurel Canyon and discusses his experience living there in the '60's and '70s.

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World Cafe
1:11 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Harvey Kubernik On World Cafe

David Dye and Harvey Kubernik.
Rich McKie WXPN

We get the history of the bohemian area of Hollywood known as Laurel Canyon from historian and author Harvey Kubernik. His book Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon describes the musically fertile area that has provided escape for Angelenos since the 1920's.

World Cafe
3:28 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Jackson Browne On World Cafe

Jackson Browne.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

Jackson Browne is World Cafe's guest for the full hour today. The singer-songwriter and social activist has long resided at the heart of Los Angeles' famed Laurel Canyon sound.

A star for more than 40 years, Browne recently released a new album called Standing In The Breach. In this episode, he performs with his full band at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia and discusses his early days.

World Cafe
4:57 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

World Cafe Next: Dorothy

Dorothy.
Courtesy of the artist

All this week, World Cafe is taking a look at Los Angeles as part of its Sense Of Place series. For World Cafe: Next, Kevin Bronson of the website Buzzbands.la calls attention to the band Dorothy, which he describes as "old-school rock without the clichés." Hear and download two of its songs on this page.

World Cafe
4:45 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Father John Misty On World Cafe

Father John Misty.
Ricco Peditto WXPN

Back in 2012, it was an important year for Josh Tillman. That was the year he unleashed his Father John Misty persona on the world, with his debut album Fear Fun. It was also the year he met and fell in love with a photographer and filmmaker; their relationship became the inspiration for the songs on his new album, I Love You, Honeybear.

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World Cafe
3:21 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Cookies On World Cafe

Cookies.
Emily Keegin Courtesy of the artist

Before forming Cookies, Ben Sterling led Mobius Band, a group he formed in college. As that band faded, Sterling took the opportunity to figure out how his music should sound. On Cookies' debut album, Music For Touching, it sounds like bright, breezy electro-pop with high production values — a challenge, given that he records much of it himself. Here, Sterling performs with drummer Cinque Kemp, bassist Aakaash Israni and singer Ashley Giorgi.

World Cafe
4:09 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Angaleena Presley On World Cafe

Angaleena Presley.
Courtesy of the artist

A member of the best-selling trio Pistol Annies — alongside Ashley Monroe and Miranda Lambert — Angaleena Presley knows what it was like to grow up a coal miner's daughter in Beauty, Ky. Those experiences helped inform the stories she tells on her solo debut, American Middle Class, which came out last year. On this episode of World Cafe, she discusses the album and sings a few of its songs.

World Cafe
4:22 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Owen Pallett On World Cafe

Owen Pallett.
Peter Juhl Courtesy of the artist

Owen Pallett made wonderful, genre-defying music under the name Final Fantasy, then began recording albums like last year's In Conflict under his own name. He sings, composes and arranges songs marked by elaborately looped sounds, particularly violin lines.

Pallett has toured extensively with Arcade Fire, on whose albums he's contributed dating back to Funeral. In 2014, he was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on the score to the film Her. This appearance on World Cafe features songs from In Conflict.

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World Cafe
3:26 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

The Lone Bellow On World Cafe

The Lone Bellow.
Rocco Peditto WXPN

The Lone Bellow joins World Cafe today to perform in front of a live audience. The Brooklyn folk-rock trio has roots in the American South, with stories and images from its ancestral home permeating the songs on both The Lone Bellow's self-titled 2013 debut and this year's Then Came The Morning. The new disc was produced by The National's Aaron Dessner.

Between bits of enlightening conversation, The Lone Bellow gives an energetic performance of three songs from the new album, recorded at Philadelphia's World Cafe Live.

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World Cafe
11:32 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

The Stray Birds On World Cafe

The Stray Birds.
Rich McKie WXPN

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World Cafe
5:03 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Latin Roots: Canciones De Cuna

Raul Midón's lullaby "Duérmete Mi Niño" is featured on this episode of Latin Roots.
Courtesy of the artist

In World Cafe's newest Latin Roots segment, Rachel Faro returns to discuss lullabies, or canciones de cuna. Many of these songs are passed down from grandmothers to babies and end up becoming songs that everyone knows. Faro will play a couple of examples, and then you can explore her Spotify playlist if you truly need to drift off to sleep.

World Cafe
2:16 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Horse Feathers On World Cafe

Horse Feathers.
Courtesy of the artist

The Portland folk-pop band Horse Feathers' new album, So It Is With Us, showcases a lively, even aggressive sound. It's a much different approach than the one taken during the group's previous visit to World Cafe. Bandleader Justin Ringle presides over a full-band sound that's more cohesive than ever, and you can hear that quality in this upbeat session.

World Cafe
4:37 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Punch Brothers On World Cafe

Punch Brothers.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 11:16 am

If you saw the concert film Another Day, Another Time — the companion movie to the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis — you saw today's World Cafe guest. Punch Brothers performed as the house band, accompanying a wide range of folk and roots-music acts.

Its new album, The Phosphorescent Blues, extends well beyond Punch Brothers' bluegrass roots to incorporate a huge variety of pieces, including two by the classical composers Debussy and Scriabin.

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World Cafe
11:16 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Marilyn Manson On World Cafe

Marilyn Manson.
Jiro Schneider Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 11:31 am

"I think America needs people like me," Marilyn Manson tells World Cafe host David Dye. "The world needs bad men to keep out the other bad men. And I think the world needs a villain like me, because I'm the part of the movie where change happens."

Known as a dark, demonic, heavily made-up shock rocker, Manson just released his first new album in three years, called The Pale Emperor. Written and produced with film composer Tyler Bates, it exhibits a stylistic shift, as a few blues chords sneak into Manson's industrial rock.

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