World Cafe

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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
5:42 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Latin Roots Essentials: Latin Alternative

Another segment in our new Latin Roots series on the Essentials, the songs you need to know in each genre. We have a pretty good guide for our Latin alternative segment today. It is Josh Norek, who is the co-founder of the annual Latin Alternative Music Conference, and head of Nacional Records.

He discusses the evolution from the original term "Rock En Espanol" and shows the variety of music under the name alternative.

World Cafe
5:42 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Parquet Courts On World Cafe

Parquet Courts.
Ben Rayner Courtesy of the artist

It has been a prolific year for our guests today, the punk band Parquet Courts. They have released two albums this year: Sunbathing Animal under their own name and Content Nausea as Parkay Quarts. We will talk with two founders of the band, Andrew Savage and Austin Brown, and hear performances from the stage of World Cafe Live. We also find out that the new songs are inspired by influences as diverse as Russian history and Louisiana prison songs.

World Cafe
3:38 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

David Dye's Top 10 Albums Of 2014

Hiss Golden Messenger's Lateness Of Dancers was one of World Cafe host David Dye's favorite albums of 2014.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 5:10 pm

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World Cafe
3:37 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Hailu Mergia On World Cafe

Hailu Mergia & Low Mentality.
Courtesy of the artist

Hear an unusual session today with Hailu Mergia, a keyboard player and Ethiopian music star who now lives in the U.S. He came to World Cafe's attention through Awesome Tapes From Africa, the website where Brian Shimkovitz posts cassette tapes of African music he discovers. That's what led Shimkovitz to Mergia.

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World Cafe
3:13 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Lily & Madeleine On World Cafe

Lily & Madeleine.
Julien Bourgeois Courtesy of the artist

Lily & Madeleine, two sisters from Indianapolis, made their name — and their first EP, The Weight Of The Globe — on the strength of covers uploaded to YouTube. Now, the duo's second album (Fumes) builds on its combination of sibling harmonies and haunting, lilting arrangements.

Hear the full segment at the audio link and individual songs from Lily & Madeleine's set below.

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World Cafe
3:37 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

World Cafe Next: Elliott Brood

Elliott Brood.
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This week's World Cafe: Next artist is the Canadian alt-country trio Elliott Brood. With five albums under their collective belt, Casey Laforet, Mark Sasso and Stephen Pitkin have been playing together since 2002, and the experience shows. The band moves with the easy flow of musicians who know each other well, which in turn lends its rootsy songs lived-in authenticity.

Elliott Brood's latest album is titled Work And Love. Hear and download two of its songs on this page.

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World Cafe
3:17 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Kindness On World Cafe

Kindness.
Myles Pettengill Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 7:29 pm

Kindness, born Adam Bainbridge, knows his way around grooves. Otherness, his second album, is a fitting introduction to the Blood Orange collaborator's sincere, kinetic take on R&B and synth-pop. Songs begin deep in the pocket and slowly unravel in a spray of horn blasts and drum hits. In this way, "World Restart" functions as both a song title and a mission statement: Kindness is rejuvenating.

Hear the full segment at the audio link and individual songs below.

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World Cafe
4:06 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Elephant Stone On World Cafe

Elephant Stone.
Bowen Stead & Daniel Barkley Courtesy of the artist

Montreal's Elephant Stone combines the sounds of Indian classical music and '60s psychedelic rock — the two loves of frontman, bassist and sitar player Rishi Dhir.

"It's music I was brought up on," Dihr says. "The idea of fusing pop music with Eastern instrumentation was never a foreign thing. It was just something that seemed natural to me. You listen to this music, you absorb all these influences. What comes out is what you can do."

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World Cafe
3:35 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Hot Rize On World Cafe

Hot Rize.
Courtesy of the artist

Formed in 1978, the Colorado bluegrass band Hot Rize has found itself straddling tradition and innovation since its inception.

"When we were in Colorado, we were the traditional bluegrass band. And when we went east of the Mississippi, we were the progressive one," songwriter and mandolin player Tim O'Brien says. "We were kind of an interesting middle ground there."

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World Cafe
4:46 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Robyn Hitchcock On World Cafe

Robyn Hitchcock.
Rich McKie XPN

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World Cafe
3:40 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

World Cafe Next: Angaleena Presley

Angaleena Presley.
Blu Sanders Courtesy of the artist

Angaleena Presley's American Middle Class — one of NPR Music's favorite albums of 2014 — is her first solo record. But Presley isn't exactly an unknown entity: As one-third of the Pistol Annies, performing with Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe, she's topped the country charts.

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World Cafe
3:21 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Peter Matthew Bauer On World Cafe

Peter Matthew Bauer.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 3:46 pm

Peter Matthew Bauer, formerly the bassist and keyboardist for The Walkmen, released his first album as a solo artist — titled Liberation! — earlier this year. On his own, Bauer takes the lighter tones of The Walkmen's later albums, Lisbon and Heaven, and sets them loose in the air. Songs like "Philadelphia Raga," heard at the top of today's episode of World Cafe, move with a been-around-the-block swing that anchors glittering guitar work.

Hear the full episode at the audio link, as well as individual songs below.

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World Cafe
2:17 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Latin Roots: Essential Ranchera

Antonio Aguilar in The Undefeated.
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Rachel Faro joins World Cafe's Latin Roots to talk ranchera. Sometimes called "Mexican country music," ranchera, Faro says, is a serenade style that began as a protest against the tastes of the rich during the Mexican revolution. In fact, the work of composer José Alfredo Jiménez sometimes resembles U.S. folk music — a form of protest music in its own right.

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World Cafe
12:56 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Ex Hex On World Cafe

Ex Hex.
Jonah Takagi Courtesy of the artist

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World Cafe
1:31 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Alice Gerrard On World Cafe

Alice Gerrard.
Irene Young Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 12:03 pm

Alice Gerrard is a folk mainstay known for her collaborations with Hazel Dickens — particularly the duo's landmark 1965 debut, Who's That Knocking. Gerrard's new album, Follow The Music, finds her looking to the next generation of folk musicians. M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger produced the album and joins Gerrard in the studio for this live set.

Hear their warm, spare performances of songs from Follow The Music below, and listen to the full episode of World Cafe at the audio link.

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World Cafe
2:36 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

World Cafe Next: Cookies

Cookies.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 12:01 pm

World Cafe: Next's featured artist this week is the Brooklyn band Cookies. Led by Ben Sterling (formerly of Mobius Band) and featuring Melissa Metrick on vocals, Cookies crafts indelible, sophisticated pop songs.

The group's debut album, Music For Touching, works as a melting pot of genres and styles, drawing equally from house, contemporary R&B and West African guitar music.

World Cafe
2:04 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

TV On The Radio On World Cafe

TV On The Radio.
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Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 6:17 pm

Seeds is TV On The Radio's sixth album and the first since the band's bassist, Gerard Smith, died in 2011. In spite of geographical distance — the group is now split between L.A. and New York — and the profound loss of a collaborator and friend, TV On The Radio sounds tight and focused. The songs on Seeds are punchy, pleasurable, searing and concise.

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World Cafe
5:01 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Jessie Ware On World Cafe

Jessie Ware.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 11:40 am

This year, British singer and songwriter Jessie Ware released her second album, Tough Love. It features a number of high-profile guest songwriters — Miguel, Ed Sheeran, Benny Blanco — but Ware is the record's beating heart. Ware's songs work from a subtle, muted palette — a restrained take on the pounding pop of the '80s — with her voice adding color.

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World Cafe
12:52 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Shakey Graves On World Cafe

Shakey Graves.
Kelsey Stanger XPN

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World Cafe
12:48 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

David Gilmour On World Cafe

Pink Floyd (from left): Richard Wright, David Gilmour and Nick Mason.
Andy Earl Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 11:41 am

Our guest today is David Gilmour, singer, songwriter and guitarist for Pink Floyd. The venerable British psychedelic band has released what they are calling the last Pink Floyd album, The Endless River. Once again, bassist, conceptualist, singer and founding member Roger Waters is absent.

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