David Dye http://wkms.org en World Cafe's July 4th Mixtape http://wkms.org/post/world-cafes-july-4th-mixtape I love mixtapes. Don't we all? If I'm having a party or even a dinner, I meticulously program the music — even though, if it's a good party, no one will hear it because they're all talking!<p>Here's my Fourth of July mixtape for you. No in-studio guest today, just a wide variety of music with the only stipulation that "America," "American" or "U.S." has to be somewhere in the title. It's not even all from the U.S.! Fri, 04 Jul 2014 11:29:00 +0000 David Dye 41816 at http://wkms.org World Cafe's July 4th Mixtape He's My Brother, She's My Sister On World Cafe http://wkms.org/post/hes-my-brother-shes-my-sister-world-cafe Joining us in the studio for hour two of Tuesday's <em>World Cafe</em> 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.<p>Along with three other band members, the two have been crafting an eclectic mix of theatrical folk, garage, and even vaudeville-influenced music since 2010. After putting out a couple of singles, He's My Brother, She's My Sister released its debut album last year; it's titled <em>Nobody Dances in This Town</em>. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:48:00 +0000 David Dye 35147 at http://wkms.org He's My Brother, She's My Sister On World Cafe Elvis Costello And The Roots On World Cafe http://wkms.org/post/elvis-costello-and-roots-world-cafe In hour one of Tuesday's installment of <em>World Cafe</em>, we talk with <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15045892/elvis-costello" target="_blank">Elvis Costello</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15121130/the-roots" target="_blank">The Roots</a>' 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 <em>Wise Up Ghost</em> last week — it's a project they'd made in semi-secrecy.<p>Both artists have rich histories as thriving collaborators. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:48:00 +0000 David Dye 35148 at http://wkms.org Elvis Costello And The Roots On World Cafe Neko Case On World Cafe http://wkms.org/post/neko-case-world-cafe <em>This segment, from Sept. 18, is part of our </em>Best Of 2013<em> series, in which we revisit some of our most memorable interviews and performances of the year.</em><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14950679/neko-case" target="_blank">Neko Case</a>'s new album, <em>The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You</em>, expands upon the fiercely intelligent singer-songwriter's gifts for music that's both innately infectious and rooted in intense, accessible emotions. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 17:18:00 +0000 David Dye 34981 at http://wkms.org Neko Case On World Cafe Jessie Ware On World Cafe http://wkms.org/post/jessie-ware-world-cafe Soulful singer-songwriter Jessie Ware is far from the first vocalist to make the transition from backing vocals to center stage; <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15000893/sheryl-crow" target="_blank">Sheryl Crow</a> once backed <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16782748/michael-jackson" target="_blank">Michael Jackson</a>, after all. But the Londoner has made the leap with tremendous success in her own right.<p>Ware's first album — <em>Devotion</em>, out now in the U.S. — was nominated for the U.K.'s Mercury Prize in 2012. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 19:01:00 +0000 David Dye 34127 at http://wkms.org Jessie Ware On World Cafe Next: Moreland And Arbuckle http://wkms.org/post/next-moreland-and-arbuckle This week's <em>World Cafe: Next</em> artist is the Kansas band Moreland & Arbuckle, whose members play blues-drenched roots-rock. On their fifth album, <em>7 Cities</em>, they've adopted the loose theme of the explorer Coronado's search for the seven cities of gold — which, not so coincidentally, took the conquistador right into their home territory.<p>After meeting at an open-mic night, Aaron Moreland and Dustin Arbuckle discovered a mutual love of Mississippi Delta blues. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 16:03:00 +0000 David Dye 34119 at http://wkms.org Next: Moreland And Arbuckle Shout Out Louds On World Cafe http://wkms.org/post/shout-out-louds-world-cafe After working together for more than a decade, the members of Stockholm's <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15735855/shout-out-louds" target="_blank">Shout Out Louds</a> continue to make lush, highly melodic pop music. The product of a year and a half of tinkering, their recent <em>Optica</em> is significantly lighter-sounding than its predecessors.<p>On this installment of <em>World Cafe</em>, hear the group discuss how it navigated new musical experiments on the album, and how all of its members finally came to agree on how <em>Optica</em> should sound. Fri, 09 Aug 2013 16:58:00 +0000 David Dye 33870 at http://wkms.org Shout Out Louds On World Cafe The Olms On World Cafe http://wkms.org/post/olms-world-cafe Pete Yorn has long had a way with hooky rock songs, so it was easy for him to connect with fellow L.A. musician J.D. King over a mutual love for '60s music. The two first started recording together just for fun, blending folk-rock and subtle psychedelia into a joint project they call The Olms.<p>Named for a small cave-dwelling amphibian that adapts itself to living in complete darkness, King and Yorn say they didn't necessarily expect their music to see the light of day. On this installment of <em>World Cafe</em>, hear a few retro-leaning tracks from the pair's self-titled album. Thu, 08 Aug 2013 18:17:00 +0000 David Dye 33832 at http://wkms.org The Olms On World Cafe Telekinesis On World Cafe http://wkms.org/post/telekinesis-world-cafe When <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/104054471/telekinesis" target="_blank">Telekinesis</a>' Michael Benjamin Lerner plays live, he sings from behind his drum set, but he plays almost all the instruments on his albums. Wed, 07 Aug 2013 15:38:00 +0000 David Dye 33784 at http://wkms.org Telekinesis On World Cafe Sam Amidon On World Cafe http://wkms.org/post/sam-amidon-world-cafe <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/126502023/sam-amidon" target="_blank">Sam Amidon</a> grew up surrounded by music, from playing fiddle with his parents in Vermont to finding a best friend in musician and arranger Thomas Bartlett (a.k.a. <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16109579/doveman" target="_blank">Doveman</a>).<p>On his fourth album, <em>Bright Sunny South</em>, Amidon draws from a variety of traditional folk material, weaving it into his own mesmerizing compositions. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 18:45:00 +0000 David Dye 33753 at http://wkms.org Sam Amidon On World Cafe