World Cafe

Weeknights at 7pm
David Dye


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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March 13, 2013

7:00 PM
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Luaka Bop
Composer :
Label : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
7:01 PM
My Mathematical Mind
Artist : Spoon
Album : Gimme Fiction
Composer :
Label : Merge
7:06 PM
If Not For You
Artist : George Harrison
Album : All Things Must Pass
Composer :
Label : Capitol
7:09 PM
A New Life
Artist : Jim James
Album : Regions of Light & Sound of God
Composer :
Label : ATO
7:13 PM
I Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore
Artist : The Rascals
Album : The Very Best Of The Rascals
Composer :
Label : Warner Brothers/WEA
7:15 PM
Say I Wanna Know
Artist : Nick Waterhouse
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
7:20 PM
Sacred Sands
Artist : AllahLas
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
7:21 PM
Busman’s Holiday
Artist : AllahLas
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
7:28 PM
No Voodoo
Artist : AllahLas
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
7:33 PM
Tell Me (What’s on your Mind)
Artist : AllahLas
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
7:37 PM
Can You Dig It?
Artist : Los Straitjackets
Album : Supersonic Guitars In 3D
Composer :
Label : Yep Roc Records
7:39 PM
I’m Broke
Artist : Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears
Album : Tell 'Em What Your Name Is
Composer :
Label : Lost Highway
7:42 PM
Steady As She Goes
Artist : The Raconteurs
Album : Broken Boy Soldier
Composer :
Label : XL Recordings
7:46 PM
You Never Need Nobody
Artist : The Lone Bellow
Album : The Lone Bellow
Composer :
Label : Descendant Records
7:51 PM
Stubborn Love
Artist : The Lumineers
Album : The Lumineers
Composer :
Label : Dualtone Music Group
7:55 PM
I Thank You
Artist : Bonnie Raitt
Album : The Glow
Composer :
Label : Warner Brothers
8:00 PM
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
8:01 PM
Spirit in the Night
Artist : Bruce Springsteen
Album : Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ
Composer :
Label : Sony
8:05 PM
Artist : Beach House
Album : Bloom
Composer :
Label : Sub Pop
8:10 PM
God Only Knows
Artist : The Beach Boys
Album : Pet Sounds
Composer :
Label : Capitol
8:13 PM
Power of Two
Artist : Indigo Girls
Album : Swamp Ophelia
Composer :
Label : Sony
8:18 PM
Be the Arrow
Artist : Birdie Busch
Album : Birdie Busch & the Greatest Night
Composer :
Label : Birdie Busch
8:22 PM
Such Great Heights
Artist : The Section Quartet
Album : Fuzz Box
Composer :
Label : Blind Pig
8:23 PM
I Don’t Want to Talk About it
Artist : Crazy Horse
Album : Crazy Horse
Composer :
Label : Reprise / WEA
8:29 PM
Bright Stars Burning
Artist : Hey Marseilles
Album : Lines We Trace
Composer :
Label : Onto Entertainment
8:34 PM
O’ Valencia!
Artist : The Decemberists
Album : The Crane Wife
Composer :
Label : Jealous Butcher
8:37 PM
San Francisco
Artist : Foxygen
Album : We are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic
Composer :
Label : Jagjaguwar
8:41 PM
Hacienda Motel
Artist : Pickwick
Album : Can't Talk Medicine
Composer :
Label : Dine Alone Music
8:42 PM
Is She Really Going Out With Him?
Artist : Joe Jackson
Album : Look Sharp
Composer :
Label : A&M
8:46 PM
Artist : Calexico
Album : Algiers
Composer :
Label : Anti
8:49 PM
Artist : Kopecky Family Band
Album : Kids Raising Kids
Composer :
Label : Kopecky Family Band
8:53 PM
Pumped Up Kicks
Artist : Foster the People
Album : Torches
Composer :
Label : Sony
8:57 PM
Bohemian Like You
Artist : The Dandy Warhols
Album : Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia
Composer :
Label : Capitol


World Cafe
4:40 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

First Aid Kit On World Cafe

First Aid Kit.
Neil Krug Courtesy of the artist

Sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg of First Aid Kit have become an international sensation, thanks in part to the gorgeous harmonies in their sweet folk-pop songs. The Swedish duo's success owes a lot to the Internet: It was a batch of MySpace recordings that got the pair discovered in 2007 by Karin Dreijer Andersson of fellow Swedish band The Knife.

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World Cafe
3:36 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Latin Roots: The 15th Latin Alternative Music Conference

Babasónicos will perform at the Latin Alternative Music Conference this weekend.
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The 15th annual Latin Alternative Music Conference is underway this week in New York City. Free concerts are held in Manhattan and Brooklyn throughout the festival, while sessions and showcases are available only to registered attendees, who come from all over the Spanish-speaking world to find what's next in Latin music.

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World Cafe
2:43 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

King Khan & The Shrines On World Cafe

King Khan & The Shrines.
Tiger Lilly Courtesy of the artist

King Khan & The Shrines, a psychedelic garage/soul band from Berlin, is led by the charismatic Arish Khan. Khan grew up in Montreal, the son of South Asian parents, and first played in punk bands. The group has been recording together since 2000 and released its latest album, Idle No More, last fall.

Khan is fascinating: He's both an over-the-top performer and a far-ranging thinker. In this session, he discusses the new album's title, which comes from a Canadian indigenous people's movement.

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World Cafe
3:13 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Saintseneca On World Cafe

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Saintseneca is an Ohio-based folk-rock band led by Zac Little. After releasing an album called Last in 2013, the group went through changes in personnel and direction leading up to the appropriately titled Dark Arc, which came out this spring.

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World Cafe
2:23 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Joe Henry On World Cafe

Joe Henry.
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A veteran musician and producer, Joe Henry has worked with the likes of Mavis Staples, Aimee Mann and Loudon Wainwright III. His album with the late Solomon Burke won a Grammy in 2002.

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World Cafe
3:22 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

World Cafe Next: Kutosis

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  • Hear Two Songs By Kutosis

We call on Cardiff, Wales for our World Cafe: Next artists this week. Kutosis is a power-pop trio whose music has been described as "post punk, reverb-drenched and breezy." Their second album, Dream It Away, was released in June on Jealous Lover's Club Records. From album artwork to song titles, this group is all about surfing — a fitting match for their sunny power pop.

Don't forget to download our World Cafe: Next podcast with two songs from Kutosis.

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World Cafe
6:29 am
Fri July 4, 2014

World Cafe's July 4th Mixtape

Appeal to the senses this Independence Day — before watching fireworks, treat your ears to this playlist of World Cafe favorites.
Yana Paskova Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 5:57 pm

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!

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.! There's a version of the Brazilian singer Jorge Ben's "So Loco Porti America." There are some stirring classic tunes from Tom Petty and The Steve Miller Band.

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World Cafe
2:23 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Chrissie Hynde On World Cafe

Chrissie Hynde.
Dean Chalkley Courtesy of the artist

Ever since she helped form The Pretenders in the late 1970s, Chrissie Hynde has identified as part of the legendary British band. Recently, though, Hynde set out as a solo artist, releasing the album Stockholm in June.

Hynde tells World Cafe that the album is a product of collaboration; she even traveled to Sweden to work with Bjorn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John. That pairing led to others, including unlikely appearances by Neil Young and John McEnroe.

Hear a four-song set on today's World Cafe.

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World Cafe
3:29 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Dan Croll On World Cafe

Dan Croll.
Courtesy of the artist

English electro-pop musician Dan Croll released his debut album earlier this year; it's titled Sweet Disarray, an apt name for such a stylistically rich record.

Croll went to school for music at the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts, which was founded by Paul McCartney. Croll was even chosen by his classmates to meet Sir Paul; we'll hear that story and a live set in the studio today.

World Cafe
11:41 am
Tue July 1, 2014

John Fullbright On World Cafe

John Fullbright.
Vicki Farmer Courtesy of the artist

John Fullbright is from Okemah, Okla., the hometown of Woody Guthrie. World Cafe first showcased Fullbright in 2012, when he released his diverse, Grammy-nominated album From the Ground Up.

His latest album is simply called Songs. As the title suggests, it's a collection of straightforward compositions, but they take on complicated topics. "Happy," for example, poses the question, "Do you have to have to be depressed to write a great song?"

Hear "Happy" and three other Fullbright songs in today's session.

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