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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December 11, 2012

7:00 PM
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
7:01 PM
The Infanta
Artist : The Decemberists
Album : Picaresque
Composer :
Label : Capitol
7:06 PM
Artist : AltJ
Album : An Awesome Wave
Composer :
Label : Atlantic
7:09 PM
Making Plans for Nigel
Artist : XTC
Album : Drums & Wires
Composer :
Label : Geffen
7:13 PM
When You Were Mine
Artist : Prince
Album : Dirty Mind
Composer :
Label : Warner Brothers / WEA
7:17 PM
Manic Monday
Artist : The Bangles
Album : Greatest Hits
Composer :
Label : EMI Special Products
7:20 PM
Girls Just Wanan have Fun
Artist : Cyndi Lauper
Album : She's So Unusual
Composer :
Label : Sony
7:26 PM
Artist : Susanna Hoffs
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
7:31 PM
Picture Me
Artist : Susanna Hoffs
Album : Someday
Composer :
Label : Welk Records
7:33 PM
Picture Me
Artist : Susanna Hoffs
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
7:40 PM
When You Walk in the Room
Artist : Susanna Hoffs
Album : Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Composer :
Label : WXPN
7:43 PM
I Ran (So Far Away
Artist : A Flock of Seagulls)
Album : A Flock of Seagulls
Composer :
Label : Jive
7:45 PM
Artist : The Amamzing
Album : Gentle Stream4
Composer :
Label : Partisan Records
7:49 PM
Artist : The Jayhawks
Album : TomorrowThe Green Grass
Composer :
Label : Columbia Europe
7:52 PM
Hold on When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It
Artist : Stars
Album : The North
Composer :
Label : ATO
7:57 PM
Burning Down The House
Artist : Talking Heads
Album : Speaking In Tongues
Composer :
Label : Warner Brothers / WEA
8:00 PM
Artist : Gonzaghuinha
Album : Brazil Classics: Beleza Tropical, Vol. 2
Composer :
Label : Luaka Bop
8:01 PM
Artist : Antibalas
Album : Security
Composer :
Label : Anti
8:05 PM
Misfits and Lovers
Artist : The Wallflowers
Album : Glad All Over
Composer :
Label : Sony
8:09 PM
When Will I See You Again?
Artist : Anders Osborne
Album : Black Eye Galaxy
Composer :
Label : Alligator Records
8:14 PM
Artist : Prefab Sprout
Album : Two Wheels Good
Composer :
Label : Island
8:18 PM
Artist : Calexico
Album : Algiers
Composer :
Label : Anti
8:21 PM
Artist : Los Straitjackets
Album : Rock en Espa¿ol, Vol. 1
Composer :
Label : Yep Roc
8:22 PM
Artist : Cayucas
Album : Like Wildfire
Composer :
Label : Secretly Canadian
8:25 PM
Caroline No
Artist : The Beach Boys
Album : Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of the Beach Boys, Disc 2
Composer :
Label : Nettwerk Records
8:27 PM
Tell Me A Tale
Artist : Michael Kiwanuka
Album : Tell Me A Tale
Composer :
Label : Interscope
8:32 PM
Artist : David Byrne & St. Vincent
Album : Love This Giant
Composer :
Label : 4AD
8:35 PM
Civil Twilight
Artist : The Weakerthans
Album : Reuinion Tour
Composer :
Label : Epitaph / ADA
8:38 PM
How Soon is Now
Artist : The Smiths
Album : The Singles
Composer :
Label : Koch Records
8:39 PM
Peach Blossom
Artist : Eels
Album : Wonderful Glorious
Composer :
Label : Vagrant
8:43 PM
Too Much Time
Artist : Captain Beefheart
Album : The Spotlight Kid/Clear Spot
Composer :
Label : Reprise / Ada
8:46 PM
That’s Still Mama
Artist : Cody ChesnuTT
Album : Landing on a Hundred
Composer :
Label : Vibration Vineyard
8:50 PM
Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
Artist : Tame Impala
Album : Lonerism
Composer :
Label : Modular Interscope
8:53 PM
Are You Gonna Waste My Time?
Artist : Zeus
Album : Busting Visions
Composer :
Label : Arts & Crafts
8:56 PM
"January 1979
Artist : Mewithoutyou
Album : Catch Us For the Foxes
Composer :
Label : Tooth and Nail Recording


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

Courtesy of the artist

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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