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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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World Cafe
4:26 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

World Cafe Next: Rhodes

Rhodes.
WXPN

Young English folksinger David Rhodes, who records and performs using only his last name, is this week's World Cafe: Next artist. Rhodes, who picked up the guitar for the first time at 13, has released three EPs; the latest, Home, is his debut in the U.S.

The Guardian newspaper once described Rhodes as a "one-man Coldplay," but you can hear for yourself by streaming or downloading two songs here.

World Cafe
1:57 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

George Ezra On World Cafe

George Ezra.
Rich McKie WXPN

George Ezra today is a young English folk-pop singer with a warm, soulful voice and a worldwide hit song called "Budapest." In this episode of World Cafe, he performs solo and talks with Michaela Majoun.

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World Cafe
12:33 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Ray Davies On World Cafe, Part 2

Ray Davies.
Paul Bergen Courtesy of the artist

The top British invasion bands — The Who, The Beatles, The Kinks — were able to quickly evolve beyond singles and embrace the album.

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World Cafe
3:39 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Ray Davies On World Cafe

Ray Davies.
Paul Bergen Courtesy of the artist

The Kinks put out so much music on Pye Records between 1964 and 1971 that a new anthology of the period takes five discs just to scratch the surface. So it makes sense that World Cafe's conversation with singer Ray Davies would need to be spread out over two days.

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World Cafe
2:58 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

World Cafe Next: Caitlin Canty

Caitlin Canty.
Jay Sansone Courtesy of the artist

This week's World Cafe: Next artist, singer-songwriter Caitlin Canty, mixes a gritty side with aching ballads on her new solo album, Reckless Skyline. The Vermont native has been at music a while, with two other solo albums and contributions to a handful of bands. Hear and download a couple of songs on this page, including one written in the mountains of Idaho in the wake of a forest fire.

World Cafe
2:47 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Guster On World Cafe

Guster.
Cameron Pollack WXPN

Today's episode of World Cafe features an interview and live performance by Adam Gardner, Ryan Miller and Brian Rosenworcel of Guster, whose new album Evermotion was produced by Richard Swift. After 20 years together, Guster explores new directions on the record, and this performance — recorded in front of an audience at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia — marked only the third time the band had played the new songs.

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World Cafe
12:13 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Billy Idol On World Cafe

Billy Idol.
Michael Muller Courtesy of the artist

If all you know about Billy Idol is the hair, the sneer and a string of hits in the '80s, then you need to give this conversation your attention. Idol has a new autobiography named after one of his best-known songs, "Dancing With Myself," and he's recently released a new album called Kings And Queens Of The Underground.

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World Cafe
3:49 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Colin Hay On World Cafe

Colin Hay.
Courtesy of the artist

As '80s Week continues, World Cafe keeps combing through its archive for artists from the decade of synths and irregular haircuts. Today, that means bringing back a wide-ranging 2004 session with Colin Hay of the Australian band Men At Work. Hay's distinctive voice helped carry songs like "Who Can It Be Now" and "Down Under" to prominence in the early '80s.

Here, the singer performs a few of his newer songs and tells the story of Men At Work's international success.

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World Cafe
12:46 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

World Cafe Next: Viet Cong

Viet Cong.
David Waldman Courtesy of the artist

This week's World Cafe: Next artist, Calgary's Viet Cong, released its full-length debut last week. It's not so much a dark record as a harsh one: This is a guitar-intensive rock band whose songs stretch out with some sturm and drang, while still finding ways to get under your skin. Hear and download two songs from Viet Cong on this page.

World Cafe
5:57 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Alvvays On World Cafe

Alvvays.
Gavin Keen Courtesy of the artist

The much buzzed-about Toronto-based band Alvvays joins us today. We first heard about Molly Rankin and the band in 2013 when Frank Yang of the blog Chromewaves presented them as a band to watch on our Sense of Place visit to Toronto. Their self-titled debut came out last year and within a month had become the most played album on college radio. They join us in the studio today. Make sure to download the band's performance of "Adult Diversion."

World Cafe
3:10 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Nude Beach On World Cafe

Nude Beach.
Chad Kamenshine Courtesy of the artist

Nude Beach, a punk trio from Brooklyn, is today's guest on World Cafe. The band recently released a double album called 77, and it's full of catchy power-pop tunes.

Formed in 2008 while its members were still in high school, the band includes guitarist and singer Chuck Betz, drummer and singer Ryan Naideau, and bassist Jim Shelton. Nude Beach made three albums together before releasing 77 in October. In this session, we'll learn what the title 77 signifies and hear some of its songs performed live.

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World Cafe
2:56 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Latin Roots: The Protest Music Of South America

Calle 13.
Courtesy of the artist

On this episode of Latin Roots from World Cafe, Rachel Faro joins the show to discuss cancion de protesta. While the U.S. experienced its own period of politically charged songs about the Vietnam War and more in the '60s and '70s, Latin American songwriters were creating commentary about the repressive regimes in power there.

Here, Faro shares some of the musicians who put their lives at risk — and identifies the artist she considers the Bob Dylan of the Latin music world.

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