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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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World Cafe
2:57 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

World Cafe Next: Springtime Carnivore

Springtime Carnivore.
Eddie O'Keefe Courtesy of the artist

Greta Morgan, who records as Springtime Carnivore, writes concise, breezy pop songs, each wrapped in a warm layer of psychedelic fuzz. Her self-titled debut, co-produced by Richard Swift, came out earlier this month. Hear two songs from the album on this week's installment of World Cafe: Next.

World Cafe
2:30 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Sylvan Esso On World Cafe

Sylvan Esso.
Elizabeth Weinberg Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 5:52 pm

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World Cafe
10:21 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Bobby Charles On World Cafe

Bobby Charles.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 10:36 am

As a teenager in Abbeville, La., Robert Charles Guidry — better known as Bobby Charles — wrote songs that would become classics for Bill Haley and Fats Domino: "See You Later, Alligator" and "Walking To New Orleans," respectively.

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World Cafe
10:07 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Sonny Landreth On World Cafe

Sonny Landreth.
Brittany Salerno WXPN

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 10:36 am

It's fitting that World Cafe ends its Sense Of Place visit to Lafayette, La., with a performance from Sonny Landreth. The inventive and unpredictable slide-guitar player is a longtime Lafayette resident and a perfect ambassador for the city's music. Landreth's first sideman gig was with zydeco king Clifton Chenier, and several of his songs — like "Congo Square" — have become Louisiana standards.

World Cafe
4:33 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Latin Roots: Essential Latin Accordion Music

Cedric Watson.
Lucius Fontenot Courtesy of the artist

The accordion provides the point of connection for World Cafe's special Latin Roots edition of Sense Of Place: Lafayette. Diego Martin Perez, host of the radio show La Vellonera on KRVS, plays a few examples of the accordion in Latin music and lays out how these tunes relate to Cajun and zydeco styles.

Hear some of his selections at the audio link — and many more in Perez's extended Spotify playlist.

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World Cafe
4:25 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

The Lost Bayou Ramblers On World Cafe

The Lost Bayou Ramblers.
John Vettese WXPN

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 4:40 pm

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World Cafe
3:20 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

The History, And Future, Of Zydeco

Herman Fusilier.
John Vettese WXPN

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 1:38 pm

World Cafe's Sense Of Place visit to Lafayette, La., has to include a long look at zydeco music. As the host of The Zydeco Stomp on KRVS — and food and culture editor of the Lafayette newspaper The Daily Advertiser -- Herman Fusilier has made zydeco his life. Here, Fusilier discusses the differences between Cajun music and zydeco, the many styles of zydeco, and why he's not worried about the genre's future.

World Cafe
3:13 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

CJ Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band On World Cafe

CJ Chenier.
Noah Silvestry XPN

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 1:38 pm

When the "King Of Zydeco" Clifton Chenier died in 1989, his son CJ Chenier, already part of the famous Red Hot Louisiana Band, shouldered the accordion and followed in his father's footsteps. This past July, World Cafe talked with the younger Chenier — who was performing at the XPoNential Music Festival in Philadelphia — about growing up with zydeco and what it was like to take over his father's band.

Hear the conversation and full set at the audio link.

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World Cafe
3:06 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Soul Creole On World Cafe

Soul Creole.
John Vettese WXPN

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 1:39 pm

For the next stop on World Cafe's Sense Of Place visit to Lafayette, La., the show visits a group of young musicians who combine the two French cultures of the state. Soul Creole — led by Grammy-nominated Cajun fiddler Louis Michot and zydeco accordionist Corey Ledet — fuses Cajun and Creole music into a wild, boundary-blurring mix.

Hear a live set by the band, performed at The Blue Moon Saloon in downtown Lafayette, at the audio link.

World Cafe
3:18 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

'Heathens From The Bayous': Cajun And Creole Culture In Lafayette

Michael Doucet.
John Vettese XPN

On today's installment of World Cafe's Sense Of Place visit to Lafayette, La., we speak with Michael Doucet, who plays Cajun, Creole, zydeco and other traditional music as a founding member and fiddler of Lafayette band BeauSoleil.

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World Cafe
4:57 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

World Cafe Next: Royal Teeth

Royal Teeth.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 5:32 pm

This week, World Cafe takes its Sense Of Place series to Lafayette, La. Though the city is known for Cajun and zydeco music, we begin with a cheerful pop band, Royal Teeth. Fronted by Nora Patterson and Gary Larsen, the group (though currently based in New Orleans) formed in Lafayette in 2010. Its first full-length album is titled Glow.

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World Cafe
12:25 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Foxygen On World Cafe

Sam France of Foxygen.
Kelsey Stanger XPN

Foxygen re-creates the shambolic pop brilliance of '60s and '70s rock music with casual virtuosity. The homage is so spot-on, in fact, that vocalist Sam France's wild live performances and the band's more outré sonic explorations might just be par for the course.

Either way, France broke at least one mic stand during his performance for World Cafe; he says that happens most nights. Earlier this year, France and bandmate Jonathan Rado released their third album as Foxygen, the double-length ...And Star Power.

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World Cafe
12:17 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Honeyblood On World Cafe

Honeyblood.
Laura Coulson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 9:39 am

Honeyblood's debut EP, Thrift Shop, was recorded in a bathroom and it sounds like it. There, fuzz shaded and refracted the emotion in singer-songwriter and guitarist Stina Tweeddale's unwavering voice. The Glaswegian duo — now Tweeddale and Cat Myers, after the departure of original drummer Shona McVicar — demonstrates that its songs are just as effective in high fidelity on its self-titled full-length debut.

Hear live version of songs from that record on today's episode of World Cafe.

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World Cafe
1:55 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Lia Ices On World Cafe

Lia Ices.
Jersey Walz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 3:04 pm

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World Cafe
1:52 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

World Cafe Next: The Twilight Sad

The Twilight Sad.
Courtesy of the artist

The Twilight Sad, the Scottish trio of singer James Graham, guitarist Andy MacFarlane, and drummer Mark Devine, makes thick-accented rock that can be rousing, bleak or both. The group has as much in common with the moody post-punk group Interpol as it does with its fellow Scots in Frightened Rabbit.

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World Cafe
1:44 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Milky Chance On World Cafe

Milky Chance.
David Ulrich Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 10:09 am

Musicians and bandmates Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch, who record together under the name Milky Chance, tell World Cafe host David Dye that it took them six years to put together their viral hit "Stolen Dance." Soon after, however, the two put out their first full-length album, Sadnecessary, which saw them exploring folk, R&B and reggae, all buoyed by a catchy electronic foundation.

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World Cafe
4:37 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Latin Roots: Essential Latin Hip-Hop

Ana Tijoux.
Inti Gajardo G. Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 10:01 am

Josh Norek, co-host of The Latin Alternative and co-founder of the Latin Alternative Music Conference, joins World Cafe today to explore Latin hip-hop.

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World Cafe
3:12 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

King Tuff On World Cafe

King Tuff.
Brittany Salerno XPN

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 10:02 am

Since he was a kid in Vermont, King Tuff's Kyle Thomas has been drawn to the layered, retro-leaning, guitar-driven sounds of garage-based pop and classic rock. His new album, Black Moon Spell, is filled with catchy power pop and chiming layers of guitars. On today's episode of World Cafe, Thomas and his road band perform songs from the record in the studio.

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World Cafe
4:27 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

J Mascis On World Cafe

J Mascis.
Justin Lapriore Courtesy of the artist

Dinosaur Jr.'s early albums (You're Living All Over Me, Bug, Where You Been) established a specific sound: whirling, layered, blown-out. At the time, it was some of the loudest — and prettiest — stuff around.

Frontman J Mascis' solo career, alternatively, has seen the guitarist and singer apply his dense, intricate fretwork to a quieter sonic spectrum. Mascis plays songs from his new album, Tied To A Star, on the World Cafe Live stage on today's episode of World Cafe.

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World Cafe
4:27 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Field Report On World Cafe

Field Report's Christopher Porterfield.
Brittany Salerno XPN

World Cafe's guest today is the Milwaukee band Field Report, named for an anagram of bandleader Chris Porterfield's last name. Before forming Field Report, Porterfield played with fellow Wisconsinite Justin Vernon — who now leads Bon Iver — in the band DeYarmond Edison. Porterfield opted to stay in Milwaukee when the rest of that group relocated to North Carolina.

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World Cafe
3:50 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

World Cafe Next: Jungle Fire

Jungle Fire.
Duran Castro Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 4:08 pm

Jungle Fire keeps listeners on the dance floor. Like War or the British band Cymande back in the day, the L.A. group fuses Latin rhythms with funk, Afrobeat and jazz to produce an incendiary effect. The band's full-length debut, Tropicoso, came out earlier this year. Hear and download two songs from that album on today's episode of World Cafe: Next.

World Cafe
3:07 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Macy Gray On World Cafe

Macy Gray.
Kelsey Stanger XPN

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 4:10 pm

World Cafe's guest today is R&B and soul singer-songwriter Macy Gray. Her 1991 debut On How Life Is contained the massive hit "I Try," and she's released a string of solo records since. On her two most recent releases, Gray has turned to taking on the songs of others, including an album-length cover of Stevie Wonder's Talking Book.

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World Cafe
12:07 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Paolo Nutini On World Cafe

Paolo Nutini.
Shamil Tanna Courtesy of the artist

Paolo Nutini, the Scottish soul singer with the Italian name, is our guest today on World Cafe. Here, he and his band perform songs from his new album, Caustic Love, which has topped the charts across Europe.

In an interview with host David Dye, Nutini describes how a speech from Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator resonated with him during the making of the song "Iron Sky."

World Cafe
11:07 am
Wed October 29, 2014

John Mellencamp On World Cafe

John Mellencamp.
Courtesy of the artist

In the 1980s, singer-songwriter John Mellencamp was known for huge heartland rock hits like "Jack & Diane," "Small Town" and "Pink Houses." Now, he tells World Cafe host David Dye, "It would be ridiculous for me to try to act like a 27-year-old guy at my age. ... I just can't play 'Hurts So Good.' I just can't do it."

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World Cafe
10:53 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Annie Lennox On World Cafe

Annie Lennox.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 6:16 pm

One half of The Eurythmics with Dave Stewart — with whom she crafted hits like "Here Comes The Rain Again" and "Sweet Dreams" — Annie Lennox has also enjoyed a hugely successful solo career in the past few decades.

Now, she turns to major songs of an earlier era on a new album of jazz standards, Nostalgia. On this episode of World Cafe, Lennox sits down with host David Dye to discuss why she chose certain songs for the album.

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World Cafe
4:34 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

World Cafe Next: Alex G

Alex G.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 11:07 am

Our World Cafe: Next artist this week is Philadelphia's Alex G. His new album, DSU, which comes out Nov. 4, is his fifth. The 21-year-old Temple University student continues to mine the rich space — explored so fruitfully by indie-rock forebears like Built To Spill — between intimate, personal expression and grandiose sonic worlds.

World Cafe
4:27 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

James Williamson On World Cafe

James Williamson.
Tanya Alexis Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 11:06 am

Today's guest on World Cafe is guitarist James Williamson, who was a live guitarist for legendary Detroit rock band The Stooges after the release of 1970's Fun House and co-wrote 1973's Raw Power with Iggy Pop.

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