World Cafe en He's My Brother, She's My Sister On 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 50446 at He's My Brother, She's My Sister On World Cafe Elvis Costello And The Roots On World Cafe In hour one of Tuesday's installment of <em>World Cafe</em>, we talk with <a href="" target="_blank">Elvis Costello</a> and <a href="" 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 50447 at Elvis Costello And The Roots On World Cafe World Cafe Next: Ásgeir Musically speaking, we travel to Iceland for Monday's installment of <em>World Cafe: Next</em>. Our featured artist is Ásgeir, a 21-year-old singer-songwriter who's on his way to making history. After releasing his debut album <em>(In the Silence)</em> in his homeland last year, the singer has the best-selling and fastest-selling debut album ever in Iceland. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 18:59:00 +0000 editor 50340 at World Cafe Next: Ásgeir Ray LaMontagne On World Cafe <em>In this installment of </em>Vintage Cafe<em>, we revisit Ray LaMontagne and The Pariah Dogs' <em></em>performance from Oct. 8, 2010. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 18:35:00 +0000 editor 50336 at Jack Johnson On World Cafe Singer-songwriter Jack Johnson recently released his sixth album of breezy, easygoing songs: <em>From Here to Now to You</em> finds him returning to more acoustic arrangements after 2010's <em>To the Sea</em>, which featured more instrumental variations, including electric guitars.<p>In this <em>World Cafe</em> session, Johnson credits much of his success to his wife, and dedicates a couple of songs to their relationship. The singer also discusses his Hawaiian home and the influence of the indigenous slack-key guitar culture on his style. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2013 WXPN-FM. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 19:43:00 +0000 editor 50189 at Jack Johnson On World Cafe Latin Roots: The Evolution Of Balada On Thursday's installment of <em>World Cafe</em>'s <em>Latin Roots</em> series, Ernesto Lechner — co-host of the radio show <em>The Latin Alternative</em> — dives into balada, a romantic style of Latin music. Lechner starts by playing a couple of examples of the style from the late 1960s, when authentic balada drew from jazz and even the Brazilian genre of <a href="" target="_blank">bossa nova</a>. We'll also hear a modern rendition of the style from Babasónicos of Argentina. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 18:56:00 +0000 editor 50082 at Latin Roots: The Evolution Of Balada Jason Isbell On World Cafe Soulful roots-rock singer <a href="" target="_blank">Jason Isbell</a> has been writing revealing, introspective songs since his days in the Southern rock band <a href="" target="_blank">Drive-By Truckers</a>. After leaving the group in 2007, Isbell went on to record a string of studio albums with and without his new band, The 400 Unit. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 16:09:00 +0000 editor 50068 at Jason Isbell On World Cafe Neko Case On 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="" 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 49978 at Neko Case On World Cafe She & Him On World Cafe When actress Zooey Deschanel started recording with producer <a href="">M. Ward</a> as <a href="">She & Him</a> in 2006, it was easy to see it as a passing thing. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 17:58:00 +0000 editor 49891 at She & Him On World Cafe World Cafe Next: Wildcat! Wildcat! The punchy L.A. indie-pop band Wildcat! Wildcat! is made up of three members who've been friends since middle school. They've released a couple of singles — including the latest, "Mr. Quiche" — and recently compiled them on a new EP. Hear a couple of the band's songs on this installment of <em>World Cafe: Next</em>. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2013 WXPN-FM. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 15:30:00 +0000 editor 49786 at World Cafe Next: Wildcat! Wildcat! Preservation Hall Jazz Band On World Cafe New Orleans' Preservation Hall, the dirt-floor space off Bourbon Street, was founded in 1961 as a place for the elders of Crescent City jazz to play nightly. Today, <em>World Cafe</em> talks with Ben Jaffe; like his father Alan, who ran the space initially, Jaffe is a tuba player who guides the world-renowned band today.<p>Equally at home on concert stages around the globe as in Preservation Hall itself, the band joins <em>World Cafe</em> with a set recorded live at City Winery in New York City. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 19:07:00 +0000 editor 49666 at Preservation Hall Jazz Band On World Cafe The Greyboy Allstars On World Cafe Almost 20 years ago, the members of the Greyboy Allstars got together to play a record release party for DJ Greyboy and discovered a perfect fusion. Call it rare groove, acid jazz or <em>Electric Boogaloo</em> (as they named their 1995 debut album), guitarist Elgin Park, keyboardist Robert Walter, saxophonist Karl Denson and the rhythm section of Chris Stillwell and Aaron Redfield have a special sound. These Allstars still draw from '60s boogaloo on their new album, <em>Inland Emperor</em>. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2013 WXPN-FM. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 18:00:00 +0000 editor 49545 at The Greyboy Allstars On World Cafe Treetop Flyers On World Cafe We welcome British band Treetop Flyers to the World Cafe. They are a folk-rock five-piece that initially turned heads on the main stage of the 2011 Glastonbury Festival. They won the spot through an "emerging artist" competition. From there, they were signed to Loose Music in the U.K. and to Partisan Records in the U.S. and put out their debut full-length record, <em>The Mountain Moves</em>, in June of this year. Their music is very much inspired by California in the '70s, so it was not much of a stretch to decamp to Malibu to record their debut. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 22:31:00 +0000 editor 49479 at Treetop Flyers On World Cafe Mark Mulcahy On World Cafe If you were an indie-rock fan in the mid-1980s, then you undoubtedly stumbled upon Miracle Legion. In the post R.E.M. jangle-rock landscape, they called it "college rock" and the Connecticut-based Miracle Legion ruled. It happened again with his work on Nickelodeon's <em>Adventures of Pete & Pete</em> with the fake-band Polaris made up of Miracle Legion musicians.<p>Mark Mulcahy was the lead singer of both of those bands, and he's back with his fifth solo album, <em> Dear Mark J. Mulcahy I Love You</em>. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 21:41:00 +0000 editor 49378 at Mark Mulcahy On World Cafe World Cafe Next: Royal Bangs Our World Cafe: Next artist this week is Royal Bangs, a band originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. The band formed in 2001 and had their first album released by The Black Keys' Patrick Carney on his own Audio Eagle Records in 2008. He actually discovered the band on MySpace.<p>The band is fronted by Ryan Schaefer and their new album, <em>Brass</em>, was produced by Carney. It's scheduled to be released on September 17, but you can hear two tracks from it on the World Cafe: Next podcast. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2013 WXPN-FM. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:20:00 +0000 editor 49351 at World Cafe Next: Royal Bangs The Head And The Heart On World Cafe <em>This session, from Dec. 12, 2011, is the second in our Vintage Cafe series, where we revisit some of our best studio performances.</em><p><a href="" target="_blank">The Head and the Heart</a> was formed after five twentysomethings met at an open mic night in Seattle.<p>"None of us knew each other beforehand," recalls singer Josiah Johnson. "I just happened to go to the same open mic. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 21:23:00 +0000 editor 49275 at The Head And The Heart On World Cafe Franz Ferdinand On World Cafe Scottish dance-rock band Franz Ferdinand are back with its fourth album, <em>Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action</em>. A year-and-a-half in the making, the record includes collaborations with members of Hot Chip and Peter Bjorn and John. In this episode of World Cafe, we speak with lead singer Alex Kapranos and drummer Paul Thomson, and the band treats us to a live set. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2013 WXPN-FM. Fri, 06 Sep 2013 21:08:00 +0000 editor 49124 at Franz Ferdinand On World Cafe Latin Roots: Joe Arroyo In this installment of our <em>Latin Roots</em> series, <em>The Latin Alternative</em> co-host Ernesto Lechner discusses his favorite singer, an influential Colombian musician named Joe Arroyo.<p>Arroyo began singing at age 10 in the whorehouses of Cartagena. He was discovered by Fruko (a.k.a. Julio Ernesto Estrada) when he was a teenager and soon joined the salsa player's band, Fruko Y Sus Tesos.<p>In the 1980s, Arroyo pursued a solo career. He established a unique tropical sound called "Joeson" ("Joe's sound") that mixes salsa, calypso, zouk, compas, merengue, cumbia and Colombian folklore. Thu, 05 Sep 2013 20:27:00 +0000 editor 49030 at Latin Roots: Joe Arroyo James Cotton On World Cafe Harmonica master James Cotton is a giant of the blues. Born in 1935 on a cotton plantation in Tunica, Miss., he learned the instrument from Sonny Boy Williamson, who had a radio program right across the river in West Helena, Ark. After listening to the show and imitating him on a harmonica, Cotton met Williamson, who took him under his wing.<p>At 15, Cotton met and played with Howlin' Wolf, who took him to record at Sun Studios in Memphis. Thu, 05 Sep 2013 19:08:00 +0000 editor 49022 at James Cotton On World Cafe Natalia Clavier On World Cafe There was never any doubt that Argentine vocalist Natalia Clavier could sing. She's been proving that for years, performing jazz and serving as the anonymous voice on hundreds of techno and dance songs, most recorded when she lived in Barcelona after moving there from Buenos Aires. Wed, 04 Sep 2013 19:00:00 +0000 editor 48921 at Natalia Clavier On World Cafe Youth Lagoon On World Cafe <a href="">Youth Lagoon</a> is the work of Boise, Idaho's Trevor Powers. The title of his first album, 2011's <em>The Year of Hibernation</em>, captures what was going on: a solo bedroom project that explored the theme of emerging from isolation. It sounded great, and the positive response got Powers out of the bedroom and on the road for a year.<p>After touring, he went back to Boise and the bedroom to work on a new album, <em>Wondrous Bughouse</em>. Wed, 04 Sep 2013 18:43:00 +0000 editor 48922 at Youth Lagoon On World Cafe Houndmouth On World Cafe <a href="">Houndmouth</a> is a rootsy rock band from New Albany, Ind., right across the river from Louisville. In an age of loops, samples and all things digital, Houndmouth is a refreshingly straightforward rock band with guitars, B-3 and all members singing in harmony.<p>The group recently released its debut album, <em>From the Hills Below the City</em>. Hear Houndmouth perform four of its songs on this installment of <em>World Cafe</em>. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2013 WXPN-FM. Tue, 03 Sep 2013 18:11:00 +0000 editor 48841 at Houndmouth On World Cafe World Cafe Next: Caroline Rose Singer-songwriter Caroline Rose grew up in Vermont the daughter of two artists, so it was never a far stretch to imagine she would become a performer herself. What is a little surprising is the grit in this young woman's performance. Turns out her mother is from the South, and there were many trips and exposures to Southern culture along the way. She started writing songs in her early teens hasn't stopped since, and most of her debut full-length, <em>America Religious</em>, was conceived on the road. It's a tough-sounding record from an artist to watch. Tue, 03 Sep 2013 14:27:00 +0000 editor 48810 at World Cafe Next: Caroline Rose Buddy Guy On World Cafe We recorded this interview with blues guitarist and singer <a href="">Buddy Guy</a> the day after he turned 77 — and he turned up early for our 9 a.m. start.<p>Guy is a pioneer of the blues. Originally from Louisiana, he made his mark in the competitive Chicago blues scene of the 1960s. Fri, 23 Aug 2013 17:05:00 +0000 editor 48155 at Buddy Guy On World Cafe Latin Roots: The Caribbean Coast Of Colombia In this edition of <em>Latin Roots</em>, we look at the music of Colombia's Caribbean coast. Our guest, <em>Beat Latino</em> host Catalina Maria Johnson, selected some older music from Petrona Martinez and her family, as well as a more modern example from Lido Pimienta, who is part of the large Colombian population based in Toronto. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 22:37:00 +0000 editor 48098 at Latin Roots: The Caribbean Coast Of Colombia Smith Westerns On World Cafe The wonderful half-garage, half-glam band Smith Westerns recently released its third album, <em>Soft Will</em>. In this installment of <em>World Cafe</em>, the group's members tell us that a lot of the record was written as a reaction to returning home to Chicago after touring for five years during their late teens and twenties. And, of course, they perform some of their songs live in the studio. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 WXPN-FM. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 22:37:00 +0000 editor 48099 at Smith Westerns On World Cafe Sarah Lee Guthrie And Johnny Irion On World Cafe Sarah Lee Guthrie is the granddaughter of Woody Guthrie, while Johnny Irion is the grand-nephew of author John Steinbeck. Since marrying in 1999, Guthrie and Irion have released five albums together, including this year's <em>Wassaic Way</em>.<p>The duo recorded its latest LP with help from Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and Pat Sansone in the band's loft. In this edition of <em>World Cafe</em>, Guthrie and Irion perform songs from <em>Wassaic Way</em> and chat with host David Dye about Wilco's many connections to the Guthrie family. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2013 WXPN-FM. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 20:14:00 +0000 editor 47999 at Sarah Lee Guthrie And Johnny Irion On World Cafe Elastic Bond On World Cafe When Venezuelan producer Andres Ponce met Honduran singer Sofy Encanto in Miami, musical sparks flew. What began as a recording project became a full-fledged band that draws from a range of influences, including tropical, funk, electronic and hip-hop.<p><em>Real</em>, the group's first album, has it all, with songs in both English and Spanish. After playing around Miami for a couple of years, Elastic Bond signed with the influential Nacional label, which put out the band's debut earlier this summer. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2013 WXPN-FM. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 21:04:00 +0000 editor 47919 at Elastic Bond On World Cafe 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 47809 at Next: Moreland And Arbuckle Camera Obscura On World Cafe Heartbreak has long resided at the center of Tracyanne Campbell's songs for <a href="">Camera Obscura</a>. Remember, she's the one who wrote a song responding to <a href="">Lloyd Cole</a>'s "Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken?" — naturally, it's titled "Lloyd, I'm Ready to Be Heartbroken."<p>On <em>Desire Lines</em>, the Scottish band's fifth album, optimism has crept into Campbell's writing. Fri, 16 Aug 2013 17:12:00 +0000 editor 47669 at Camera Obscura On World Cafe