World Cafe

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David Dye

Since 1991, World Cafe has been a premier showcase for contemporary music serving up an eclectic blend that includes blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country. The show is hosted by long-time Philadelphia radio personality David Dye.

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World Cafe
1:04 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Next: John Murry

John Murry.
Dara Munnis Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 1:41 pm

John Murry's first album, The Graceless Age, makes its U.S. debut on March 5. An active musician since 2006, Murry moved from his hometown of Tupelo, Miss., to Oakland, Calif., a couple years ago to work alongside musician Bob Frank.

A descendent of Nobel Prize in Literature recipient William Faulkner, Murry visits his family's literary past and channels it into his music. His dark, deep rock 'n' roll is alluring, emotional and infectious.

Hear two tracks from The Graceless Age in this installment of World Café: Next.

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World Cafe
1:24 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Yo La Tengo On World Cafe

Yo La Tengo.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 1:23 pm

After nearly 30 years of prolific genre-avoidance, the indie-rock trio Yo La Tengo returns with Fade, its first studio album in almost four years. The record, the band's 13th full-length release, features "Before We Run," a six-minute piece of orchestral pop showcasing Yo La Tengo's stately side.

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World Cafe
2:24 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

A.C. Newman On World Cafe

A.C. Newman.
Courtesy of the artist

A.C. Newman has been at the forefront of some of the best-loved indie-pop bands of the past two decades, most notably The New Pornographers and Zumpano. But as a part-time solo artist, Newman tends to craft work that's more melancholic than his playful efforts with The New Pornographers.

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World Cafe
1:55 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

The Amazing On World Cafe

The Amazing.
Viktor Araskog Courtesy of the artist

The four main members of the Swedish band The Amazing play in many other successful music acts (Dungen, et al), some of which are shared projects. The overlap makes for obvious chemistry within this experimental, genre-bending folk-rock supergroup.

On its most recent album, 2011's Gentle Stream, The Amazing jumps around quite a bit, delving into psychedelic folk, pop and acoustic rock. Here, the group plays songs from its latest album and sits down with David Dye to discuss its grandiose name and musical influences.

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World Cafe
2:43 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Guards On World Cafe

Guards.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 1:35 pm

Richie Follin is the leader of the Brooklyn pop-rock band Guards. Listening to the group, it's hard not to mention the singer's older sister, Madeline Follin of Cults, as their shared upbringing and influences are obvious.

Beyond literal lineage, Cults and Guards share an aesthetic of buzzy and revitalized old-school pop. In perfect little-brother form, though, Guards is a bit edgier — a little grungier and more eclectic in a way that people with cool older siblings often are.

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World Cafe
2:43 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Festival In The Desert On World Cafe

Tinariwen at Mali's Festival in the Desert.
Alice Mutasa Alice Mutasa Photography

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 9:16 am

In light of ongoing conflicts in Northern Mali, we checked in with Chris Nolan, an organizer of Festival in the Desert — the music festival that takes place each January in the Sahara region where much of the recent fighting has occurred. On today's installment of World Café, Nolan discusses the festival's history and elaborates on the decision to postpone the event this year.

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World Cafe
1:30 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Next: Parquet Courts

Parquet Courts.
Kevin Pedersen Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 2:23 pm

The up-and-coming band Parquet Courts showcases some refreshingly raw '70s punk vibes on its first full-length album, Light Up Gold, released last August.

Parquet Courts' lead vocalists and songwriters, Austin Brown and Andrew Savage, met at a record-listening club while attending the University of North Texas. After moving to New York City, the pair teamed up with Savage's brother, Max, and bassist Sean Yeaton, to release their EP American Specialties in 2011.

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World Cafe
2:03 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Beach House On World Cafe

Beach House.
Liz Flyntz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 1:05 pm

Sitting down with Beach House is a bit like listening to the band's music. No matter how many times we feature Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, they impress with their relaxed complexity and refreshing insight into how music can work.

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World Cafe
12:31 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

The dB's On World Cafe

The dB's.
Courtesy of the artist

The dB's secured a place in rock history as one of the pioneering jangle-pop bands of the early '80s. Deftly combining new wave and power-pop, it created a melodic niche for itself among its Southern peers — bands like The Feelies and R.E.M.

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World Cafe
12:33 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

The Helio Sequence On World Cafe

The Helio Sequence.
Pavlina Summers Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 12:08 pm

Hailing from Beavertown, Ore., singer-guitarist Brandon Summers and drummer-keyboardist Benjamin Weikel started playing together in 1996. Three years later, the duo self-produced its first EP and officially formed The Helio Sequence.

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World Cafe
1:01 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Aaron Embry On World Cafe

Aaron Embry.
Nikki Embry Courtesy of the artist

If Aaron Embry's name doesn't sound familiar, his previous collaborators will. Embry was recently the touring pianist with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and has worked with the likes of Elliott Smith, Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris.

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World Cafe
2:26 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Next: Hey Marseilles

Hey Marseilles.
Martin Watson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 11:33 am

The Seattle septet Hey Marseilles integrates symphonic cello, drumbourine, accordion and viola into a standard lineup of guitar, bass and drums for a warm, distinctive sound.

Nick Ward and Matt Bishop formed Hey Marseilles while students at the University of Washington, and independently released their first album, To Travels & Trunks, at the end of 2008. The band has since given the album a nationwide reissue and performed at festivals like SXSW and Bumbershoot.

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World Cafe
11:11 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Foxygen On World Cafe

Foxygen.
Angel Ceballos Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 9:22 am

Inspired by The Beatles, Bob Dylan and The Clash, among others, Foxygen's Sam France and Jonathan Rado channel their love of classic rock and psychedelia into a layered sound with sweetly airy vocals.

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World Cafe
2:22 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Dinosaur Jr. On World Cafe

Dinosaur Jr.
Brantley Gutierrez Courtesy of the artist

After a long hiatus, the rock trio Dinosaur Jr. reunited in 2005. In September, the band released a new album, I Bet on Sky, which was widely praised for its explosive energy and characteristically bold integration of feedback and distortion. I Bet On Sky is the third record the group has released since its reunion, and it finds Dinosaur Jr. sounding just as vital and intense as it did when it first formed 28 years ago.

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World Cafe
1:43 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Tanlines On World Cafe

Tanlines.
Ben Rayner Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 2:14 pm

Tanlines has been turning heads since its formation in 2008. Eric Emm and Jesse Cohen make up the Brooklyn-based duo, who met while working on a song for Cohen's other band, the dance-punk group Professor Murder.

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World Cafe
1:17 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Kopecky Family Band On World Cafe

Kopecky Family Band.
Courtesy of the artist

Although the six members of the Kopecky Family Band aren't related by blood, they function with a sense of harmony common in family outfits. Formed in 2007, the group released a series of EPs before finally releasing its first full-length album, Kids Raising Kids, in 2012.

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World Cafe
10:03 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Next: The Lions

The Lions.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 9:25 am

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In 2007, a dozen or so reggae and soul artists met in Los Angeles and eventually formed The Lions. Heavily inspired by the culture surrounding Jamaican music both old and new, the group is deeply rooted in soul, but also has a rough edge reminiscent of The Upsetters or The Rockers Band.

Members Deston Berry, Alex Désert and Malik Moore handle lead vocals, while Black Shakespeare produces the backing tracks. Guitarist Dan Ubick and bassist Dave Wilder also contribute, along with a mix of musicians who've played with Big Daddy Kane, De La Soul and Raphael Saadiq.

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World Cafe's Sense Of Place: Memphis
3:52 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Star & Micey On World Cafe

Star & Micey perform a special set for the World Cafe crew.
Courtesy of Andy Modla

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 5:09 pm

Star & Micey brings a fresh perspective on the Memphis music scene, where the band currently thrives; it was listed at No. 1 on Paste magazine's list of "12 Tennessee Bands You Should Listen to Now," and it was also our World Cafe: Next artist this week.

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World Cafe
3:41 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

American Sound Studio On World Cafe

American Sound Studio in Memphis, Tenn.
World Cafe

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 5:09 pm

"Suspicious Minds" by Elvis Presley. "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" by Aretha Franklin. "Son of a Preacher Man" by Dusty Springfield. "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond. All of these legendary songs were recorded at Memphis' American Sound Studio, the last of the five studios we're featuring in our trip to Memphis as part of the quarterly "Sense of Place" series.

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World Cafe
2:27 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Rev. John Wilkins On World Cafe

Rev. John Wilkins of Memphis.
Courtesy of Andy Modla

We couldn't leave Memphis without a taste of the blues from gospel-blues singer and preacher Rev. John Wilkins. He's the son of Rev. Robert Wilkins, who wrote "Prodigal Son," a song famously covered by The Rolling Stones on Beggars Banquet.

Here, we've got a performance by Rev. John Wilkins with his band — and his daughters on backing vocals. During our interview, Wilkins spoke about his faith and his father, and even sings a version of "Prodigal Son" himself.

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World Cafe
2:27 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Royal Studio On World Cafe

The late Willie Mitchell of Royal Studio in Memphis.
Courtesy of Royal Studio

As part of our "Sense of Place" tour of Memphis, we're on to Royal Studio, where Al Green, Ann Peebles and others made some of the 1970s' most important soul music for Hi Records.

Most of that music was produced by the late Willie Mitchell. Here, we've dug up a 2005 interview with Al Green wherein he tells the story of how Mitchell helped him find his voice. We also talk with Mitchell's son, Boo, who grew up at Royal. His dad told him, "Don't turn Royal into a museum when I die." Don't worry; he hasn't.

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World Cafe
5:09 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Lucero On World Cafe

The Memphis rock band Lucero.
Andy Modla Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 1:13 pm

In this "Sense of Place" installment, we meet the blue-collar Memphis rock band Lucero, which performs a stripped-down session in Ardent Studio A, where they worked on their album 1372 Overton Park.

In the beginning, Lucero was all about combining a punk aesthetic with Tom Waits' lyrical sensibility. Over the years, the Memphis sound has crept into the band's music, including a horn section on its last two albums.

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World Cafe
5:09 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Big Star And Ardent Music On World Cafe

Big Star's members pose in front of their barn.
Andy Modla

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 6:25 am

Our "Sense of Place" visit to Memphis, Tenn., moves away from soul music to the place where some of the seminal American power-pop records were created. Ardent Studios is where the Memphis band Big Star made three albums that helped define the genre.

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World Cafe
3:35 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Graceland On World Cafe

World Cafe takes a tour of Graceland.
World Cafe

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 6:29 am

In this installment of "Sense of Place: Memphis," we pay a visit to Graceland, Elvis Presley's storied estate. We hear from Kevin Kern, PR director for Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., and Elvis' daughter Lisa Marie Presley.

Kern gives us a personal tour of The King's estate, shares how Graceland was really a home to the singer, explains why it might seem small to us today, and offers up a few facts listeners might not know.

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World Cafe
3:35 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Sun Studio On World Cafe

Sun Studio in Memphis.
Courtesy of Andy Modla Photography

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 9:32 am

As part of World Cafe's "Sense of Place" spotlight on Memphis, Tenn., we have an interview with Sam Phillips, founder of the famed Sun Studio. In 2002, a year before the legendary producer died, Phillips shared his memories of his early days making records.

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World Cafe
3:50 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Next: Star & Micey

The Memphis folk-pop band Star & Micey.
Courtesy of the artist

Hailing from Memphis, Tenn., Joshua Cosby, Geoff Smith and Nick Redmond make up the folk-pop trio Star & Micey.

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World Cafe
3:33 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Steve Cropper And Booker T. Jones On World Cafe

Today's World Cafe features interviews with Steve Cropper (second from left) and Booker T. Jones (third from left), both part of the Stax Records house band.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 3:50 pm

As part of World Cafe's "Sense of Place" series on Memphis, Tenn., we've dug up archival interviews with two legendary Stax Records performers: guitarist Steve Cropper and organist Booker T. Jones, both of Booker T. & The M.G.'s.

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World Cafe
3:08 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Isaac Hayes On World Cafe

Isaac Hayes.

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 3:50 pm

As part of our "Sense of Place" series on Memphis, we dug into the World Cafe archives and pulled out a 2003 interview with Stax Records' best-selling artist, the late Isaac Hayes.

Before Hayes became known for the theme to Shaft, he was an in-house songwriter and producer for Stax; along with David Porter, he wrote the iconic hit "Soul Man" for Sam & Dave.

Here, host David Dye speaks with Hayes about his beginnings at Stax, his work with Booker T. Jones and the Memphis scene in general, which he called "wonderfully incestuous."

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World Cafe
3:00 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Stax Records On World Cafe

The Stax Records recording studio in Memphis, Tenn.
Courtesy of Andy Modla Photography

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 9:32 am

Soul music, barbeque and Elvis Presley. World Cafe is spending this week getting the vibe of Memphis, Tenn., a city that — like New Orleans — has had an undeniable influence on all of American culture. Our "Sense of Place: Memphis" radio journey takes us to the five major studios where much of the music that came out of radios from the '50s to the '70s was made.

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World Cafe
12:20 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Trey Anastasio On World Cafe

Trey Anastasio
Rene Huemer

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 1:33 pm

In addition to leading Phish, one of rock's most beloved jam bands, Trey Anastasio has built a successful solo career in the past 10 years with his Trey Anastasio Band.

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