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World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN

WXPN's live performance and interview program featuring music and conversation from a variety of important musicians

Copyright: Copyright 2016 WXPN University of Pennsylvania

Not So Traditional Finds from the Country Music Association Festival

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:51:00 -0400

World Cafe Nashville correspondents Ann Powers and Jewly Hight choose a handful of their favorite discoveries from the CMA Fest – some of which you might be surprised by. From an older artist who has reinvented his sound with the help of a looping pedal to a new band that brings together rock and country, you won't want to miss this chance to hear the highlights of the annual fan-centered extravaganza.

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Maestro of Public Radio: BJ Leiderman

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 08:31:00 -0400

The theme music for some of public radio's flagship shows including Morning Edition, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, Weekend Edition and Marketplace were written by BJ Leiderman. He even wrote lyrics for the Morning Edition theme, which you'll hear him sing for the first time. Their tone is surprisingly dark for an early show - the first line is "Oh I hate to get up in the morning". BJ talks about using a trick he borrowed from the Beatles to record the original Morning Edition theme back in 1979, and shares a rock and roll song from his debut solo album. It's been 30 years in the making.

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Dan Auerbach Calls David "Fergie" Ferguson

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 09:01:00 -0400

A fun little podcast-extra. Just as we were sitting down to interview Dan Auerbach a call popped up on his phone from some guy named Fergie. Dan is a good guest, so he didn't answer the call, but when we found out that it was Nashville producer and recording engineer David "Fergie" Ferguson calling, we had to get him on the line. Fergie produced Auerbach's new solo album and has worked with Johnny Cash, Cowboy Jack Clement, and last year, won a Grammy for his work on Sturgill Simpson's album, A Sailor's Guide To Earth.

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Dan Auerbach Rounds Up Nashville's Best

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 09:01:00 -0400

Nashville legends John Prine, Duane Eddy, Pat McLaughlin, Jerry Douglas, Bobby Wood and Gene Chrisman all stopped by Dan Auerbach's Easy Eye Studio to record on "Waiting on a Song." It's the second solo album from Auerbach, who is one half of The Black Keys. The record was produced by Grammy Award-winning producer David Ferguson who's worked with Cowboy Jack Clement and Johnny Cash. Dan performs stripped down acoustic versions of his new songs and shares stories of working with Music City's finest.

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Old 97s Travel 20 Years Back in Time

Mon, 29 May 2017 09:01:00 -0400

To make their latest record Graveyard Whistling, beloved alt-country rockers Old 97s went back to the exact same studio in Tornillo, Texas where they made their major label debut in 1996. They even slept in the same bedrooms. We talk about what's changed for the band since then, and what's stayed the same, including their raucous, sweaty energy and their lineup. We also discuss casting Brandi Carlile as God on one of the new songs, writing drinking songs that don't condone drinking, and hear the group perform an energetic live set.

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Pinegrove: Bringing It All Back Home

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:01:00 -0400

The indie rockers from Montclair, NJ perform music from their breakthrough record, Cardinal. And band members Evan Stephens Hall and Zack Levine talk about Pinegrove's evolution and why they returned home to practice in the basement of one of their parents' homes after a stint in Brooklyn.

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Joshua James' Dark, Stark Americana

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:01:00 -0400

James delivers staggering honesty through the sounds of the Heartland on his new record My Spirit Sister. He's just as raw in conversation. James shares the doubts he had about fatherhood while his wife was pregnant with their second child, how his decision to leave the Mormon church impacted his family, and he tells us why his partner of 13 years is a "badass" in a truly #relationshipgoals moment.

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Father John Misty Podcast Exclusive

Thu, 18 May 2017 09:01:00 -0400

We agonized over what to cut from our extensive interview with Josh Tillman, aka Father John Misty to make it fit on the radio. Here in podcast-land there's no time limit. We're giving you our entire conversation and live performances from the new Father John Misty album "Pure Comedy". We'll talk about Tillman's formative years at a Pentecostal school where he was regularly told there were demons inside of him, when and why he micro-doses on LSD and President Trump. Tillman also talks about his role as an artist, and why he chose to speak about the numbing effects of entertainment rather than play his full headlining set at the 2016 XPoNential Music Festival.

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Tanya Tagaq: Inuit Throat Singing Meets Punk Electronica

Wed, 17 May 2017 12:01:00 -0400

The Bjork collaborator and winner of Canada's prestigious Polaris Music Prize mashes the Inuit throat singing of her First Nations heritage in Northern Canada with punk and electronica to create visceral and powerful music that's entirely unique. Tanya explains the dark and devastating contemporary history of Canada's residential school system and brings consciousness around her roots to an unforgettable live performance.

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Matthew Logan Vasquez 'Does What He Wants'

Tue, 16 May 2017 13:01:00 -0400

The Delta Spirit frontman and his touring band perform songs from Vasquez's second solo album, Matthew Logan Vasquez 'Does What He Wants.' And David Dye talks with Vasquez about his life and music. Vasquez's new album was recorded in a trailer in Dripping Springs, Texas during a difficult time. Last year, after running into financial problems, Vasquez, his wife and their infant son moved in with his mother so that the family could have a financial restart. Vasquez is also part of the trio Middle Brother along with Taylor Goldsmith from the band Dawes and John McCauley of Deer Tick.

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