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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



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JTLC, Alanis Morissette and the 90s: Turning the Tables Listening Party

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:50:00 -0400

Today we're having a listening party inspired by Turning the Tables – the NPR Music list of the 150 greatest albums by women. It was spearheaded by Nashville correspondent Ann Powers, and she joins Talia Schlanger along with Alisa Ali from WFUV in New York City and Andrea Swensson from The Current in Minneapolis to discuss Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill, TLC's CrazySexyCool, and the contributions of female artists to rock and R&B in the 90s.


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Joan Shelley, Whitehorse & The National Reserve at The Philadelphia Folk Festival

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:50:00 -0400

The World Cafe's David Dye hosted an evening of music at the Philadelphia Folk Festival's campground stage for the 10th year in a row this August. In the past The Felice Brothers, Deer Tick, and Sturgill Simpson have joined us. This year the night started off with Kentucky based singer songwriter Joan Shelley. Her new self-titled album was produced by Jeff Tweedy at Wilco's Loft in Chicago. Canadian duo Whitehorse took the stage next. They've been shortlisted for the Polaris Prize and their third album won a Juno award last year. New York bar band rockers The National Reserve closed out the evening. Grab a sleeping bag and meet us at the Folk Fest campground stage.


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Grant Hart of Hüsker Dü from 2010

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:31:00 -0400

We remember Grant Hart, the drummer, co-leader and co-songwriter with Bob Mould of the influential band Hüsker Dü. Hart died on Wednesday at the age of 56. In this 2010 interview, Hart talks with the World Cafe's David Dye about the early days of Hüsker Dü, his relationship with Bob Mould and the 14 months Hart spent believing he was HIV positive before discovering that he'd been misdiagnosed.


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Bruce Cockburn Breaks A Dry Spell

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 08:15:00 -0400

Canadian troubadour Bruce Cockburn has just released his new album called Bone on Bone. It's his 33rd record, and yes, it rings out with the expert craft of a legend who will be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame this month. Bone on Bone is Bruce's first release since an album called Small Source of Comfort which came out in 2011. Bruce will talk with Talia Schlanger about his return to writing after a three year dry spell and play live in the studio.


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Ride Rides Again After 21 Years

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 08:15:00 -0400

Along with contemporaries like My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive, Oxford's Ride were one of the definitive 90s shoegaze bands. But after the disappointing performance of their fourth album, Tarantula, in 1995 and growing tensions between core band members Mark Gardener and Andy Bell, Ride called it quits. Until now. The band reunited recently to make a new album called Weather Diaries. In this episode of World Cafe, Ride delivers live performances of new songs and one of their biggest hits from back in the day. Plus, Mark and Andy join the Cafe's Talia Schlanger to talk about getting the band back together and what they've been up to in the decades since – including Andy's stint playing bass in Oasis.


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Selwyn Birchwood Blends Blues, Gospel & Funk

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 08:15:00 -0400

After hearing the music of Jimi Hendrix as a kid, Selwyn Birchwood was drawn to the blues. Later, he was literally drawn to the blues' doorstep. One of Birchwood's high school friends in Florida introduced him to a neighbor, bluesman Sonny Rhodes. Birchwood tells the Cafe's David Dye, "I took my guitar over to play for him [Sonny Rhodes] and I got through about half a song and he just stopped me and said 'Son, you have a passport?' and I said 'yeah.'  And he's like 'I'm gonna take you on the road with me.' ... Within about three weeks I was on the road touring in his band. " Birchwood is a promising young guitarist, singer and songwriter in his own right. He performs music from his latest record, Pick Your Poison, live with his band in the World Cafe studio.


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Alvvays Sounds "Sad But Shiny" & Dislikes Cats

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 11:15:00 -0400

Alvvays went from being an unknown band to instant indie darlings after their 2014 hit "Archie, Marry Me." On their newly released sophomore album Antisocialites, Toronto's Alvvays maintain the same spirit of jangly jams with dark lyrical undertones filtered through a summer's haze. On this episode of the World Cafe, the band performs live and lead singer Molly Rankin and guitarist Alec O'Hanley have a chat with the Cafe's Talia Schlanger in which they manage to alienate cat lovers, ice cream drumstick fans and even Molly's own grandmother!


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David Gilmour Returns to Pompeii

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 08:39:00 -0400

British psych-rockers Pink Floyd filmed the concert documentary Live At Pompeii in 1971, and just last summer guitarist David Gilmour and his band returned to the Roman amphitheater in Pompeii to record another concert - this time with a live audience. The resulting film is visually spectacular and will be given a one day theatrical showing across the country on September 13, with a DVD available later in the month. Gilmour discusses the differences between producing Live At Pompeii in 1971 versus 2016, how he chose the set list - including the rarely performed Pink Floyd song "The Great Gig In the Sky" - and his thoughts on his creativity continuing to grow as he ages into his seventies.


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The Districts Go Big and Go Home

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 12:39:00 -0400

Hear The Districts doing what they do best, ripping through a powerful live performance before a packed hometown crowd at World Cafe headquarters in Philadelphia. Now that's not to say their recorded stuff isn't impressive – it is. And they've been at it for some time. Their debut release Telephone came out in 2012 when they were still in high school. The Districts' new record called Popular Manipulations is sophisticated and ambitious. They'll tell us about producing part of it themselves with the help of their pal Keith Abrams of Philly's Pine Barons, and also working with producer John Congleton - a Grammy Award winner - who's produced St Vincent, Manchester Orchestra and Angel Olsen to name a few. John also produced The Districts' 2015 breakout album A Flourish and a Spoil. That one landed the Districts on a bunch of best of 2015 lists and even helped get them a very memorable, and not-so-glamorous, gig opening for the Rolling Stones. We'll hear about that show.


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Tiny Desk Winners Tank & The Bangas

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 15:19:00 -0400

New Orleans based Tank & The Bangas have invented their own style of joyous music combining poetry, funk and rock in a life affirming set. They won the Tiny Desk Contest over thousands of entries. As long as we are throwing around numbers, the resulting Tiny Desk Concert itself has over a million views. You need to put your ears to this gorgeous World Cafe session.


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