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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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Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Swoop In

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 12:00:00 -0400

Former Oasis guitarist and principal songwriter Noel Gallagher now rolls with a band 10 members deep. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds includes a brass section and a scissors player (really). Noel and his birds perform songs their latest album Who Built the Moon? and Noel talks with World Cafe's Talia Schlanger about drawing inspiration from Blondie and Kanye West, how it feels to perform Oasis' huge hit "Don't Look Back in Anger" these days, and his theory on coffee and the TV sitcom "Friends" ruining rock and roll. Noel also addresses the personal stories that are off-limits in his songwriting, including the abuse he experienced at the hands of his father when he was a kid and what he's doing to try and make sure his own children have a different upbringing than Noel and his famously feuding brother Liam Gallagher had.

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This Composer Scores NBC's "This Is Us"

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:00:00 -0400

Siddhartha Khosla writes the music that underscores the emotional drama on NBC's hit show "This Is Us". He'll tell us about his process which sometimes involves sobbing on his guitar, and what it was like to write the music that was heard by 38 million people in the climactic "Super Bowl Sunday" episode. Siddhartha also shares the soundtrack to his own life. When he was a baby, Siddhartha's parents had to send him back to their home in India while they were at school in the United States. His mom would ship cassette tapes of herself singing traditional Indian songs to him, which formed Siddhartha's musical foundation. He discovered rock music as a kid in New Jersey when he flipped on the radio one day and heard R.E.M. Siddhartha is the frontman of his own indie band called Goldspot, and also composes music for the Hulu Marvel series "Runaways", the Lionsgate drama "The Royals" and more.

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Thu, 08 Mar 2018 22:11:00 -0500

BORNS' latest album Blue Madonna features his stratospheric vocal range and the same delightfully off kilter pop sensibility that caught Prince's attention on BORNS' 2015 hit "Electric Love". He drops by the Cafe to talk about his carefully curated sense of personal style, collaborating with Lana Del Rey and his childhood ambition to be a "skateboard paramedic" (he'll explain).

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NPR's Sam Sanders Does My Job

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 12:00:00 -0500

NPR host and music lover extraordinaire Sam Sanders joins Talia Schlanger to share his incredible breadth of music knowledge and appreciation, from the gospel songs his mom used to play around the house when Sam was a kid to the music he danced to at prom to the rappers who motivate his morning run. Sam and Talia sing. They laugh. They cry to Bonnie Raitt. Plus, Talia surprises Sam with a phone call to one of his favorite artists. And hey - if you haven't checked out Sam's podcast/radio show it's called "It's Been a Minute", and we love it. We think you might too.

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Poetry in Motion: Jorge Drexler

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 12:00:00 -0500

Drexler's charming and poetic album Salvavidas De Hielo includes a lullaby for silence, an anthem of empathy for migrants and as much texture as you can imagine pulling out of an acoustic guitar. In addition to being a compelling singer-songwriter Drexler is trained as an ear, nose and throat doctor and became the first Uruguayan to win an Academy Award in 2005. In this session Jorge reflects on the many phases of his career and performs live with his band from Bob Boilen's Tiny Desk. Special thanks to Bob for the performance space, and to engineers Josh Rogosin, Andrew Huether and James Willetts for making the recording sound so sweet.

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Darlingside: More than the sum of their parts

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 12:00:00 -0500

You must "kill your darlings" is advice that has been passed along to writers for decades. It means that you must rid yourself of your favorite and most self-indulgent work for the goal of becoming a better writer. The band Darlingside (the act of killing your darlings) has gotten very good at this over the past decade. Some of the songs on the new album Extralife have taken years to find their way to this album, and with a songwriting process that's very democratic, it's clear these are the finest versions of the songs. We'll discuss Darlingside's unique approach to recording and performing, including how they blend their voices around one microphone. And the band deconstructs one of their signature 4-part harmonies.

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Jen Cloher Has Arrived

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 12:00:00 -0500

Jen Cloher has been a staple on Melbourne's music scene for years, and she's finally enjoying international success thanks to her excellent 2017 record. Jen visited the Cafe on a mostly sold out US tour with her band, which includes her rock star wife - Courtney Barnett. Shortly after Jen and Courtney began dating, Courtney's career exploded and Jen found herself at home alone in Australia. We'll talk about how Jen moved through the inevitable jealousy while Courtney was on tour, and hear music inspired by that experience. Jen will also share why she wanted to be called John as a kid and how she felt when Australia's government decided to legalize same-sex marriage.

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No More Day Jobs for Mt. Joy

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:00:00 -0500

Founded in the Philadelphia area by Sam Quinn and Matt Cooper, Mt. Joy's ambitions were to record songs. And that's what they did, before heading back to their day jobs, as a manager in the music industry, and as a lawyer. Everything changed, though, when they uploaded the song "Astrovan" to Spotify. Over 10 million plays later, the band has set up shop in Los Angeles, played Conan, and are a part of NPR's new music discovery program, Slingshot. Kallao talks to Matt and Sam about what it was like to quit their jobs to pursue their musical ambitions, what they get asked about on Facebook, and how long it took to craft their very first single, "Silver Lining".

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O-M-Glen Hansard!

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:30:00 -0500

Talia here - I had a hard time holding it together while Glen Hansard emotionally wailed his guts out performing songs from his new album Between Two Shores. And the guy can spin a yarn too. Glen tells stories about the advice he got from Bruce Springsteen, the month he spent travelling from Ireland to Spain in a rowboat, and the way he remembers his late father.

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Sunny War Will Stop You In Your Tracks

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:30:00 -0500

It's difficult to describe Sunny's guitar virtuosity - but you can find her somewhere between the rooted blues of Robert Johnson,  the lightning plucky folk of Richard Thompson  and the dexterous wonder of Jack Rose. Sunny cut her performance chops busking for nearly a decade on Venice Beach, where she hung out with people she calls "gutter punks". We talk about the drug-induced near-death experience that landed her in a sober living facility, and how she honed a performance style as unique as it is arresting. Plus Sunny plays emotionally rich live songs from her latest album With The Sun.

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