Mon, 28 Nov 2016 09:01:00 -0500On this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN, Talia Schlanger's guest is producer Ian Brennan. In 2013, he traveled to Malawi to record the music of inmates and guards at the maximum security Zomba prison, and he came back with the Grammy-nominated collection, I Have No Everything Here. Brennan is in the studio today to talk about that experience, as well as the second album, recorded this past year, called I Will Not Stop Singing.
Mon, 21 Nov 2016 09:33:00 -0500DJ Shadow joins Talia Schlanger on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. Twenty years ago, he released the world's first completely sampled album, called Endtroducing. It was a game-changer in the world of hip-hop. Now in 2016, he's still pushing creative boundaries with the new record, The Mountain Will Fall, which DJ Shadow talks about in today's interview, and he'll showcase some of the new tracks live in the studio.
Mon, 14 Nov 2016 10:32:00 -0500David Dye welcomes Scottish singer-songwriter, KT Tunstall, on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. After a period of life-changing events, she relocated to Los Angeles intending to take a hiatus. But instead, the move inspired her new album, Kin. We'll hear about that in today's interview. Plus, Tunstall plays new songs, as well as some of her early hits, before a live World Cafe audience.
Mon, 07 Nov 2016 10:41:00 -0500On this Latin Roots edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN, David Dye is joined by Mariza. She's Portugal's most beloved interpreter of fado music, which is a traditional form of languorous, sad music rooted in the country's culture. She expands upon tradition with global influences on her new album, Mundo, as we'll hear in today's live set. And Mariza will talk about her first fado album, which spurred new interest in the genre.
Mon, 31 Oct 2016 12:12:00 -0400David Dye welcomes Weaves on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. Led by singer Jasmyn Burke, the Toronto art-rock group released their self-titled debut LP this past summer. You get the sense from their music that everything may fall apart, as each band member seems to go off in different directions. It makes them an exciting live band. We'll hear them perform live today, and Weaves tell how they got their start.
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:26:00 -0400On this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN, David Dye's guest is William Tyler. The Nashville based guitarist made his solo debut in 2010 after getting his start playing with the band Lambchop. During his recent touring, he sought out back roads and discovered a different side of America, which led to his new album, Modern Country. Tyler is in the studio with David to talk about the record today, and plays live.
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:06:00 -0400David Dye welcomes Hard Working Americans on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. Todd Snider, a masterful solo artist, decided to form a band in 2013 and recruited his friends, including bassist Dave Schools of Widespread Panic and guitarist Neal Casal from Ryan Adams' band, The Cardinals. Today, we'll hear about their new album, Rest in Chaos, and Hard Working Americans play live.
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 10:03:00 -0400David Dye welcomes Amos Lee on this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. Since his debut in 2005, the soulful Philadelphia singer-songwriter has released a string of acclaimed records that have captivated a national audience. His music has always had a touch of R&B, but even more so on the new self-produced album, Spirit, as we'll hear in today's live performance. And, Lee will share the meaning behind some of the new songs.
Mon, 03 Oct 2016 13:01:00 -0400BADBADNOTGOOD join David Dye on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. The Canadian instrumental group became internet sensations for their jazz-hip hop mix in 2010, before releasing their first album. Along with four of their own records, they've since collaborated with a number of rappers, like Ghostface Killah and Mick Jenkins, which the band talks about today. And they'll play new music from their album, IV, live.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:21:00 -0400David Dye welcomes Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros on World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. They were immediately popular when they debuted in 2007, led by Alex Ebert and Jade Castrinos, who has since left the group. On the band's new album PersonA, many of the songs deal with Ebert's attempts to reinvent the Edward Sharpe character he created. We'll hear about that in today's interview, along with a live performance.