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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

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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Jesse Hale Moore's Moody, Melancholy Debut

Thu, 11 May 2017 13:20:00 -0400

With help from The War on Drugs' Charlie Hall and Dave Hartley, Jesse's debut solo record Green End delivers heartbreaking falsetto and sweet R & B. The album is a meditation on loss, from the end of a relationship to the death of his grandparents. Jesse performs live in studio and we talk about that awkward moment when you play an emotional song written about a past lover for your new flame.

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Actors Megan Mullaly, from Will and Grace, and Stephanie Hunt Harmonize as Nancy and Beth

Wed, 10 May 2017 15:00:00 -0400

After meeting on the set of the indie film Somebody Up There Likes Me, Mullaly and Hunt discovered their mutual love for what they call "vaudeville punk" and formed Nancy and Beth. Although they are separated by 30 years the two have remarkably similar taste in music and harmonize perfectly. They play the songs from their debut live and talk about their careers as actresses and closeted singers.

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Hanni El Khatib's Music for "Savage Times"

Tue, 09 May 2017 09:28:00 -0400

Wanting to create music that felt urgent, Hanni El Khatib swore off conventional album-making and opted to release songs as soon as he recorded them. The resulting tracks are compiled on Savage Times, a potent and willfully incongruous project tinged with equal parts personal pain and political fervor. In the World Cafe studio, Hanni speaks about his bicultural identity and cathartic recording experiences, and performs live.

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Country Star Chris Stapleton With Musical and Life Partner Morgane

Fri, 05 May 2017 12:36:00 -0400

Chris Stapleton is not just joined on stage by his wife Morgane – the talented vocalist is also an essential collaborator, making decisions in the studio. For the new album Songs From A Room: Vol. 1 , the pair, along with famed Nashville producer Dave Cobb, combed through and then recorded anew from Chris's trove of 100s of songs, written over his many years as one of Nashville's semi-secret songwriting weapons. The follow-up to Stapleton's award-winning solo debut Traveller, the new album demonstrates Stapleton's fluency in classic country, hard-driving rock and raw Southern soul. He and Morgane join Nashville host Ann Powers to discuss the new disc and how the music he creates is something he just feels.

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Jessi Colter on life with Waylon Jennings as Outlaw Country's First Couple

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:00:00 -0400

In Jessi's new book "An Outlaw and a Lady," the country singer reflects on her more than 30-year marriage to Waylon Jennings which included struggles his drug addiction and questions about his fidelity. Despite some tough times, she tells the story of their relationship with a sense of devotion to Waylon's memory. She also looks back on her own career, from her solo success with the number one 1975 hit "I'm Not Lisa" to her feature as the only woman on the genre-defining album her husband produced, 1976's Wanted! The Outlaws.

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God Save the Kink! Ray Davies Still Looking For Life's Poetry

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:53:00 -0400

Recently knighted Sir Raymond Douglas Davies is still all about the work more than 50 years after The Kinks hit number one with "You Really Got Me" in 1964. At 72 he finds he can't stop working even if he wanted to. In our conversation about his new album Americana, recorded with The Jayhawks, he talks about British and American myths- inspired by Saturday afternoon trips to the cinema to watch Westerns as a child. He shares that the other British Invasion bands in the sixties were not always as welcomed as the lovable British moptops, The Beatles.

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Funk and Soul with Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:51:00 -0400

Armed with a full horn section, these Austin, Texas natives perform lively tracks from their latest record Backlash. Black Joe Lewis tells David Dye about the dramatic changes his band has seen in their hometown over the past few years, and how Austin's music scene has been impacted.

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