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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

Martin Luther King Day with Bobby Rush

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:14:00 -0500

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, bluesman Bobby Rush shares his memories about the early days of the Civil Rights Movement, the harrowing story of the racism he endured, and the powerful message Dr. King delivered when they met in person.

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Drive-By Truckers

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:09:00 -0500

Drive-By Truckers join David Dye on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. Since 2001's acclaimed record, Southern Rock Opera, songwriters Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, originally from Alabama, have been writing about Southern roots. The new, very political album, is called American Band, and today, we'll hear their live set recorded on election day 2016. And they talk about the recent and historical events that inspired some of the songs.

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Shonen Knife

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 08:38:00 -0500

Talia Schlanger welcomes Shonen Knife on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. Formed in 1981, the Japanese pop-punk trio springboarded from an underground following in America, to tours with Sonic Youth and Nirvana. Now they have a new album to celebrate their 35th anniversary, called Adventure, and we'll hear some of the music live today. Plus, the women of Shonen Knife reflect on their long career and their inspirations.

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New Year New Music

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 16:02:00 -0500

On the first week of 2017, David Dye and Talia Schlanger share their most anticipated upcoming releases including Sampha, who served as the secret sauce on some of the best R & B tracks of the past year, and instrumental geniuses Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau who've melded minds for a double album that comes out later this month. Get ready to get pumped for a tremendous new year in music!

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Big Thief

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 18:43:00 -0500

David Dye welcomes Big Thief on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. The band formed when Minneapolis singer-songwriter and guitarist, Adrianne Lenker, found a musical partner in Buck Meek. After releasing a couple EPs, and growing to a four-piece, they released their debut full-length this year, called Masterpiece. Big Thief showcase some of their indie-rock live in the studio today, and share how they got their start.

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Middle Kids

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 09:31:00 -0500

On this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN, it's a special Sense of Place session with Middle Kids recorded in Sydney this past Fall. The indie-pop band's two debut singles, "Your Love" and "Edge of Town," made an immediate impression in Australia and the States, and they play both live today. Plus, Hannah Joy and Tim Fitz, who are now married, talk with David Dye about their earlier solo careers, and how the band was formed.

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Hiss Golden Messenger

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 13:15:00 -0500

Hiss Golden Messenger joins David Dye on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. When the North Carolina band released the acclaimed album Lateness of Dancers in 2014, frontman M.C. Taylor gave up his day job, determined to financially rely only his music. Much of the new follow-up record, Heart Like a Levee, is about the complications of that decision. We'll hear all about it from Taylor himself, plus a live performance today.

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Kishi Bashi

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 10:09:00 -0500

On this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN, David Dye welcomes Kishi Bashi. The group is led by violinist, arranger, and composer, K. Ishibashi, who layers his trademark strings with synthesizers on his latest release. It's called Sonderlust, and it's Kishi Bashi's most pop-sounding record yet. We'll hear a live set in the studio today, as well as the story behind the new album.

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Steve Kilbey

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:36:00 -0500

On this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN, David Dye is joined by Steve Kilbey. He's the lead singer and songwriter of psych-rock band, The Church, who are best known for their worldwide hit, "Under the Milky Way." Last month, he played a special solo set during the Cafe's Sense of Place visit to Sydney, Australia, which we'll hear today. Plus, Kilbey will talk about The Church's early days and his struggle with heroin addiction.

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Ian Brennan

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 09:01:00 -0500

On 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.

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