World Cafe

Monday - Friday 7pm
David Dye

Since 1991, World Cafe has been a premier showcase for contemporary music serving up an eclectic blend that includes blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country. The show is hosted by long-time Philadelphia radio personality David Dye.

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Audio Archive

  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014 3:33pm
    Pop singer-songwriter Jeremy Messersmith visits host David Dye on this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. The longtime Minneapolis favorite rose to national attention in 2010 with the acclaimed disc, The Reluctant Graveyard, and now he returns with Heart Murmurs. We'll hear some of the new songs live today, plus Messersmith shares about his songwriting process.
  • Monday, April 7, 2014 10:13am
    The Pixies join host David Dye on this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. Debuting in 1987, they became indie icons with albums like Surfer Rosa and Doolittle before going on a twelve-year hiatus. Last year, The Pixies recorded new music that has so far been released on two EPS. We'll hear some of those songs live, as well as old hits, and they discuss the recent departure of original bassist, Kim Deal.
  • Monday, March 31, 2014 9:03am
    On this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN, Michaela Majoun welcomes Lake Street Dive. After nearly a decade together, it was their recent show-stopping performance in the documentary Another Day, Another Time that captured wide-spread attention. They released a new album, Bad Self Portraits, just last month, and today Lake Street Dive play live and recall their start as jazz students.
  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 8:33am
    Hurray For The Riff Raff visit host David Dye on World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. Lead singer-songwriter Alynda Lee Segarra left her Bronx home at age 17 to ride the rails across the country before landing in New Orleans. Now, her band has released their debut Americana album, Small Town Heroes. In this episode, Hurray For The Riff Raff perform live and Segarra talks about her unconventional musical education.
  • Monday, March 17, 2014 3:13pm
    Dumpstaphunk join host David Dye on this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. Ivan Neville, son of Aaron Neville, originally formed the band for a New Orleans Jazz Fest appearance, but they've continued playing together for a decade. As explained in today's interview, Dumpstaphunk worked with guests like Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Ani DiFranco on their new album, plus we'll hear live songs from Dirty Word.

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12:56pm

Thu September 19, 2013
World Cafe

Latin Roots: The Evolution Of Balada

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 2:53 pm

José José.
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On Thursday's installment of World Cafe's Latin Roots series, Ernesto Lechner — co-host of the radio show The Latin Alternative — dives into balada, a romantic style of Latin music. Lechner starts by playing a couple of examples of the style from the late 1960s, when authentic balada drew from jazz and even the Brazilian genre of bossa nova. We'll also hear a modern rendition of the style from Babasónicos of Argentina.

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10:09am

Thu September 19, 2013
World Cafe

Jason Isbell On World Cafe

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 9:47 am

Jason Isbell.
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Soulful roots-rock singer Jason Isbell has been writing revealing, introspective songs since his days in the Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers. After leaving the group in 2007, Isbell went on to record a string of studio albums with and without his new band, The 400 Unit. His hit "Alabama Pines" won Song of the Year honors at the 2012 Americana Music Awards.

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11:18am

Wed September 18, 2013
World Cafe

Neko Case On World Cafe

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 3:14 pm

Neko Case.
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This segment, from Sept. 18, is part of our Best Of 2013 series, in which we revisit some of our most memorable interviews and performances of the year.

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11:58am

Tue September 17, 2013
World Cafe

She & Him On World Cafe

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 9:47 am

She & Him.
Autumn de Wilde Courtesy of the artist

When actress Zooey Deschanel started recording with producer M. Ward as She & Him in 2006, it was easy to see it as a passing thing. With the duo releasing the third album-length installment of its ongoing collaboration this year — in addition to a holiday record titled A Very She & Him Christmas — it's now pretty clearly a long-haul project.

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9:32am

Mon September 16, 2013
World Cafe

World Cafe Next: Wildcat! Wildcat!

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 8:16 am

Wildcat! Wildcat!
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  • Hear Two Songs By Wildcat! Wildcat!

The punchy L.A. indie-pop band Wildcat! Wildcat! is made up of three members who've been friends since middle school. They've released a couple of singles — including the latest, "Mr. Quiche" — and recently compiled them on a new EP. Hear a couple of the band's songs on this installment of World Cafe: Next.

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