Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 10:42 am
Working as a music journalist means that some days you get to tell people, in breathless prose, about an incredible new record you've discovered. On other days, you have to tell people that an artist you've followed and respected for years is no longer living. That part is never any fun. Listening to the hushed, elegantly spare Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith, I found myself transported back to the period right after Smith died, of apparently self-inflicted stab wounds, in 2003.
The Big Bold Latin Funk Of Jungle Fire Our World Cafe Sense of Place visit to LA continues today with a bit more of a funky West Coast vibe. Our guests are the powerful new Latin funk band Jungle Fire whose full length Tropicoso is out on Nacional records.
Father John Misty's I Love You, Honeybear All About Falling In Love In LA 2012 was an important year for Josh Tillman. It was the year he released his Father John Misty persona on the world with his first album Fear Fun. It was also the year he met the photographer and filmmaker Emma.
Kentucky Country Singer Angaleena Presley Knows What It Is Like To Be A Coal Miner's Daughter They say write what you know and that certainly explains the songs on Angaleena Presley's debut solo album American Middle Class.
The Americana/Bluegrass/Indie/Rock outfit Greensky Bluegrass will play a few songs during the Global Village in advance of their show that night at Park Street Saloon presented by WCBE! They're out on the road with their brand new release If Sorrows Swim and will be making a stop on Columbus!
Tune in for live music, conversation and a chance to win tickets to the show!
It's all waiting for you on 90.5FM Columbus, 106.3FM Newark and on line at www.wcbe.org!
String Player For Arcade Fire, Owen Pallett, And His Latest Solo Album Do you know our guest Owen Pallett? Pallett is probably not most recognized for his solo career although he has made wonderful genre-defying albums under the name Final Fantasy and under his own name (including his latest, the 2014 release In Conflict).
The Folk Band The Lone Bellow Stay Energized On New Album Then Came The Morning The Lone Bellow joins us today playing in front of a live audience at World Cafe Live. The very popular three piece folk rock band from Brooklyn has roots in the South.
The Stray Birds Music Has Grown As They Have Grown Up Together There is probably a band much like our guests today The Stray Birds in many towns, but few as good. The Stray Birds are a folk based trio from Lancaster, Pennsylvania who have known each other since middle school and have been playing in various configurations.
Justin Ringle's Horse Feathers - A Different Band Our visit with the Portland, Oregon based band Horse Feathers today has a much different quality than the band's previous Cafe visit. Two major things have happened on the new album So It Is With Us.
Punch Brothers Keep Searching On The Phosphorescent Blues February 10, 2015 - If you saw the concert film Another Day, Another Time, the companion movie to the Coen Brothers Inside Llewyn Davis, you saw our guests today The Punch Brothers. The quintet performed as the house band using their considerable skills to accompany a wide range of folk acts.
Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 11:31 am
In his rockabilly history Go Cat Go!, ethnomusicologist Craig Morrison describes the typical cradle of rock 'n' roll: a community hall reconfigured to serve as a nightclub for a night. "There might be Christmas lights strung across the back of the stage, tables and chairs around the perimeter of the room, food available for purchase, and maybe booze," Morrison writes. A jittery, ambitious band plays as loudly as possible, in order to be heard over the din of all the flirting, fighting and dancing.
He opened his last album, 2013's band project Junip, with a thought experiment Nietzsche could love: "What would you do if it all came back to you?" The song, "Line Of Fire," dwells in a mood of idle 3 a.m. musing; González tosses out existential/metaphysical conundrums like he's feeding bread to ducks — casually, without worrying much about concrete answers.