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Every day, The World Cafe with host David Dye serves up an eclectic mix of music from blues, rock, and world, to folk, and alternative country. Each show features live performances and interviews with celebrated & emerging artists. The Cafe also presents segments on books, movies, TV and plays related to music.

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2:42 pm
Sun December 9, 2012

NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums Of 2012

Stephanie d'Otreppe NPR

Originally published on Sat December 29, 2012 9:23 am

This is how we sum up 2012: beats, harmonies, struggles, breakdowns, recoveries, party starters, raw-voiced rallying cries, song suites, storytellers, pop experimenters, never-more-devastating septuagenarian poet-crooners, never-more-devastating 285-year-old oratorios, epic statements, perfect miniatures, instant classics, hard-won achievements and explosions of joy. The albums we loved in 2012 — presented here in alphabetical order — spanned genres and borders, and each one got its hooks into us. We hope you find something here that does the same for you.

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
2:36 pm
Sun December 9, 2012

Ben Sollee Live From Studio A Dec. 14, 2012 @ 1PM!

Ben Sollee Live From Studio A

Tune in for a live session with Ben Sollee before the show that night with Over The Rhine at Lincoln Theatre!

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Music
4:24 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Lianne La Havas On World Cafe

Lianne La Havas.
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Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 5:33 pm

Lianne La Havas has toured with Bon Iver, sung with Willy Mason and recorded her debut album with producer Matt Hales, better known as Aqualung. More than most, she can attest to the benefits of knowing the right people, but La Havas also has heaps of talent on her side.

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
4:03 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Steve Poltz Live From Studio A Dec. 11, 2012 @ 2PM!

Steve Poltz Live From Studio A

Steve Poltz will return to WCBE to play a few songs for us during the Global Village! 

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World Cafe
1:21 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Jovanotti On World Cafe

Jovanotti.
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Lorenzo Cherubini, better known by his stage name Jovanotti, occupies a curious position on the pop landscape — that of the hugely successful international star who remains largely unknown to U.S. audiences. More than two decades have passed since he first broke out in his native Italy, though, and now he's making moves to do the same in the States.

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
12:22 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Bronze Radio Return Live From Studio A 12/05/12 @ 2PM!

Bronze Radio Return Live From Studio A

New Englanders Bronze Radio Return will play a few songs during the Global Village today! 

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World Cafe
7:13 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Stars On World Cafe

Stars
Norman Wong Courtesy of the artist

Stars returns to the World Cafe studio to play songs from its latest album, The North. Here, the band sits down with host David Dye to discuss its decision-making process, and how its insistence on being as democratic as possible has helped it stay together over the years.

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World Cafe
2:57 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Next: Guards

Guards.
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Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 10:42 am

It's hard to say anything about Guards without eventually bringing up Cults, another band from Brooklyn whose upbeat melodic pop draws heavy influence from the '60s. The two groups share more than just stylistic influences, though: Singer and bandleader Richie Follin is the brother of Madeline Follin, Cults' lead singer. In fact, a handful of the songs Richie Follin has released with Guards began their lives as Cults tunes.

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World Cafe
8:28 am
Mon December 3, 2012

The Wallflowers On World Cafe

Jakob Dylan and his Wallflowers sat down with David Dye on World Cafe.
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Originally published on Tue December 4, 2012 1:55 pm

The Wallflowers recently reconnected, or "rebooted" so to speak, to release their first studio album since 2005's Rebel, Sweetheart, and with a slightly tweaked line-up they pick up right where they left off. It's safe to say that Dylan and the band — which includes founding member Rami Jaffee on keyboards, long-term bassist Greg Richling, Stuart Mathis on guitar and newly acquired drummer Jack Irons — have recharged their collective creative battery. Glad All Over is an energized collection of signature tunes from The Wallflowers that fans have been itching for.

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World Cafe
4:13 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Freelance Whales On World Cafe

Freelance Whales.
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Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 5:43 pm

Freelance Whales' members make huge tiny music. Their instruments tend to produce delicate sounds: banjos, violins, xylophones, drums played delicately with brushes. But their songs are arranged in such a way that these small sounds form grand, swelling passages that start out softly, then build to something majestic.

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World Cafe
4:34 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Latin Roots: A Brief History Of Tropicália

Os Mutantes, reunited since 2006, is one of the most influential acts in the Tropicália movement.
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Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 5:58 pm

In this segment of World Cafe's Latin Roots, Alt.Latino host Jasmine Garsd discusses how the Brazilian artistic movement of Tropicália, also known as Tropicalismo, emerged and became a prominent force in Latin American music. Tropicália is a unique style which conflates traditional Brazilian music with elements from other genres, ranging from avant-garde to rock 'n' roll. The movement developed in the 1960s, as widespread corruption and oppression spread throughout Brazil.

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World Cafe
2:33 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Yeasayer on World Cafe

Yeasayer
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Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 4:34 pm

"Dense" and "lush" have long been necessary adjectives for anyone attempting to describe Yeasayer's sound. The band's approach entails folding many disparate elements together, twisting and pulling them until they decide to play nice. Although its first two albums, 2007's All Hour Cymbals and 2010's Odd Blood, don't sound terribly similar, they at least have this wide-reaching approach in common.

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World Cafe
6:13 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion On World Cafe

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.
Stefano Giovannini

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 6:48 pm

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion — Jon Spencer, drummer Russell Simins and bassist Judah Baer — has kicked out the jams for more than 20 years. Formed in 1991, the band draws on punk, blues and rockabilly, and has collaborated with artists ranging from Elliott Smith to Solomon Burke to Martina Topley-Bird to Steve Albini and even Ad-Rock of The Beastie Boys.

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World Cafe
5:27 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Electric Guest on World Cafe

Electric Guest.
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Sometimes it pays to be somebody's little brother. Were it not for his fraternal ties, singer and multi-instrumentalist Asa Taccone probably wouldn't have been able to get acclaimed songwriter and producer Brian Burton (better known as Danger Mouse) to produce his band's debut album. Taccone's older brother, a friend of Burton's, asked the producer to listen to the songs his little brother had been working on and give some constructive criticism.

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World Cafe
6:09 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Next: Elephant Stone

Elephant Stone.
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Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 2:30 pm

Though the shock value of dropping a sitar into Western pop music has decreased since George Harrison's Hare Krishna days, the metallic, resonant drones of the instrument can still take a normal pop song and twist it into something unexpected. Rishi Dhir, sitarist, bassist and founding member of Elephant Stone, takes full advantage of the juxtaposition.

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World Cafe
2:03 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Ben Folds Five On World Cafe

(From left) Robert Sledge, Ben Folds and Darren Jessee of Ben Folds Five.
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Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 1:50 pm

Three albums into a thriving career, Ben Folds Five abruptly announced it was over in 2000. Luckily for fans, Folds got the band back together 11 years later and even released a new album, The Sound of the Life of the Mind, this September.

The album is classic Ben Folds Five — at times irreverent, cerebral, quirky, wistful and playful. The Sound of the Life of the Mind peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 and the video for the first single, "Do It Anyway," features Anna Kendrick, Rob Corddry and the cast of Fraggle Rock.

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World Cafe
11:02 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Calexico On World Cafe

Calexico.
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Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 2:33 pm

It's not easy to pin a single genre on Calexico. Joey Burns and John Convertino's band blends Americana, Tejano and indie rock music. Burns and Convertino began recording under the name — borrowed from the California border town — in 1996 in Tucson, Ariz., and have released several well-received albums, including this year's Algiers.

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World Cafe
3:03 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Delta Rae On World Cafe

Delta Rae.
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Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 4:31 pm

Siblings Ian, Eric, and Brittany Hölljes — three of the four lead singers in the American folk-rock band Delta Rae — first learned the power of a good story when their parents read them mythological tales. In fact, the band's name is inspired by a fictional story the Hölljes' mother intended to write. Flash forward to 2012, and the band has put those lessons to good use.

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World Cafe
5:51 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Leonard Cohen On World Cafe

Leonard Cohen.
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It's hard to write a biography of an artist with as many career and relationship arcs as Leonard Cohen has experienced in his 78 years on Earth. But that's exactly what celebrated music journalist Sylvie Simmons has done with I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen.

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World Cafe
5:46 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Next: The Fresh And Onlys

The Fresh and Onlys.
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Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 1:28 pm

Fusing vintage garage-rock and pop with modern punk, the San Francisco band The Fresh & Onlys has enjoyed a rapid rise, touring across Europe and North America and performing at its hometown Noise Pop festival.

Led by Tim Cohen and Shayde Sartin, the band recently released the accessibly psychedelic Long Slow Dance (Mexican Summer). Listen to two of its songs on this installment of World Cafe: Next, and don't miss the video for "Presence of Mind."

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