World Cafe http://kuow.org en Elvis Costello And The Roots On World Cafe http://kuow.org/post/elvis-costello-and-roots-world-cafe In hour one of Tuesday's installment of <em>World Cafe</em>, we talk with <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15045892/elvis-costello" target="_blank">Elvis Costello</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15121130/the-roots" target="_blank">The Roots</a>' powerhouse drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson about how they met and came to utilize hip-hop techniques to make a non-hip-hop record. Costello and The Roots unveiled their collaborative album <em>Wise Up Ghost</em> last week — it's a project they'd made in semi-secrecy.<p>Both artists have rich histories as thriving collaborators. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:48:00 +0000 David Dye 20934 at http://kuow.org Elvis Costello And The Roots On World Cafe He's My Brother, She's My Sister On World Cafe http://kuow.org/post/hes-my-brother-shes-my-sister-world-cafe Joining us in the studio for hour two of Tuesday's <em>World Cafe</em> is the Los Angeles band He's My Brother, She's My Sister. As the name implies, lead vocalists Robert and Rachel Kolar are indeed siblings.<p>Along with three other band members, the two have been crafting an eclectic mix of theatrical folk, garage, and even vaudeville-influenced music since 2010. After putting out a couple of singles, He's My Brother, She's My Sister released its debut album last year; it's titled <em>Nobody Dances in This Town</em>. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:48:00 +0000 David Dye 20933 at http://kuow.org He's My Brother, She's My Sister On World Cafe World Cafe Next: Ásgeir http://kuow.org/post/world-cafe-next-sgeir Musically speaking, we travel to Iceland for Monday's installment of <em>World Cafe: Next</em>. Our featured artist is Ásgeir, a 21-year-old singer-songwriter who's on his way to making history. After releasing his debut album <em>(In the Silence)</em> in his homeland last year, the singer has the best-selling and fastest-selling debut album ever in Iceland. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 18:59:00 +0000 editor 20840 at http://kuow.org World Cafe Next: Ásgeir Ray LaMontagne On World Cafe http://kuow.org/post/ray-lamontagne-world-cafe <em>In this installment of </em>Vintage Cafe<em>, we revisit Ray LaMontagne and The Pariah Dogs' <em></em>performance from Oct. 8, 2010. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 18:35:00 +0000 editor 20837 at http://kuow.org Jack Johnson On World Cafe http://kuow.org/post/jack-johnson-world-cafe Singer-songwriter Jack Johnson recently released his sixth album of breezy, easygoing songs: <em>From Here to Now to You</em> finds him returning to more acoustic arrangements after 2010's <em>To the Sea</em>, which featured more instrumental variations, including electric guitars.<p>In this <em>World Cafe</em> session, Johnson credits much of his success to his wife, and dedicates a couple of songs to their relationship. The singer also discusses his Hawaiian home and the influence of the indigenous slack-key guitar culture on his style. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2013 WXPN-FM. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 19:43:00 +0000 editor 20724 at http://kuow.org Jack Johnson On World Cafe Latin Roots: The Evolution Of Balada http://kuow.org/post/latin-roots-evolution-balada On Thursday's installment of <em>World Cafe</em>'s <em>Latin Roots</em> series, Ernesto Lechner — co-host of the radio show <em>The Latin Alternative</em> — 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 <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/07/19/155034153/latin-roots-bossa-nova-brazils-answer-to-jazz" target="_blank">bossa nova</a>. We'll also hear a modern rendition of the style from Babasónicos of Argentina. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 18:56:00 +0000 editor 20643 at http://kuow.org Latin Roots: The Evolution Of Balada Jason Isbell On World Cafe http://kuow.org/post/jason-isbell-world-cafe Soulful roots-rock singer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15127717/jason-isbell" target="_blank">Jason Isbell</a> has been writing revealing, introspective songs since his days in the Southern rock band <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15399002/drive-by-truckers" target="_blank">Drive-By Truckers</a>. 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. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 16:09:00 +0000 editor 20628 at http://kuow.org Jason Isbell On World Cafe Neko Case On World Cafe http://kuow.org/post/neko-case-world-cafe <em>This segment, from Sept. 18, is part of our </em>Best Of 2013<em> series, in which we revisit some of our most memorable interviews and performances of the year.</em><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14950679/neko-case" target="_blank">Neko Case</a>'s new album, <em>The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You</em>, expands upon the fiercely intelligent singer-songwriter's gifts for music that's both innately infectious and rooted in intense, accessible emotions. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 17:18:00 +0000 David Dye 20557 at http://kuow.org Neko Case On World Cafe She & Him On World Cafe http://kuow.org/post/she-him-world-cafe When actress Zooey Deschanel started recording with producer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15328262/m-ward">M. Ward</a> as <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/89148168/she-him">She & Him</a> in 2006, it was easy to see it as a passing thing. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 17:58:00 +0000 editor 20496 at http://kuow.org She & Him On World Cafe World Cafe Next: Wildcat! Wildcat! http://kuow.org/post/world-cafe-next-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 <em>World Cafe: Next</em>. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2013 WXPN-FM. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 15:32:00 +0000 editor 20404 at http://kuow.org World Cafe Next: Wildcat! Wildcat! Bon Iver On World Cafe http://kuow.org/post/bon-iver-world-cafe <em>This session, from Sept. 2, 2011, is part of our </em>Vintage Cafe<em> series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances.</em><p>It's a stretch to call "Beth/Rest" 2011's most divisive song, but it's hard to discuss <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/18073513/bon-iver" target="_self">Bon Iver</a>'s second album without weighing in on its '80s-style closer. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 15:32:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 20405 at http://kuow.org Bon Iver On World Cafe Preservation Hall Jazz Band On World Cafe http://kuow.org/post/preservation-hall-jazz-band-world-cafe New Orleans' Preservation Hall, the dirt-floor space off Bourbon Street, was founded in 1961 as a place for the elders of Crescent City jazz to play nightly. Today, <em>World Cafe</em> talks with Ben Jaffe; like his father Alan, who ran the space initially, Jaffe is a tuba player who guides the world-renowned band today.<p>Equally at home on concert stages around the globe as in Preservation Hall itself, the band joins <em>World Cafe</em> with a set recorded live at City Winery in New York City. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 19:07:00 +0000 editor 20320 at http://kuow.org Preservation Hall Jazz Band On World Cafe The Greyboy Allstars On World Cafe http://kuow.org/post/greyboy-allstars-world-cafe Almost 20 years ago, the members of the Greyboy Allstars got together to play a record release party for DJ Greyboy and discovered a perfect fusion. Call it rare groove, acid jazz or <em>Electric Boogaloo</em> (as they named their 1995 debut album), guitarist Elgin Park, keyboardist Robert Walter, saxophonist Karl Denson and the rhythm section of Chris Stillwell and Aaron Redfield have a special sound. These Allstars still draw from '60s boogaloo on their new album, <em>Inland Emperor</em>. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2013 WXPN-FM. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 18:00:00 +0000 editor 20229 at http://kuow.org The Greyboy Allstars On World Cafe Treetop Flyers On World Cafe http://kuow.org/post/treetop-flyers-world-cafe We welcome British band Treetop Flyers to the World Cafe. They are a folk-rock five-piece that initially turned heads on the main stage of the 2011 Glastonbury Festival. They won the spot through an "emerging artist" competition. From there, they were signed to Loose Music in the U.K. and to Partisan Records in the U.S. and put out their debut full-length record, <em>The Mountain Moves</em>, in June of this year. Their music is very much inspired by California in the '70s, so it was not much of a stretch to decamp to Malibu to record their debut. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 22:31:00 +0000 editor 20181 at http://kuow.org Treetop Flyers On World Cafe Mark Mulcahy On World Cafe http://kuow.org/post/mark-mulcahy-world-cafe If you were an indie-rock fan in the mid-1980s, then you undoubtedly stumbled upon Miracle Legion. In the post R.E.M. jangle-rock landscape, they called it "college rock" and the Connecticut-based Miracle Legion ruled. It happened again with his work on Nickelodeon's <em>Adventures of Pete & Pete</em> with the fake-band Polaris made up of Miracle Legion musicians.<p>Mark Mulcahy was the lead singer of both of those bands, and he's back with his fifth solo album, <em> Dear Mark J. Mulcahy I Love You</em>. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 21:41:00 +0000 editor 20093 at http://kuow.org Mark Mulcahy On World Cafe