World Cafe

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Since 1991, World Cafe has emerged as the premiere public radio showcase for contemporary music. World Cafe serves up an eclectic blend that includes indie rock, singer-songwriters, folk, alternative country, blues and world music. The two-hour show is hosted by long-time Philadelphia radio personality, David Dye.

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World Cafe
10:11 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Foxygen On World Cafe

Foxygen.
Angel Ceballos Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 8:22 am

Inspired by The Beatles, Bob Dylan and The Clash, among others, Foxygen's Sam France and Jonathan Rado channel their love of classic rock and psychedelia into a layered sound with sweetly airy vocals.

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World Cafe
1:22 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Dinosaur Jr. On World Cafe

Dinosaur Jr.
Brantley Gutierrez Courtesy of the artist

After a long hiatus, the rock trio Dinosaur Jr. reunited in 2005. In September, the band released a new album, I Bet on Sky, which was widely praised for its explosive energy and characteristically bold integration of feedback and distortion. I Bet On Sky is the third record the group has released since its reunion, and it finds Dinosaur Jr. sounding just as vital and intense as it did when it first formed 28 years ago.

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World Cafe
12:43 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Tanlines On World Cafe

Tanlines.
Ben Rayner Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 1:14 pm

Tanlines has been turning heads since its formation in 2008. Eric Emm and Jesse Cohen make up the Brooklyn-based duo, who met while working on a song for Cohen's other band, the dance-punk group Professor Murder.

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World Cafe
12:17 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Kopecky Family Band On World Cafe

Kopecky Family Band.
Courtesy of the artist

Although the six members of the Kopecky Family Band aren't related by blood, they function with a sense of harmony common in family outfits. Formed in 2007, the group released a series of EPs before finally releasing its first full-length album, Kids Raising Kids, in 2012.

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World Cafe
9:03 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Next: The Lions

The Lions.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 8:25 am

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In 2007, a dozen or so reggae and soul artists met in Los Angeles and eventually formed The Lions. Heavily inspired by the culture surrounding Jamaican music both old and new, the group is deeply rooted in soul, but also has a rough edge reminiscent of The Upsetters or The Rockers Band.

Members Deston Berry, Alex Désert and Malik Moore handle lead vocals, while Black Shakespeare produces the backing tracks. Guitarist Dan Ubick and bassist Dave Wilder also contribute, along with a mix of musicians who've played with Big Daddy Kane, De La Soul and Raphael Saadiq.

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World Cafe's Sense Of Place: Memphis
4:09 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Star & Micey On World Cafe

Star & Micey perform a special set for the World Cafe crew.
Courtesy of Andy Modla

Star & Micey brings a fresh perspective on the Memphis music scene, where the band currently thrives; it was listed at No. 1 on Paste magazine's list of "12 Tennessee Bands You Should Listen to Now," and it was also our World Cafe: Next artist this week.

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World Cafe
4:09 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

American Sound Studio On World Cafe

American Sound Studio in Memphis, Tenn.
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"Suspicious Minds" by Elvis Presley. "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" by Aretha Franklin. "Son of a Preacher Man" by Dusty Springfield. "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond. All of these legendary songs were recorded at Memphis' American Sound Studio, the last of the five studios we're featuring in our trip to Memphis as part of the quarterly "Sense of Place" series.

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World Cafe
1:27 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Rev. John Wilkins On World Cafe

Rev. John Wilkins of Memphis.
Courtesy of Andy Modla

We couldn't leave Memphis without a taste of the blues from gospel-blues singer and preacher Rev. John Wilkins. He's the son of Rev. Robert Wilkins, who wrote "Prodigal Son," a song famously covered by The Rolling Stones on Beggars Banquet.

Here, we've got a performance by Rev. John Wilkins with his band — and his daughters on backing vocals. During our interview, Wilkins spoke about his faith and his father, and even sings a version of "Prodigal Son" himself.

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World Cafe
1:27 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Royal Studio On World Cafe

The late Willie Mitchell of Royal Studio in Memphis.
Courtesy of Royal Studio

As part of our "Sense of Place" tour of Memphis, we're on to Royal Studio, where Al Green, Ann Peebles and others made some of the 1970s' most important soul music for Hi Records.

Most of that music was produced by the late Willie Mitchell. Here, we've dug up a 2005 interview with Al Green wherein he tells the story of how Mitchell helped him find his voice. We also talk with Mitchell's son, Boo, who grew up at Royal. His dad told him, "Don't turn Royal into a museum when I die." Don't worry; he hasn't.

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World Cafe
4:09 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Lucero On World Cafe

The Memphis rock band Lucero.
Andy Modla Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 12:13 pm

In this "Sense of Place" installment, we meet the blue-collar Memphis rock band Lucero, which performs a stripped-down session in Ardent Studio A, where they worked on their album 1372 Overton Park.

In the beginning, Lucero was all about combining a punk aesthetic with Tom Waits' lyrical sensibility. Over the years, the Memphis sound has crept into the band's music, including a horn section on its last two albums.

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World Cafe
3:54 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Big Star And Ardent Music On World Cafe

Big Star's members pose in front of their barn.
Andy Modla

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 5:25 am

Our "Sense of Place" visit to Memphis, Tenn., moves away from soul music to the place where some of the seminal American power-pop records were created. Ardent Studios is where the Memphis band Big Star made three albums that helped define the genre.

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World Cafe
2:35 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Graceland On World Cafe

World Cafe takes a tour of Graceland.
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Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 5:29 am

In this installment of "Sense of Place: Memphis," we pay a visit to Graceland, Elvis Presley's storied estate. We hear from Kevin Kern, PR director for Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., and Elvis' daughter Lisa Marie Presley.

Kern gives us a personal tour of The King's estate, shares how Graceland was really a home to the singer, explains why it might seem small to us today, and offers up a few facts listeners might not know.

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World Cafe
2:35 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Sun Studio On World Cafe

Sun Studio in Memphis.
Courtesy of Andy Modla Photography

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 8:32 am

As part of World Cafe's "Sense of Place" spotlight on Memphis, Tenn., we have an interview with Sam Phillips, founder of the famed Sun Studio. In 2002, a year before the legendary producer died, Phillips shared his memories of his early days making records.

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World Cafe
2:50 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Next: Star & Micey

The Memphis folk-pop band Star & Micey.
Courtesy of the artist

Hailing from Memphis, Tenn., Joshua Cosby, Geoff Smith and Nick Redmond make up the folk-pop trio Star & Micey.

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World Cafe
2:33 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Steve Cropper And Booker T. Jones On World Cafe

Today's World Cafe features interviews with Steve Cropper (second from left) and Booker T. Jones (third from left), both part of the Stax Records house band.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 2:50 pm

As part of World Cafe's "Sense of Place" series on Memphis, Tenn., we've dug up archival interviews with two legendary Stax Records performers: guitarist Steve Cropper and organist Booker T. Jones, both of Booker T. & The M.G.'s.

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