Posts Tagged ‘World Cafe’

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Is it possible that Born in the U.S.A. is actually Bruce Springsteen’s best album? The sound might have catapulted The Boss into megastardom some 31 years ago, but it seemed to more commercial to his past work, his lyrical outlook, what we knew of him as a person…was it his pop record,  But in terms of songwriting – and this is something I’m starting to come around too decades after first hearing the album but listening to those songs so many times  –Bruce was so on point on that record,

Take away all those 80s production trappings and just listen to the music and the lyrics – like in the haunting, Nebraska-esque version of the title song found on Tracks,, or the plethora of versions of “I’m On Fire”…or Lancaster based duo Sympathy and the Lion’s brand new version of “Glory Days”


Sympathy’s John Shavel and Michael Burke take the song down to a moving piano and harmonica, and without the bouncy big band pop, you get to focus on the lyrics – where Springsteen candidly details the psychic trials of aging, of splintering off from old friends, of watching your dreams fade and watching yourself fall from your youthful heights, even if you used to be at the top of the pack. It’s a beautiful, appreciate-what-you-got song, and Sympathy really makes it their own: and makes me appreciate it anew.

Sympathy and the Lion play a set tonight at World Cafe Live when they open for Red Wanting Blue at World Cafe Live.


Waxahatchee performs “Under A Rock” for a World Cafe Session with host, David Dye. Recorded at WXPN/World Cafe Studios on 30/5/15

“You Took” , by the reformed band The Church, World Café Live, Philadelphia, PA; March 10th, 2015;  On their Further/Deeper Tour, Its a unique Band that finds itself cherished as a bona fide legend in the ARIA Hall of Fame while remaining a virtual enigma to the world that knows its name. But maybe that’s no more remarkable than the mystery that continues to unfold within its own ranks.
The Church’s accidental signature tune, Under The Milky Way, is like a lighthouse on the brink of a continent forever to be discovered: 25 albums over 35 years and countless diversions that have almost destroyed them a dozen times, yet always reaffirm a mutual commitment to an uncompromising and unparalleled act of creation

The Church

Alabama Shakes are a soulful rock ‘n’ roll quartet, riding a well-deserved wave to fame. Since the release of its self-titled debut in 2011, the band has entranced listeners with its diverse and energetic songs. Alabama Shakes’ style is marked by lead singer Brittany Howard’s powerful voice and the group’s irresistible energy. Together, they enthusiastically blend rock with soul, country, blues and roots.  The band’s deft, gritty and joyous soul revival has attracted widespread praise — especially for vocalist Howard, whose vocals have been compared to those of Janis Joplin and the soulful style of a Otis Redding, On this episode of World CafeAlabama Shakes’ members talk with David Dye about the Muscle Shoals scene. Hear Alabama Shakes perform live, including the title track of the band’s latest album, “Boys and Girls”.


This week’s World Cafe: Ones To Watch is artist, California based Jessica Pratt, who recently released her second album, “On Your Own Love Again”. Her self-titled 2011 debut wasn’t written or recorded with the idea that an audience would hear it — but people did. The new record has been made in much the same homemade manner as its predecessor, which preserves the quirky intimacy of Jessica Pratt’s songs.


The much buzzed-about Toronto-based band Alvvays and their first session for World Cafe. We first heard about Molly Rankin and the band in 2013 when Frank Yang of the blog Chromewaves presented them as a band to watch on our  visit to Toronto. Their self-titled debut came out last year and within a month had become the most played album on college radio.  Make sure to listen to the band’s performance of “Adult Diversion.”


This week’s World Cafe: Next artist, Calgary’s Viet Cong, released its full-length debut last week. It’s not so much a dark record as a harsh one: This is a guitar-intensive rock band whose songs stretch out with some sturm and drang, while still finding ways to get under your skin. Hear two songs from Viet Cong.

Live On the World Café…..Father John Misty will feature the American folk singer-songwriter Father John Misty. A native of Washington D.C, the artist formally known as Josh T Tillman moved to Seattle when he was 21, where he eventually caught the eye of a Seattle recording artist Damien Jurado. Opening for Jurado lead to the creation of his debut album I Will Return which saw the conception of his rather angelic and serene tone that became a mainstay for further projects. Having been a member of bands such as Saxon Shore and Fleet Foxes, Tillman once again chose the solo route this time under his new moniker Father John Misty. His current project “I Love You, Honeybear” is set to release on February 15th and if featured singles such as the title track and “Bored in the USA” are concerned, the listener could expect to get a sense of longing, passion, and beautiful complacency.

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You have to hand it to Ex Hex: they didn’t waste any time. Around this time last fall, the Washington, D.C.-based garage-pop trio, lead by guitarist/singer Mary Timony, had yet to play its first show. The only real evidence of the band’s existence was an early mix of the song “Hot and Cold”, which Timony posted online, then quickly removed. Within a month, the band–which also includes bassist/singer Betsy Wright (Childballads) and drummer Laura Harris (Aquarium, Benjy Ferree)—had joined up with Merge. By spring, “Hot and Cold” had been remixed and released on a three-song single.

And now, only a year in comes “Rips”, Ex Hex’s debut full-length. It’s the record of the summer, a collection of perfectly lean power-pop tunes that evoke Tom Petty and The Runaways while conjuring the unruly energy of contemporary mid-fi bashers like Thee Oh Sees. Rips sounds fine on headphones or at home, but it’s best enjoyed in the car where it’s possible to feel more perfectly tuned into the music’s steady velocity. The production is clean, but not polished, and the performances are tight. It doesn’t sound like a record that was made in a hurry.


In September 2014, Prophet’s latest album, Night Surfer, was released on Yep Roc Records. The album was met with positive reviews, Charles William “Chuck” Prophet is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer. A Californian, Prophet first achieved notice in the American psychedelic/desert rock group Green on Red, with whom he toured and recorded in the 1980s.He has also recorded a number of solo records, and gained prominence as a musician and songwriter.