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Iris Dement Singer-songwriter Iris DeMent was born the youngest child of a large, Pentecostal family in rural Arkansas. She later moved to southern California and grew up listening to traditional country and gospel music that largely influenced her folk-country sound.
Yasek Manzano Our Sense of Place Havana continues with a look at jazz in Cuba.
Photo Credit:  West Vit San Antonio-based group Hacienda is a family band, comprised of brothers Abraham, Jaime, and Rene Villanueva and their cousin Dante Schwebel. The Tex-Mex rockers had just started the band and recorded their first demo when they had an encounter that would change the course of their musical career.

Photo Credit:  courtesy of Shawn Brackbill Australian indie band Husky take their name from their frontman and chief songwriter, Husky Gawenda, whose crooning vocals carry over the band’s artfully crafted instrumentals. The group is the first Aussie band signed to Sub Pop Records,
Photo Credit Christopher Wilson Following the success of their last record, the 2010 Grammy nominated album, Infinite Arms, alternative country rockers Band of Horses released their fourth studio album, Mirage Rock, on September 18. The record was produced by famed English musician/engineer/producer Glyn Johns,
courtesy of Autumn de Wilde Cold Specks is the stage name of 23-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter Al Spx. The London-based artist started Cold Specks as a small acoustic solo project for Spx to showcase her soulful voice and thoughtful lyrics, influenced by southern gospel music and soul musicians, such as James Carr.
Sidi Touré Sidi Touré is a Songhai blues singer/songwriter who hails from northern Mali. Although Touré had a privileged upbringing growing up in a royal family in Mali, he still knows a thing or two about the blues that has influenced his music.
Dirty Projectors Yale dropout and prolific indie songwriter Dave Longstreth is back with a new CD, Swing Lo Magellan, released July 10. Dirty Projectors had a breakthrough in 2009 with the album Bitte Orca, and released a much-anticpated new album in July on Domino Records.
Eme Alfonso We travel to Cuba today with the first of four shows about the music scene in Havana as part of World Cafe's Sense of Place Havana.
Patterson Hood Southern-style rhythm was always in Patterson Hood's blood. Born in Alabama to David Hood, a bassist for the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, young Patterson started writing songs at the age of eight. Within two decades, he would be known as a veteran musical talent writing songs and performing them on nationwide tours with country rock phenomenon Drive-By Truckers. Between 1996 and 2011, Hood and the Truckers would release nine albums, four of which peaked in the top fifty in the US. Not content to rest on his laurels, Patterson began simultaneously producing solo work in 2004.
Kelly Hogan photo credit Neko case Down to earth and very talented, Kelly Hogan is in demand and on the road most of the time. Opening - and singing backup vocals- for Neko Case - Hogan has not had much time to record solo. Her recent release, I Like to Keep Myself In Pain, was her first in ten years (June, 2012 on ANTI Records).
Animal Collective The members of experimental psychedelic band Animal Collective first met in school in Baltimore County, Maryland. After collaborating on various musical endeavors throughout high school and college, David Porter and Noah Lennox put out their first album under the name “Avey Tare and Panda Bear” in 2000. The two were then joined by Brian Weitz for their second record, which was released in 2001 under the name Avey Tare, Panda Bear and Geologist.


Disc One

1. Vampire Weekend - “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa”
2. Beach House - “Zebra”
3. David Gray - “Babylon”
4. Fleet Foxes - “White Winter Hymnal”
5. Joseph Arthur - “Honey And The Moon”
6. Coldplay - “Shiver”
7. LCD Soundsystem - “All My Friends”


Citizen Cope - "Healing Hands"
Dr. Dog - "Shadow People"
The Hold Steady - "We Can Get Together"
Free Energy - "Free Energy"
Minus The Bear - "My Time"
Beach House - "Zebra"
Morning Benders - "All Day Daylight"


Blitzen Trapper - "Black River Killer"
Neko Case - "People Gotta Lotta Nerve"
Death Cab for Cutie - "Little Bribes"
Dawes - "When My Time Comes"
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears - "I'm Broke"
Mayer Hawthorne - "Just Ain't Gonna Work Out"
Moby - "Pale Horses"


Lisa Hannigan - I Don't Know
The Pretenders - Love's A Mystery
Bell X-1 The Great Defector
Gomez - Airstream Driver
DeVotchKa - The Clockwise Witness
Angus & Julia Stone - Mango Tree
Bat For Lashes - Daniel

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About the World Cafe

The World Cafe is broadcast on WXPN
Monday through Friday at 2pm ET.

The World Cafe with host David Dye serves up an eclectic mix of music from blues, rock, and world, to folk, and alternative country with live performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists. This acclaimed program, distributed nationally to over 185 stations across the country through NPR Music, is produced by WXPN in Philadelphia.

About David Dye

David Dye

David Dye is a longtime Philadelphia radio personality whose music enthusiasm has captivated listeners of World Cafe since 1991.

World Cafe and Dye have received numerous awards including: two NFCB Gold Reel Awards, Album Network's "Best Triple A Air Talent," four Philadelphia Magazine's "Best of Philly Awards," the Philadelphia Chapter of NARA "Hero Award" and numerous radio industry trade magazine citations.


1. Adele - Chasing Pavements
2. Aimee Mann - 31 Today
3. Bon Iver - For Emma
4. Brett Dennen - Crazy
5. Calexico - Two Silver Trees
6. Cold War Kids - Something Is Not Right with Me
7. Delta Spirit - People C'Mon
The Lillywhite Sessions on the World Cafe with David Dye - NPR
Producer Steve Lillywhite
Producer Steve Lillywhite
U2 (3/17/09)
Bell X1 (2/18/09)
Mercury Rev (12/17/08)
The Pretenders (11/6/08)
Albert Hammond Jr. (10/15/08)
Doveman (9/17/08)
Dr. Dog (8/13/08)
Fleet Foxes (7/25/08)
Goldfrapp (7/9/08)
She & Him (6/11/08)

The Lillywhite Sessions, airs on the World Cafe third Wednesdays of the month.

Producer Steve Lillywhite (U2, Dave Matthews Band, Peter Gabriel) will produce music sessions for the World Cafe at the world-renowned Avatar Studios in New York City.

Avatar Studios, studio C

Steve Lillywhite entered the music scene when he was 17 as a tape operator with London's Polygram Studios and has since been working in the industry for more than 35 years. Lillywhite has produced songs and albums with bands such as U2, Dave Matthews Band, Simple Minds, Peter Gabriel, XTC, The La's, and Morrissey. He has won Grammy Awards for Producer of the Year, Best Rock Album, and Album of the year for U2's How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. Known for his ability to inspire artists, Lillywhite has been instrumental in shaping many career-making albums and songs.

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The Sessions

(Air Date: 3/17/09)

U2World Cafe host David Dye celebrates St. Patrick's Day with Steve Lillywhite, whose most recent project took him to Dublin producing U2's No Line On The Horizon. With an inside scoop on the definitive Irish rockers' new record, Lillywhite explains how he and co-producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois each contributed to the album and gives his personal insight into certain tracks.



Bell X1
(Air Date: 2/18/09)

Bell X1The Irish pop-rock band Bell X1 has brought its catchy riffs and smart lyrics to America in recent years, long after it had already become a reliable hitmaker in its homeland. The group was initially led by singer Damien Rice under the moniker Juniper, but Rice left the group and was replaced by vocalist/drummer Paul Noonan.

Bell X1 joins host David Dye for a special World Cafe Lillywhite Session from Avatar Studios. During its visit, the group discusses how the new album marks a departure from its predecessors, with changes in both production and personnel.



Mercury Rev
(Air Date: 12/17/08)

Mercury Rev An underground favorite since their distorted art pop debuted in 1991, Mercury Rev sees reinvention as the key to their creativity. With the new album, Snowflake Midnight, the psych-rock vets embraced open-source technology, allowing them to experiment with audio effects designed by people across the globe.

In this Lillywhite Session, Mercury Rev talks about discovering the sound for the latest record and the concept of a "Brain Waves Concert."



Working with Morrissey
(Air Date: 12/17/08)


By the time Vauxhall and I came around in 1994, Morrissey had already wooed the world both in The Smiths and with a few critically-acclaimed solo albums. His fourth solo effort was a bit of a return to the jangly Smiths style, but as Morrissey has proved over and over again since then, he just keeps perfecting it.

Lillywhite gave Vauxhall and I the lush sound for which Morrissey recordings had been begging. In an interview with host David Dye, Lillywhite talks about the creation of the album and ultimately what made Morrissey ask him back for two more.


The Pretenders
(Air Date: 11/6/08)

The Pretenders - Break Up the ConcreteThe Pretenders released their new album called "Break Up The Concrete" on October 7, 2008. It is the ninth in the band's career and their first in 6 years. This time the bandleader Chrissie Hynde is collaborating with a new group of musicians. Recorded in 10 days, the result is a stripped down roots album, pure and raw, which highlights Hynde's timeless vocal sound. In 1978, Hynde formed The Pretenders, originally three Englishmen and an American woman, that emerged as one of the new wave's most commercially successful groups. Its focal point was Chrissie Hynde, the band's songwriter, lead singer, and rhythm guitarist, whose tough songs and stage persona put feminist self-assertion into her own distinctive hard rock. Their self-titled debut album was released in early 1980 and eventually climbed to number one in the U.K., achieving wide success in America as well. Although the long waits between LPs have dulled her group's once shining commercial career, Hynde remains an influential performer and songwriter. Hynde is also an outspoken crusader for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The Pretenders were creative with the release of their new album Break Up the Concrete, and decided to give away every track as free downloads, one song each week leading up to the record's physical release, thus creating a buzz of anticipation that no Pretenders album has had in over a decade. The album marks a reunion with producer Steve Lillywhite.



Working with Big Country
(Air Date: 11/6/08)

Big Country

Big Country was a Scottish rock band who reached their critical and commercial peak in the mid 1980s, though they continued releasing music throughout the 1990s to a devoted following. The band was noted for mixing their Scottish roots into their music and also for their unique guitar sounds. The band is best known for their lone US hit, 1983's "In a Big Country", but the album that song is drawn from, the Steve Lillywhite-produced The Crossing, is considered a great forgotten album of the 1980s.

In this interview, Steve Lillywhite discusses the recording of The Crossing.


Albert Hammond Jr.
(Air Date: 10/15/08)

The Strokes' rhythm guitarist, Albert Hammond Jr., recently joined World Cafe host David Dye for a Lillywhite Session recorded at Avatar Studios in New York City. Here, Hammond and his band perform four songs from his second studio effort, Como Te Llama?, with the help of famed producer Steve Lillywhite.

Albert Hammond Jr. and his band

Hammond still keeps his day job in The Strokes, but two years ago took on the role of frontman, which he says took time to get used to. His music retains the guitar-driven style of his main band, but also incorporates Hammond's tender, bluesy vocals.



Working with The La's
(Air Date: 10/15/08)

The La's one album

The La's only recorded one album, but the self-titled disc from 1990 features one infectious guitar-pop gem after another, including the classic, oft-covered hit "There She Goes." The group's main songwriter, Lee Mavers, notoriously fired multiple band members and producers because, according to Mavers, none of them got it. Steve Lillywhite came into the process later in the game, after The La's record label convinced him to finish the album. In an interview with David Dye, Lillywhite talks about the classic disc that Mavers never wanted released.


Doveman (Air Date: 9/17/08: Listen)

Doveman, the brainchild of Harlem-based keyboard maestro Thomas Bartlett, has just released a front-to-back cover of the Footloose soundtrack. While Doveman is normally a one-man act, Bartlett gets the multi-track treatment with Steve Lillywhite behind the boards at Avatar Studios for a unique Lillywhite Session.


Doveman's sophomore effort is a tribute to a friend who died at the height of the film's popularity. With Bartlett's understated delivery and beautiful piano work, he's crafted a heartfelt homage to the joys of youth. Stripped of those pop-infused dance tracks, the music has unexpected emotional depth.



Working with Peter Gabriel
(Air Date: 9/17/08)

On Peter Gabriel's third self-titled album, producer Steve Lillywhite made sense of the disparate elements that the sometimes-great second album could not. The 1980 release showcased a more song-oriented Gabriel, but also a bleak side of the former Genesis frontman.

Peter Gabriel

In an interview with host David Dye, Lillywhite recalls laughing off the idea of recording an album with Gabriel, but both quickly found common ground in its musical direction. Music technology was moving quickly by 1980, and both men wanted to implement the new keyboard and sampling devices. While Gabriel would go on to make even better-selling albums, Peter Gabriel remains his finest moment.


Dr. Dog (Air date: 8/13/08: Listen)

Dr. Dog

Dr. Dog formed in 1999 in Philadelphia. Opening for My Morning Jacket in 2004 led to the beginnings of a commercial breakthrough - opening for other acts such as The Strokes and The Raconteurs. The group's fan base continued to grow with the EP Takers and Leavers and full-length debut We All Belong. Now they are headlining their own US tour for their newest album Fate.



Working with the
Dave Matthews Band
(Air date: 8/13/08: Listen)

Crash is the second studio album released by the Dave Matthews Band in 1996. It has been certified 7 times platinum. Steve Lillywhite produced 3 albums the Dave Matthews Band released - Under the Table and Dreaming, Crash, and Before These Crowded Streets. Steve also produced an album for the band that was never officially released, The Lillywhite Sessions. Steve talks about working with the band for the second time and how he wanted to amp up their sound for this album.


The Fleet Foxes
(Air date: 7/25/08: Listen)

With a sound combining the baroque psychedelic pop of the '60s, sacred harp singing, gospel, and folk music, Fleet Foxes joins host David Dye for the latest in World Cafe's Lillywhite Sessions series from Avatar Recording Studios in New York City. The band's members grew up on the music of their parents: The Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, The Zombies, Love, and Crosby Stills & Nash.

Fleet Foxes

Robin Pecknold and Skye Skyelset are backed by some of Seattle's best musicians, including past and present members of bands such as Pedro the Lion, Seldom, and Crystal Skulls. Through the support of friends, families, and credit cards, material for both the Sun Giant EP and Fleet Foxes' self-titled debut were recorded. Both showcase an inventive, unfailingly sweet sound that spans genres and eras.



Goldfrapp (Air date: 7/9/08: Listen)

Goldfrapp Bath, England's singer-composer-keyboardist Allison Goldfrapp began exploring music as a part of her studies as a Fine Art Painting major at Middlesex University, mixing sound, visuals, and performances in her installation pieces. While she was still in college, she appeared on her friend Tricky's 1995 debut Maxinquaye, which led to appearances on albums from other cutting-edge electronic artists, including Orbital's Snivilisation and Add N to X's Avant Hard. By the late '90s, Goldfrapp began honing her own compositions; one of her friends passed some of her demos on to composer Will Gregory. Finding much in common in their musical tastes and approaches, the duo took Allison's surname as the name for their collaboration. After signing to Mute in 1999, Goldfrapp delivered their debut album, Felt Mountain, in fall 2000. Felt Mountain went on to nearly universal acclaim and spawned several singles, including the Utopia Genetically Enriched EP, which arrived in early 2001. After spending most of that year touring, Goldfrapp spent most of 2002 recording and returned with Black Cherry in spring 2003. 2005 saw the release of the "Ooh La La" single and the full-length Supernature, both of which continued the disco and glam-rock influences of the duo's previous album. 2008's The Seventh Tree moved in a calmer, more acoustic-based, but just as sonically lush direction.

Producer Steve Lillywhite with Goldfrapp at Avatar Studios



Working with The Pogues
(Air date: 7/9/08: Listen)

Steve explains how he got the job following Elvis Costello's footsteps - producing the next The Pogues' album If I Should Fall from Grace with God and their hit duet "Fairytale of New York" with Lillywhite's then-wife Kirsty MacColl.


She & Him
(Air date: 6/11/08: Listen)

Produced by the legendary Steve Lillywhite, She & Him inaugurates World Cafe's new Lillywhite Sessions series from Avatar Studios in New York City. David Dye hosts the duo with discussion of its debut album, Volume One, while Lillywhite offers his own commentary on the music.

She & Him, photo courtesy of the artists

Since their initial collaboration on a single for the soundtrack to the film The Go-Getter, M. Ward and actress Zooey Deschanel went on to record a full-length collection of her demos. Volume One seamlessly combines her syrupy-sweet voice with his simplistic yet stunning instrumentals. Through songs of love both lost and found, She & Him captures timeless sounds and rhythms.

Producer Steve Lillywhite with M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel of She & Him at Avatar Studios



Working with U2
(Air date: 6/11/08)

In the span of three years, U2 delivered a one-two-three punch: Boy, October, and 1983's War. War begins with the legendary call to arms "Sunday Bloody Sunday." Its machine-gun guitar rhythms and Bono's passionate vocals set the tone for an album that took no prisoners. In an interview with host David Dye, War's original producer, Steve Lillywhite, talks about the creation of the landmark album.


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World Cafe has been one of public radio's most entertaining and important music shows for over 15 years. Airing weekdays on 185 radio stations nationwide from its home station of WXPN-FM in Philadelphia, PA, it is a uniquely formatted program that features live interviews and performances with the greatest established and up-and-coming artists of today.

In The Best of the World Cafe: Great Conversations from NPR's Most Popular Contemporary Music Show host David Dye offers a stunning retrospective of the show, digging into this impressive vault of content to highlight the show's greatest interviews, quotes, moments, and memories. Featuring interview excerpts and complete transcripts from some of music's legendary, leading, and up-and-coming artists and performers, The Best of the World Cafe is fit to indulge even the most hardcore music junkies.

David Dye originated the show in 1991 to offer listeners a new eclectic mix of musical styles including blues, rock, folk, and alt-country. Every week since the show's inception, Dye has brought out the best in such celebrated musicians as Sting, Joni Mitchell, Robert Plant, and Beck. He also introduced many listeners to newcomers like Fiona Apple, Rufus Wainwright, and John Mayer among thousands of others.

Through The Best of the World Cafe, Dye unlocks the intimate experiences and awe-inspiring moments shared with the artists who have come to make the World Cafe public radio's most popular contemporary music program.

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Monday through Friday at 2pm ET World Cafethe World Cafe with host David Dye serves up an eclectic mix of music from blues, rock, and world, to folk, and alternative country with live performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists. This acclaimed program, distributed nationally to over 185 stations across the country through NPR Music, is produced by WXPN in Philadelphia.

This Week on World Cafe

Monday, March 9, 2009
Former Beatle Pete Best takes us back to Liverpool on Haymans Green.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Unpredictable psych-folk duo, The Dodos, have released their sophomore effort called Visiter.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Everest released their indie-rock debut, Ghost Notes, on Neil Young's Vapor Records.

Thursday, March 12th, 2009
Freak-folk duo Golden Animals make their debut with Free Your Mind and Win a Pony.

Friday, March 13, 2009
Mark Olson and Gary Louris are back with Ready for the Flood, a largely acoustic album reminiscent of old time bluegrass.

Monday, March 16, 2009
DeVotchKa's fresh gypsy-rock is showcased on their new album, A Mad and Faithful Telling.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Folk-pop songwriter and acclaimed novelist, John Wesley Harding, returns with his latest work, Who Was Changed And Who Was Dead.

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The first of the Lillywhite Sessions, featuring She & Him, aired Wednesday, June 11, 2008. Other sessions include: Goldfrapp, Dr. Dog, Fleet Foxes, and more.

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