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World Cafe Archives

Join Talia Schlanger as she navigates the World Cafe through performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists.

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A special live edition of The Moth at The Paramount Theater in Austin, Texas.
Pearl Jam In Part One of An Exclusive Interview With Director Judd Apatow

October 8, 2013 - Pearl Jam has a new album Lightning Bolt coming out next week. It is their first since Backspacer in 2009. The band is not doing a lot of publicity for the album but they did sit down with comedic film director and producer Judd Apatow (Anchorman, The Forty-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up) or a discussion of the music and their process.
World Cafe: Next Get Lost in The Echo-Laden Folk Of Jesse Woods’ Debut

October 7, 2013 - Here is some music to get lost in for our World Cafe: Next pick for this week. It’s the echo-laden folk of Jesse Woods from Austin, Texas.
Vintage Cafe: Vampire Weekend From 2007 - Before Their First Album!

October 7, 2013 - The buzz about Vampire Weekend preceded our December 2007 session with them, even though their self-titled debut full-length wouldn’t be out for more than a month.
On Amos Lee's fifth studio album, Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song, the Philadelphia songwriter hit the road with his band and headed down to Nashville, Tennessee to record.
Latin Roots – The Evolution of Cuba’s Charanga Music

Originally evolving out of the more formal 19th century style danzon, things changed for charanga music in the 1930’s as we will hear with a transformative piece by the legendary Cachao. It’s interesting that this very Cuban form has been kept alive since the early days of the Cuban revolution – when there were few places to play on the island – by Puerto Rican musicians in New York, Miami and at home. Producer Aaron Levinson will explain further and play some great charanga.

He has also provided a Charanga Spotify playist for further listening.
Legendary Inspiration Information Artist Shuggie Otis Re-emerges With First New Album In Almost 40 Years

October 4, 2013 - Blues and R&B composer and performer Shuggie Otis has a new album. For the reclusive Otis who hasn’t released a new album in almost forty years it is major news that the Wings of Love containing work from the last several years has been released.
Memphis Roots Singer Valerie June Shines With Major Label Debut

October 3, 2013 - Valerie June has been recording her blend of folk, blues and Appalachian influenced music since the mid-2000’s with local releases in Memphis.
This week there are two Free At Noon performances. First one is Diego Garcia at The World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington. The second is a Amos Lee at the World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

The Diego Garcia Free at Noon is at the World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington.


The Amos Lee Free At Noon is SOLD OUT at the World Cafe Live Philadelphia

You can still sign up for Diego Garcia.


Back in Philly, the second half of the show welcomes hometown favorite Amos Lee. His fifth LP, Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song, is out on Blue Note Records this month, and its possibly Lee's most stylistically adventurous release to date. While staying true to the singer-songwriter template that earned him an international following, Lee ventures into old timey country and ragtime sounds in some moments of the album, while rolling out some expansive rockers at others. He also collaborates with some impressive names – Patty Griffin and Allison Krauss. He'll be back in town on November 27th to headline the Tower Theater in Upper Darby.

Recent Release: Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song
Release Date: October 8, 2013
Label: Blue Note Records (Universal)

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From indie-alternative rock in his formative band Elefant to the suave and catchy acoustic crooning we've come to love, Diego Garcia is an artist with range. His second solo album, Paradise, is out this month on Concord Records, and it stays true to the Latin flavors of his 2011 debut Laura – an XPN listener favorite – but steps the game up with fuller sounding and more expansive production. He headlines World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on October 23rd, but this week's Free at Noon double-header performance from World Cafe Live at The Queen in Delaware will give you a taste of what to expect later this month.

The Diego Garcia Free at Noon is at the World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington.



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Recent Release: Paradise
Release Date: October 8, 2013
Label: Concord

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