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Sense of Place: David Dye’s 10 Brazilian Albums That You Have To Hear

beliza coverThis week on World Cafe with David Dye is Sense of Place: Rio. Combining performances, interviews, videos and an interactive map of Rio, the trip included stops in Rio and Salvador. Check out the segments here as David traces Brazilian music to its source and presents exclusive behind the scenes snapshots of the vibrant, colorful, and diverse Brazilian music scene in sound and vision. As a musical companion for Sense of Place, we asked David to pull together a list of “must hear” Brazilian records. Continue reading →

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Listen to David Dye’s essential Sense of Place: Brazil classics

Screen Shot 2013-07-16 at 8.18.23 AM This week on World Cafe, David Dye highlights the sounds of Brazil for the latest World Cafe Sense of Place: Brazil. While much of the action takes place in Rio, some of the featured interviews will include sessions with Os Mutantes, Seu Jorge, Samba Chula de São Braz, Do Amor, Sylvia Frago, and Philly’s very own Alo Brazil.. Videos, interviews, performances and photos for Sense of Place are here. Below, listen to a collection of some essential Brazilian songs, curated in a Spotify playlist by David, and watch a performance from Samba Chula de São Braz, recorded in Salvador. Listen this week to Sense of Place: Brazil all week long on World Cafe with David Dye at 2PM ET on WXPN.

Samba Chula de São Braz – “Ao Reconcavo” from WXPN FM on Vimeo.

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My Morning Download: “End of The Earth” by Lord Huron (from a new limited time only World Cafe sampler)

Lord Huron did an interview and performance on World Cafe with David Dye last November, 2012. You can listen to the session here. Below, download “Ends Of The Earth” from that session. The song is from a new collection of Cafe performances available for a very limited time during the month of February. Each weekday during the month World Cafe will offer one free song from a recent session. By February 22 there will be 20 new exclusive songs for you to enjoy. Here’s the catch: They are ONLY going to be available for the month, on March 1 they will disappear like Spring snow! Below, download the Lord Huron song; Go here to download tracks from Calexico, Allen Stone and others.

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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From the Pages of JUMP: Jessie Ware brings back World Cafe memories at Union Transfer

JessieWare01Emerging UK pop singer Jessie Ware made her Philadelphia debut at Union Transfer Friday night. Writer and photographer Grace Dickinson of JUMP Philly was there covering the scene, which included Ware taking a moment during the show to reminisce about her first visit to Philly – singing backup for Jack Penate during his World Cafe session. Grace reports:

JessieWare03JessieWare02JessieWare04JessieWare05After playing with The Roots earlier in the week on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, soul-singer Jessie Ware hopped from NYC to Philadelphia for a performance at Union Transfer. Opening with Devotion, Ware sang nearly her entire EP, If You’re Never Gonna Move, along with a few other tracks from her UK released album, also titled Devotion, to be released in the states this April.

The Friday night show drew a fairly packed crowd, though was the only one not to sell out on her U.S. tour. It was the South Londoner’s first time headlining as a solo artist here but Ware let the audience know it wasn’t her first Philadelphia performance.

“When I decided to be a singer, I quit my 9-5 job and became a back-up singer,” explained Ware, referencing her former days touring with English musician Jack Peñate. “My first stop was Philadelphia and we did World Café. It’s been very romantic for me to be back here tonight.”

Ware made a visit back to World Café earlier in the afternoon for a session with David Dye, this time performing songs off of her own record.

Prior to her solo debut, Ware also acted as a back-up singer for Joker, along with SBTRKT (Aaron Jerome). For SBTRKT, Ware eventually ended up singing lead on the British producer’s 2010 single “Nervous,” a single that led Ware to her own label deal with PMR.

The 28-year-old is frequently compared to the likes of other powerful, female UK soloists popular in the states, like Adele and Sade. She definitely has that same soulful feel, akin also to English vocalist Joss Stone, though with a dubstep influence likely linked to her days with SBTRKT. Continue reading →

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Memphis Sense of Place: American Sound Studio, then and now

All week on World Cafe with David Dye, the Sense of Place series is exploring the city of Memphis and its musical heritage. Today, David Dye is exploring the late great American Sound Studio, where Elvis Presley recorded his final number-one hit, “Suspicious Minds,” in 1969. Above, check out a photo of the studio in its heyday. Below, see the studio in the mid-80s, and a video tour of the room shot in 1987. At the bottom, see what the site of American Sound Studio looks like today. You can listen to the Sense of Place series on WXPN at 2 p.m. Monday through Friday all this week, or at 7 p.m. on XPN2: Singer-Songwriter Radio. Continue reading →

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Memphis Sense of Place: Download Rev. John Wilkins performance of “Prodigal Son”

All week on World Cafe with David Dye, the Sense of Place series is exploring the city of Memphis and its musical heritage. Today, we listen in on the World Cafe concert recorded with Memphis  blues musician Rev. John Wilkins. Below, download his performance of “Prodigal Son,” written by his father, Rev. Robert Wilkins, later recorded by The Rolling Stones on Beggar’s Banquet. You can listen to the Sense of Place series on WXPN at 2 p.m. Monday through Friday all this week, or at 7 p.m. on XPN2: Singer-Songwriter Radio.

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Memphis Sense of Place: David Dye’s top five sites

All week on World Cafe with David Dye, the Sense of Place series is exploring the city of Memphis and its musical heritage. Today, David Dye shares his top five Memphis sites. You can listen to the Sense of Place series on WXPN at 2 p.m. Monday through Friday all this week, or at 7 p.m. on XPN2: Singer-Songwriter Radio.

Some more of the places you should not miss on any Memphis visit: Graceland and the National Civil Rights Museum were the two most defining visits of our trip. Spend a Sunday morning at Reverend Al’s. And Leavitt Shell is a beautiful outdoor venue. Continue reading →

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Memphis Sense of Place: Download two songs from Lucero’s session at Ardent Studios

All week on World Cafe with David Dye, the Sense of Place series is exploring the city of Memphis and its musical heritage. Today, we listen in on the World Cafe session recorded with Memphis indie band Lucero at famed Ardent Studios (Big Star, Al Green, etc.). Download performances of “Slow Dancing” and “Nobody’s Darling” below. You can listen to the Sense of Place series on WXPN at 2 p.m. Monday through Friday all this week, or at 7 p.m. on XPN2: Singer-Songwriter Radio. Continue reading →

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Memphis Sense of Place: Watch David Dye get a walking tour of Memphis with Brian Venable of Lucero

All week on World Cafe with David Dye, the Sense of Place series is exploring the city of Memphis and its musical heritage. Today, David takes a walking tour of Memphis with Brian Venable, guitarist of Lucero. They grab lunch, go record shopping, check out a skateboard shop and stroll through Venable’s neighborhood; watch it in the video below. You can listen to the Sense of Place series on WXPN at 2 p.m. Monday through Friday all this week, or at 7 p.m. on XPN2: Singer-Songwriter Radio.

Sense of Place Memphis – Brian Venable from WXPN FM on Vimeo.

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Memphis Sense of Place: David Dye’s top five music venues

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Here is a variety of clubs and theaters to check out on your Memphis trip.  The New Daisy is a large (1000+) showcase theater.  Wild Bill’s is a late night Juke Joint that is hard to find anywhere else. Minglewood Hall and Young Avenue Deli will give you an idea of what is happening with young bands. And The Mud Island Ampitheater is a seasonal venue in the middle of the Mississippi. Continue reading →