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Hiss Golden Messenger to include World Cafe recording of “Southern Grammar” on new EP

Hiss Golden Messenger
Hiss Golden Messenger | Photo by Rich McKie

After his World Cafe session aired on XPN in October, Hiss Golden Messenger‘s MC Taylor hinted that something else related to those recordings was in the pipeline.  Now the North Carolina-based musician has announced a new vinyl EP called Southern Grammar to follow up this year’s Lateness of Dancers full-length, an effort that will feature the World Cafe performance of the title track.

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47 World Cafe performances you need to download now

Chet Faker | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Chet Faker | Photo by Cameron Pollack

For those of you not following World Cafe on Soundcloud, we’ve been quietly amassing a siginificant collection of performances from the show. We’ve been putting these up on the World Cafe tumblr and as select My Morning Downloads, and for the collectors out there, hese performances are different than the ones offered on Live at the World Cafe CDs. Continue reading →

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Download a World Cafe performance of “Shelter Song” by Temples

Temples | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Temples | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

The psychedelic influenced British band Temples had barely just released their debut album, Sun Structures in February, 2014, when they visited the World Cafe studios. It was before they’re acclaimed performances at SXSW last March (including an appearance at the Public Radio Day Stage), that introduced the band to American audiences for the first time. Continue reading →

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Download by a World Cafe performance of “Mahogany Dread” by Hiss Golden Messenger

Hiss Golden Messenger | Photo by Rich McKie
Hiss Golden Messenger | Photo by Rich McKie

Hiss Golden Messenger recently visited the World Cafe studios. The North Carolina folk-rock duo of M.C. Taylor and Scott Hirsch, originally from California, relocated to the East Coast when Taylor decided to study folklore at the University of North Carolina. Continue reading →

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Listen to Ryan Adams open up about life and hash out new tunage on World Cafe

Photo by David Black
Photo by David Black

Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter and producer Ryan Adams is back in the music game. After a stellar set at our XPoNential music festival this summer and the release of his new self-titled album, Adams recently appeared on NPR’s World Cafe and had a wide-ranging interview with host David Dye. Continue reading →

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Watch Of Monsters and Men play an exclusive acoustic “Silouhettes” for World Cafe (plus other videos from Iceland!)

Of Monsters and Men recording for World Cafe in their practice space | Photo by John Vettese
Of Monsters and Men recording for World Cafe in their practice space | Photo by John Vettese

All this week, WXPN’s World Cafe has explored the music of Iceland in its Sense of Place series, and it culminated today with a video of poppy indie rock collective Of Monsters and Men performing an acoustic version of their song “Silhouettes” in their practice space in a remote location just outside of Reykjavik.

Originally appearing on the Hunger Games soundtrack, the song was performed live for the first time here, and the contemplative acoustic reinvention was a treat to hear. The performance was recorded on the fly by World Cafe producer Kimberly Junod after a red-eye flight and an early morning bike tour on the streets of Reykjavik; I shot video under similar conditions, while XPN digital content manager Rich McKie edited the final product together safely ensconced back here in Philly.

We’re pretty psyched about the final product, and you can check it out below.

This was just one of a series of videos featured this week from the Cafe’s travels in Iceland. After the jump, check out performances by haunting folk ensemble Árstíðir, ambient / classical composer Ólafur Arnalds and bright electronic pop outfit Sin Fang. Continue reading →

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Download Chrissie Hynde’s World Cafe performance of “You Or No One”

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

Chrissie Hynde recently released her solo debut album, Stockholm. It’s been 35 years since the Pretenders released their incredible self-titled debut, and stepping out on her own, Hynde collaborated with Björn Yttling, of the Swedish pop band Peter Bjorn and John, on Stockholm. Hynde was recently on World Cafe with Cafe host David Dye. They talked about the new album, the process of collaborating with Bjorn, and performed four songs during the session. Listen to the entire session here.

Below, download a World Cafe performance of “You Or No One.”

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Preview Strand of Oaks’ Free at Noon by listening back to their World Cafe session

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Emotional Philly rock four-piece Strand of Oaks have been busy lately. Recently, the band did a session with the World Cafe. In it, lead singer, Tim Showalter discusses growing up in a Mennonite community, his journey to Philly and the production of the album. In particular, the album title is meant to be shouted, Showalter explained, since it’s a command to heal. Furthermore, Showlater declared that he “is proud to say that he’s from Philly because it’s people that only care about the music…none of the frivolous stuff…the bands are real.” Strand of Oaks performed “Goshen ’97″, “Heal” and “Plymouth”.

Their newest album HEAL came out this past Tuesday. Highly praised, the album is a brutally honest memoir of Showalter’s personal tragedies. The anthem nature of HEAL, especially the title track, makes the tone of the album one of resilience and hope. Earlier this week, we ran a great interview where The Key’s Elliot Sharp talked with Showalter about the various and interesting day jobs he’s held over the years. And this morning, Strand of Oaks was added to the lineup of the XPoNential Music Festival.

Strand of Oaks will also be tomorrow’s Free at Noon artist. RSVP and get more info on the show here. Listen to the session below.