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Listen to David Dye’s final show as host of World Cafe, read his farewell letter

David Dye | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN
David Dye | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN

A page of Philly music history turned this afternoon as David Dye hosted his final episode of World Cafe. He has been at the helm of the show during its 25-year run, discovering new artists and tracking their careers with vigorous enthusiasm, revisiting old favorites and digging up gems in his pile of vinyl. For his farewell show, he was interviewed by another big name in public radio — Ari Shapiro of All Things Considered — and spent some time chatting with incoming Cafe host Talia Schlanger, as well as revisiting the World Cafe 25th anniversary concerts with Ryan Adams and Ben Vaughn. Continue reading →

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Listen to Hurray For The Riff Raff totally kill tracks from The Navigator on their World Cafe session

Hurray for the Riff Raff | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN | <a href=http://spotlightviews.com target="_blank">spotlightviews.com</a>
Hurray for the Riff Raff | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN | spotlightviews.com

New Orleans’ Hurray For The Riff Raff recently stopped by the studio for a World Cafe session with Talia Schlanger in preparation for their new record The Navigator out on March 10th. Schlanger dives into the concept of The Navigator to reveal some fantastic parallels between the fictional character and band songwriter Alynda Segarr, as well as hears four new tunes from the record.

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Listen to Dave Hause’s hometown return for a lovely live session for World Cafe

Dave Hause | photo by Tiana Timmerberg | spotlightviews.com
Dave Hause | photo by Tiana Timmerberg | spotlightviews.com

Dave Hause recently made a return trip home to hang with the wonderful David Dye for a session on World Cafe. Hause talked about his new record Bury Me in Philly, an expansion on his hardcore roots that gives some callouts to Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones, and performs a couple tunes. Continue reading →

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Listen: Tash Sultana digs into Notion and plays “Jungle” for World Cafe

Tash Sultana | photo courtesy of the artist
Tash Sultana | photo courtesy of the artist

While in town during a completely sold-out debut tour of the U.S. a few weeks ago, Australian multi-instrumentalist and one-person band Tash Sultana sat down with newly minted World Cafe host Talia Schlanger to talk about the journey that seems to have skyrocketed the young Melbourne native to international acclaim.

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Watch The Dean Ween Group perform “Freedom of ’76” for World Cafe session

The Dean Ween Group | Photo via artist’s Facebook

The Dean Ween Group recently stopped by XPN studios for a World Cafe session with David Dye. A rotating cast of characters fronted by Mickey “Dean Ween” Melchiondo himself, the band played music from The Deaner Album, an nod to Melchiondo’s roots in 80s / 90s New Hope alt-rock band Ween. They also resurrected that band’s slow jam, “Freedom of ’76,” incorporating the song’s traditional falsettos beautifully by having vocalist Carol Brooks take the reigns. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: World Cafe 25 x Philadelphia Film Society 25 weekend film festival

Bridget Fonda and Matt Dillon in Singlers | photo courtesy of Philadelphia Film Society
Bridget Fonda and Matt Dillon in Singlers | photo courtesy of Philadelphia Film Society

It’s the World Cafe’s 25th anniversary and it’s the Philadelphia Film Society’s 25th anniversary and we’ve got a pretty cool way of celebrating – a weekend of classic music films, dancing and singing at the Prince Theater at 1412 Chestnut Street in Center City, Philadelphia. Continue reading →

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Listen to two of David Bowie’s World Cafe sessions as we celebrate #PhillyBowieWeek

David Bowie | photo by Nils Meilvang | via NPR Music

In case you haven’t heard, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney declared January 6th through January 14th an official celebration of David Bowie as the city commemorates the late musical icon’s work with Philly Loves Bowie week. Organized and curated by the inimitable DJ Robert Drake and his crew of lifelong Thin White Duke fans, we’re in the midst of a nine-day programming extravaganza that runs the gamut from Bowie-themed art shows and quizzo games to a birthday brunch and a closing night benefit show.

A handful of decades after Bowie recorded the first of three records here in Philly he returned to sit down with David Dye for some World Cafe sessions, first in 1997 and then in 2002 supporting Heathen and 2003 supporting Reality. The latter two visits are streaming now on NPR, where you can hear of some of the albums’ songs along with Bowie and Dye’s conversations about his working relationship with Tony Visconti, the inspiration for his later albums, and more.

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