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The Key’s Year-End Mania: David Dye’s five favorite live music moments in and out of the World Cafe studio

World Cafe's David Dye and Spoon's Jim Eno | Photo by John Vettese
World Cafe’s David Dye and Spoon’s Jim Eno | Photo by John Vettese

Year-End Mania is the Key’s survey of the things below the surface that made 2014 awesome. In this installment, World Cafe host David Dye shares his favorite music moments of the year.

1. Punk Cajun band The Lost Bayou Ramblers, featuring the Michot Brothers, recorded a session live during our Sense of Place Visit to Lafayette. Loved it when Andre switched out his accordion for the key modulation in their version of “My Generation.” Maybe in Philly this summer…? Continue reading →

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Download a World Cafe performance of “Motherless Child (Love’s Not For War)” by Elephant Stone

Rishi Dhir of Elephant Stone | Photo by Eric Schuman
Rishi Dhir of Elephant Stone | Photo by Eric Schuman

Elephant Stone is a Montreal based psychedelic influenced indie rock band fronted by sitarist, bassist, and singer Rishi Dhir. The other members of the band include Miles Duprie on drums and backing vocals, and Gabriel Lambert on guitars and backing vocals. Formed in 2009 by Dhir, they debuted with The Seven Seas. Dhir has been a highly sought out sitar players in the psychedelic music scene, and has recorded and toured with the Black Angels, Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Horrors, the Soundtrack of Our Lives, and many more. Continue reading →

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Download a World Cafe performance of “Ford Econoline” by Chuck Prophet

Chuck Prophet | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Chuck Prophet | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Chuck Prophet has been at this musician thing for a long time. Trace back to the mid-Eighties, you’ll find Prophet becoming a member of the legendary alt-country psychedelic rock band Green On Red for their 1985 release, Gas Food Lodging, staying with the band until they dissolved. Continue reading →

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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, no, make that 54 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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