Singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Dan Wilson recently released his new solo album, Love Without Fear. The former lead singer and songwriter of Semisonic, and before that Trip Shakespeare, has been one of pop music’s most prolific songwriters since Semisonic disbanded.
He contributed three songs to 21 by Adele, which won the 2012 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. He co-wrote, produced and performed the piano on the “Someone Like You” which held the No. 1 position for 5 weeks in the States. With Dierks Bentley he co-wrote “Home,” and it reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country Singles Chart. Dan co-wrote six songs with the Dixie Chicks for their 2006 album Taking the Long Way, which won Album of the Year at the 2007 Grammy Awards. Wilson himself received the 2007 Grammy Award for Song of the Year for “Not Ready to Make Nice,” one of the songs he co-wrote with the Dixie Chicks. He’s collaborated with Josh Groban, Nas, Weezer, Missy Higgins, Pink, Taylor Swift, Ben Folds, Jeremy Messersmith, Rachael Yamagata, John Legend and many others. The complete list of writing and producing credits is here.
Dan was recently on World Cafe with David Dye during which he discussed some of his songwriting co-writes and performed material from his new solo album. Go here to listen to the full session and interview. Below, listen to his version of “Easy Silence” that he co-wrote with the Dixie Chicks.
Last month, Philly space rock heroes The War on Drugs played their very first show in support of the acclaimed new album Lost in the Dream at WXPN’s Free at Noon concert. Today, some of those songs will show up in the band’s World Cafe interview with David Dye – which you can tune in to here at 2 p.m. ET. Below, get psyched by listening to the entire Free at Noon set, and perusing an album of photos from the show. The War on Drugs return to Philly on May 31st to play the Roots Picnic; tickets and info on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.
The Wisconsin indie-folk pop band PHOX did a World Cafe session with David Dye in Austin during SXSW last Thursday, March 13th as part of the Cafe’s Sense of Place Austin series. The show was held at the Four Seasons in collaboration with the KUTX Morning Show broadcast at the Four Seasons. Dye, writing about the band on the Cafe tumblr, said lead singer Monica Martin “has charisma to burn,” and the band played material from their forthcoming self-titled debut album coming out on Partisan Records in June. Listen to their Cafe session here and watch them perform “1936″ below.
In Austin during SXSW there’s music happening morning, noon and night. Imagine being a band, having to load into a venue at 6AM, and be ready for a 7AM performance. That’s what the British band Kins were up against last Thursday morning, March 13th. Kins opened up the four band bill for World Cafe and KUTX at the Four Seasons and, despite the early wake up call, played a sublimely gorgeous set of songs from their recent album. Listen to the World Cafe session and interview here and watch them perform “Pale Faced Fear” below.
Austin’s Bright Light Social Hour brought a capacity crowd to their feet during an early morning live session and interview they recorded with David Dye and World Cafe at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin last Thursday as part of the Cafe’s Sense of Place Austin series. The six song set was heard on WXPN in Philadelphia and KUTX in Austin. Listen to their session here. Below, watch the band perform “Sweet Madeline” from the session.
Our Thursday started rather early as we settled into the KUTX stage at Austin’s Four Seasons for a live broadcast of World Cafe sessions by Kins, Phox, Bright Light Social Hour and Wye Oak. Check out a gallery of photos from the showcase below, and tune in to Friday’s World Cafe to hear a playback of the sessions.
The Wisconsin seven piece Phox are doing a World Cafe session with David Dye this week as part of the Cafe’s week long Sense of Place Austin series. This week there are featured sessions with singer-songwriters Alejandro Escovedo and Patty Griffin, psychedelic rockers The Black Angels, the indie-folk pop band Wild Child, and more. Other interviews include Spoon drummer and record producer Jim Eno and Richard Swenson, co-founder of SXSW.
Phox are doing a World Cafe session with David Dye this Thursday morning from the Four Seasons in Austin that will be broadcast live on WXPN at 9AM, during XPN’s Morning Show with Michaela Majoun. Phox is fronted by Monica Martin and they play a whimsical mix of indie folk, pop and electronic music. Martin has a dynamic, rich voice and the songs are filled with quirky pop twists, ebullient melodies, punchy horn arrangements and folkie instrumentation. Below, download a 7 song sampler of songs via Noisetrade that Phox recorded in London as part of the iTunes festival in September, 2013. They recently announced they signed with Partisan records and their new full length album is being released in late June.
This Thursday morning, in addition to Phox, David will also be doing interviews with Kins, Wye Oak and Austin’s Bright Light Social Hour. World Cafe’s Sense of Place Austin sessions can be heard here. You can also follow the World Cafe tumblr for all the action. Below, in exchange for your e-mail address, download a live session the band recorded at the iTunes festival in London in September, 2013.
This is it! It’s the last chance to get your 20 Free World Cafe Downloads to Get You Through February. All month long, David Dye has opened up the Cafe archives to bring you free mp3s of incredible performances by Dr. Dog (pictured), Neko Case, She & Him, Little Comets, Alice Russell, Red Baraat and more. But we’re down to the final 24 hours: if you don’t get these by midnight, they go away. Below, download the collection, and see what other exclusives you can find by following the World Cafe Tumblr.
This month, World Cafe is offering 20 free downloads of performances recorded at WXPN. Below, download “I Could Have Been Your Girl” by She & Him. The 20 Free World Cafe Downloads to Get You Through February compilation is only available until tomorrow, February 28th at Midnight. Additional songs on the collection include performances from Dr. Dog, Jack John, Amanda Shires, Jason Isbell, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Parquet Courts, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, and others. Download the full collection here.
This month, David Dye and World Cafe is giving away 20 free downloads of performances recorded in the Cafe studios. There are songs from Dr. Dog, the Pet Shop Boys, Jason Isbell, Neko Case, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and 10 more that you can download here. Below, download “Dear Ramona,” recorded by Parquet Courts from a session they did last June.
Download all 15 of the World Cafe studio performances for free here.