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11 free World Cafe songs that you should download right now

Old 97's photo by Eric Schuman
Old 97′s photo by Eric Schuman

Throughout the years World Cafe has opened its doors to thousands of musicians for intimate performances and conversation with Cafe host David Dye. Many of these performances are available on World Cafe CD’s however, we’ve compiled 11 recent performances from Jessica Lea Mayfield, Ages and Ages, Chet Faker, the Old 97′s, Angelique Kidjo, Dan Wilson and others that are available for you to download below.

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Download Courtney Barnett’s World Cafe Session for free

Courtney Barnett | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Courtney Barnett | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Fans of Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett can take her recent World Cafe session home with them, thanks to NoiseTrade. The session features a conversation with World Cafe host David Dye in between live performances of “Avant Gardener,” “History Eraser” and more. Stream and download the session below, and revisit Barnett’s Union Transfer appearance here.

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Download the Dum Dum Girls’ World Cafe performance of “Rimbaud Eyes”

Photo by James Orlando
Photo by James Orlando

Dum Dum Girls recently made their debut on World Cafe. With hooked filled songs, flavored with lots of reverb and deftly walking a balancing act between lo-fi garage rock and sheeny pop, they played songs from their recent album, Too True, on Sub Pop Records. Listen to the full session here. Below, download their Cafe performance of “Rimbaud Eyes.”

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Download two songs from Pattern is Movement in the new World Cafe: Next podcast

Pattern is Movement | photo by Mark Schaffer
Pattern is Movement | photo by Mark Schaffer

On the heels of the release of their sweet new self-titled outing via Hometapes Records, Philly experimental pop duo Pattern is Movement was featured on this week’s World Cafe: Next podcast. Host David Dye writes “there are beautiful, almost baroque aspects of this largely electronic and percussive music;” download “River” and “Suckling” here via NPR Music.

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Download Dan Wilson’s World Cafe performance of “Easy Silence”

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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.

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Revisit The War on Drugs’ Free at Noon set, hear them on World Cafe today

photo by Rachel Del Sordo
photo by Rachel Del Sordo

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.

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Watch PHOX perform “1936″ from their World Cafe session at SXSW

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese
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.

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Watch Kins perform “Pale Faced Fear” during their World Cafe session at SXSW

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese
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.

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Watch Bright Light Social Hour play “Sweet Madeline” during World Cafe session at SXSW

Photos by John Vettese
Photos by John Vettese

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.

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SXSW Dispatch: World Cafe’s breakfast showcase with Wye Oak, Phox and more

Wye Oak | Photo by John Vettese
Wye Oak | Photo by John Vettese
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.