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 →
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.
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 →
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.
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 →
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.
Happy Holidays! Here’s the programming schedule for Christmas Day — Sunday, December 25th — on WXPN. Continue reading →