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World Cafe Archives

Join Talia Schlanger as she navigates the World Cafe through performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists.

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Kristen Kurtis

Host of the XPN Morning Show

  • Songs
    1. Alabama Shakes - Give Me All Your Love
    2. Jamie xx - Loud Places
    3. Houndmouth - Sedona
    4. Leon Bridges - Lisa Sawyer
    5. Alessia Cara - Here
  • Albums
    1. Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color
    2. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Nightsweats - s/t
    3. Lianne la Havas - Blood
    4. My Morning Jacket - The Waterfall
    5. Melody Gardot - Currency of Man
    6. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
    7. Tame Impala - Currents
    8. Natalie Prass - s/t
    9. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
    10. Raury - All We Need

David Dye

Host of World Cafe and Funky Friday

  • Songs
    1. Houndmouth - Sedona
    2. Courtney Barnett - Pedestrian at Best
    3. Jamie XX - Loud Places
    4. The Arcs - Out Of My Mind
    5. EL VY - Return To The Moon
    6. Dwight Yoakam - Second Hand Heart
    7. Alabama Shakes – Don’t Want To fight
    8. Calexico – Falling From The Sky
    9. Josh Ritter - Homecoming

Dan Reed

WXPN Music Director; Host, Afternoons

  • Songs
    1. Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian At Best
    2. Keith Richards – Nothing On Me
    3. Beach House – Space Song
    4. Eagles of Death Metal – Complexity
    5. Paper Pilots – The Weather
  • Albums
    1. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
    2. Keith Richards – Crosseyed Heart
    3. Tame Impala – Currents
    4. Blur – The Magic Whip
    5. Ought – Sun Coming Down

Mike Vasilikos

Assistant Music Director and Host, New Music Tuesdays

  • Songs
    1. Boots – I Run Roulette
    2. BØRNS – Electric Love
    3. City and Colour– Woman
    4. Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian At Best
    5. Father John Misty – Chateau Lobby #4
    6. Houndmouth – Sedona
    7. Jamie xx – I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)
    8. Kacey Musgraves – Family is Family
    9. Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta
    10. Rayland Baxter – Yellow Eyes
  • Albums
    1. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
    2. Brandon Flowers – The Desired Effect
    3. Foals – What Went Down
    4. Kacey Musgraves – Pageant Material
    5. Ryan Adams – 1989

Helen Leicht

Host of XPN Midday, Leicht Lunch and XPN Local

  • Songs
    1. Alabama Shakes - Gimme all your love
    2. Florence & the Machine - Ship to Wreck
    3. Lord Huron - Fool For Love
    4. Beck - Dreams
    5. Cheerleader - Sunshine of your Youth
  • Albums
    1. Josh Ritter - Sermon on the Rocks
    2. Dawes - All Your Favorite Bands
    3. Foals - What Went Down
    4. Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color
    5. My Morning Jacket - The Waterfall
    6. Tame Impala - Currents
    7. Ryan Adams - 1989
    8. Lord Huron - Strange Trails
    9. Florence & the Machine - How Big How Blue How Beautiful
    10. David Wax Museum - Guesthouse
    11. Adele - 25
  • Albums
    (Best Philly Local Albums 2015)
    1. Amos Lee - Live at Red Rocks with the Colorado Sympathy Orchestra
    2. Melody Gardot - Currency of Man
    3. Hezekiah Jones - In Loving Memory of oosi Lockjaw
    4. Cheerleader - Sunshine of Your Youth
    5. Aaron Parnell Brown - The Tin Man
    6. Andrew Lipke - Siddhartha
    7. Marian Hill - Play
    8. EP
    9. Second Sky - Touching the Surface
    10. Kuf Knotz - A Positive Light
    11. Good Old War - Broken Into Better Shape

Eric Schuman

Host of Indie Rock Parade

  • Songs
    1. The Mountain Goats - Foreign Object
    2. Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders - To Keep And To Be Kept
    3. Tobias Jesso Jr. - How Could You Babe
    4. Chastity Belt - Time To Go Home
    5. Tame Impala - Let It Happen
  • Albums
    1. Low Cut Connie - Hi Honey
    2. FFS - FFS
    3. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
    4. Shilpa Ray - Last Year's Savage
    5. Kopecky - Drug For The Modern Age

John Diliberto

Host of Sleepy Hollow, Sundays and Echoes

  • Songs
    1. Heather Woods Broderick - A Call for Distance
    2. Jacco Gardner - Another You
    3. Patrick Watson - Love Song for Robots
    4. Best Coast - California Nights
    5. Smoke Fairies - Give and Receive
  • Albums
    1. Heather Woods Broderick - Glider
    2. Digitonal – Beautiful Broken
    3. Kevin Keller - La Strada
    4. Pat Metheny, Jan Garbarek, Eberhard Weber – Homage e Eberhard Weber
    5. Robert Rich – Filaments
    6. Sun Ra Arkestra-Babylon
    7. Sumner McKane – Stone’s Throw
    8. Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon
    9. Tangerine Dream – Supernormal-The Australian Concerts 2014
    10. Silencio – She’s Bad: More Music Inspired by David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti

Chuck Elliot

Host of Sleepy Hollow, Saturdays

  • Songs
    1. Brandi Carlile - Eye
    2. Steve Nartin and Edie Brickell - Always Will
    3. Brian Wilson - Love and Mercy
    4. J. D. Souther - Let's Take a Walk
    5. Philip Wesley - Echoes Through Eternity
    6. Victoria Vox - Supermoon
    7. John Mark Nelson - Shorebird
  • Albums
    1. Rachelle Garniez - Who's Counting
    2. Yo La Tengo - Stuff Like that There
    3. Peter Keane - Rural Electrification
    4. Catherine Marie Charlton - Maiden's Voyage
    5. DarlingSide - Birds Say
    6. Anne McCue - Blue Sky Thinkin'
    7. Neil Tatar - Learning to Fly
    8. Bethlehem and Sad Patrick - Did You Ever Do

Debra D'Alessandro

Host of Amazon Country

  • Albums
    1. Tret Fure - Rembrandt Afternoons
    2. My Morning Jacket - The Waterfall
    3. Neil Young - The Monsanto Years
    4. Jill Scott - Woman
    5. Joss Stone - Water for Your Soul
    6. Fun Home the Musical (Cast Recording)
    7. Ben Folds - So There
    8. Adele - 25
    9. Alabama Shakes - Sound and Color
    10. Brandi Carlile - Firewatcher's Daughter

Jonny Meister

Host of The Blues Show and Blues and Beyond

  • Blues Songs
    1. Shemekia Copeland - Crossbone Beach
    2. Original Legends Of The Blues - Edumacation
    3. Sugaray Rayford - Call Off The Mission
    4. Guy Davis - Kokomo Kidd
    5. Sam Cockrell - This Ain't Another Baby I Love You Song
    6. Zac Harmon - Stand Your Ground
    7. Pops Staples - No News Is Good News
    8. Ms. Jody - If He Knew What I Was Thinking
    9. Andy T - Nick Nixon Band - This World We Live In
    10. Eddie Cotton - Hard Race To Win
  • Blues Albums
    1. Shemekia Copeland - Outskirts Of Love
    2. Zac Harmon - Right Man - Right Now
    3. Guy Davis - Kokomo Kidd
    4. Original Legends Of The Blues - Still Carrying The Flame
    5. Leo Bud Welch - I Don't Prefer No Blues
    6. Sugaray Rayford - Southside
    7. Buddy Guy - Born To Play Guitar
    8. Kim Nalley - Blues People
    9. Pops Staples - Don't Lose This
    10. Bey Paule Band - Not Goin' Away

Kathy O'Connell

Host, Kids Corner

Also check out Kathy's Favorite Kids CD's of 2015

  • Non-Kids Songs
    1. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats - SOB
    2. Josh Ritter - Getting Ready to Get Down
    3. Alessia Cara - Here
    4. Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear - Silent Movies
    5. Lianne La Havas - What You Don’t Do
    6. David Wax Museum - Guesthouse
    7. Mother Falcon - Kid
    8. Brandi Carlisle - Wherever is Your Heart
    9. George Ezra - Budapest
    10. Dawes - Things Happen
  • Non-Kids Corner Albums
    1. Hamilton: an American Musical - Original Broadway Cast
    2. Shemekia Copeland - Outskirts of Love
    3. Richard Thompson - Still
    4. Josh Ritter - Sermon on the Rocks
    5. Lianne La Havas - Blood
    6. Mother Falcon - Good Luck Have Fun
    7. Brandi Carlisle - The Firewatcher’s Daughter
    8. Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color
    9. J.D. McPherson - Let the Good Times Roll
    10. Rhiannon Middens - Tomorrow is My Turn

Julian Booker

Host of Sleepy Hollow

  • Songs
    1. Natalie Prass - Bird of Prey
    2. Andy Shauf - I'm Not Falling Asleep
    3. Jessica Pratt - Back, Baby
    4. The Districts - 4th and Roebling
    5. Yo La Tengo - Rickety
    6. Ryley Walker - Primrose Green
    7. Deerhunter - Snakeskin
    8. Father John Misty - True Affection
    9. Tobias Jesso Jr. - How Could You Babe
    10. Joan Shelley - Over and Even
  • Albums
    1. Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love Again
    2. Ryley Walker - Primrose Green
    3. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
    4. Andy Shauf - The Bearer of Bad News
    5. Deerhunter - Fading Frontier
    6. Joan Shelley - Over and Even
    7. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
    8. Alex G - Beach Music
    9. Destroyer - Poison Season
    10. Elephant Micah - Where in Our Woods

Keith Kelleher

Host of Sleepy Hollow

  • Songs
    1. The Decemberists - Carlolina Low
    2. Courtney Barnett - Pedestrian At Best
    3. Mark Knopfler - Wherever I Go
    4. Jose Gonzalez - With The Ink Of A Ghost
    5. Villagers - Dawning On Me
    6. Jessica Pratt - Back, Baby
    7. Iris Dement - Broad Gold
    8. Josh Ritter - Getting Ready To Get Down
  • Albums
    1. The Decemberists - What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World
    2. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Just Sit And Think...
    3. FFS - FFS
    4. Beirut - No No No
    5. Jose Gonzalez - Vestiges & Claws
    6. Villagers - Darling Arithmetic
    7. Iris Dement - The Trackless Woods
    8. Shawn Colvin - Uncovered
    9. Will Butler - Policy
    10. Rhiannon Giddens - Tomorrow Is My Turn

Fred Kinttel

Host of Folkadelphia

**Fred's lists are not in any particular order

  • Songs
    1. Tom Brosseau - Perfect Abandon
    2. Johanna Warren - numun
    3. Anna & Elizabeth - S/T
    4. Meg Baird - Don't Weight Down The Light
    5. Jayme Stone - The Lomax Project
    6. Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love Again
    7. Joan Shelley - Over And Even
    8. Julien Baker - Sprained Ankle
    9. Charlie Parr - Stumpjumper
    10. Friendship - You're Going To Have To Trust Me
  • Albums
    1. Ashley Monroe - On To Something Good
    2. Liz Longley - This Is Not The End
    3. Circuit Des Yeux - Fantasize the Scene
    4. Kacey Musgraves - Dimestore Cowgirl
    5. Bjork - "Stonemilker
    6. Julien Baker - Sprained Ankle
    7. Friendship - Responsible

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