The Best World Cafe Performances From 2013
We sifted through all 188 bands and individual artists that joined us to perform on the World Cafe in 2013 and we have settled on the very best for these two hours. It wasn’t easy.
I get to sit opposite singers or in the midst of the bands (I’m usually next to the drummer) every day as we talk about the music. It’s only later as we listen to the playback that I get to hear how extraordinary the songs we capture really are. Nobody phones it in. Even if they have driven all night from Boston they bring it for The World Cafe and ultimately you.
LA’s Dawes Come Down From Laurel Canyon On New Album
May 20, 2013 - Taylor Goldsmith, the songwriter for the Los Angeles based band Dawes, writes heartfelt first-person songs somewhat in the style of his So Cal Laurel Canyon predecessors like Jackson Browne. In an exhaustive interview today with the Cafe’s Michaela Majoun he tells about the inspiration on many of the new songs on Stories Don't End.
Best of: How A Broken Leg, A 1930’s Graphic Novel And A New Studio All Lead To Jim James’ "Regions Of Light and Sound Of God"
December 30, 2013 - There have been albums under the name Yim Yames and projects with the New Multitudes and Monsters of Folk but Regions Of Light and Sound of God is the first bearing Jim James’ own name.
Best of: Nick Cave On Push The Sky Away And Excerpts From Berlin Concert
December 30, 2013 - Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds are back, minus founding member Mick Harvey on guitar, with "Push The Sky Away." We are going to hear live performances recorded in Berlin this past February. The elegant yet emotive performer sounds great.
Best of: Neko Case: A Stunning Performance And Answers Big And Small
December 27,2013 - The songs on Neko Case’s new album The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You continues the alt-everything singer’s convoluted yet still deft use of language in songs that are incredibly melodic.
Best of: A Full Hour With Graham Nash Telling His Life Story
December 26, 2013 - Graham Nash is an entrancing story-teller. His new autobiography, Wild Tales: A Rock and Roll Life, takes him from growing up poor in Manchester, England through a life of harmonizing and playing with two groups in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, and Nash.
Hmm, What If The Beatles Made A Christmas Album? It Might Sound Like The Fab Four
December 24, 2013 - We have a special holiday visit from The Fab Four. Not The Beatles, mind you, but a California based band of very serious Beatles impersonators. The Fab Four’s shows take in all eras of the Beatles from mop-tops to Sgt Pepper and beyond. This year they released Hark! (you know, like Help!) which features their mash-ups of Christmas classics and Beatles faves. We’ll play some of their creations from Hark! and they will join us in the studio to show us how it was done.