David Dye http://iowapublicradio.org en He's My Brother, She's My Sister On World Cafe http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hes-my-brother-shes-my-sister-world-cafe Joining us in the studio for hour two of Tuesday's <em>World Cafe</em> is the Los Angeles band He's My Brother, She's My Sister. As the name implies, lead vocalists Robert and Rachel Kolar are indeed siblings.<p>Along with three other band members, the two have been crafting an eclectic mix of theatrical folk, garage, and even vaudeville-influenced music since 2010. After putting out a couple of singles, He's My Brother, She's My Sister released its debut album last year; it's titled <em>Nobody Dances in This Town</em>. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:48:00 +0000 David Dye 29592 at http://iowapublicradio.org He's My Brother, She's My Sister On World Cafe Elvis Costello And The Roots On World Cafe http://iowapublicradio.org/post/elvis-costello-and-roots-world-cafe In hour one of Tuesday's installment of <em>World Cafe</em>, we talk with <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15045892/elvis-costello" target="_blank">Elvis Costello</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15121130/the-roots" target="_blank">The Roots</a>' powerhouse drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson about how they met and came to utilize hip-hop techniques to make a non-hip-hop record. Costello and The Roots unveiled their collaborative album <em>Wise Up Ghost</em> last week — it's a project they'd made in semi-secrecy.<p>Both artists have rich histories as thriving collaborators. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:48:00 +0000 David Dye 29593 at http://iowapublicradio.org Elvis Costello And The Roots On World Cafe Neko Case On World Cafe http://iowapublicradio.org/post/neko-case-world-cafe <em>This segment, from Sept. 18, is part of our </em>Best Of 2013<em> series, in which we revisit some of our most memorable interviews and performances of the year.</em><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14950679/neko-case" target="_blank">Neko Case</a>'s new album, <em>The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You</em>, expands upon the fiercely intelligent singer-songwriter's gifts for music that's both innately infectious and rooted in intense, accessible emotions. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 17:18:00 +0000 David Dye 29280 at http://iowapublicradio.org Neko Case On World Cafe Next: Moreland And Arbuckle http://iowapublicradio.org/post/next-moreland-and-arbuckle This week's <em>World Cafe: Next</em> artist is the Kansas band Moreland & Arbuckle, whose members play blues-drenched roots-rock. On their fifth album, <em>7 Cities</em>, they've adopted the loose theme of the explorer Coronado's search for the seven cities of gold — which, not so coincidentally, took the conquistador right into their home territory.<p>After meeting at an open-mic night, Aaron Moreland and Dustin Arbuckle discovered a mutual love of Mississippi Delta blues. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 16:03:00 +0000 David Dye 27688 at http://iowapublicradio.org Next: Moreland And Arbuckle Shout Out Louds On World Cafe http://iowapublicradio.org/post/shout-out-louds-world-cafe After working together for more than a decade, the members of Stockholm's <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15735855/shout-out-louds" target="_blank">Shout Out Louds</a> continue to make lush, highly melodic pop music. The product of a year and a half of tinkering, their recent <em>Optica</em> is significantly lighter-sounding than its predecessors.<p>On this installment of <em>World Cafe</em>, hear the group discuss how it navigated new musical experiments on the album, and how all of its members finally came to agree on how <em>Optica</em> should sound. Fri, 09 Aug 2013 16:58:00 +0000 David Dye 27223 at http://iowapublicradio.org Shout Out Louds On World Cafe The Olms On World Cafe http://iowapublicradio.org/post/olms-world-cafe Pete Yorn has long had a way with hooky rock songs, so it was easy for him to connect with fellow L.A. musician J.D. King over a mutual love for '60s music. The two first started recording together just for fun, blending folk-rock and subtle psychedelia into a joint project they call The Olms.<p>Named for a small cave-dwelling amphibian that adapts itself to living in complete darkness, King and Yorn say they didn't necessarily expect their music to see the light of day. On this installment of <em>World Cafe</em>, hear a few retro-leaning tracks from the pair's self-titled album. Thu, 08 Aug 2013 18:17:00 +0000 David Dye 27153 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Olms On World Cafe Telekinesis On World Cafe http://iowapublicradio.org/post/telekinesis-world-cafe When <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/104054471/telekinesis" target="_blank">Telekinesis</a>' Michael Benjamin Lerner plays live, he sings from behind his drum set, but he plays almost all the instruments on his albums. Wed, 07 Aug 2013 15:38:00 +0000 David Dye 27061 at http://iowapublicradio.org Telekinesis On World Cafe Sam Amidon On World Cafe http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sam-amidon-world-cafe <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/126502023/sam-amidon" target="_blank">Sam Amidon</a> grew up surrounded by music, from playing fiddle with his parents in Vermont to finding a best friend in musician and arranger Thomas Bartlett (a.k.a. <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16109579/doveman" target="_blank">Doveman</a>).<p>On his fourth album, <em>Bright Sunny South</em>, Amidon draws from a variety of traditional folk material, weaving it into his own mesmerizing compositions. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 18:45:00 +0000 David Dye 27014 at http://iowapublicradio.org Sam Amidon On World Cafe Next: Rose Windows http://iowapublicradio.org/post/next-rose-windows Rose Windows' debut album, <em>The Sun Dogs</em>, is steeped in '60s classic rock, recalling the heavy organ sounds of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15446942/the-doors" target="_blank">The Doors</a> and the folk-infused flutes of Traffic. Formed in 2010 by songwriter Chris Cheveyo, the Seattle septet signed a label deal earlier this year, then put together an album that's layered with Middle Eastern influences.<p>Hear two songs from <em>The Sun Dogs</em>, a mellow combination of psychedelic folk and blues-rock instrumentation. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2013 WXPN-FM. Mon, 05 Aug 2013 18:00:00 +0000 David Dye 26944 at http://iowapublicradio.org Next: Rose Windows Big Country On World Cafe http://iowapublicradio.org/post/big-country-world-cafe When Big Country founder and lead singer Stuart Adamson died in 2001, most would have assumed that the Scottish band was finished. But in 2007, the group reunited for a 25th-anniversary tour with a new lead singer in its lineup. Though Adamson was a hard man to replace, Big Country found comfort in recording and playing with Mike Peters, formerly of The Alarm.<p>With original Big Country member Bruce Watson at the helm, the band's new album came out last April and is titled <em>The Journey</em>. In this installment of <em>World Cafe</em>, hear the group perform a handful of old and new songs. Fri, 02 Aug 2013 15:14:00 +0000 David Dye 26822 at http://iowapublicradio.org Big Country On World Cafe Lissie On World Cafe http://iowapublicradio.org/post/lissie-world-cafe When Lissie stopped by <em>World Cafe</em> for her session about a month ago, she still didn't have a name for her new album. Now titled <em>Back to Forever</em>, the singer's second record is due out Sept. 10; it comes three years after the release of her debut<em>, Catching a Tiger</em>. Lissie's new songs emphasize her observations of the world around her<em>. Thu, 01 Aug 2013 20:07:00 +0000 David Dye 26780 at http://iowapublicradio.org Lissie On World Cafe Rhye On World Cafe http://iowapublicradio.org/post/rhye-world-cafe Though <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/173316374/rhye" target="_blank">Rhye</a>'s debut album, <em>Woman</em>, was released this past March, many first encountered the duo of Mike Milosh and Robin Hannibal in a series of evocative videos released in 2012. There was little to no accompanying information and — as Milosh says — that was exactly the point. The idea was to keep listeners focused on the music and not the personality of the singer.<p>Milosh's high yet husky voice can be hard to distinguish as male or female. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 17:48:00 +0000 David Dye 26696 at http://iowapublicradio.org Rhye On World Cafe La Santa Cecilia On World Cafe http://iowapublicradio.org/post/la-santa-cecilia-world-cafe <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/155584846/la-santa-cecilia" target="_blank">La Santa Cecilia</a> got its start playing a mix of rancheras, norteno music and other Mexican-influenced rhythms for tourists and passers-by on Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles. The group developed a strong following as it started writing original songs and playing in clubs and other venues.<p>Audiences particularly responded to singer La Marisoul's charismatic personality and voice. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 21:31:00 +0000 David Dye 26660 at http://iowapublicradio.org La Santa Cecilia On World Cafe Next: Coke Weed http://iowapublicradio.org/post/next-coke-weed Alt-psychedelic quintet Coke Weed is from picturesque Bar Harbor, well up the Maine coast. The band just released its third album, <em>Back To Soft, </em>which took nine months to make and is — despite the title — its heaviest release so far.<p>Lead by songwriter Milan McAlevey, the band has immersed itself in '60s psych-rock, pledging allegiance to the likes of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16318788/jefferson-airplane" target="_blank">Jefferson Airplane</a>. Mon, 29 Jul 2013 21:20:00 +0000 David Dye 26600 at http://iowapublicradio.org Next: Coke Weed Steve Martin and Edie Brickell On World Cafe http://iowapublicradio.org/post/steve-martin-and-edie-brickell-world-cafe <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=120750048" target="_blank">Steve Martin</a> is a true Renaissance man, having run the gamut of accomplishments from acting to writing to art collecting. Fri, 26 Jul 2013 20:03:00 +0000 David Dye 26471 at http://iowapublicradio.org Steve Martin and Edie Brickell On World Cafe Latin Roots: Argentine Reggae Legend Fidel Nadal http://iowapublicradio.org/post/latin-roots-argentine-reggae-legend-fidel-nadal In this installment of <em>Latin Roots</em>, the <em>World Cafe</em> team travels to Fidel Nadal's home studio in Buenos Aires for a session with a reggae performer who truly owns his genre. Nadal has 15 solo records to his name, and his album <em>Forever Together</em> was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2011.<p>Before fully going solo, Nadal spent a lot of time as a member of the punk-reggae band Todos Tus Muertos, which made six albums between 1988 and 2010. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 20:23:00 +0000 David Dye 26399 at http://iowapublicradio.org Latin Roots: Argentine Reggae Legend Fidel Nadal ELO's Jeff Lynne Describes His Work In The Studio http://iowapublicradio.org/post/elos-jeff-lynne-describes-his-work-studio Jeff Lynne isn't quite at the forefront of '70s and '80s classic rock, but he was responsible for some formidable records with Electric Light Orchestra and Traveling Wilburys; later, he produced releases for Wilbury collaborators <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15300677/tom-petty" target="_blank">Tom Petty</a>, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/17079284/roy-orbison" target="_blank">Roy Orbison</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15774029/george-harrison" target="_blank">George Harrison</a>.<p>Here,<em> World Cafe</em> talks to Lynne from his studio in England to discuss his past Thu, 25 Jul 2013 18:45:00 +0000 David Dye 26395 at http://iowapublicradio.org ELO's Jeff Lynne Describes His Work In The Studio Bombino On World Cafe http://iowapublicradio.org/post/bombino-world-cafe <em>Nomad</em> is an appropriate title for <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/135540293/bombino" target="_blank">Bombino</a>'s new album; a member of the Tuareg tribe in Saharan Africa, the guitar was first relocated to a refugee camp in Algeria, where he learned to play his instrument. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 17:38:00 +0000 David Dye 24537 at http://iowapublicradio.org Bombino On World Cafe The Handsome Family On World Cafe http://iowapublicradio.org/post/handsome-family-world-cafe Brett and Rennie Sparks have inhabited a unique musical world together since the '90s. As The Handsome Family, husband Brett sings and writes the melodies while wife Rennie focuses on the lyrics; the resulting ghost stories and murder ballads have won the band an intense cult following. After years spent in Chicago, where <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15164119/wilco" target="_blank">Wilco</a> helped boost its profile, The Handsome Family now resides in Albuquerque, N.M.<p>The Handsome Family's new album, <em>Wilderness,</em> is expansive and ambitious in the pair's own homemade way. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 17:49:00 +0000 David Dye 24469 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Handsome Family On World Cafe World Cafe Next: Aisha Burns http://iowapublicradio.org/post/next-aisha-burns Aisha Burns is best known as the violinist in the chamber-folk band <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/100862718/balmorhea" target="_blank">Balmorhea</a>. But in the last few years, Burns has left her comfort zone to write her own songs and play them on guitar. On her debut album, <em>Life in the Midwater</em>, there's a delicate intimacy to her approach. Hear two songs from the new album, which is due out in September. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2013 WXPN-FM. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 19:30:00 +0000 David Dye 24422 at http://iowapublicradio.org World Cafe Next: Aisha Burns Kassin On World Cafe http://iowapublicradio.org/post/kassin-world-cafe Kassin is an artist as well as an in-demand producer who works out of his own studio in Brazil with people like <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15396999/marisa-monte" target="_blank">Marisa Monte</a> and Arto Lindsay.<p>He remains best known in the U.S. for a series of trio albums called <em>+2</em>, made with Moreno Veloso and Domenico Lancelotti. Here, Kassin discusses how his new album, <em>Sonhando Devager</em>, became an album about dreams; we also get his take on interactions in Rio de Janeiro's music community. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 20:55:00 +0000 David Dye 24319 at http://iowapublicradio.org Kassin On World Cafe Bebel Gilberto On World Cafe http://iowapublicradio.org/post/bebel-gilberto-world-cafe <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15395437/bebel-gilberto" target="_blank">Bebel Gilberto</a> may be the daughter of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15675062/joao-gilberto" target="_blank">Joao Gilberto</a>, one of the first bossa nova composers, but that's hardly her only claim to fame. Her album <em>Tanto Tempo</em>, produced by the electronic artist Suba, was a best-seller in Brazil throughout the 2000s.<p>Here, <em>World Cafe</em> revisits a 2004 session with Bebel Gilberto, including two songs from her self-titled follow-up album to <em>Tanto Tempo</em>. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 20:40:00 +0000 David Dye 24314 at http://iowapublicradio.org Bebel Gilberto On World Cafe Vinicius Cantuária On World Cafe http://iowapublicradio.org/post/vinicius-cantu-ria-world-cafe As part of this week's <em>Sense of Place: Rio</em> series,<em> World Cafe </em>revisits a 2004 session with Brazilian singer Vinicius Cantuária. At the time, he was in the midst of a string of highly praised albums, beginning with 1996's <em>Sol Na Cara</em>.<p>In this interview, Cantuária discusses his love of Tom Jobim, moving to New York City in 1994 and how he feels somehow "more Brazilian" here in the U.S. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2013 WXPN-FM. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 20:27:00 +0000 David Dye 24315 at http://iowapublicradio.org Vinicius Cantuária On World Cafe Do Amor: A Rock Band In Rio http://iowapublicradio.org/post/do-amor-rock-band-rio The four members of Do Amor have been playing together since they were 15, when they first bonded over their love of cheap vinyl records. They recently released their second album, <em>Piracema, </em>even though they haven't had much time to play together; the band shares a rhythm section with Brazilian superstar <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14994307/caetano-veloso" target="_blank">Caetano Veloso</a>.<p>Listen to Do Amor's special performance for <em>World Cafe</em>, recorded live in Rio de Janeiro. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2013 WXPN-FM. Thu, 18 Jul 2013 20:28:00 +0000 David Dye 24232 at http://iowapublicradio.org Do Amor: A Rock Band In Rio Os Mutantes On World Cafe http://iowapublicradio.org/post/os-mutantes-world-cafe One of the most influential Brazilian psychedelic rock bands of the Tropicália movement, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/17080024/os-mutantes" target="_blank">Os Mutantes</a> released its first album in 35 years, <em>Haih or Amortecedor,</em> in 2009. Thu, 18 Jul 2013 20:28:00 +0000 David Dye 24234 at http://iowapublicradio.org Os Mutantes On World Cafe Beautiful Bossa Nova From Rio's Seu Jorge http://iowapublicradio.org/post/beautiful-bossa-nova-rios-seu-jorge The music of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15199044/seu-jorge" target="_blank">Seu Jorge</a> occupies a singular place in today's Brazil. His songs are widely hailed as a return to the traditional songwriting of Tom Jobim and Caetano Veloso. But his style, and his background, lead many to call Jorge a hero of life on Rio's streets. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 21:03:00 +0000 David Dye 24171 at http://iowapublicradio.org Beautiful Bossa Nova From Rio's Seu Jorge Sylvio Fraga: Rio De Janeiro, By Way Of New York City http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sylvio-fraga-rio-de-janeiro-way-new-york-city In this installment of <em>Sense of Place: Rio</em>, songwriter Sylvio Fraga performs two songs with his trio. There are underlying hints of samba in his performance, as well as a hefty dose of American songwriting. It makes sense that he would combine the two styles, given that he grew up in both Rio de Janeiro and New York City.<p>Fraga recently released his debut album <em>Rosto</em>, which he's made available for free download on <a href="http://www.sylviofraga.com.br/">his website</a>. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2013 WXPN-FM. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 20:39:00 +0000 David Dye 24167 at http://iowapublicradio.org Sylvio Fraga: Rio De Janeiro, By Way Of New York City Seu Jorge: From The Favelas, A Beautiful New Voice http://iowapublicradio.org/post/seu-jorge-favelas-beautiful-new-voice The music of Seu Jorge occupies a singular place in today's Brazil. His songs are hailed as a return to the traditional songwriting of Tom Jobim and Caetano Veloso. But his style, and his background, lead many to call Jorge a hero of life on Rio's streets. It was his history in the slums of Rio de Janeiro that led to bigger things for Jorge, as he appeared in the 2002 film City of God. The intense look into the desperate lives led in Brazil's favelas won international acclaim. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 20:39:00 +0000 David Dye 24166 at http://iowapublicradio.org Roots Of Samba: Exploring Historic Pelourinho In Salvador, Brazil http://iowapublicradio.org/post/roots-samba-exploring-historic-pelourinho-salvador-brazil The first stop on <em>World Cafe</em>'s trip to Brazil was in Pelourinho, the old part of the city of Salvador on the country's northeast coast. In this installment of <em>Sense of Place: Rio</em>, <em>World Cafe</em> captures a performance from the brother-duo Samba Chula de São Braz, in an effort to learn more about the samba style.<p>The two oldest styles of samba, <em>samba chula</em> and <em>samba de roda</em>, started with African slaves who were brought to Salvador in the Brazilian state of Bahia. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 19:26:00 +0000 David Dye 24092 at http://iowapublicradio.org Roots Of Samba: Exploring Historic Pelourinho In Salvador, Brazil Alo Brasil's Alex Shaw On The Urbanization Of Samba http://iowapublicradio.org/post/alo-brasils-alex-shaw-urbanization-samba Based in Philadelphia, Alo Brasil synthesizes various types of samba, with the hopes of making it a style accessible to American audiences. Alex Shaw, director of Alo Brasil, recently appeared on <em>World Cafe</em> to discuss the exploration of samba as it became an urbanized form.<p>Here<em></em>, Shaw takes us through the evolution of samba since the earliest version represented by Samba Chula de Sao Braz. Hear a few of Shaw's picks, including a carnival performance in Rio from 2011. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2013 WXPN-FM. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 18:36:00 +0000 David Dye 24089 at http://iowapublicradio.org Alo Brasil's Alex Shaw On The Urbanization Of Samba