Music Review: 'Day Breaks,' Norah Jones

Oct 10, 2016
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This week on World Cafe...

Monday, October 10: Country songwriting powerhouse Lori McKenna showcases her latest album, The Bird & The Rifle.

Tuesday, October 11: Sean Lennon and Les Claypool push the boundaries of prog-rock as The Claypool Lennon Delirium. Their new album is The Monolith of Phobos.

Wednesday, October 12: Guitarist William Tyler composes folk masterpieces on his latest album, Modern Country.

Listen in this week and before you know it you’ll be on the deck of a full rigged ship, tiller in hand, navigating the ocean waves.  William Jackson, Abby Newton, Kathy Mattea, Enya, Shaun Davey, Dick Gaughan all help host Fiona Ritchie to project her musical images.  All she needs now is you!  Join her for an hour on the water Sunday at 11 am.

If you liked the last two Something Completelies, I think you'll love this one. Another threesome: Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, with a great collection of spirituals, folk songs and musical cries of freedom; Kitka, a group that started in Berkeley some years ago, singing wonderful songs from Hungary, Bulgaria, Georgia (not the one with Atlanta in it), Russia (will this get me in trouble?), the Ukraine and like that; and Zap Mama, with Iko Iko, Poetry Man, and guests like Erykah Badu, and Meshell Ndegeocello. This is one you'll remember for some time to come.

Steve Reich At 80: The Phases Of A Lifetime In Music

Oct 9, 2016

Brian Eno. David Bowie. Kraftwerk. Radiohead. Aphex Twin. The National. These are just some of the contemporary artists and bands who have looked up to American composer Steve Reich.

If there's one thing Rick Astley hasn't given up, it's music. The British singer, who is perhaps best known for his 1987 single, "Never Gonna Give You Up" — and the common Internet gag, "rickrolling," inspired by it — is back with a new album. 50 is already topping the charts in the United Kingdom, and it just went on sale in North America this week.

"It's been a crazy few months, to be honest," Astley says. "I don't think anybody around me or anybody who knows me was expecting that, to have a No. 1 album in the U. K. again. That was pretty freaky."

For 20 years, Robert Goldstein was NPR's music librarian. He went on to become a manager in our research and archives division, and shared his love of music with our audience in stories he wrote for broadcast and online. He was also an accomplished guitarist, whose work made an impression on a young Bob Boilen decades ago, sparking a friendship that continued when they began working together.

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The famed Stax recording studio in Memphis is long gone, but Melissa Etheridge conjures up the place in her new CD, a collection of covers by Stax R&B legends like Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas and Sam and Dave.

KT Tunstall On World Cafe

Oct 7, 2016

Originally from St. Andrews in Scotland, KT Tunstall became an overnight sensation in 2006 with her album Eye To The Telescope. But, like many overnight sensations, she'd been at it for more than a decade.

Latin Roots: The Chamanas

Oct 6, 2016

World Cafe's latest Latin Roots segment features music and conversation with The Chamanas, a "frontereza" band from the border-spanning cities of El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The members we talk to today, Manuel Calderon and Hector Carreon, are the band's founders, who recently brought on a new lead singer, Paulina Reza.