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New Music Releases This Week: Andy Bassford, Dangermuffin, Mandolin Orange and More

This week’s lineup of featured new music releases includes titles by Andy Bassford, Dangermuffin, Robert Ellis, Mandolin Orange, Nick Waterhouse, and others. See our New Releases page for a complete list of featured albums and also see some of our favorite tracks off the new releases. Andy Bassford’s “The Harder They Strum” is a remake of the soundtrack to the movie “The Harder They Come”. Jamaican music has played an instrumental role in influencing Bassford since early on in his music...

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Live Thursday, January 31st between 11am & Noon: Aubrey Eisenman & the Clydes

We first met Aubrey when she joined Amanda Platt and Anya Hinkle for a "Women in Music" collaboration last year. Her Asheville band of "Old Soul Americana" has a new album out on Travianna Records, and a release show at Ambrose West on Friday the 1st.

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New Tunes At Two

New Tunes At Two

Monday, January 28

Matt Ellis – Rambler Pacifico

Wednesday, January 30

Reed Foehl – Lucky Enough

Thursday, January 31

Stephane Wrembel – The Django Experiment IV

Peak of the Week: Thursdays at 9pm sample a new release

Thursday, January 31 Charley Crockett – Lil’ G.L.’s Blues Bonanza

Charley Crockett Covers of Country and Blues, with no border between the two. “…Like a jazz singer moonlighting in a beer joint”, says one reviewer.

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One day after dozens of people were killed in two suicide bomb attacks aimed at Shiites, there's been another deadly explosion in Afghanistan:

With his government embroiled in controversy over a memo that many in Pakistan view as potentially treasonous, President Asif Ali Zardari's sudden departure for medical treatment in Dubai has "people [here] questioning the timing" and wondering if Zardari might be about to step down, NPR's Corey Flintoff reported this morning from Islamabad.

"We don't kill our people ... no government in the world kills its people, unless it's led by a crazy person."

So says Syrian President Bashar Assad to ABC News Barbara Walters in an interview that's airing across several of the network's shows today.

Pushing back against reports from the United Nations and witnesses in several Syrian cities, Assad denied that his security forces have killed thousands of civilians.

Tony Bennett On World Cafe

Dec 6, 2011

With more than 70 albums and 15 Grammys to his name, Tony Bennett is not just a staple of contemporary jazz music — he's a legend. His signature sound has evolved into just the right mix of jazz and pop, influenced by greats such as Al Jolson and Louis Armstrong.

Today it is widely understood that slavery is a stain on American history — indelible and regrettable. But on the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, a new issue of The Atlantic magazine reaches back to a time when this matter wasn't yet settled, and monumental questions were still up in the air: Would slavery continue? Would America remain united?

The Zombies On World Cafe

Dec 5, 2011

In the 1960s, the Zombies enjoyed success as one of the most popular bands of the British Invasion, releasing the enduring and beloved hits "Time of the Season," "Tell Her No" and "She's Not There." Although the group initially split amicably in 1968, the Zombies returned to making music in various incarnations in the early '90s. This year, two of its founding members, Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent, released Breathe Out, Breathe In, which the veteran musicians say is the first album that makes them feel truly together again as a band.

tUnE-yArDs On World Cafe

Nov 23, 2011

Merrill Garbus, the woman behind tUnE-yArDs, began as a solo act, and her talent practically explodes out of every performance. She commands any space, especially from behind a set-up of a tom and snare drum, a ukulele, and her bare feet atop the loop pedals from which she builds her compositions. Every sound that Garbus weaves into her songs is so deliberately placed that "experimental" seems too nonchalant a word.

First of two stories, which are part of an ongoing series on obesity in America. The first part begins in August as students start their weight-loss journey at Wellspring Academy, a boarding school in Brevard, N.C. The second checks in with the students a few months later.

Today's show features live performances from some of our favorite World Cafe artists, straight from our 20th-anniversary celebration concerts.

T-Bone Burnett On World Cafe

Oct 31, 2011

Legendary singer-songwriter and folk-rock pioneer T-Bone Burnett is known for his captivating solo material, but also for his role as a legendary producer of records by everyone from Roy Orbison to actor Jeff Bridges. In a new interview on World Cafe, Burnett sits down with host David Dye to reflect on some of his most famous projects.