The Best Of World Cafe And Other Things We Like

Something once practically obsolete has become brand new to a generation of music enthusiasts and they’re using their English-speaking instincts to talk about it.

Think about it. If you enjoy listening to music on the cassette format, you collect cassettes. If you enjoy listening to music on the CD format, you collect CDs. And if you enjoy listening to music on the vinyl format, you collect vinyls, right?

— Chris Richards “Okay, fine. Call them ‘vinyls.’" The Washington Post, April 17, 2014

Here’s something to look forward to when Boy George is on the Cafe this spring: a cover of “Bang a Gong (Get It On)” by T. Rex recorded live with Atlanta psych-punks Black Lips!


Watch Boy George and Black Lips cover T. Rex’s “Bang a Gong (Get It On)” live at WXPN because why not. 

The War on Drugs, U2, Alabama Shakes, J. Roddy Walston and the Business and more on today’s World Cafe playlist!

Kurt Vile - “Shame Chamber” - Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze
Natalie Merchant - “Ladybird” - Natalie Merchant
St. Vincent & David Byrne - “Who” - Love this Giant
Alabama Shakes - “Hang Loose” - Boys & Girls

World Cafe Session
The War On Drugs - “Under The Pressure” - recorded live for World Cafe
The War On Drugs - “Baby Missiles” - recorded live for World Cafe
The War On Drugs - “Suffering” - recorded live for World Cafe

U2 - “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses” - Achtung Baby
Conor Oberst - “Hundreds of Ways” - Upside Down Mountain
Okkervil River - “Down Down the Deep River” - The Silver Gymnasium
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - “Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)” - Raising Sand
Angel Olsen - “High & Wild” - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Luna - “Anesthesia” - Lunapark
Real Estate - “Talking Backwards” - Atlas
Dean Wareham  - “The Dancer Disappears” - Dean Wareham
Nirvana - “About A Girl” - MTV Unplugged In New York
Courtney Barnett  - “History Eraser” - The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas
Sharon Van Etten - “Taking Chances” - Are We There
The DB’s - “Love Is for Lovers” - Like This
J Roddy Walston & The Business - “Marigold” - Essential Tremors

Final Vinyl
Joe Jackson - “Happy Loving Couples” - Look Sharp

(Source:, via planetickets)