David Dye

David Dye is a longtime Philadelphia radio personality whose music enthusiasm has captivated listeners of World Cafe® since 1991. World Cafeis produced by WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dye launched his distinguished broadcasting career as host of a progressive music show on WMMR 93.3 FM, a pioneering progressive rock station in Philadelphia. During his four-year tenure, Dye won accolades for his taste and laid back presentation. After a five-year stint programming radio stations in Maine, he returned to Philadelphia where he gained public radio experience at WHYY before being recruited in 1981 by alternative rock station WIOQ 102.1 FM where he made his mark on the music scene for nearly a decade.

In 1989, Dye took his musical quest to WXPN where he hosted the station's Sleepy Hollow radio program. Two years later, Dye was asked to spearhead research on the viability of a new public radio program. The research revealed an audience need for a new kind of musical format - one that was intelligent, diverse and would give musical guests a showcase for their artistic expression. Based on the findings, Dye went to work to create a unique program of musical discovery where listeners would be introduced to an eclectic blend of contemporary sounds from legendary and up-and-coming artists. World Cafewas born.

Since launching World Cafein 1991, Dye has served as the host of this nationally acclaimed show, now syndicated on more than 250 public radio stations across the United States. Every week, Dye brings out the best in interviews with internationally known artists such as Yo-Yo Ma and Joni Mitchell. He has conducted nearly 4,500 interviews during his 20 years with the program. He introduces a half-million listeners each week to newcomers like Vampire Weekend, Mumford & Sons, PJ Harvey, Sheryl Crow, Beck, LCD Soundsystem and Amos Lee.

World Cafe and Dye have received numerous awards including: two NFCB Gold Reel Awards, Album Network's "Best Triple A Air Talent," five Philadelphia Magazine's "Best of Philly Awards," the Philadelphia Chapter of NARAS "Hero Award," the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award and numerous radio industry trade magazine citations. In 2006, Dye was named the "Triple A Air Personality of the Year" by Radio & Records.

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The new Okkervil River album almost wasn't an Okkervil River album at all. That's how the band's lead singer and songwriter, Will Sheff, explains it. "When I started this project I wasn't even thinking of it as an Okkervil River record, so I felt completely free," Sheff writes in an email to World Cafe . "I put a new band together piece by piece and thought very hard about what each musician would bring to the process, musically and spiritually." The new album, Away, due later this year, was...

Ray LaMontagne says the shape of his sixth album, Ouroboros , revealed itself to him as a whole in a dream. An easy-to-interpret dream, at that: A colorful puzzle representing the songs assembled itself as a whole picture as he slept. LaMontagne worked with My Morning Jacket 's Jim James and others, including Seth Kaufman (who was part of the team for LaMontagne's last album, Supernova ) to provide depth and coloration. It's almost a shame to separate one of the parts from that beautiful...

There was a time when the world of World Cafe and the world of the Grammys only intersected with a few Contemporary Folk nominees. These days, that category doesn't even exist — hello, Americana! — and World Cafe guests like Melbourne's Courtney Barnett are cropping up as nominees across the board. Get ready for the big show, which airs on CBS Monday at 8 p.m. ET, by listening here to World Cafe sessions with Barnett and nine other artists who are nominated to win Grammys. Copyright 2016 WXPN...

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHxGlk9Ah_k The highlight of World Cafe 's recent Sense Of Place visit to Stockholm, Sweden, was a session recorded at X-Level Studios. Guests included The Amazing and Jose Gonzalez — and Peter Bjorn And John, who treated the show to some brand-new, unreleased songs from an album currently in progress. PB&J has always made super-catchy, intelligent pop songs, and "Do Si Do" is another one. It's as fine a Swedish souvenir as you could ask for. SET LIST "Do Si Do"...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BJ0m186Ak4 Saun & Starr — that's Saundra Williams and Starr Duncan Lowe — have spent many years singing soul and R&B in and around New York City. After meeting at an open-mic night in 1986, Lowe and Williams became fast friends and musical partners; the two eventually began singing with Sharon Jones and backing her performances with The Dap-Kings . Now, Williams and Lowe are back on their own with their new album, Look Closer. As good as the record is, you have...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AU39gpBHMK4 Hop Along has more friends in the Philadelphia music scene than just about anybody; Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield even has a tattoo of the band's first album cover. Singer Frances Quinlan is an exciting, unorthodox performer whose phrasing in "Waitress," from Painted Shut, isn't intuitive. But that makes it all the more powerful. All next week, as part of World Cafe 's Sense Of Place series, we'll look at the Philadelphia music scene, with Hop...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWfmsrcv7dg Aly Spaltro's work has always had a whimsical side. She started her career in Maine as Lady Lamb The Beekeeper and has toured a lot since releasing her national debut, Ripely Pine , in 2013. Spaltro and her band, now known as Lady Lamb, have since developed more of a rock and pop edge, which is evident on her second album, After . Her wit, though, remains intact. On today's episode of World Cafe , hear about Spaltro's method of gathering ideas for...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_o8tEvmapPs In 2012, the musicians who formed The Suffers started jamming on ska tunes — the name comes from the 1978 reggae film Rockers/ital — and evolved into the tight, inventive "Gulf Coast soul" band it is today. Kam Franklin is a ball of energy out front, but she's only part of why so many are shouting The Suffers' praises these days. Come join the chorus. SET LIST "Gwan" Copyright 2016 WXPN-FM. To see more, visit WXPN-FM .

The Philadelphia-based band Hop Along is getting its national breakout moment with Painted Shut (out May 4) , its second full-length and first for Saddle Creek Records. Hop Along's power rests squarely on the talents of lead singer and writer Frances Quinlan. Her voice is huge: urgent, dynamic, sometimes harsh but undeniably intense. Get into it and you'll live and die by her reflective, first-person stories in songs like "Waitress." The words here stem from places of frustration and...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o02ITKKj0T0 Brandi Carlile has a deserved reputation for a dynamic voice that she has really learned to work over the years. But it's always in service to the song. Case in point: this version of the new song "The Eye." It's a beautiful, subdued World Cafe performance with The Twins, Tim and Phil Hanseroth. Copyright 2015 WXPN-FM. To see more, visit http://www.xpn.org/ .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7BY6KSdXKc Kishi Bashi's compositions seem free and effortless, yet they require elaborate attention to detail for the magic to work. Whether he's crafting multilayered, loop-intensive solo arrangements or working with a string quartet (as he does here), it takes chops to make "Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!" soar. It works as pop music, but it's so much more. SET LIST "Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!" Listen to Kishi Bashi's full performance...

We made 20 stellar World Cafe in-studio performances available for download during February, but they're all coming down Feb. 28 at midnight. Grab music from Neko Case, Parquet Courts, Jason Isbell and more today, before they're gone tomorrow. To download each song, click the title in the SoundCloud playlist (the song will begin playing), and then click "download" arrow to the right of the title. Copyright 2014 WXPN-FM. To see more, visit http://www.xpn.org/ .

In the second installment of this two-part broadcast interview, the members of Pearl Jam continue their engagingly in-depth discussion with comedy director and producer Judd Apatow. On Wednesday's episode of World Cafe , listeners can hear music from the group's upcoming release, Lightning Bolt . The rock veterans also spend some time reminiscing with Apatow about powerful music moments that have moved them to tears. Copyright 2013 WXPN-FM. To see more, visit http://www.xpn.org/ .

Pearl Jam is set to release its 10th studio album, Lightning Bolt , on Oct. 15, making it the band's first record since 2009's Backspacer . The group members aren't doing much publicity for the album — but when they do, they make it count. On Tuesday's edition of World Cafe , listeners can hear director and producer Judd Apatow ( Anchorman , The 40-Year-Old Virgin , Knocked Up ) talk with the premier American rock band in a wide-ranging interview. In part one of this two-part broadcast...

In hour one of Tuesday's installment of World Cafe , we talk with Elvis Costello and The Roots ' 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 Wise Up Ghost last week — it's a project they'd made in semi-secrecy. Both artists have rich histories as thriving collaborators. The Roots' members have worked alongside artists such as neo-soul singer D...

Joining us in the studio for hour two of Tuesday's World Cafe 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. 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 Nobody Dances in...

Neko Case On World Cafe

Sep 18, 2013

This segment, from Sept. 18, is part of our Best Of 2013 series, in which we revisit some of our most memorable interviews and performances of the year. Neko Case 's new album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You , expands upon the fiercely intelligent singer-songwriter's gifts for music that's both innately infectious and rooted in intense, accessible emotions. Wednesday's installment of World Cafe features an intimate session with Case and her...

This week's World Cafe: Next artist is the Kansas band Moreland & Arbuckle, whose members play blues-drenched roots-rock. On their fifth album, 7 Cities , 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. After meeting at an open-mic night, Aaron Moreland and Dustin Arbuckle discovered a mutual love of Mississippi Delta blues. Thirteen years later, they recorded...

After working together for more than a decade, the members of Stockholm's Shout Out Louds continue to make lush, highly melodic pop music. The product of a year and a half of tinkering, their recent Optica is significantly lighter-sounding than its predecessors. On this installment of World Cafe , 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 Optica should sound. Copyright 2013 WXPN-FM. To see more, visit...

The Olms On World Cafe

Aug 8, 2013

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. 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...

When Telekinesis ' Michael Benjamin Lerner plays live, he sings from behind his drum set, but he plays almost all the instruments on his albums. The power-pop multi-instrumentalist recorded his latest record, Dormarion , at Spoon drummer Jim Eno's house — fittingly located on Dormarion Lane. In this installment of World Cafe , Lerner discusses how he recorded the album with so many of his own tracks, and says he's finally allowed himself to branch out from identifying himself as "just" a...

Sam Amidon On World Cafe

Aug 6, 2013

Sam Amidon 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. Doveman ). On his fourth album, Bright Sunny South , Amidon draws from a variety of traditional folk material, weaving it into his own mesmerizing compositions. With the help of Bartlett as a bandmate and producer, several tracks on the new album go beyond tradition to include free-jazz influences, as well as a cover of Tim McGraw's ...

Rose Windows' debut album, The Sun Dogs , is steeped in '60s classic rock, recalling the heavy organ sounds of The Doors 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. Hear two songs from The Sun Dogs , a mellow combination of psychedelic folk and blues-rock instrumentation. Copyright 2014 WXPN-FM. To see more, visit http:/...

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. With original Big Country member Bruce Watson at the helm, the band's new album came out last April and is titled The Journey . In...

Lissie On World Cafe

Aug 1, 2013

When Lissie stopped by World Cafe for her session about a month ago, she still didn't have a name for her new album. Now titled Back to Forever , the singer's second record is due out Sept. 10; it comes three years after the release of her debut , Catching a Tiger . Lissie's new songs emphasize her observations of the world around her . "Shameless," for example, focuses on what people will do for stardom. Lissie's music is solidly grounded in her folk roots, though she also evokes a Stevie...

Rhye On World Cafe

Jul 31, 2013

Though Rhye 's debut album, Woman , 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. Milosh's high yet husky voice can be hard to distinguish as male or female. Watch a special performance of Rhye, recorded live...

La Santa Cecilia 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. Audiences particularly responded to singer La Marisoul's charismatic personality and voice. She's sung on stage with Elvis Costello , who contributes a vocal to the band's debut album, Treinta Diaz ....

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