Producer Aaron Levinson joins World Cafe for a Latin Roots discussion of boogaloo, the Latin music and dance craze that burst out of New York City in the mid-1960s. The elders might have been threatened by this new sound, which boasted English-language lyrics, but the kids didn't care. Levinson spins a couple of crossover hits in the segment above; check out his Spotify playlist for further boogaloo favorites.
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down joins World Cafe for a set recorded live from lead singer Thao Nguyen's home in the San Francisco Bay Area. The band recently released its fourth album, A Man Alive, which was produced by Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs. Nguyen says the title alludes to her ongoing estrangement from her father.
Hear the full conversation and performance in the player above.
The world of country music has lost a man who has influenced practically every country artist making music today. The legendary Merle Haggard, born in 1937, died Wednesday morning on his 79th birthday.
Josh Rosenthal is a music fan who has worn many hats over the years. He's been a DJ and a major-label promotion man; today, he's the owner and guiding light behind Tompkins Square, a label that primarily releases reissues. Rosenthal's new memoir, The Record Store Of The Mind, explores the music he discovers, falls in love with and reissues, plus much more from his years of crate-digging.
Originally from Maine, Ray LaMontagne began his career in 2004; his first album, Trouble, was a widely beloved success. Since then, LaMontagne has worked with an assortment of producers and bands, challenging them — and himself — to something different each time.
Even if you don't know much else about Denver folk-rock band The Lumineers, you definitely know "Ho Hey." After the band released its self-titled debut in 2012, that stomp-along single became ubiquitous, and helped make The Lumineers an instant summer-festival mainstay.
This week's World Cafe: Next discovery is Birds Of Chicago, a group centered on the voices of Allison Russell and JT Nero. The band began in 2012 when Nero started writing songs for Russell, who'd previously been in the Canadian roots group Po'Girl.
Bob Moog, the electronic-music pioneer and inventor of the synthesizer that bears his name, loved Asheville, N.C., and lived there for years. That's why the Moog Foundation, run by his daughter Michelle Moog-Koussa, is located there. In this segment, Moog-Koussa discusses her father's relationship to the area and his history as an inventor. Check out the Spotify playlist on this page for more Moog-centric music.