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Brazzaville: Around The World In Rock

XPN

With musical influences stemming from Africa, France, Spain and other countries, Brazzaville is the brainchild of David Brown, best known as the saxophonist for Beck. His band plays music from its new CD, 21st Century Girl, in a session from WXPN.

Brazzaville in Studio on World Cafe 9/30/08

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Favorite Sessions

Calexico Rings Alarm Bell On 'Carried To Dust'

WNYC Radio

Sometimes the best moment of an in-studio performance is the soundcheck. To warm up, Calexico riffed on a Pavement cover for 15 spooky minutes before offering up two very different versions of songs from the Tucson band's new album, Carried to Dust.

Calexico in Studio on WNYC's Soundcheck 9/24/08

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The Ting Tings: Sassy Electro-Pop

XPN

The Ting Tings' debut album, We Started Nothing, has propelled the British duo to worldwide fame on the strength of some of the catchiest pop songs in recent memory. The British duo layers together synths, powerful drum beats and catchy melodies in a session from WXPN.

Chick Corea On Piano Jazz

Chick Corea has been a major force in music for nearly 40 years. His inventive improvisations and musical ideas have made him one of the most important figures in modern jazz. On this 1987 program, recorded at Corea's Madhatter studio, Marian McPartland plays the Fender Rhodes and Corea plays his KX5 synthesizer in "Crystal Silence."

Chick Corea in Studio on Piano Jazz 1/27/89

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Spiritualized: Songs From The 'A&E'

XPN

Disrupted by a serious bout of pneumonia, Spiritualized frontman Jason Pierce had to wait almost two years to put to disc a collection of songs he'd written in just two weeks. Songs in A&E's intense and emotional songs of survival and near-death experiences are captured here, in a session from WXPN.

Spiritualized in Studio on World Cafe 9/24/08

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From the Top

In Berkeley, New Music And Joyful Bach

This week, From the Top is in Berkeley, California, where a 12-year-old pianist joyfully wraps her brain and fingers around a Bach fugue, a hockey-playing bassoonist performs Weber and a teen quartet offers up a new work by a local 17-year-old.

In Berkeley, New Music And Joyful Bach

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Amy MacDonald: This Is The Scot's Life

XPN

By 15, Scottish singer-songwriter Amy MacDonald was performing in pubs and open mics in Ireland. Now 21, her album This Is the Life just came out in the U.S. after topping the U.K. charts on the strength of its rich and sometimes dark lyrics.

Amy MacDonald in Studio on World Cafe 9/23/08

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Favorite Sessions

Stephin Merritt: Musical Polymath

KEXP

Calling Stephin Merritt a reluctant performer is putting it lightly. Nevertheless, the Magnetic Fields leader bellied up to a microphone by himself in a KEXP session. Here, he surveys his expansive catalog and answers questions in the deadpan style that makes his songs so great.

Stephen Merritt in Studio on KEXP 3/11/08

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Paul Weller Counts Off His '22 Dreams'

XPN

British pop icon Paul Weller has described his new double-disc album, 22 Dreams, as "a year in my life." It tracks Weller's course through the changing seasons. The former frontman of The Jam performs his kaleidoscopic pop music in a session on World Cafe.

Paul Weller in Studio on World Cafe 9/4/08

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Henry Mancini On Piano Jazz

Composer Henry Mancini penned some of the most memorable tunes of the modern era, including the Pink Panther theme. On this episode of Piano Jazz from 1985, Mancini talks about his muse (the movie screen) and performs several favorites, including "Days of Wine and Roses."

Henry Mancini in Studio on Piano Jazz 3/14/85

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