Friday, November 30, 2007

World Cafe on VPR

When VPR announced their new programming schedule, I checked the schedule for any sort of indie rock shows. However, I did a very lame review of the schedule which basically involved reading the titles of the shows and judging them based upon that. One of those was World Cafe which runs from noon - 2pm on Saturdays. With a title like that, I immediately assumed it was some sort of afro/world beat show for hippies. Man, was I wrong.

A few weeks ago, someone mentioned to me that they thought they had heard Spoon on VPR. I raised an eyebrow and said something like "Are you sure?" while thinking "No friggin' way". Then I was out running errands one Saturday and popped on VPR. Holy crap, they were playing The Ramones' "Sheena's a Punk Rocker" and then a bunch of other cool tunes followed. It was great. When I got home, there was a message on my answering machine from a friend raving about all the good music he was hearing on VPR that afternoon. It was exciting to have a good show to listen to on the radio.

It turns out that World Cafe is a program from Philly's WXPN where it runs daily from 2pm-4pm. I'm not positive but I think we are getting a condensed version of the show's highlights rather than a rebroadcast of one of the week's regular shows. Regardless, it's nice to have something to listen to on Saturdays while running around in the car.

The Ramones | Sheena Is a Punk Rocker | Buy


Bob F. said...

Sometimes World Cafe can get a little "Starbucks-y", but knowing your tastes, Brian, I bet you'll enjoy that show more often than not.

Alivewithpassion said...

very cool blog!

Flatlander said...

Unfortunately, VPR was off the air during World Cafe's time slot. I didn't pick up on the Starbucks sound when I first heard the show two weeks ago but I missed it traveling for Thanksgiving last weekend and this time it was just dead-signal fuzz. So, I'll see if I hear what you're talking about next week.

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