NPR : World Cafe

BADBADNOTGOOD On 'World Cafe: Next'

BADBADNOTGOOD has a lot to boast about — it's recorded with Tyler, The Creator, played backup for Frank Ocean and performed as the band-in-residence at Coachella. Yet, on the trio's Bandcamp page, none of this is mentioned. Instead, its members write that "No one above the age of 21 was involved in the making of this album." One on hand, that is true; Alex Sowinski, Matt Tavares and Chester Hansen are barely in their 20s. On the other, these Toronto-based hip-hop and jazz musicians are so deeply influenced by the history and legacy of jazz, it's clear that the record couldn't have happened without the influence of their older counterparts.

The album itself, BBNG2, isn't a pure jazz record — it's more of a jazz approach to instrumental hip-hop that features covers of James Blake, Kanye West and Odd Future, among others. The group wrote original material for BBNG2, as well, including the single "UWM."

Copyright 2012 WXPN-FM. To see more, visit


'Not Without My Daughter' Subject Grows Up, Tells Her Own Story

"Not Without My Daughter" told the story of an American mother and daughter fleeing Iran. Now that young girl is telling her own story in her memoir, "My Name is Mahtob."

Internet Food Culture Gives Rise To New 'Eatymology'

Internet food culture has brought us new words for nearly every gastronomical condition. The author of "Eatymology," parodist Josh Friedland, discusses "brogurt" with NPR's Rachel Martin.

Proposed Climate Change Rules At Odds With U.S. Opponents

President Obama says the U.S. must lead the charge to reduce burning of fossil fuels. But American lawmakers are divided on limiting carbon emissions and opponents say they'll challenge any new rules.

Payoffs For Prediction: Could Markets Help Identify Terrorism Risk?

In a terror prediction market, people would bet real money on the likelihood of attacks. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Stephen Carter about whether such a market could predict — and deter — attacks.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.