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Bell X1 on World Cafe | July 11, 2011

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The Irish rock band Bell X1 has experienced a multitude of changes on its path to success. Popular vocalist Damien Rice once led the band when it was known by a different name — Juniper. Rice left the group, drummer Paul Noonan joined, and soon after the group changed its name to Bell X1.

Of its three studio-recorded albums, Flock, released February 2008, has proven to be the most successful. The album reached No. 1 in Ireland and gained a huge following throughout the U.K. Since then, the group has released 2009's Blue Lights on the Runway — which debuted at No. 1 in Ireland — and this year's Bloodless Coup.

Hear and watch Bell X1 play live at the Guiness Storehouse in Dublin and discuss their fanbases in Ireland and in the U.S. (link)

Playlist:

HOUR 1

Ziggy Marley "Conscious Party" Conscious Party
Neko Case & Nick Cave "She's Not There" True Blood
Wilco "I Might" The Whole Love
Nick Lowe "I Love My Label" Jesus Of Cool 30th Anniversary
Francis Dunnery "American Life In The Sum" Live At The World Cafe
Bell X-1 "Sugar High" Recorded Live For The World Cafe
Bell X-1 "The Great Defector" Recorded Live For The World Cafe
Bell X-1 "Rocky Took A Lover" Recorded Live For The World Cafe
Bell X-1 "Afer Than Love" Recorded Live For The World Cafe
Spoon "The Mystery Zone" Transference

HOUR 2

When Saints Go Machine "Church And Law" Konkylie
When Saints Go Machine "Kelly" Konkylie
Arcade Fire "Modern Man" The Suburbs
David Byrne & Brian Eno "Strange Overtones" Everything That Happens
Patti Smith "Words Of Love" Rave On
Kate And Anna Mcgarrigle "Love Is" Heartbeats Accelerating
Chris Bathgate "No Silver" Salt Year
Dawes "Time Spent In Los Angeles" Nothing Is Wrong
Ryan Adams "La Cienega Just Smiled" Gold
Fleet Foxes "Grown Ocean" Helplessness Blues
Beth Orton "She Cries Your Name" Trailer Park