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Black Dub On World Cafe | January 7, 2011

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Daniel Lanois is a veritable musicians' musician. He's produced Grammy winner after Grammy winner, including U2's The Joshua Tree in 1987 and Bob Dylan's Time Out of Mind a decade later. He's also worked with other big names such as Willie Nelson, Brian Eno and Neil Young. It shouldn't come as a surprise that Lanois is a performer in his own right — he's a singer, songwriter, guitarist and drummer. And he's finally showcasing himself with his project Black Dub.

Black Dub is comprised of Lanois on guitar, Brian Blade on the drums and Trixie Whitley (daughter of the late Chris Whitley) on everything else. They specialize in music fully formed from the moment it is recorded — no overdubs, no touching up, no fixed notes. Lanois calls it fluid, recorded live. As he says, "It's a very old-fashioned idea, really."

The three-piece began posting their one-take videos on YouTube, and the response was immediate and strong. People liked this simple kind of projection, where one hand-held captures the moment and the video goes straight to the fans. Black Dub attempted to capture this feeling in their eponymous debut. (link)

The Meters  Just Kissed My Baby  Rejuvenation
Daniel Lanois  The Maker  Acadie 
Chris Whitley  Big Sky Country  Living With the Law
Black Dub  I Believe in You  Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Black Dub  Ring the Alarm  Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Black Dub  Surely  Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Gregg Allman  Just Another Rider  Low Country Blues
The Stills Young Band  Long May You Run  Long May You Run
Phish  Julius  Hoist
REM  Discoverer  Collapse Into Now
M. Ward  Let My Love Open The Door  VAR-Sweetheart: Love Songs
Citizen Cope  Let the Drummer Kick  Citizen Cope
Ray LaMontagne  Repo Man  God Willin' and the Creek Don't Rise
Elton John & Leon Russell  If It Wasn't For Bad  The Union
Michelle Shocked  Anchorage  Short Sharp Shocked
Dr Dog  Take Me Into Town  Take Me Into Town Single
Los Lobos  Burn it Down  Tin Can Trust
Dan Mangan  The Indie Queens Are Waiting  Nice, Nice, Very Nice
Neko Case  People Got Alot of Nerve  Middle Cyclone
Mark Knopfler  Why Aye Man  The Ragpicker's Dream