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Diamond Rugs on World Cafe | August 28, 2012

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Muddying the waters separating indie rock, country and Southern blues, Diamond Rugs formed in Nashville as an all-star music collective assembled by John McCauley of Deer Tick. McCauley originally approached Robbie Crowell (Deer Tick), Ian Saint Pe (Black Lips), Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), Hardy Morris (Dead Confederate) and Bryan Dufresne (Six Finger Satellite) to collaborate on an album he was making. Eventually, his bandmates began adding songs of their own, and Diamond Rugs grew into more than just McCauley's pet project.

The end result is an exercise in carefully constructed chaos — one moment a smooth rock ballad, the next a gut-wrenching country dirge. Hear the band perform songs from its self-titled debut in this session of World Cafe. (link)


(( )) for interlude music


Mark Knopfler “What It Is” Sailing to Philadelphia
Langhorne Slim & the Law “The Way We Move” The Way We Move
Bright Eyes “Soul Singer in a Session Band” Cassadaga
Deer Tick “Easy” Born on Flag Day
Middle Brother “Million Dollar Bill” Recorded Live for the World Café
((Deer Tick “Houston, TX” Born on Flag Day))
Diamond Rugs “Call Girl Blues” Recorded Live for the World Café
Diamond Rugs “Big God” Recorded Live for the World Café
Diamond Rugs “100 Sheets” Recorded Live for the World Café
Diamond Rugs “Blue Mountains” Recorded Live for the World Café
((Diamond Rugs “Call Girl Blues” Recorded Live for the World Café))
Beirut “Santa Fe” The Rip Tide
Seawolf “Old Friend” Old World Romance
Ryan Adams “Answering Bell” Gold
Badly Drawn Boy “Something to Talk About” About a Boy Soundtrack
The War on Drugs “Come to the City” Slave Ambient
((The Dears “Disclaimer” Missiles))


RL Burnside “It’s Bad You Know” Come On In
Grizzly Bear “Yet Again” Shield
Vampire Weekend “Horchata” Contra
Calexico “Epic” Algiers
Patty Griffin “Change” Single
Beach House “Myth” Bloom
Lianne La Havas “Is Your Love Big Enough” Is Your Love Big Enough
The Decemberists “Summersong” The Crane Wife
Jimmy Cliff “Guns of Brixton” Rebirth
Madness “Our House” Madness
((Bruce Springsteen “Rosalita” The Wild the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle))
Leonard Cohen “Everybody Knows” I’m Your Man
Foster the People “Helena Beat” Torches
Husky “History’s Door” Forever So
((The Helio Sequence “Back to This” Keep Your Eyes Ahead))