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The Kills On World Cafe | May 12, 2011

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Indie rock duo The Kills came together when Alison "VV" Mosshart heard British guitarist Jamie "Hotel" Hince practicing in a hotel room. Mosshart and Hince began airmailing work tapes back and forth across the Atlantic, but soon realized that a long-distance collaboration was too taxing. Mosshart moved across the pond from her hometown in Florida to London, and The Kills were born.
The duo developed a reputation from powerful live shows, and the band's lo-fi punk style drew comparisons to the White Stripes — part garage rock, part blues.
So far, The Kills have released a total of four albums, including this year'Blood Pressures. The album is rough, raw and undeniably hip, full of tension and restraint. It's clear that over the years, The Kills have learned how to keep listeners on the edge of their seats.
The Kills finish up a tour of North America in Los Angeles this weekend, then jet off for a series of dates in the U.K. (link)
Playlist - HOUR ONE
The Pretenders "My City Was Gone" Learning to Crawl
Peter Bjorn & John "Second Chance" Gimmee Some
LCD SoundSystem "Home" This Is Happening
The Kills "Heart is a Beating Drum" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Kills "DNA" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Kills "Baby Says" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Beck "Where It's At" Odelay
Thievery Corporation "The Numbers Game" Radio Retaliation
Marti Jones "If I Could Walk Away" Unsophisticated Time
Diego Garcia "You Were Never There" Laura
Playlist - HOUR TWO
Radiohead "Optimistic" Kid A
Rilo Kiley "Silver Lining" Under the Blacklight
Gomez "Options" Whatever's On Your Mind
Old 97's  "Every Night Is Friday Night (Without You) The Grand Theatre Vol 1
Roy Orbison "Candy Man" All-Time Greatest Hits
Robbie Robertson "He Don't Live Here No Mo" How to Become Clairvoyant
Bruce Hornsby "Talk of the Town" Harbor Lights
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears "Livin' in the Jungle" Scandalous
The Police "Walking on the Moon" Reggatta de Blanc
James Blake "The Wilhelm Scream" James Blake
Vampire Weekend "Cousins" Contra
Foster the People "Pumped Up Kicks" Torches
XTC "Senses Working Overtime" English Settlement
Free Energy "Dream City" Stuck On Nothing