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The Lions on World Cafe | March 20, 2013

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The Lions' members share a strong love of classic, Jamaican-inspired reggae. Hailing from different musical generations, the L.A. band's members craft a unique style which blends hip-hop and reggae with electrifying dub rhythms. Although the lineup has changed since The Lions' beginnings, the music has remained explosive and alluring.

The Lions' new album, This Generation, came out last month on the hip-hop label Stones Throw Records. On this installment of World Café, the group plays a few of its energetic tracks and talks about how a transformed grocery truck — featured on the album cover — became the centerpiece of its sound. (Link)

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Ry Cooder “It’s All Over Now” Paradise And Lunch
Bombino “Amidine” Nomad
Haircut 100 “Love Plus One” Pelican West
Bob Marley & The Wailers “Iron Lion Zion” Gold
((The Lions “Let’s Go Out Tonight” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
The Lions “Roll It ‘Round” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Lions “Picture on the Wall” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Lions “Let’s Go Out Tonight” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((The Lions “This Generation” This Generation))
Best Coast “Boyfriend” Crazy For You
Big Star “September Gurls” Radio City
Iron & Wine “Grace For Saints and Ramblers” Ghost on Ghost
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah “Let the Cool Goddess Rust Away” Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Father John Misty “I’m Writing A Novel” Fear Fun
((Mewithoutyou “January 1979” Catch Us For the Foxes))
Laura Marling “Sophia” A Creature I Don’t Know
Ray Lamontagne “Three More Days” Til the Sun Turns Black
Son Volt “Hearts And Minds” Honky Tonk
Boy “Little Numbers” Mutual Friends
Talk Talk “It’s My Life” The Very Best Of Talk Talk
The Walkmen “Heaven” Heaven
((The Kyle Sowashes “I Would Like To Speak To Yr Manager” Nobody))
Donovan “There Is A Mountain” The Essential Donovan
Devendra Banhart “Never Seen Such Good Things” Mala
Ben Folds Five “Brick” Whatever And Ever Amen
Jacco Gardner “Puppets Dangling” Cabinet of Curiosities
((The Allah-Las “Sacred Sands” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
The Zombies “Time Of the Season” Greatest Hits
The Postal Service “A Tattered Line of String” Give Up (Reissue)
Parquet Courts “Stoned and Starving” Light Up Gold
Lou Reed “Rock And Roll” The Best of Velvet Underground: Words and Music of Lou Reed
((Veruca Salt “Seether” American Thighs))