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The War On Drugs On World Cafe | September 21, 2011

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Philadelphia's The War on Drugs is an arena rock band that doesn't play arenas yet. On its second and most recent record, Slave Ambient, the band rollicks like a lost early U2 demo, pairing massive melodies and expansive instrumentation to powerful effect.

Peaking on songs like "Your Love Is Calling My Name," or the '80s Springsteen-style anthem "Baby Missiles," the grandeur of Slave Ambient conjures Americana in a way few bands can.

This World Cafe session features songs from the band's recent concert at World Cafe Live.(link)



The Black Keys "The Only One" Brothers
Mumford & Sons "The Cave" Sigh No More
Josh Rouse & The Long Vacations "Movin' On" Josh Rouse & The Long Vacations
Joe Henry "Odetta" Reverie
Elvis Costello "Deep Dark Truthful Mirror" Spike
The War On Drugs "Best Night" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The War On Drugs "Baby Missiles" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The War On Drugs "Arms Like Boulders" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Call "The Walls Came Down" The Best of the Mercury Years
Coldplay "Paradise" Mylo Xyloto
Ian Dury & The Blockhead "Hit Me With Your Rhythm" Best of Ian Dury
Ray LaMontagne "Repo Man" God Willin' and the Creek Don't Rise


Ernest Ranglin "Congo Man Chant" Below the Bassline
The Clientele "Bonfires on the Heath" Bonfires on the Heath"
Bon Iver "Holocene" Bon Iver
Guillemots "Trains to Brazil" From the Cliffs
The Swell Season "I Don't Want To Know" Johnny Boy Would Love This: A Tribute To John Martyn
The Band "Acadian Driftwood" To Kingdom Come
Ryan Adams "Lucky Now" Ashes & Fire
Marshall Crenshaw "Mary Anne" Marshall Crenshaw
Fountains of Wayne "Richie & Reuben" Sky Full of Holes
Beirut "Santa Fe" The Rip Tide
Devotchka "One Hundred Other Lovers" One Hundred Lovers
Arcade Fire "The Suburbs" The Suburbs