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The dB's On World Cafe | January 31, 2013

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The dB's secured a place in rock history as one of the pioneering jangle-pop bands of the early '80s. Deftly combining new wave and power-pop, it created a melodic niche for itself among its Southern peers — bands like The Feelies and R.E.M.

Following a 25-year absence, the return of The dB's last year proved that some reunions are worth the wait. Thirty years removed from the last release with the band's original lineup, the quartet of Peter Holsapple, Chris Stamey, Will Rigby and Gene Holder re-formed for 2012's Falling Off the Sky.

Here, the group performs two songs from Falling Off the Sky and discusses its trajectory — from its formation in North Carolina to its recent comeback. (Link)

Tracklisting

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T Rex “Hot Love” Hits
Laura Mvula “She” Sing to the Moon
Joan Armatrading “Love & Affection” Joan Armatrading
The Shins “It’s Only Life” Port of Morrow
Alt-J “Breezeblocks” An Awesome Wave
((The Helio Sequence “One More Time” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
The Helio Sequence “One More Time” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Helio Sequence “October” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Helio Sequence “Downward Spiral” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((The Helio Sequence “Back To This” Keep Your Eyes Ahead))
Hey Marseilles “Hold Your Head” Lines We Trace
REM “Try Not to Breathe” Automatic for the People
Tame Impala “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” Lonerism
((The Flaming Lips “The Wizard Turns On” At War With The Mystics))
Broken Social Scene “7/4 (Shoreline)” Broken Social Scene
Yo La Tengo “Ohm” Fade
The Joy Formidable “This Ladder Is Ours” Wolf’s Law
Of Monsters & Men “Little Talks” My Head is an Animal
Rhett Miller “Our Love” The Instigator
((The Beastie Boys “Auntie Jackie Poom Poom Delicious” Hello Nasty Deluxe Edition))
The Lions “This Generation” This Generation
Passion Pit “I’ll Be Alright” Gossamer
The Heavy “How You Like Me Now?” The House That Dirt Built
The Black Keys “Tighten Up” Brothers
((Heartless Bastards “The Mountain” The Mountain))
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell “Hanging Up My Heart” Old Yellow Moon
Delta Rae “Bottom of the River” Carry the Fire
Ivan & Alyosha “Running For Cover” All The Times We Had
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss “Gone Gone Gone” Raising Sand