If Diamond Rugs’ music were a man, it’d be the guy with the dirty hair and the joint drinking a PBR right next to the speakers at the party, feet firmly planted, head bobbing, eyes closed. He’s having the time of his life, and he doesn’t even need the rest of the party to do it. Diamond Rugs consist of Deer Tick’s John McCauley and Robbie Crowell, Ian Saint Pé (Black Lips), Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), Hardy Morris (Dead Confederate) and Bryan Dufresne (Six Finger Satellite). Rather than just backing McCauley’s brainchild, Diamond Rugs morphed into a collaborative effort between all six musicians, who each contributed his own songs to the band’s self-titled album (on Partisan). The result is a fully formed group with a solid sound and a must-hear record. To hear how their SXSW experience went (hint: lyrics were forgotten, ups were fucked, but somehow they emerged triumphant), read our recent feature. Diamond Rugs will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week.
Crowell: I really like recordings with mistakes left intact. It’s really rare now, but sometimes my favorite parts of the Stones, Beatles, Zeppelin, Big Star or whoever else’s albums are the parts that would be fixed in ProTools now. Wrong notes, slowing down, whatever; it’s these little glitches that sometimes become the parts I look forward to the most. There’s a recording of the Stones doing “Tumbling Dice” where Charlie completely screws himself on a fill, but when he comes back in he plays twice as hard, probably to redeem himself for the botched fill. Amazing. Music without mistakes isn’t fun or human.
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