August 7 2011
Gifted with an extraordinary voice, Canadian singer-songwriter k.d. lang is a singular figure in the world of alt-country and adult contemporary pop.
lang's latest album, Sing It Loud, finds the four-time Grammy Award-winner still going strong after 28 years. She wrote Sing It Loud in collaboration with guitarist and songwriter Joe Pisapia, who also produced the album and leads Lang's new backing band, The Siss Boom Bang. It's the first time lang has worked with a band since the early '80s, and on today's World Cafe, lang says that collaboration has reinvigorated her songwriting.
In a wide-ranging interview with host David Dye, lang discusses the making of Sing It Loud and her return to country and "North Americana." Their conversation is accompanied by live versions of songs from the album recorded in a recent session for KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic. (link)
Arcade Fire "Modern Man" The Suburbs
The Jayhawks "She Walks In So Many Ways" Mockingbird Time
Caitlin Rose "Shanghai Cigarettes" Own Side Now
Patsy Cline "Walkin' After Midnight" 12 Greatest Hits CD-1
Roy Orbison "The Comedians" Mystery Girl
k.d. lang "Habit of Mind" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
k.d. lang "Sugar Buzz" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
k.d. lang "Heaven" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Dawes "Time Spent In Los Angeles" Nothing Is Wrong
American Music Club "California Dreamin'" San Francisco
Van Morrison "Caravan" Moondance
Coldplay "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall"
Talk Talk "It's My Life" The Very Best Of...
Fool's Gold "Street Clothes" Leave No Trace
Best Coast "Boyfriend" Crazy For You
The Fling "Wandering Foot" When The Madhouses Appear
The Thrills "One Horse Town" So Much For The City
Ryan Adams "New York, New York" Gold
Chris Bathgate "No Silver" Salt Year
Loudon Wainwright II "Motel Blues" A Live One
Joss Stone "Super Duper Love" The Soul Sessions
Raphael Saadiq "Heart Attack" Stone Rollin'
My Morning Jacket "Holding On To Black Metal" Circuital
Stereo MC's "Connected" Connected