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Ani DiFranco On World Cafe | January 17, 2012

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Ani DiFranco called on a diverse lineup of guests, including Pete Seeger and Anais Mitchell, for her first new record in three years. Over the course of 21 studio albums in a 21-year career, DiFranco's folk-rock music has broached topics from politics to love, but has never strayed from being, as she would say, "righteous." In every sense of the word, DiFranco is the righteous rocker behind Righteous Babe records, the independent label on which she's been self-releasing albums since 1990.

DiFranco has just released a new, politically charged album, titled Which Side Are You On? The title track, a reworking of Florence Reece's union song from the 1930s, was popularized by Pete Seeger in the 1960s. DiFranco explains her motivations for the record as "testing deeper waters with the political songs... I guess I've been pushing my own boundaries of politics and art."

Here, Ani DiFranco performs live in the studio and talks to David Dye about the uncharacteristically long gap between her last album, Red Letter Year, and her new record.(link)

Playlist

Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

TV on the Radio "Wolf Like Me" Return to Cookie Mountain
Modest Mouse "Fire It Up" We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
Dr. Dog "The Old Black Hole" Be the Void

((Oh! Pears "Singers" Fill Your Lungs EP))

Ani Difranco "Which Side Are You On?" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Ani Difranco "J" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Ani Difranco "Promiscuity" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Hiss Golden Messenger "Jesus Shot Me In The Head" Poor Moon))

Leonard Cohen "Darkness" Old Ideas
Greg Brown "Blues Go Walking" Covenant
Grace Woodroofe "I've Handled Myself Wrong" Always Want
Joan Armatrading "Love & Affection" Joan Armatrading"

Hour 2

The Blue Nile "A Walk Across Rooftops" A Walk Across Rooftops
Flying Burrito Brothers "Tried So Hard" Flying Burrito Brothers
Great Lake Swimmers "Easy Come Easy Go" New Wild Everywhere
Sharon Van Etten "Serpents" Tramp
Kurt Vile "In My Time" Smoke Ring For My Halo

((Ezra Furman "I Dreamed Of Moses" Banging Down The Doors))

Fanfarlo "Shiny Things" Rooms Filled With Light
The Head & The Heart "Winter Song" The Head & The Heart
Belle & Sebastian "Like Dylan in the Movies" If You're Feeling Sinister
John K Samson "When I Write My Master's" Provincial

((Kyle Andrews "Lake Erie Lament" Amos In Ohio))

Kevin Kinney "Never Gonna Change" A Good Country Mile
Drive-By Truckers "Used to Be a Cop" Go Go Boots
The Pretenders "Back on the Chain Gang" Learning to Crawl
Joseph Arthur "Over the Sun" The Graduation Ceremony

((Apostle Of Hustle "Fast Pony For Victor Jara" National Anthem Of Nowhere))