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Lana Del Rey on World Cafe | August 13, 2012

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Lana Del Rey got her start at 18, when she was still known as Lizzy Grant and moved from Lake Placid to New York City to write songs and perform in clubs. In 2008, under her given name, she produced and released the EP Kill Kill independently. In 2010, her first album — the doubly eponymous Lana Del Ray [sic] a.k.a. Lizzy Grant — came out and was quickly pulled from circulation, though it'll be reissued this summer.

Late last year, Del Rey's breakthrough song "Video Games" became a YouTube sensation, and her major-label debut, Born to Die, came out in January, as she was making high-profile appearances on Saturday Night Live, Late Show With David Letterman and the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

A summer tour is sure to attract strong opinions; Del Rey's persona and performances have been lightning rods for criticism since before most people knew who she was. But in the meantime, on this episode of World Cafe, she talks to host David Dye about her SNL appearance and plays songs from Born to Die live in the studio.

This segment originally aired on June 1, 2012. (link)

Playlist

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HOUR 1

Flaming Lips "Yeah Yeah Yeah Song" At War With The Mystics
The Velvet Underground "I'll Be Your Mirror" The Best Of The Velvet Underground
Spiritulaized "Hey Jane" Sweetheart Sweet Light
((The War On Drugs "Show Me the Coast" Wagonwheel Blues))
Lana Del Rey "Born To Die" Recorded Live For The World Cafe
Lana Del Rey "Carmen" Recorded Live For The World Cafe
Lana Del Rey "Video Games" Recorded Live For The World Cafe
Lana Del Rey "Blue Jeans" Recorded Live For The World Cafe
((Let's Go Sailing "Come Home Safely" The Chaos in Order))
Rufus Wainwright "Out Of The Game" Out Of The Game
Talk Talk "It's My Life" The Very Best Of Talk Talk
Santigold "Disparate Youth" Master Of Make-Believe
Beck "Where It's At" Odelay
Morphine "Buena" Cure For Pain
((Chairlift "Bruises" Does You Inspire You))

HOUR 2

Kathleen Edwards "Mint" Voyageur
JD McPherson "North Side Gal" Signs And Signifiers
The Band "Stage Fright" Stage Fright
The Decemberists "Calamity Song" The King Is Dead
Bonnie Raitt "Right Down The Line" Slipstream
Graham Parker "The Kid With The Butterfly Net" Passion Is No Ordinary Word
((Madi Diaz "Christine" Skin and Bone))
Kindness "Swinging Party" World You Need a Change of Mind
Vampire Weekend "Mansard Roof" Vampire Weekend
Best Coast "The Only Place" The Only Place
((Real Estate "Atlantic City" Real Estate))
The Tallest Man On Earth "1904" There Is No Leaving Now
The National "Fake Empire" Boxer
Glen Hansard "Love Don't Leave Me Waiting" Rhythm And Repose
Jonathan Wilson "Desert Raven" Gentle Spirit
The Jayhawks "She Walks In So Many Ways" Mockingbird Time