I managed to narrow my selection down to a final three.
In at three was Kaki King's latest record, 'Dreaming of Revenge'. Kaki revealed her true vocal abilities on this record and managed to conjure up some incredible stand out tracks such as 'Montreal' and 'Life Being What It Is'.
I managed to catch up with Kaki and she told Alter The Press how 2008 had been for her:
Alter The Press: 2008 has been a very busy year for you. What has been your highlight?
Kaki King: I must say that 2008 was by far the most exciting and most exhausting
year of my life thus far when it comes to touring. Even now that I've been off the road for a few weeks small memories will zap into my head that I haven't thought of in months, like buying tiny model planes at the new Luxembourg airport or crying after my 15th Japanese interview of the day. I must say that one highlight has to be playing with Dave Grohl in front of 10,000 Australians each night for two weeks and having him give me the most massive hug after every performance. Not much tops that one.
ATP: What are you personal favorites to play from 'Dreaming of Revenge'?
KK: I really love to play Montreal--when it kicks in with the band onstage
it's a total joyride for me. 2 O'Clock is always a highlight as my drummer Matt takes the most incredible drum solo in the middle of that song followed by me throwing my guitar across the stage. It's my one indulgence in rock 'n' roll decadence. Still haven't managed to break the guitar yet.
ATP: If you could scrap one song from your tour setlist, which would it be?
KK: Ha. Sometimes I just hate playing Pull Me Out Alive. It's a decent enough song, but it's kind of too poppy for what I usually do. It got me a lot of exposure in various parts of the world this year, but we can't seem to get it right live. I expect we won't play it too much on future tours, which means the people who discovered me only through that song will be disappointed, so we'll probably have to play
ATP: What do you have planned for the rest of the year?
KK: It's now December. Right now I'm scoring a really fascinating documentary about homosexuality and the bible called 'Fish out of Water.' I know people have been hearing about this topic almost ad nauseam recently but this film is incredibly researched and really well made. It was a labor of love for the filmmakers and I'm honored to be adding music to it. After that I'll take a road trip down to Georgia and have a proper Southern Christmas.
ATP: What are your plans for 2009?
KK: Read, write words and music, and speak to people every day. That was
the equation for happiness according to Francis Bacon, and I don't plan on stopping that anytime soon.