Entries tagged with: Lana Del Rey
It's that time of year again when folks start publishing their End of Year Best-Of lists. Almost always first out of the gates is UK-based Rough Trade Shops who dropped their 100 Best Albums of 2015 list today. Coming in at #1 was Bjork's devastatingly personal Vulnicura. And here's their Top 20:
1) Bjork - VulnicuraYou can check out Rough Trade Shops full Top 100 Albums of 2015 list below...
2) Father John Misty - I Love You Honeybear
3) Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
4) Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People
5) Max Richter - From Sleep
6) Wolf Alice - My Love is Cool
7) Kamasi Washington - The Epic
8) Royal Headache - High
9) Romare - Projections
10) Jamie XX - In Colour
11) John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
12) Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell
13) Tame Impala - Currents
14) Nadine Shah - Fast Food
15) Wand - Golem
16) Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
17) Django Django - Born Under Saturn
18) Tobias Jesso Jr - Goon
19) Georgia - S/T
20) Palma Violets - Danger in the Club
by Andrew Sacher
For a minute there, it seemed like Lana Del Rey was going to have the quickest rise and fall the music world had seen in years. A lot of people (us included) got caught up in the initial excitement of breakout single "Video Games," but Lana quickly became a controversial figure, famously tanked on SNL, and rushed out her album Born To Die with scattered production and more filler than hits. Just a few months after "Video Games" dropped, a lot of people (us included) were ready to be done with Lana Del Rey. Lana herself even seemed potentially done. A week after Born To Die came out she said she might never make another album.
But then two and a half years later she put out Ultraviolence, a record with bluesy overtones courtesy of Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach that was surprisingly very good. It was enough to get us excited about her again, and thankfully she took less time to get a followup this time -- her new album Honeymoon comes out today. It's the kind of album I hoped she was going to make when I first heard "Video Games" and quite possibly the best thing she's done yet.
It's easily the most cohesive album of her career so far, with slow, atmospheric, lightly psychedelic songs making up the whole thing. Lana has always been interested in the past and these gloomy Sunday songs have more than a little Billie Holiday influence, an artist she shouts out in the chorus of "The Blackest Day." She also has an obvious ode to traditional Italian ballads, "Salvatore," and those vibes sneak into a few other songs too. Billie isn't the only vocal jazz legend Lana pays tribute to here. The record ends with a cover of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," which does take cues from The Animals' version but otherwise more closely echoes Nina Simone's. She also quotes Bowie's "Space Oddity" on "Terrence Loves You." It's not all throwbacks to the past though; Lana's hip hop influence faintly remains in the slowed-down trap beats of songs like "Freak" and recent single "High by the Beach." The pop landscape is much different now than when "Video Games" first broke, but even with stars as massive as Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus going on to channel LDR's sound, the dreary Honeymoon is still nothin' for the radio. (But they'll still play it though, cause it's that new Lana Del Rey.)
The album is out now and you can listen via Spotify below. No upcoming tour dates at the moment.
by Andrew Sacher
We already heard the title track from Lana Del Rey's upcoming album Honeymoon, and earlier this week she put out the second single "High by the Beach" which just got video treatment. It feels impossible that there weren't at least 47 chillwave songs in 2009 called something like "High by the Beach," but I'm not sure if any of them had a lyric like "You could be a bad motherfucker, but that don't make you a man." Watch the video, including a part where Lana blows up a helicopter with a massive weapon Grand Theft Auto style, below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Lana Del Rey at Sasquatch 2015 (more by Debi Del Grande)
Lana Del Rey has been saying Honeymoon, her followup to last year's very good Ultraviolence, will be out this year. We still don't have all the details (like artwork, tracklist and release date), but Lana did just release a stream of the title track. It's a super minimal song, seemingly taking most of its influence from '50s-'60s vocal jazz. Listen below.
photos by Debi Del Grande
St. Vincent / Robert Plant / Ex Hex / Temples @ Sasquatch 5/24/2014
On stage Annie Clark, or as she's known, St. Vincent, is like an alluring, otherworldly android. She skitter steps around rapidly on high stiletto heels, staring blankly and doe-eyed, smiling at odd times while tearing through guitar lines seemingly effortlessly. Much of her show seems almost choreographed, moves precise, robotic, and at times in unison with her rhythm guitar player/keyboardist. Hers is a very conscious stage presence, each strange move intentional, and it is completely captivating. But her set on the Sasquatch main stage proved her to be not just an engaging performer, but an excellent musician as well; Clark is the complete package. Her confident guitar lines lead the way on her early hit "Cruel", and the single "Digital Witness" from her 2014 self-titled album was very danceable over the massive, bass-heavy sounds coming from the stage. Her set was fairly light on stage banter, but when she finally spoke she said, "good evening ladies and gentlemen, and a special welcome to the others, and the queers, and the dominatrixes, and the dominated of Washington State," before launching in to "Huey Newton", drawing her fingers across her exposed neck in a throat slitting pantomime. - [KEXP]The third day (Sunday, May 24) of the 2015 Sasquatch Music Festival in Gorge,WA featured such performers as Robert Plant, St. Vincent, Temples, Lana Del Rey, Jenny Lewis (who also recently played Chicago), Jose Gonzlez, Twin Peaks and more. Pictures from day 3 are in this post.
Courtney and Lana (photo via Scott Lipps Instagram)
Courtney and her band (Tad Kubler included) (via Courtney Love Instagram)
Courtney Love kicked off her tour with Lana Del Rey last week in Houston at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion (where the above picture was taken). The tour was supposed to continue this past weekend in Dallas, but they had to cancel it after Courtney's opening set due to weather, which Lana issued an apology about. Fortunately, everything's been going well since, and the tour will continue on the West Coast this weekend into next.
Courtney's band for this tour includes guitarist Micko Larkin, drummer Scott Lips, bassist Jennie Vee (who you may have just seen opening for Manic Street Preachers), and pretty excitingly, The Hold Steady's Tad Kubler on guitar. Courtney's actually been playing all Hole songs on this tour (as long as we're counting Nobody's Daughter as a Hole album), as well as a few covers like Fleetwood Mac, Leonard Cohen, and Big Star. Check out videos of them playing "Doll Parts" and "Celebrity Skin" at the Houston show, as well as videos of LDR playing "Video Games," "Ultraviolence," and "Born To Die," at that one, below.
After the run with Courtney ends, LDR continues on the road with Grimes. No NYC dates, but Lana will be here for the Sunday of Governors Ball. We're giving away tickets to the Saturday, and there's still a few hours left to enter.
LDR & Grimes
Lana Del Rey is touring this summer and bringing two very different but both interesting artists to open different legs of the tour. The first half is with Courtney Love and the second half is with Grimes. There are no NY-area shows announced yet (LDR's playing Governors Ball, and certainly Grimes is a big enough headliner on her own in NYC). All dates are listed below.
In other news, last month Grimes shared new song "REALiTi" which she recorded in 2013 originally intended for the follow-up to Visions but was scrapped. You can watch the video, shot by Grimes, below...
photo: Sleater-Kinney at T5 in February (more by PSquared)
Sleater-Kinney, who first said they weren't playing festivals but then were announced for Primavera Sound, have now also been added to home stage festival Sasquatch!, taking place Memorial Day Weekend (5/22-25) at The Gorge. Other new additions include Angel Olsen, Hanni El Khatib (who plays NYC tonight), THEESatisfaction, Helms Alee, AlunaGeorge, Kaytranada, Goldlink and a few others.
Those additions join previously announced names such as Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent and many more. Festival tickets are still available.
Updated lineup below...
Kim Gordon's new memoir Girl In A Band comes out next week (2/24), and it's seeming like it's gonna be pretty awesome (not that we would've thought otherwise). A few excerpts have come out where Kim has less-than-nice things to say about Lana Del Rey, Courtney Love, Billy Corgan, and her split with Thurston Moore. One also appeared where she had nice things to say about Kurt Cobain (whose birthday is today, happy birthday Kurt). Catch up on those excerpts below.
Today a new Billboard podcast came out where Kim reads a part from her memoir about Sonic Youth's final show, and she also debuts a new solo track, "Close Your Eyes," on the podcast. Listen to that below too (song starts at 18:29).
photo: Brian Wilson at Wellmont Theatre in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
A lot of people are calling Brian Wilson a liar for his false reports on the Iraq War. Though unless the former Beach Boy has a secret history as a news anchor that we're not aware of, chances are they mean NBC's Brian Williams (of BriTunes fame!), who was suspended for 6 months after admitting to those exact same accusations.
It may have seemed, however, that Brian Wilson was a liar for saying Frank Ocean and Lana Del Rey would be on his upcoming solo album. Though one of his reps has since told Pitchfork that he did intend for them to be on it, but scheduling issues wouldn't allow it.
Brian also spoke this week in a new video for Hollywood Reporter about the upcoming biopic on his life, Love & Mercy, which will screen at SXSW. You can watch a three-minute video of him and members of the cast speaking about it, below.
Meanwhile, Brian still hasn't announced a tour in support of his new album, but he did announce he'll be performing at New Brunswick, NJ's State Theatre 2015 Benefit Gala concert on May 16. Tickets go on sale Friday, 2/20 at 10 AM with a presale starting Thursday, 2/19 at 10 AM. Gala tickets are $700, but concert-only tickets range from $55-$150.
Sasquatch! Music Festival will return to Quincy, WA on Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-25, at The Gorge. This year's lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, Spoon, James Blake, Hot Chip, SBTRKT, Schoolboy Q, The New Pornographers, The War On Drugs, Little Dragon, Father John Misty, Run The Jewels, Jenny Lewis, Real Estate, Future Islands, Ab-Soul, Sharon Van Etten, Action Bronson, Perfume Genius, Rustie, Courtney Barnett, Strand of Oaks, Merchandise, Ex Hex, and more.
Tickets go on sale at 10 AM PST on Saturday (2/7). Full lineup below...
Yesterday was Coachella, and today another spring 2015 festival lineup is announced: Governors Ball. The fest takes place on NYC's Randall's Island from June 5-7 and includes Drake, Bjork, The Black Keys, Lana Del Rey, My Morning Jacket, Ratatat, The Decemberists, St. Vincent, Weird Al Yankovic, The War on Drugs, Hot Chip, Death From Above 1979, SBTRKT, Conor Oberst, Flying Lotus, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Sharon Van Etten, DIIV, Rustie, White Lung, Ryan Adams, Florence + the Machine, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Chromeo, Flume, Sturgill Simpson, Kiesza, Strand of Oaks, Bishop Nehru, Kate Tempest and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
PC Music's Hannah Diamond
Gorilla vs Bear posted their lists of their favorite albums (35) and songs (100) of 2014. Though the albums list does have some of the stuff you always see (like The War On Drugs), it's mostly got a lot of unique choices like Recycle Culture, Korallreven, Yumi Zouma, Beverly, Panda Bear's EP and more, and the #1 is pretty unique too. FKA twigs doesn't crack the albums list but she's on the tracks list twice, along with tracks by Tinashe, iLoveMakonnen, Jessica Pratt, Grouper, a Recyle Culture remix of Taylor Swift, and plenty of PC Music representation.
Check out his full lists below...
The FADER always has some year-end coverage, but for the past 15 years they didn't publish a ranked year-end list. This year however, they ranked their 116 favorite songs of 2014 (find out why) and it's a diverse list that manages to sing the praises of iLoveMakonnen, Tinashe, Alex G, Florida Georgia Line, Enrique Iglesias, Bleachers, Ricky Eat Acid, YG, Toni Braxton & Babyface, Nothing, Grimes, Parquet Courts, Run the Jewels and Grouper all in the same damn list.
Read more about each choice here and check out the full list below...
It's awards season and this morning the 2015 The Golden Globes nominations were released and there are a few familiar names in the two music categories:
Lana Del Rey: "Big Eyes" (Big Eyes)And Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, working again with David Fincher this time for Gone Girl, is among the nominees in the Best Original Score category:
John Legend, Common: "Glory" (Selma)
Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye: "Mercy Is" (Noah)
Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, Will Gluck: "Opportunity" (Annie)
Lorde: "Yellow Flicker Beat" (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1)
Alexandre Desplat: The Imitation GameAmong the non-music nominees, Iñárritu's Birdman led with seven nominations, and HBO's True Detective and FX's Fargo (both in the mini-series category) led in television with four and five nominations, respectively. The enigmatic Hollywood Foreign Press Association will hand out the Golden Globes to winners on January 11 at the televised ceremony hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
Jóhann Jóhannsson: The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross: Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez: Birdman
Hans Zimmer: Interstellar
Stream all five Golden Globe nominees for Best Original Song Motion Picture and check out the full list of 2015 nominations, below...
SPIN returned with their Top Albums of 2014 list today. It's got a lot of the indie albums that usually show up on these lists (Caribou, Future Islands, FKA twigs, Parquet Courts, Cloud Nothings, How to Dress Well, Swans, St. Vincent, Real Estate, etc), a handful of rap albums (YG, Young Thug, Shabazz Palaces, Run the Jewels, Schoolboy Q, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, etc), metal (Pallbearer), punk (Against Me!, Joyce Manor), mainstream pop (Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert), and a couple headscratchers (Betty Who at #11?). You-know-who scores the #1 slot once again here. Check it out for yourself below.
Dej Loaf, who may or may not be the future of hip hop, has scheduled a NYC show happening at SOB's on Monday (12/8). It's the next edition of Hot 97's "Who's Next?" series and also features Boldy James, Kiyanne and Spank Jus Bizness. Tickets are on sale now.
Dej recently played her single "Try Me" on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon with The Roots, which you can watch below. was also one of the many Detroit rappers featured on Eminem's song "Detroit vs Everybody" from his new Shady Records compilation, Shady XV. Also on the song is Danny Brown, Big Sean, Royce da 5'9" and Trick Trick. You can listen to that below too.
That's the same compilation where Eminem threatened to rape Iggy Azalea in a song: "So what's it gon' be? Put that shit away Iggy. You don't wanna blow that rape whistle on me. Scream! I love it. 'Fore I get lost with the gettin' off." That song came out not long after Em said he'd punch Lana Del Rey in the face in a freestyle. Keepin' it classy, Marshall.
Speaking of Iggy, Azealia Banks took to Twitter once again to fire a slew of angry tweets at her. This time it was to say she doesn't care about black people. She wrote, "its funny to see people Like Igloo Australia silent when these things happen... Black Culture is cool, but black issues sure aren't huh?" and "Don't just be down to ride Black Dick..... If you with us you WITH US!!!!" She also tweeted a "Christmas Carol" which was deleted but Buzzfeed still has up: "I'mmmm Dreeeeaaming Of a Whiiiiiiteee Racisttttt !!!" Iggy's response: "we've all read the script 49584068408540 billion times now, find a new game plan." She then suggested to her followers that they sign petitions, protest or donate and provided some productive ways you can help.
Meanwhile, both Iggy AND Eminem (and Macklemore) better step back, says J. Cole.
Dej Loaf video and song stream below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Best Albums of 2014 lists keep coming, and now Rolling Stone's is out. It's hard to imagine anyone else picking the #1 and #2 they did, but that's Rolling Stone for you. It's also hard to imagine a list placing the new albums from Weezer and the Foo Fighters so high, but smacking buzz band Ought right in between them. And it seems random that YOB comes in at #50 when no other metal album makes the list, not even the critically acclaimed one by Pallbearer or any of the hugely acclaimed returns from veteran bands like At the Gates, Godflesh and Electric Wizard. Also, don't tell Jack White how much higher The Black Keys placed than him.
Check out their top 50 picks for yourself, below...
We just posted Q Magazine's Best of 2014 albums list and now here's the same from sister publication MOJO. Not only do they share a publisher, but also more than half of same albums appear on both lists. The War on Drugs was #2 here, making war for Beck's Morning Phase in the top spot. Check out the whole list below.
While MOJO is seen as a safe haven for "heritage" acts, there are some records in their Top 10 that don't prominently feature acoustic guitars: coming in at #3 is Sleaford Mods' Divide and Exit. You can catch the Mods' North American live debut this Saturday (11/29) at The Wick with The Gotobeds, The Rogers Sisters and "very special guests" who will be announced closer to the show. Tickets are still available.
MOJO's full Top 50 LPs of 2014 list below...
Rough Trade were the first out of the gate with year-end lists but now long-running UK monthly music mag Q has just published their end-of-the-year issue (with cover star Ed Sheeran) which includes their Top 50 LPs of 2014. The War on Drugs' Lost in the Dream comes in at #1. Have you made your list yet? Check out the rest of Q's favorite albums of 2014 below...
As mentioned, Mutual Benefit will be playing at Glasslands on Halloween (aka this Friday) with Emily Reo, and Conveyor. (The last Halloween show to ever happen at that venue.) Like a lot of Halloween shows, this will be a cover set and Mutual Benefit are doing Beck's 1994 album One Foot in the Grave (which has lo-fi folk classics "Sleeping Bag" and "Asshole," among others). Reo is appearing as Lana Del Rey and Conveyor are doing an all-Buddy-Holly set. Tickets are still available. If you'd like to go for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets. Details below.
The Halloween show is the wrapup to Mutual Benefit's current tour. They play St. Louis, MO tonight (10/27). Remaining dates are listed, along with a YouTube stream of One Foot in the Grave, below.
photos by Tim Griffin
Mac DeMarco / Polica / Major Lazer fans
ACL Fest Weekend 2 continued on Saturday (10/11) after kicking off a day earlier. We caught sets from Eminem, Skrillex, Broken Bells, Major Lazer, Lana Del Rey, Icona Pop, The Head and the Heart, My Brightest Diamond, Interpol, Polica, Mac DeMarco and a few others, and pictures of those are in this post. There was a short rain delay with anything before 12:30 getting cancelled, but otherwise the second Saturday of the fest went off without a hitch.
Eminem / tUnE-yArDs / fans
...but then crowd density reared its ugly head again with the battle of the headliners: EDM master Skrillex and established rapper Eminem. From the midway point of the festival grounds, dozens of teens were spotted running full tilt in the direction of Skrillex from Major Lazer's set, while older generations seemed to migrate toward Eminem. Skrillex kicked off his bass-heavy dubstep right on time, dousing the electric crowd with lasers. In the meantime, Slim Shady got a slower start, getting underway nearly 10 minutes late and with a video intro that was lost on tens of thousands who just weren't close enough to hear. Including this one, who instead threw in the towel and headed for home. [Sound Spike]The first weekend of 2014's Austin City Limits Festival is now over, with the city gearing back up for a second round this weekend. Although the festival's second day was marred by some intermittent showers, killer sets were still plentiful from Eminem, Skrillex, Lana Del Rey, Major Lazer, Interpol, Broken Bells, tUnE-yArDs, Mac DeMarco, Polica, My Brightest Diamond, The Rosebuds and plenty more. Pictures from those sets and more are in this post.
The Austin City Limits Festival returns to Austin's Zilker Park for two weekends, October 3-5 & October 10-12. The lineup was just announced and includes Eminem, Pearl Jam, Outkast, Beck, The Replacements, Spoon, Belle & Sebastian, Interpol, Broken Bells, St. Vincent, Jimmy Cliff, The Gaslight Anthem, Jenny Lewis, The Rosebuds, Sam Smith, Real Estate, tUnE-yArDs, Jagwar Ma, Mac DeMarco, Polica, My Brightest Diamond and many more.
Tickets go on sale today (4/22) at 10 AM CDT. Full lineup below...
England's Glastonbury Festival is pretty much the forefather to all crazy worldwide "20,000 people standing in a field" festivals we have today. The 2014 edition goes down June 27 - 29 in Pilton, UK and the lineup was just announced. It includes Arcade Fire, Jack White, Dolly Parton (!), Elbow, Disclosure, Bryan Ferry, Massive Attack, Pixies, M.I.A., Dexys Midnight Runners, Kasabian, Lily Allen and loads more. The festival's already sold-out. A few more acts -- including one more headliner -- is still to be announced but lineup as it stands is below...