January 31, 2012 § 2 Comments

Remember, at the end of the day it is all about the music!

From Desk Till Dawn

What I will refer to as The Lana Del Rey Effect (TLDRE for short, although I doubt it’s an acronym that will catch on) has had me scratching my head and adopting a puzzled look with more and more frequency the closer it got to her debut album release. I can’t recall another artist that has had so much negative, and at times sexist, column inches bringing in the old saying “there’s no such thing as bad publicity” to question.

The music press have been writing about Lana Del Rey in the style of The Sun or Heat magazines celebrity tittle-tattle more than about the music. The reoccurring theme seems to be that Lana Del Rey is somehow defrauding us. We are all being duped by this siren, luring us on to the rocks with her ghetto gold and trailer park tales of tough times.

Hundreds of artists before her have adopted alternative personas…

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New Video: The Weeknd – “Montreal”

January 31, 2012 § 2 Comments

As The Weeknd’s Echoes of Silence gets even more buzz, the once-mysterious artist is beginning to show more of his personality.

After performing at a few shows in Canada, The Weeknd released a video for “Montreal” from his newest mixtape.

The song was already beautiful but the video’s haunting visuals that display uncomfortable domestic issues take it to another level.

Watch below:

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Click here to read my review of Echoes of Silence.

[Source: Spin Magazine]

New Video: David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj – “Turn Me On”

January 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

The video for the popular David Guetta & Nicki Minaj collaboration “Turn Me On” was released today.

The visuals are sick, but the sound is all too familiar in this era of boring electro-dance.

Watch for yourself below:

Lana Del Rey – Born To Die: Album Review

January 31, 2012 § 207 Comments

Photo Courtesy of: Interscope Records

Don’t let her failed “Saturday Night Live” performances fool you; Lana Del Rey is one to watch in 2012. The singer has been the center of controversy with people questioning her plump lips to her “manufactured” image and history. The hype over Lana Del Rey was overwhelming.

Media outlets like Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Stereogum and many more pimped her for months only to frantically type hypocritical reviews that tore the album apart. But Lana Del Rey’s sophomore effort, Born To Die (released on Jan. 30) holds its own without their approval.

Unlike other aforementioned outlets that are so transfixed on the persona, this review focuses on the MUSIC and nothing else.

Here we go.

The self-proclaimed “gangsta Nancy Sinatra” has a sultry 50s vamp vibe mixed with an enigmatic aura that is reflected in her songs. This album serves as a film noir score written by the bone-chilling femme fatale. It opens up with the title track and strongest song: “Born To Die”. It sets the tone for the rest of the album – a ruthless story about dangerous love narrated by a misty-eyed coquette backed by an intense cinematic production.

Following is “Off to the Races” that is voiced by a girl with daddy issues. Her voice teases the listener with high-pitched Betty Boop squeals, begging you to  “kiss me on my open mouth.” The lyrics get even more campy:

“And he grabs me, he has me by my heart.
He doesn’t mind I have a Las Vegas past.
He doesn’t mind I have a L.A crass way about me.
He loves with every beat of his cocaine heart.”

“Blue Jeans”, the first song I heard from the artist, carries on the theme of love but with a twist. Lana Del Rey fully embodies her “gangsta” side as she subtly raps over a drum-heavy beat, a perfect backing for a bloody Tarantino scene.

The song that started it all, “Video Games”, has an epic piano melody that beautifully carries the singer’s painful inflections as she reflects on a love who did not love her. The album version of fan-favorite “Diet Mountain Dew” speeds up the demo and turns into a bouncy trip-hop influenced track that refreshes the ear after the album’s heavy start.

Keep reading…

First Look: Marni for H&M Ad Campaign

January 30, 2012 § 1 Comment

Marni recently announced their collaboration collection with H&M, and the official ad campaign is finally here!

Featuring actress Imogen Poots, it is very editorial-like which is a nice refresher and gives it a more “high fashion” edge.

Are you ready for the Marni for H&M collection to hit stores on March 8?

Photo Courtesy of: Fashionista

Music Bite: Jack White To Release Solo Album; Drops New Single

January 30, 2012 § 2 Comments

Jack White has decided to take a step away from his mega-bands The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather to focus on his debut album, Blunderbuss, to be released on April 24.

Here is what he had to say about the new album, in a recent press release:

“[Blunderbuss is] an album I couldn’t have released until now. I’ve put off making records under my own name for a long time but these songs feel like they could only be presented under my name. These songs were written from scratch, had nothing to do with anyone or anything else but my own expression, my own colors on my own canvas.”

The track is beautifully minimal and has an influence of southern blues, fitting as the album was recorded in Nashville, TN.

Listen to “Love Interruption” below:

Photo Courtesy of: NME

[Source: NME]

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