January 7, 2015 § Leave a comment
Straight after the announcement of Coachella 2015, Governors Ball has also dropped their lineup for this year! The NYC music festival will be headlined by rapper du jour, Drake, but also features big-name artists like the Black Keys, Lana Del Rey, Florence + The Machine and Bjork.
Other acts include Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Chromeo, The War on Drugs, Ratatat, Hot Chip, Flying Lotus, SBTRKT, Kaytranada, ODESZA, Kiesza, Conor Oberst, Death From Above 1979, Future Islands, Twin Shadow, Sharon Van Etten, Charli XCX, Marina and the Diamonds, MØ, Little Dragon, DIIV, Mayer Hawthorne.
As always, the festival will take place June 5th – 7th on Randall’s Island. Three-day general admission and VIP passes are available here beginning Friday, January 9th.
View the official poster after the jump! Keep reading…
December 19, 2014 § Leave a comment
As 2014 comes to a close with only a few days to spare, I’ve taken the time to look back at all the music highlights from this year. To be honest, the past 12 months were very basic and there was not much to write home about. Nonetheless, I’ve somehow managed to gather the best moments of 2014. This is my most jam-packed post of the year, so get ready!
Pop Song of the Year: “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith
R&B Song of the Year: “New Flame” by Chris Brown feat. Usher & Rick Ross
Hip-Hop Song of the Year: “Worst Behavior” by Drake
Rock Song of the Year: I honestly don’t have one.
Indie/Alternative Song of the Year: “Two Weeks” by FKA Twigs
Remix of the Year: “***Flawless” by Beyonce feat. Nicki Minaj
Electronic/Dance Song of the Year: “Hideaway” by Kiesza
Dancehall Song of the Year: “Everything Nice” by Popcaan
Reggae Song of the Year: “Here Comes Trouble” by Chronixx
Street Anthem of the Year: “Hot Nigga” by Bobby Shmurda
June 18, 2014 § 2 Comments
Back in 2012, Lana Del Rey was the somber face that sparked a media firestorm that became the Born To Die album. After endless pans from popular sites comparing her masterpiece to a “faked orgasm” among other things, the singer was hesitant to release a follow-up. But two years later, LDR’s shell has grown stronger and her soul much, much darker. Her new, no-holds-barred persona is packaged in her sophomore album Ultraviolence, released on June 16.
Gone are the trip-hop influences that she was introduced with, to make away for instrumental, piano-and-guitar based charmers. Born To Die had meat to its bones and weight to its rhythms, and Ultraviolence is more atmospheric and substantially more haunting. The singer teamed up again with Born To Die writers Rick Nowels and Daniel Heath, but traded in her Emile Haynie-produced beats for a hazier, more tender production – courtesy of The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach.
Unlike her previous singles, the songs on this album have no place on Top 40 charts and may not even be subject to cheesy, unwanted club remixes. Their un-transformative tone creates a unique soundtrack that grasps the heart strings and refuses to let go without a fight.
The album opens with “Cruel World” – a hazy, somber ballad with country influences. She sings with a rich twang, “I shared my body and my mind with you, but that’s all over now…” The track embodies the “Gangsta Nancy Sinatra” vibe her label has been trying to pin on the media for some time now, but this time it is in its truest form. It continues the tragically romantic tone that bled through her debut album. The tune refers back to the Lolita themes she’s infamous for: Got your bible and your gun. You like your women and you like fun. I like my candy and your heroin. And I’m so happy, so happy now you’re gone.” « Read the rest of this entry »
June 18, 2014 § 1 Comment
Lana Del Rey is no stranger to characterizing the life of a troubled woman with her sugar daddy by her side, and her new video for her latest single “Shades of Cool” (off her sophomore album Ultraviolence) depicts just that.
The singer is seen around a town in California with her older man and living the life of luxury. It all as a very Old Hollywood vibe to it, which is classic Lana.
Check out the dreamy video below:
May 14, 2014 § 2 Comments
Following the release of her new single “West Coast,” Lana Del Rey has now revealed the official release date for Ultraviolence. The Coney Island Queen’s sophomore album will arrive on June 16 via Interscope/Polydor Records, and includes saucy titles like “Pretty When You Cry,” “The Other Woman” and “Fucked My Way Up To The Top.”
The record will be available in standard and deluxe editions on CD, vinyl, download, and a box set – a $100 item that includes two LP picture discs, a “deluxe CD digipack” and 4x12x12 art prints.
Check out the tracklisting, as well as the video for “West Coast” after the jump! Keep reading!
April 14, 2014 § 1 Comment
After endless teasers and anticipation, Lana Del Rey‘s new single is finally here! “West Coast” is the debut track off the singer’s upcoming sophomore album Ultraviolence, which has a tentative May 18 release date.
After debuting the song at last night’s Coachella festival, the official audio was released this morning. “West Coast” is a dramatic departure from Del Rey’s usually soaring, orchestraic production – thanks to the Black Keys‘ Dan Auerbach’s gritty guitar flicks, rusty synths and static percussion. If this bluesy tune is any indication of the singer’s sophomore project, then we’re all in for a treat.
Listen below: Keep reading!