Warning: Because I have been extremely busy with other things… this post is something I took from the Huffington Post… Yep, too busy to write up a review for Lana’s TEN MINUTE VIDEO! Yep, heaven. I know some people have moved on to hate Lana, but please do yourself a favor and check out this video - well worth it.
Ride (Official Video) // Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey has released an EPIC 10-minute video for “Ride,” her new single off Born to Die - The Paradise Edition.
"I was a singer. Not a very popular one," Del Rey says during the video’s three-minute prologue, which alludes to the fact that her character might be a prostitute. “I once had dreams of becoming a beautiful poet. But, upon an unfortunate series of events, saw those dreams dashed and divided like a million stars in the night sky that I wished on, over and over again, sparkling and broken.”
"I was always an unusual girl," Del Rey says.
What follows is a series of striking images: Del Rey wrapped in an American flag; Del Rey having sex with an old man on a pinball machine; Del Rey riding a motorcycle with bunch of guys who you might find at next year’s Sturgis Festival; Del Rey firing a gun.
"I’m tired of feeling like I’m fucking crazy," Del Rey croons, before putting on a Native American headdress.
"Every night I used to pray that I’d find my people," Del Rey says as the video winds down. “And finally I did … on the open road.”
"Ride" was directed by Anthony Mandler, who previously worked with Del Rey on the video for “National Anthem” and is a frequent collaborator with Rihanna. Watch the clip above. “The Paradise Edition” is out on Nov. 13.
The Fall // Rhye
Rhye’s new clip for their excellent new single “The Fall” is an existential meditation on adulthood and desire. Much credit is due to the talented cast; Carsten Bjørnlund, Marie Boda & Marijanna Jankovic, and director Daniel Kragh-Jacobsen.
Ride // Lana Del Rey
"I’m tired of feeling like I’m fucking crazy," sings Lana Del Rey in a rare moment of seemingly raw emotion, making out to be an absolutely gorgeous string-drenched ballad that Rick Rubin produced — moving Lana back to the power of beloved track “Video Games.”
In the first months of the year, the biggest story in music might’ve been Born To Die, Lana’s spectacular mess of a debut album, which mangled the mysterious drugged-out grace of her excellent early singles and completed her transformation into self-styled stereotype punchline. But the album does have its fans, and they’ll be happy to learn that LDR will release a massive “Paradise Edition” of Born To Die this fall. “Ride” is one of the eight tracks that will be on the upcoming album.
Goodnight London (Cover) // Jamie (Money)
Jamie from Money sings some lines of Bob Dylan’s “Tambourine Man,” right before he starts playing a rendition of the band’s fragile “Goodnight London.” And every boy I’ve ever loved… Jamie creates a very special atmosphere, which you only realise when he bursts out in laughter right when he finished playing the song and the entire pub is still in awe. Thank you La Blogothèque for making this happen.
The best thing about fall is hands down all the new records and bands that show up on the pop culture radar. Everybody drops their albums in the fall because autumn is the season of potential! Anything is possible in September. It’s back-to-school, it’s Fashion Week, it’s starting your new job, it’s getting a new girlfriend. Plus, you just got a shiny new iPod with your MacBook Air, so now you need to fill that bitch up! Here are five songs you should definitely be listening to right now, or at least ones I can’t seem to turn off from my internal playlist.
My friend posted this video on my Facebook wall a few days ago, and I’ve been obsessed ever since. The song itself, which is all about the art of thrifting and working your grandaddy’s old clothes, is sandwiched somewhere between joke rap and kitch, like a marriage of Das Racist and everybody’s favorite Iowan Leslie Hall. But Macklemore turns the dial of ridiculousness all the way up. Macklemore is Seattle-based rapper Ben Haggerty. Look for his debut album The Heist, out October 9th, and soon you too will be saying, “Dayum, that’s a cold-ass honkey.”
Isn’t it funny to name your band Purity Ring, a thing that evokes virginity and a heightened, purified state of the body? But there isn’t anything virginal about this Canadian witch-house outfit, so don’t get it twisted. “Crawlersout,” from the band’s debut record Shrines, is one of those songs you hear and know instantly whether you love it or hate it. The song itself is slow, ghostly, and it’s there and not there in a way. Musically, it kind of always floats above you while offering enough punch to keep you hitting “repeat.”
Leave it to a Philosophy graduate student to make one of the most ambitious, soul-searching albums of the season. How to Dress Well is the overachieving Tom Krell, who in addition to dropping the mind blowing R&B-meets-dubstep album Total Loss can totally school you on Wittgenstein, a philosopher whose name I still don’t know how to pronounce even after six years of graduate school.
Azealia Banks is kind of sickening. “Luxury,” which is available for free on her new mixtape Fantasea, shows the multi-faceted Ms. Banks singing and rapping over an infectious hip-house beat. In terms of flow, “Luxury” is really different from her break out hit “212,” but it’s certainly a change of pace I’m into. Who knows what’s in store for her upcoming full-length LP, but here’s hoping for lots of songs like this.
SSION is a little ridiculous, and that’s why they’re one of my favorite bands. Pronounced “shun” — as in faSHUN, pasSHUN — SSION is more multi-media arts project than just your run-of-the-mill indie band. SSION serves a mixture of queer camp and kitch that’s juuuuuuuuuust on the border of bad taste in that John Waters kind of way. Overall, SSION is pure dance-punk fun, which you can enjoy in all of its transgressive glory on their new expanded release BENT.