Lorde In Auckland 1/29/14

By showing up on the Rolling Stone cover in a Cramps shirt and giving that amazingly twitchy and gothed-out Grammys performance, Lorde only confirmed what we already knew: She’s an intense, awkward, real teenager who’s somehow invaded pop culture, a rare respite from the gleaming charm-schooled facsimiles we’ve come to expect. After her big Grammys night, Lorde returned home to New Zealand and gave more reasons to like her. First, she took out a full-page ad in the New Zealand Herald, using it to send a handwritten thank-you letter to her entire homeland. Then, in her performance at the Laneway Sideshow in Auckland’s Silo Park tonight, she debuted covers of James Blake’s “Retrograde” and Son Lux’s “Easy,” and she also brought back her version of the Replacements’ “Swingin’ Party.” Read the letter and check out fan-made videos of those Blake and Son Lux covers below.

Lorde letter
(via Daily Mail)

(via Consequence Of Sound)

I was definitely not this cool when I was 17. If I’d suddenly stumbled into global pop stardom, I’d be taking out full-page ads to make fun of my dad’s mustache and covering the Mighty Mighty Bosstones.

In other news, the Hairpin has responded to “Lorde age truthers” by obtaining the singer’s birth certificate (for $17.02)…

Comments (9)
  1. Meh, I hear so many good things about Lorde, but I just can’t vibe with her. What does a “real” teenager even mean? Justin Bieber sure as hell acts like an obnoxious teenager and Taylor Swift (did) and still acts like a teenager whenever she writes a breakup song. Lorde is packaged just as much as those two. Props for Lorde for being really talented at her age, but just because she is talented doesn’t mean that I think she is musically special at this point.

    I know this is a vague and somewhat a loaded term, but the her music, image, is very tumblr. Sleek, minimal, seeking to be different, but to my ears it is just like the hoards of other stuff.

    That’s just my opinion, she seems alright and congrats on the Grammy.

    • i feel with lorde that, more than any artist i’ve heard in a long time, there is a significant disparity between the quality of her singles and her album tracks. had i only heard the three pure heroine singles i don’t think i’d be fussed on her either way, but there are also three of the best tracks i heard last year on that album (buzzcut season, ribs, a world alone). not saying these will sway you but if you’re even vaguely interested i really recommend giving those a listen.

      • Appreciate the recommendations and your analysis is correct. Buzzcut Season is probably my favorite by her, but I had already checked out her album due to favorable press (including here & Pitchfork), but I think Allmusic’s review does the best job describing how I feel about Lorde’s work.

        “There is a topical appeal here, particularly because Lorde and Little do spend so much time on the surface, turning it into something seductive, but it is no more real than the studied detachment of Lana Del Rey, who Lorde so strongly (and intentionally) resembles. Born to Die is meant to be appreciated as slippery, elusive pop; Pure Heroine seems to hint at the truth…but the truth is, Lorde is a pop invention as much as LDR and is not nearly as honest about her intentions.”

    • I agree with a lot of this. My feelings on Lorde are that I would much rather have her winning Song of the Year than Taylor Swift or Katy Perry, who I think a lot of people are getting bored with. There was definitely a void to be filled for an anti-pop female pop star, and she fits the bill perfectly. I think there’s a ton of ‘dark’ electronic artists that are much better, but that’s just the way I guess.

  2. I’m not gonna trust until I get the long form birth certificate!!!

  3. I trust my eyes more than these government lies!!!!!

  4. she even knows who the replacements are

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