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Governors Ball was oversold, there’s no question about it; that, or the festival grounds shrunk significantly this year. Either way, we had a great time and Sunday felt way less hectic in comparison with the rest of the weekend. Maybe everyone was burned out or hungover or half-dead, but it seemed like fewer people chose… More »

Two weeks ago we looked at the year’s biggest pop songs; now let’s run down the best ones. There will be a lot of overlap, of course, partly because sometimes great songs get popular and partly because sometimes popular songs that initially strike you as insufferable end up wearing you down through sheer persistence. (“Bang… More »

Music is a messy thing. There’s too much of it, too many genres, too many ideas, for anyone to make sense out of all of it — or even to hear all of it. The idea of imposing a narrative on 365 days of music, of making sense of a whole year, is a fool’… More »

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Lana Del Rey: “I Wish I Was Dead Already”

Lana Del Rey is about to release her excellent sophomore album, Ultraviolence, and to promote that record, she is giving some kinda provocative interviews. First was the “feminism is not an interesting concept” interview she did with FADER. She then told Clash she considers quitting music every day (“It’s still not really worth all the… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 12, 2014 - 5:39 pm

New Brian Wilson Album May Feature Lana Del Rey, Frank Ocean, Zooey Deschanel

In the 10 years since Brian Wilson finally released Smile, the Beach Boys maestro has mostly stuck to passion projects like What I Really Want For Christmas, Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin, and In The Key Of Disney. The only thing that could pass for a traditional Wilson album was 2008’s California song cycle with Va… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 11, 2014 - 9:37 am

Stream Even More Previews Of Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence

Lana Del Rey’s sophomore album Ultraviolence is now a week away from release, and we’ve heard a handful of complete tracks: “West Coast,” “Shades Of Cool,” the title track, “Brooklyn Baby.” Now we’ve got clips of six other album tracks, too: “Fucked My Way Up To The Top,” “Money Power Glory,” “Pretty When You Cry,”… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 10, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Lana Del Rey – “Brooklyn Baby”

We’ve already heard Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence track “Brooklyn Baby” in part. Now the whole thing is out there. While it’s unmistakably a product of Del Rey’s self-made universe, it sounds like a part of that universe we haven’t explored before — one that explicitly mentions hydroponic weed, incidentally. If the title didn’t give it… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 7, 2014 - 5:32 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

This week’s 5 Best Songs is populated by two artists who are never far from this column, two who have never before been featured here but whose respective catalogs reach back to the turn of the millennium, and one with a producer credit on a recent Best Song, appearing here under his own name for… More »

By: Stereogum / June 6, 2014 - 4:45 pm

So Sad Today: Lana Del Rey Talks Depression And Illness, Dismisses Feminism In First Ultraviolence Interview

Lana Del Rey’s first (and, thus far, only) interview of the Ultraviolence press cycle is a Fader cover story that emerged today. The story contained some revealing content about Del Rey’s past as well as some sure-to-be controversial opinions. One subject that came up was feminism, which Del Rey more or less rejects. Here’s what… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 4, 2014 - 4:30 pm

Lana Del Rey – “Ultraviolence”

We’ve already heard two full tracks from Lana Del Rey’s upcoming Ultraviolence — “West Coast” and “Shades Of Cool” — as well as a snippet of “Brooklyn Baby” and a live version of the title track. Now, La Lana has given us the studio version of that last one, in which she conflates the ultra-creepy… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 4, 2014 - 2:47 pm

Lana Del Rey Says She Played Kanye’s Wedding For Free, Signs Autographs For Sad Grown Men

Reports about Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s wedding weekend included the nugget that, as was rumored, Lana Del Rey showed up to perform at the pre-party in Versailles. (You may recall that her “Young And Beautiful” was part of the couple’s engagement.) There were also rumors that Del Rey was paid millions of dollars for… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 28, 2014 - 3:59 pm

Hear A Snippet Of Lana Del Rey’s “Brooklyn Baby”

Lana Del Rey’s sophomore album Ultraviolence looms ever closer, and we have, to date, heard two of the completed songs that will appear there, “West Coast” and “Shades Of Cool.” And now, LDR has shared a 36-second preview of another, “Brooklyn Baby,” which sounds like a druggy washed-out float, maybe a bit more diffuse tha… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 28, 2014 - 9:01 am

Watch Lana Del Rey Debut “Ultraviolence” In Vancouver

Of course Memorial Day weekend would be dominated by Lana Del Rey news since the holiday fits in so well with her faux Americana aesthetic. She played the Kimye pre-wedding dinner on Friday night, released “Shades Of Cool” on Sunday, and debuted the title track from her forthcoming Ultraviolence at a show in Vancouver last… More »

By: James Rettig / May 26, 2014 - 1:19 pm

Lana Del Rey – “Shades Of Cool”

Lana Del Rey spent Friday night serenading America’s Favorite Newlyweds with three songs, including “Summertime Sadness” and “Young And Beautiful.” Those two hits were co-written and produced by Rick Nowels, and LDR has paired with the songwriter again on her latest single “Shades Of Cool.” It’s a gloomy, jazzy waltz with a big chorus –… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 25, 2014 - 9:02 pm

Kanye West – “God Level”

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are in Versailles and Florence for their wedding weekend, which already featured Lana Del Rey, David Blaine, and great caviar at the rehearsal dinner. Meanwhile, the rapper’s new song “God Level” can now be heard in an Adidas FIFA World Cup commercial titled “The Dream.” (Kanye is Adidas’ Tupac ofMore »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 24, 2014 - 10:36 am

The Week In Pop: Ain’t Paramore Fun?

The question is not so much “How did Paramore end up on American Idol?” as “Why did it take them so long to get there?” As I explained at length last month, the Warped Tour scene that carried Hayley Williams and company to stardom was very much a pop star delivery system, and if anyone… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 22, 2014 - 4:08 pm

Lana Del Rey – “West Coast (Four Tet Remix)”

Four Tet has contributed a remix of Lana Del Rey’s “West Coast” to go along with the Camo & Krooked take we heard yesterday. Whereas that one played up the creeping ominous feeling that underlies all of Del Rey’s music, Four Tet’s take turns “West Coast” into spare, uptempo dance music. It’s probably not going… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 10, 2014 - 8:17 am

Lana Del Rey – “West Coast (Camo & Krooked Remix)”

It feels like we’ve been talking about “West Coast” for a long time — since it was officially released after Coachella a few weeks ago, we’ve gotten a radio-friendly mix from Ultraviolence producer Dan Auerbach and a moody video to go along with it. Next stop on the hype train comes in the form of… More »

By: James Rettig / May 9, 2014 - 5:06 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

A quick word about Flying Lotus’s “Phantasm” video and videos like it: That’s a really good video! Many of the videos like it are good, too! But it’s not on the list this week, and neither are any of those. There’s definitely, absolutely a place for abstract, non-representational music videos, videos about wandering freaky alie… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 9, 2014 - 3:15 pm

Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence Tracklist Is Sensational

UPDATE: La Lana just released the Ultraviolence cover art. That’s it above. ^^^

In just over a month, Lana Del Rey will hit the world in the head with Ultraviolence, her sophomore album, and she’s done just as masterful a job building mysterious hype for it as she once did with Born ToMore »

By: Tom Breihan / May 8, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Lana Del Rey – “West Coast” Video

For my money, Lana Del Rey’s “West Coast” is one of the best songs of the year, and I say this as someone who’s not historically a fan of Lana Del Rey and totally ambivalent about the music made by the song’s producer, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. This is just a haunting, hypnotic… More »

By: Michael Nelson / May 6, 2014 - 12:58 pm

Lana Del Rey – “West Coast (Dan Auerbach Mix)”

A week ago, a few hours after debuting it at Coachella, Lana Del Rey released “West Coast,” the exquisite lead single from her upcoming sophomore release Ultraviolence. Now a remix credited to Ultraviolence producer Dan Auerbach has surfaced with the intention of making “West Coast” more palatable to radio programmers. The only discernible difference i… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 21, 2014 - 4:35 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

There are times when it’s easy to determine the 5 Best Songs Of The Week, and others when it gets a little tougher for us to figure out what should go where, what belongs and what doesn’t. Then there are weeks like this, where debates about inclusion and placement stretch into long email chains over… More »

By: Stereogum / April 18, 2014 - 3:37 pm
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