lana del rey
Man, ZHU drops another banger remixing Lana Del Rey’s latest, West Coast. With his dark-ish style, ZHU gives it his own twist. At some point in the near future, I would like to go to a bar/club, and only have ZHU music be played because that’s what sounds like a good night. You know? A faded night.
Our favorite multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter-producer-legend George Barnett announced his first mixtape The Red Tape just 8 days ago and now we have the project, and it is unbelievably fun. Like, just listen to some of the stuff on here. Let’s see, we got a Jeremih cover that also samples Pusha T‘s “Numbers on the Boards” (on tape highlight “Down on Me”), a few Perks of the Wallflower movie soundbites, a heartbreaking rendition of Lana Del Rey‘s “Ride,” a snippet of a new original track called “Animal Keeper” accompanied by a clever fake phone call with his manager (“You want a hit? Two words for you: twerking”), a surprisingly faithful cover of Kendrick Lamar‘s “Swimming Pools (Drank),” and an angelic outro that will probably make you instantly at peace with your God. I’m serious.
And somehow through the seemingly hectic tracklist, the project remains true to its creator and cohesive as an independent piece of music. The transitions are flawless, and the covers are devastatingly beautiful and original takes on established songs. For most artists the task of covering Daft Punk would have them in creative ruins, but George Barnett just takes it all in stride and elevates hit songs to new levels and makes them, in the least clichéd way possible, “his own.”
Summer is nearing its end, but summer music festivals still have some unfinished business. Lollapalooza in particular is coming up next weekend and what better to do than name all the great acts that are going to be there? The list is pretty freaking huge but I’m going to break down some of my top picks for each day. This will either help you out in forming your own schedule when you’re there or maybe I’m just putting salt in a wound since you can’t make it. Either way, hit the jump to check out the full list of top acts you need to see at Lollapalooza 2013.
It’s Monday, and it’s a Monday where I’m still feeling like I’m recovering from the weekend. Considering yesterday was Cinco de Mayo, I have a feeling many of you are feeling the same way. I didn’t even make it out yesterday, because my ass was too hungover to get off the couch. But I feel for those of you who did, because trust me, I felt close to death yesterday. So if that’s you today, or hell, even if you’re a good kid just trying to get some work done, I’ve got your soundtrack. Here is the latest Listen While You Work, episode three.
This version features music from the following artists:
- Young Galaxy
- Baby Alpaca
- Sir Sly
- Lana Del Rey
- Jamie Isaac
- Stay Bless
- Denai Moore
1. Ferro Montanino from Winnipeg, Canada proves that is possible for one man to entirely remake Skrillex’s Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites on a piano. Though there are few moments when I enjoy Skrillex, this song of his is one of them, and Ferro makes it arguable even more enjoyable on the ivory keys.
2. The Internet has been abuzz over Disclosure’s song “Latch” recently. And rightfully so. But we need to take a minute and direct our attention to this piano cover of the same song by a Soundcloud user by the name of kongsingwei. Stunning.
3. I can’t find much out about Jason Bolea. All I can find in a quick Internet search is his Soundcloud page, which has a picture of an Asian kid with his parents, and two songs. One of them is this piano cover of Coldplay’s “Paradise,” which might actually be even more beautiful than the original. Get it, stranger.
4. You’re entering dangerous territory when you try to cover Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games,” because all things crazy about LDR aside, this is one of the more beautiful songs released in the past couple of years. So if you’re considering remixing/covering/mashing it, stop yourself now. Unless your name is…James Franco? Yeah, that’s weird too. Whoever this guy is, though, he can play piano like a pro. You did it justice, sir.
5. Evan Duffy is a bit of a phenomenon in the music world. He’s an award-winning composer whose main focus is writing musical scores for films and video games, but his covers are not to be overlooked. And they haven’t been. He’s received praise from artists including Deadmau5, Zedd, Alex Clare, Skrillex and Madeon. My favorite of his solely piano covers is this cover of Madeon’s “Finale.” It builds as it goes, and by the end you’ll wonder if this guy is for real.
This is my second post today about music from movies, but that makes sense. I love movies, and I love music. The two play together so well, titillating your senses and triggering your emotions. Gosh, I also LOVE the word “titillating”; it makes me giggle. Anyway, a few days ago we posted about the preview of the Jay-Z-helmed The Great Gatsby soundtrack. Upon first listen, Lana’s contribution seemed to be a far-and-away highlight, so much so that I used an inequality symbol in a tweet, which I kind of hate.
Lana’s song on the Gatsby soundtrack >>>
— Arjun (@THEArjunGrover) April 17, 2013
The confusing thing about this song is that while Lana Del Rey may not always be young, she will always be beautiful. Gosh, she’s my spider angel (not sure what that means–but it feels right). This song is gorgeous.
I heard a teaser of this Ryan Hemsworth remix on PMA last week, but am not big into teasers, so didn’t post anything about it. Today, we get the full remix from Mr. Hemsworth, another of my future husbands.
I can’t keep myself away from these Ryan Hemsworth remixes. I don’t even crave Lana Del Rey’s music anymore, but when it’s remixed by Ryan, I need more of it. More, more, more. YOU ARE MY LOVE DRUG, RYAN.
I watched Walk The Line last night and fell in love with Johnny Cash all over again. I was reminded how much magic a man and his guitar can do. Perfect segue into this morning’s surprise that John Mayer let his guitar do all the work in his cover of Lana Del Rey‘s highly-coveted track, “Video Games.” It’s a completely acoustic track, and it’s really quite beautiful.
John Mayer is such an interesting character in my mind. After he took that break from performing to really learn how to master the guitar, he became an artist who it wasn’t “uncool” to like. But when he was just getting started, I think he was quickly putting himself into a bucket alongside the likes of Coldplay and U2, who might make good music, but it’s just not cool to admit liking their music. Way to dig yourself out of a serious hole, John. #HighFiveBro
Happy Friday ya’ll. I hope everybody is similarly enjoying the unseasonably warm weather that I’m getting here in Chicago. What are you guys doing for St. Patrick’s Day? Any special traditions? Drinking green beer? Green eggs and going ham? Passing out in a greenhouse? Whatever your activities are on this festive weekend, be sure to enjoy them to the tunes below.
Also, make sure to get into the Irish spirit with this rendition of Danny Boy by the muppets:
1. Peso (Vaski Remix) – A$AP Rocky
2. Rasclat Riddim – Vato Gonzalez & Diplo
3. The Warning (K.I.D.S! Bootleg) – Logic
4. Blue Jeans (RAC Mix) – Lana Del Rey
5. Cities – Alvin Risk
I was flipping through the latest issue of Rolling Stone yesterday and stopped quickly to read the review of Lana Del Rey’s recently released album, Born to Die. Let’s just say the critique wasn’t as pretty as her lips. As Sheffield notes in his write up, much of the blogosphere–including myself–has fallen in love with Lana. Is RS drinking haterade, or are they valid when they say:
“She’s a starlet to music bloggers, who’ve been buzzing over her for the past year. But for the rest of us, she’s just another aspiring singer who wasn’t ready to make an album yet…her song doctors need to go the fuck back to med school.”
Harsh. Other “opinion leaders” like Pitchfork didn’t have great things to say about Del Rey’s debut either. What do you guys think? Is Lana’s music more hype than substance? Or, is this another case of blogs vs. ‘official’ journalism drawing territorial lines, kinda like how we’ve recently seen with Childish Gambino.
Stream Born to Die below, and let’s see what the people think.
LANA DEL REY | BORN TO DIE
What up ya’ll? Sorry I was absent last week; good thing the homie Arjun had my back. For those wondering, I was holding it down in La-La Land for New Years as well as the Rose Bowl to support my Badgers. Unfortunately, we came up short against a great Oregon team, but if you ever get a chance to catch The Granddaddy of Them All in gorgeous Pasadena, don’t hesitate. Fantastic weather. Anyway, how was everybody else’s New Year’s Eve? Anybody do any cray shit? Do tell. If you’re not still hungover from last weekend, here are a few tracks for you to get down to on today’s edition of FAF.
1. “Born To Die (Gemini Remix)” – Lana Del Rey
2. “Stand Up (Cheapshot Remix)” – Ludacris
3. “Somebody That I Used To Know (Myndset Remix)” – Gotye ft. Kimbra
4. “Moonlight Sonata (Sound Remedy Remix)” – Beethoven
5. “How Come You Never Go There? (Clock Opera Remix)” – Feist
When I started writing this post, I wasn’t really sure I got the controversy surrounding Lana Del Rey. I asked people on the Facebook Page right now what they think, so stop by there to leave your opinion. But at first, I was thinking — alright, let’s be real. Her music is great. She’s a hottie. Okay, so she’s got big lips. But so does Julia Roberts, and Angelina Jolie, and Natalie Portman kind of. And they’re all cool, right? Right. And “Video Games?” Incredible song. So, yeah, I was down with Lana Del Rey.
So the first time I heard “National Anthem,” I heard exactly what I read over at PMA. They said: “it sort of sounds like Cults covering Notorious B.I.G.” It was great. I was digging it. How do you get The Cults and Biggie in the same sentence without making a mashup?
Okay, but then, I listened to this song a couple more times. This song, particularly if you don’t understand English, can sound nauseatingly poppy. But even for those of us who speak English, the “wiki wiki wow wow” is, well, frankly, nauseatingly poppy. Is this Ke$ha we’re listening to all the sudden? But that part aside, when you listen to some of the other lyrics for a second, it’s actually pretty ballsy. Money is the anthem of success? Money is the reason we exist? Everybody knows it, it’s a fact, kiss kiss? Well, shit, Lana…how do you really feel? She’s on her upper echelon shit. Fuck it, I’m cool with that. Or am I?
Anyway, I’m all chopped and screwed and all I can do is stop thinking and keep on listening to more Lana Del Rey.
Born To Die, out January 31st. I’ll be back with more opinions.