Lana Del Rey

‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ Season 4 Episode 3 Recap: “Edward Mordrake: Part 1″

This week, it’s Halloween in Jupiter but “Edward Mordrake: Part 1″ doesn’t offer up much in the way of tricks, treats, or even scares, really. Instead, it offers up a bunch of introductions and not much else. … Read More

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Overanalyzing the ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ Trailer

Nobody watches Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story for consistency: apart from the anthology show’s varied settings and levels of quality from season to season, individual episodes and characters waver with such gusto that it can sometimes feel like we’re watching American Horror Story: Foreign Policy. So to predict, from a mere one-minute trailer, what the fuck is going to happen on the next season of TV’s worst self-editor seems like a wildly futile task. But it is a wildly futile task that simply must be taken on. … Read More

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Jessica Lange to Cover Lana Del Rey on ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’

American Horror Story, perhaps best known for putting the term “jump the shark” to rest with its weekly…jumping of the shark,… Read More

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Iggy Azalea, Andrew WK, and the Paradox of Authenticity in Pop Music

The question of authenticity in music is one of those debates that surfaces periodically, and it’s raised its scaly head a few times this week. Most notably, it’s manifested in two places: in Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves’ Basilica Soundscape talk on Andrew WK and Lana Del Rey, and the differing standards of authenticity to which she claims they’re held; and in the fact that someone at Billboard thought it was a great idea to get Robert Christgau to review Iggy Azalea’s New Classic, a review in which he compares her to the Beatles, suggests that Tupac’s “flow was never world class,” and holds forth on how Azalea’s authenticity, or lack thereof, matters not a jot. So, who’s right? Do we care about authenticity anymore? The answer, I’d argue, isn’t as simple as either Graves or Christgau wants to argue. … Read More

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‘Love Me Back’ by Merritt Tierce Is as Unsparing as the Best of Lana Del Rey

When it comes to enjoying the music of Lana Del Rey, I’ve never been happier to be an ex-music journalist. I don’t have to overthink her place in society, what it means that she was pitched as “indie” but turned out to have been a chancer going on ten years in the industry; maybe an industry puppet, maybe her own vision, maybe who knows (or cares). As a civilian, I get to enjoy the music of Lana Del Rey for what it offers: widescreen drama, with an unsparing, complicated and often submissive woman in the center of these sad songs. … Read More

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Iggy Azalea’s ‘The New Classic': How Effective Are Pop Album Reissues?

Iggy Azalea, the Australian rapper whose inescapable “Fancy” was officially named the Song of the Summer, announced today that she would be dropping a reissue of The New Classic. The update, which was announced just five months after the original, will include six new tracks, and at least one of them will continue Azalea’s trend of pop collaboration, this time with Ellie Goulding. With “Fancy” still all over the airwaves, and recent second single “Black Widow” sitting comfortably in the No. 6 spot of the Billboard Hot 100, a reissue seems like kind of a curious move. But, maybe not. … Read More

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The History of the World in 15 Music Videos

Even before the advent of videos, pop music did a decent job of educating the youth. As Bruce Springsteen sang on “No Surrender,” he and his fellow baby boomers “learned more from a three-minute record” than they ever did in school. The Boss is a sharp guy, but had he come of age in the MTV era, he’d be about a hundred times smarter. … Read More

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Grown-Ass Women Need to Be Told It’s OK to Cry: On Sia’s “Big Girls Cry”

I’ve always found the adage “big girls don’t cry” to be insulting, particularly when applied to grown-ass women. First off, we’re not girls. Secondly, the notion that the occasional sob is not human, is false. Being in touch with your emotions and taking care of business are not mutually exclusive, despite how much portraits of female professionals in positions of power like to harp on such things. And actually, tear experts (yes, that’s a thing) say that emotional tears — instead of reflex or continuous tears, the two other kinds — remove stress hormones and other toxins from the body, in addition to stimulating the production of endorphins. So there.

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