I sure as hell am.
Posters decked certain corners of LA. They depicted the crazy cinematic movie-poster fantasia of Lana Del Rey, retro but nudging toward a far-off future. Floating cars. Populated with heroes and villains. What could it mean?
A new Lana Del Rey single is upon us. Rejoice!
Twelve Thoughts on Lana Del Rey's "Love," after listening to it approx. 675 times this weekend
Lana does not begin with her trademark 60s throwback wall of sound orchestration until the first ring of its chorus. Before then, she sings over a chasm of neurotically minimal thuds, not unlike Metro Boomin's work in the beginning of 21 Savage's "No Heart."
Like "No Heart," elements of Lana's latest single can be superficially read as contemptuous of her audience. In the first breath in "Love," Lana labels the listener "kids with your vintage music" while 21 Savage pantomimes the voice of a fan who, he mocks, "has been with [me] since day one." He then threatens to pistol whip the fan and commit other acts of violence. Both 21 Savage and Lana cultivate and manipulate vastly exaggerated versions of the genre they reside. Whether or not 21 Savage is 'real' and Lana is 'fake' doesn't interest me in the least.
Throughout "Love," slight clicking sound can occasionally be heard, a sound effect often used in music to signify the hammer of a gun clicking. In Lana's hands, I think of Uma Thurman's bright yellow jumpsuit in Kill Bill. Guns are also a larger symbol of popular American culture and Lana is "obsessed with ironic representations of American nostalgia." The music video for "High on the Beach."
The subtle change in register between the first verse and the pre-chorus is the entirely of the range Lana has chosen to use, post-Born to Die.
If "High on the Beach" was "a lullaby I want to ride a dick to," than "Love" is gnostic chant from the far future I want to put on my Janelle Monáe-styled body suit to. Before riding aforementioned dick.
William James, poet, philosopher, and brother of the novelist, is famous for saying "There is no repetition, only persistence." A criticism of Lana's songwriting leveled by haters in the popular establishment, like Laura Booth of the NY Daily News, is that she is "so short on narrative detail." In mind, the critic has a singer like prolific and Novel Prize-winning word vomiter Bob Dylan who says a lot of different words and various copyists who also say lots of different words. Lana, on the other hand, speaks in the syntax of the King James Bible where, as we know, phrases will be repeated, often seven times.
Lana sings "I'm young and in love" six times.
Lana is an expert ironist. Per the iron-clad rule of numbers, at the age of thirty, Lana is no longer young. She is also not in love.
In the latest episode of Girls, Marine (Allison Williams) absconds to Poughkeepsie in order to commence an affair with Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach), her ex-husband. They are the show's most compelling couple because their love is impermeable, because both characters are vastly disliked by even the show's fans and it is beyond the capacity of most people to understand how people they don't like can find love. In that episode Desi completely loses it and becomes a threatening presence and the whole thing is shot like a horror movie. Sample lyric: "It's enough just to make you feel crazy, crazy, crazy."
Lana has said, on Instagram after leaks forced her to release the song early, that the song was written for her fans. They have interpreted this to mean "the youth of our generation (and even herself) still maintain a sense of wonder and empowerment in the face of adversity." Sample lyric: "To go nowhere in particular/back to work or the coffee shop/doesn't matter cause it's enough."
Lana is an expert ironist. "Don't worry baby" is, ultimately, a malicious statement.
Lana is an expert ironist. It is not enough to be young and in love.
The newly passed "BTS Law" allows K-pop stars to defer mandatory military service.
This week South Korea's National Assembly passed a law that is sure to have BTS ARMY cheering them on.
Generally speaking, all South Korean men are required to spend at least 18 months enlisted in the military, with the final cut-off for entry at age 28. But the new legislation — informally referred to as "The BTS Law" — will allow K-pop stars who meet certain requirements to defer until the age of 30.
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"I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot."
Academy Award-nominated actor Elliot Page has come out as transgender.
Page, known for his roles in films like Juno, Whip It, and Inception, announced his coming out in a social media post today. "Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot," he wrote. "I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life."
Every year, Spotify listeners win out over devotees to other streaming platforms when they unveil their Spotify Wrapped playlists — a data driven analysis of what the year sounded like.
And while this year's personal Spotify Wrapped summaries are still loading, Spotify just released their data for their most streamed global music and podcasts of the year.
Announced the week following the Grammy nominations, Spotify Wrapped feels like vindication for artists who were snubbed by the awards committee, like The Weeknd and Halsey.
The summary also analyzed trends of when and how people were listening to content, noting increased popularity in nostalgia-themed playlists and work-from-home-themed playlists. Spotify users were understandably playing music from home more, which even caused an uptick in streaming music from gaming consoles. Listeners also tuned obsessively into wellness podcasts like never before.
After months of on and off again speculation, Rihanna and A$AP Rocky seem to be dating.
Obviously, this is good news if it's true. Can you imagine? For the coordinating outfits alone, I need it.
There have been a ton of icky white rappers over the years, but these take the cake.
On this day in 1990, Vanilla Ice's "Under Pressure" reboot "Ice, Ice Baby" debuted at No. 1 in the UK, kickstarting a Billboard run that would soon carry over to the states and invigorate a fleeting love for Vanilla Ice and his whole...vibe.
Of course, we all know how it ends. Vanilla Ice's credibility and career unraveled as quickly as it began. "Ice Ice Baby" took on a satirical identity larger than its creator, all while Robert Van Wrinkle refused to pay royalties (or even give a shout-out) to Freddie Mercury and David Bowie despite liberally sampling the track's true creators. Ice instead tried to cultivate a hollow rap identity, one where he was a hardened former-gang member from Miami and not a middle-class teen from a Texas suburb. The chorus of the song then came under fire by a black fraternity, who accused Vanilla Ice of ripping off their fraternal chant ("ice ice baby/ too cold, too cold.")