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The title of Lana Del Rey’s third album, Ultraviolence, initially appealed to me because of its reference to A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, one of my favorite novels. Like the book (and Kubrick’s excellent film adaptation), Lana Del Rey’s newest release is dark and poignant with an essence of the surreal. Burgess wrote A Clockwork Orange in a form of Russian-influenced English, which is important for readers because it acts as a sort of barrier, or protective force, as the disturbing eve... [Read more]

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Since it doesn't look like I'm going to be able to go personally this year (sniff) I decided to give myself a virtual mini-concert and listen to some of the many (there's something like 165) bands who will appear there. And I had waaaay too much fun not to share. [Read more]
Buzz artists unite! Mark Foster and Isom Innis from Foster the People moonlighting as Smims & Belle made a slick remix of Lana Del Rey’s "Blue Jeans" with Azealia Banks parachuting in for a verse about gangsters: Read more...

The Rise of Azealia Banks

April 4, 2012
          “God dealt me a really f*cked up hand at birth. Half the sh*t I’ve been through & successfully gotten through would           blow some of your minds. God just dealt me a new hand today. I reaaaaaaaaaaallllly good hand [sic]” The most famous teeth and gums to hit the Internet in 2011 undoubtedly belonged to a 20-year-old rapper from Harlem named Azealia Banks. Banks’ teeth sprung onto... [Read more]