All posts tagged: Lana del Rey

The New Pop, Pop, Pop Music (And Why I Don’t Like It)

L to R: Lana Del Rey, Perfume Genius, Run the Jewels, Perfect Pussy (Graphic: Nancy Gonzalez/TueNight) I’m so out of it. Even when I think I’m kind of into it, I’m so out of it. And I can’t believe I’ve become this person. Thumbing through the December 15 year-end wrap up edition of New York magazine, I flipped my way to “The 10 Best Pop Albums of The Year” and got excited by the list of names I didn’t know. A few, I did: Lana Del Rey, St. Vincent, Aphex Twin (Aphex Twin? Hello 1990) and Perfume Genius, whose sinister and sinewy “Queen” popped up on Pandora. No Swift, no Mars in the top 10 (they did make the longer online list), this was a more high-minded, artful interpretation of pop by critic Lindsay Zoladz. Fair enough. I decided to sample some of it on Spotify: Frankie Cosmos, Run the Jewels, Angel Olsen, Todd Terje, Jesse Ware and Perfect Pussy. We’re in a new zone, led by a generation waiting for the bass to drop …

The TueDo List: Weepy Tunes, Tearjerkers and Cathartic Yoga

When was the last time I cried? Yesterday. A friend was so kind to me and so empathetic about something that I was experiencing that I let the tears come and didn’t stop until I was good and done, thank you very much. Sometimes it’s the best and healthiest thing I can do for myself, before I dust myself off, fix up my lipstick and move on. So pass the tissues, please – and never underestimate the healing power of a good cry. Just don’t let it last all weekend. Crying Songs If you like your music with a chorus of tears, two recent releases will hook you up. I heard an unfamiliar Sarah McLachlan song in a store recently, and when it immediately bummed me out I had to admit I admired her decades-long commitment to depressing music, even if I dive for the remote every time I hear her start to sing “Angel”. I have seen those puppies one too many times, can’t lie. Her May release Shine On  ($11.88, Amazon) kicks off with …