Lana Del Rey: Why a Death-Obsessed Pop Siren Is Perfect for Late-Stage Capitalist America
(mirrored at Salon.com
Lana Del Rey is pushing the envelope, and here's her message, delivered with a languid pout: 21st-century America is a rotting corpse, deadlocked culturally, economically, and politically. Since there's nothing we can do about it, let's enjoy ourselves as the body-politic disintegrates, perhaps by savoring some toothsome bites of the past: candy-colored Super 8 films, juicy jazz tunes and clips of sultry screen sirens. The future is a retrospective.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome
on Jul 11, 2014 -
All of this echoes the ancient danse macabre, the dance of death, the motif that sprang out of the medieval horrors of war and the plague. It's a plea for fevered amusement while you've still got time.
For almost twenty years, starting in 1984, Bill Chambless on WVUD-FM
at the University of Delaware, explored the pop music of 1900 to 1940 on vintage recordings, "scratches and all." Stream the shows at this website, migrated from the original cassette tapes and maintained by his son.
posted by Miko
on Jan 24, 2014 -
"You live now, Adam Ant
, as you have lived many times throughout history, fighting evil wherever you may find it!"
posted by scody
on Dec 19, 2013 -
In the long history of love songs the attention of a beautiful woman has been compared to many things – but perhaps only in Pakistan's tribal belt would it be likened to the deadly missile strike of a remotely controlled US drone.
posted by infini
on Nov 11, 2012 -
Then That's What They Called Music
is a series of posts on the Onion AV Club where writer Nathan Rabin (previously
) listens to all of the NOW! That's What I Call Music CDs from 1999 onwards. The essays read like a history of a forgotten world, reminding you of terrible yet infectious pop tunes, and are full of great links, snappy writing and one man's struggle to deal with why the Black Eyed Peas, the most corporate band
in America, are so popular. [more inside]
posted by Sifter
on Dec 24, 2010 -
Lost At E Minor
is an online publication of inspiring art, illustration, photography, music, fashion, film — basically contemporary pop culture.
posted by netbros
on May 20, 2009 -
Riffing on the 1970s as the "Me Generation," Esquire Magazine once referred to the 1980s as the "Re Generation," making the case that all of our popular music, fashion, etc was being recycled from previous decades. They had no idea.
Since then, the flood of entertainment has deposited many more sedimentary layers of pop culture. Today, musicians and music videos mine these condensed strata of modern media as raw materials, producing works of hyper-compressed cultural references.
Case in point: The Scissor Sisters' "Comfortably Numb"
, Justice's "DVNO"
, and The Darkness' "I Believe in a Thing Called Love." [more inside]
posted by adamrice
on Apr 15, 2008 -
Y'all think whatever you want about Michael Jackson now,
knaamean? But on this day back in 1983, Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever
was being taped before a live audience. Since he was no longer contractually tied to Motown, MJ planned to attend but not perform at the function; he was finally able to negotiate a solo spot singing a non-Motown song. Thriller
had been released more than a year prior; Billie Jean
had been the Number One single on Billboard's Top 100 for two weeks. It was time for a Pop Culture "Do you remember where you were when...?" moment.
And then came the moonwalk.
posted by t2urner
on Mar 25, 2008 -