Lana Del Rey is back – not just with a new album, announced yesterday as being titled ‘Ultraviolence’, but with a thirty minute short film that somehow manages to out-do the WTF-a-thon that was Kanye West’s ‘Bound 2’ video in the weirdest music clip of 2013 stakes. It starts off like a perfume advert directed by Terence Malick and only gets stranger from there.
You'll by now have seen our list of albums of the year, but what have the bands atop that list been listening to in 2013? We asked the likes of Foals, Arctic Monkeys and Vampire Weekend for their favourite releases from the last 12 months... Yannis Philippakis, Foals Jai Paul, 'Jai Paul' “I like all the confusion around it. I like the mystery. I think it’s important and refreshing that it was this underexposed record and that it wasn’t clear.
Snoop Dogg and his Peanuts-inspired moniker aside, the worlds of rap and cartoons rarely collide. Might have something to do with all that bad language - for some reason, broadcasters seem to think Saturday morning kids TV is better off without talk of gin, juice, hoes and bankrolls. Bucking that trend this week is PBS Digital Studios, who have animated a classic 1994 interview with Tupac Shakur as part of their Blank On Blank series.
One of my favourite new artists to emerge in 2014 gives his first NME interview this week. Idris Vicuña goes by the name Eyedress, and in the mag he chats to Kevin EG Perry about growing up in Arizona and California before moving back to Manila when he was a teenager. From there he's created some wonderfully evocative music, which is slotting right into place on XL-affiliated label Abeano. His 'Supernatural EP' is out now and comes highly recommended.