Lana Del Rey – Video Games and Born to Die

Posted on January 07, 2012

Video Games by Lana Del ReyI have been hearing this record on French radio for a few weeks now on and off. I wasn’t sure who the singer was so had to search the Internet to find the lyrics as I wasn’t sure of the title either. So it has been another Inspector Clouseau job, but once again well worth the effort. Why? Because I love the song and the haunting element to the sounds she creates.

So who is Lana Del Rey and why haven’t I heard of her before? The answer to the first question is straight forward, she is Elizabeth (Lizzie) Grant and was actually born in New York, Lana Del Rey is her stage name. So that’s who she is answered. Actually the answer to the second question is fairly easy as well, because Video Games is her début single and being buried in the deepest part of the South of France, it took a little while for me to first of all tune into it and secondly decide I needed to search for the song so I could feature it here. Funny thing is I found this video of her performing on the Jools Holland show, which means I am going to have to tune into Jools a bit more, he does have some seriously good people on.

That said, now I have tuned in I am happy to report that her first album, well actually its not strictly her first album, because there was one called ‘Lana Del Rey’ that existed for a brief period on iTunes(now no longer available), before this new one Born to Die which is set to be released on January 27, 2012 in Ireland, but is available on amazon.com for pre-order. Think I need to add it to a wish list or something, because I have a feeling I am going to love this album.

There isn’t much more I can tell you about Lana at this stage other than you can download some tracks from the Lana Del Rey MP3 Music Store ahead of her new album. The tracks available are listed below. Oh and the other thing is she is telling the world is that she is a ‘gangsta Nancy Sinatra’ and she defines her genre as ‘Hollywood pop/ sadcore’, not a bad description really. Hope you enjoy the video.

1. Video Games 4:46
2. Blue Jeans 3:42
3. Video Games (Mr Fingers Remix) 9:00
4. Video Games (Omid 16B Remix) 5:14

The Ting Tings – That’s Not My Name

Posted on January 01, 2012

It was a great night on the Jools Holland show last night for his New Year Hootenanny and I loved the performances by The Ting Tings. I might have been a bit premature searching for the YouTube videos of the show however, all I could find was Jessie J’s Price Tag, James Morrison and Pokey Lafarge. So I had to settle for a previous version of the Ting Tings performing ‘That’s Not My Name’. Bit of a shame because I thought the one from last night seeing us into 2012 was better than this one. Still I’ll keep checking and I am sure it will come on-line eventually and then I can change it out. There were a few more I wanted to blog about, Sandie Shaw was excellent and so was Cindy Lauper’s Time after Time. I quite liked Caro Emerald as well, so I will definitely be looking again in a few days to see what has appeared. I popped a little bit of Caro from Strictly in to give you a flavour of what she gets up to, the dancing is not bad either.

The Ting Tings ‘That’s Not My Name’ has actually been around since 2008 when it went to number 1 in the UK charts. So as usual I have been a bit slow catching up. Time does fly when you are enjoying yourself after all. I think what appealed was that Ting Tings sounded a little like one my most favourite bands Transvision Vamp, which I always refer to as a punk meets pop group. Strange then that Katie White started in an all girl punk group called TKO (Technical Knock Out)

Their début album was We Started Nothing released in 2008 but which initially found its way onto the Internet consequently being downloaded for free by rather a lot of unscrupulous people. Loyal fans came to their rescue however and supported the group by starting to buy the album legally taking them to number 1 in the UK album charts. According to Wikipedia anyway.

That’s quite good really, because at the end of the day, illegal downloading has the potential to kill the industry and no one sensible wants that to happen. I will get off my soapbox now though, in case I bore anyone to death with my goody two shoes attitude, and anyway I need to get on with some illegal downloading now. Only joking. Here is the album listing and I hope you enjoy the videos.

We Started Nothing

1. Great DJ 3:22
2. That’s Not My Name 5:10
3. Fruit Machine 2:52
4. Traffic Light 2:57
5. Shut Up And Let Me Go 2:51
6. Keep Your Head 3:22
7. Be The One 2:56
8. We Walk 4:04
9. Impacilla Carpisung 3:39
10. We Started Nothing 6:22