Nicole Sia

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  • Lana Del Rey Queen of Disaster stream

    Stream Lana Del Rey's Groovy 'Queen of Disaster' Leak

    Where has she been hiding this one? A welcome reprieve from overwrought period-drama soundtracks, Lana Del Rey's Motown-referencing "Queen of Disaster" demo has leaked online. No word yet on the origins of the song or what she plans to do with it (a rep couldn't immediately be reached for comment), but the track's chiming, charming '60s feel is right in line with her self-released covers of Leonard Cohen's "Chelsea Hotel Chelsea No. 2" and O.G. Nancy Sinatra's "Summer Wine." "Queen of Disaster" is very much an original Lana Del Rey joint, stickered with all her usual motifs: beauty, bad boys, ballerinas, and oh so much spinning. This time around, though, she ditches the doom and gloom for a pop-radio-friendly tempo. Enjoy it below.

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    Boards of Canada Commercial Reveals 10 Seconds of Music, Not Much Else

    Internet cockteases Boards of Canada added more gas to the album speculation fire with a what-else-but cryptic commerical that aired on Cartoon Network last night (April 27). As Pitchfork points out, CN's vice president of strategic marketing and promotions Jason DeMarco confirmed on Twitter that the spot was in fact the real deal.That the ad exists at all is the real news here; the commercial doesn't offer much in revelations. Super-8 footage of dusty desert roads and decaying buildings roll by — a south western atmosphere befitting the rumored Spanish-language BoC album title, Cosecha. Around the 0:48 mark, Boards of Canada-like musical tones play before a mechanical voice speaks "699742," and a title card with that familiar series of X's and dashes appears.

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    Hear Atoms for Peace's Clattering 'Magic Beanz'

    Atoms for Peace bros Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich DJed French radio show Nova Club Saturday night (April 27), and debuted new track "Magic Beanz" during the 50-minute broadcast (via TKOL Part 2). Yorke tweeted this morning to clarify early reports that the "new song floating about is called Magic Beanz. the Z is v important. I'd find u a link but I'm still in bedzzz".The sometimes Radiohead frontman can continue to rest his weary head; an industrious fan as ripped the song and popped it onto YouTube. Somewhere between Radiohead's "Like Spinning Plates" and The Eraser's "And It Rained All Night," "Magic Beanz" hears Yorke taunt from far away, "None of this is ever gonna end." Overlapping idiophonic rhythms scrape like helicopter blades until frothy synth washes over it all, and the song eventually steers into clattering chaos. Hear it below.

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    Kim Gordon Battled Breast Cancer After Thurston Moore's Marriage-Ending Affair

    When Matador announced that Sonic Youth power-couple Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore were separating after 27 years of marriage in late 2011, the label kept the circumstances of the split private. A year and a half later, with the divorce not yet finalized, Gordon has revealed what caused the dissolution of one of music's most extraordinary unions, and, sadly, it was one of the ordinary ones.Opening up to ELLE, Gordon explains, "We seemed to have a normal relationship inside of a crazy world. And in fact, it ended in a kind of normal way — midlife crisis, starstruck woman." The musician, painter, and mother to a college-aged daughter with Moore, explains it simply: "Thurston was carrying on this whole double life" with another woman, someone who had orbited the band for a time, and whom Moore continued to see even after he and Gordon sought marriage counseling.

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    Hear Lana Del Rey's 'Young and Beautiful,' a Vapid, Foreboding 'Great Gatsby' Original

    As lush and haunting as it is fittingly jejune, "Young and Beautiful" — Lana Del Rey's The Great Gatsby soundtrack contribution co-written with Rick Nowels — is just what you'd expect from the singer who fetishizes another literary master work, Lolita. Del Rey, in devotional child-bride pose, prays over funerary bell tolls and swollen strings, "Dear lord, when I get to heaven / Please let me bring my man." The titular question, "Will you still love me when I'm young and beautiful?" speaks to Daisy (played by Carey Mulligan), for whom Gatsby constructed his artificially lavish West Egg lifestyle. Like the character, Del Rey has often, tragically, cast herself as the doomed fantasy object of an enigmatic man. Is his love real and enduring, a thing written in the stars? Or will it expire, alongside her youth and his power? Born to die, indeed.The Great Gatsby hits theaters on May 10.

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    Watch Lana Del Rey's Video Selfie With Her Boyfriend 'Summer Wine'

    With Great Gatsby soundtrack cuts slowly trickling onto the web, a cover of "Summer Wine," Nancy Sinatra's 1967 duet with songwriter Lee Hazlewood, was the least likely thing Lana Del Rey would release right now. And yet, here we are. Barrie-James O'Neill, singer for Scottish alt-folk band Kassidy and LDR's IRL boyfriend, in true Sonny & Cher fashion, steps in alongside the Paradise chanteuse, and together the two breezily remake the song with handheld footage of crashing Santa Monica waves and canoodling. Cute."Summer Wine" follows Del Rey's reverently reserved cover of Leonard Cohen's "Chelsea Hotel No. 2" last month. 

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    Watch Miguel Seduce and Slaughter 'SNL' With Two Kaleidoscopic Cuts

    Explain why it took Saturday Night Live so long to book Miguel, please? The pint-sized, Grammy-winning R&B sex machine, and this generation's closest incarnation to Prince, conquered Studio 8H last night (April 13), with two hard-rocking transformations from his Best Album of 2012 Kaleidoscope Dream. The first was his go-to late-night single (and No. 6 Best Song of 2012) "Adorn." In Prince-like fashion, Miguel stripped away the album cut's bass throb and replaced it with wailing electric guitar and live drums.For his second act, "How Many Drinks" left remix partner Kendrick Lamar at home, and took the rock-revisionist approach one step farther. Miguel slowed it down, singing out like a preacher peddling repentance over undulating synth and snickering guitar, before cracking it open with an epileptic punk-rock freakout.

  • Lana Del Rey Enters Her '70s Folk Period in 'Chelsea Hotel No. 2' Video

    Lana Del Rey Enters Her '70s Folk Period in 'Chelsea Hotel No. 2' Video

    She's done '50s Hollywood glamor, been a prim '60s First Lady, and now Lana Del Rey is taking on the role of 1970s troubadour. In a new video released Wednesday (March 27), the Paradise singer performs a reverent cover of Leonard Cohen's 1974 ballad "Chelsea Hotel No. 2." As the story goes, the song was written with and about Janis Joplin during their brief relationship that consummated at New York's legendary Hotel Chelsea. It later appeared on Cohen's fourth album New Skin for the Old Ceremony. The forlorn lyrics about the illusory tryst are perfect fodder for romantic fatalist Del Rey, whose feather-light purr captures the uncomplicated tenderness of Cohen's original. Sepia, Super-8 style cinematography carries it well.Watch Leonard Cohen charismatically overexplain how the song came about in this performance from 1985.

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    Pussy Riot Drummer Who Eluded Arrest Says Band Is Still Active Underground

    With two members incarcerated, Russian punk band Pussy Riot continues to practice in secret, drummer "Kot" revealed in an interview with 60 Minutes.Kot, of course, is a pseudonym; the several women who make up the feminist protest group perform in brightly colored balaclavas to conceal their identities. Three were arrested and exposed — as Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich — following the anti-Putin protest staged an Orthodox church in Moscow that sent Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova to prison and sparked worldwide criticism.  Samutsevich was later freed. Kot, with another member, fled the country.

  • Jason Molina Full Catalog Streaming Online for a Limited Time

    Jason Molina's Full Catalog Is Streaming Online for a Limited Time

    In this Internet age, the one bright spot to an artist's untimely death is the flurry of reverent headlines that can attract new listeners to an artist's work. Such is the case with Jason Molina, singer-songwriter under his own name and as Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co., who died of natural causes on Saturday (March 16). He was just 39 years old.Now Molina's works, since described as the cornerstone of his long-time label Secretly Canadian, can be heard for free. Magnolia Electric Co.'s official website has made his career-spanning catalog available online for streaming, but only temporarily.Head here to listen while you can. This treasure trove, like the man himself, may be gone too soon.

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