Lana Del Rey’s New Short Film, Tropico!

Lana Del Rey has always been something of an anomaly. Del Rey’s recently released trippy and provocative short film did not disappoint.

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“Tropico,” a twenty-seven minute short film stars Del Rey and costar, Shaun Ross, playing Bible characters Adam and Eve in a “Tale of Redemption.”

Scene one in this three-part act is set in the Garden of Eden, where Del Rey and Ross dance seductively to “Body Electric.” There are flashes to John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley impersonators. Oh, and a unicorn. When Del Rey is tempted by the snake, she eats the apple and immediately is banished from the garden. Ross finds her and eats the apple as well. Oh, tragic love- a little too ‘cliche’-Romeo-and-Juliet’ if I do say so myself.

It’s a very sexual scene, as is the whole film, but from Del Rey, would you expect any less?

“I was a little turned off by the her sexuality with Adam. She’s beautiful and he’s so unattractive!”, said Washington State University student, Simone Machmiller, 20.

In the following scene, featuring “Gods & Monsters,” the two are banished to the Garden of Evil, a convenience store in LA (naturally), where they are seen doing drugs and joining a gang. Meanwhile, there are glimpses of Del Rey and Ross in a raunchy apartment and Del Rey dancing exotically at a strip club. Then Ross’ gang and Del Rey’s friends from the strip club rob a group of businessmen hosting the strippers.

Crazy enough, right? If this whole description sounds confusing, it’s because the film itself is extremely confusing. But stay with me here, as weird as it is, it’s so worth the watch-especially if you are anything of a Lana Del Rey fan!

In the third act, after being baptized Del Rey and Ross drive to a sunny valley where they shed their black clothing and dress in all white (they really committed to that over-the-top element). Del Rey continues to seduce everyone with her beautiful voice saying “Bel Air” until her and Ross are lifted to heaven. And the credits roll.

Vevo’s press release said, “Del Rey’s visual sensibility is rich and fantastical, and the movie’s running themes stay true to the concepts of Born to Die and Born To Die – The Paradise Edition: the loss of innocence, good vs. evil, and trading beauty for money.”

As a huge Lana fan myself, I thought the film overall was really artistic as well as entertaining. I would just love to spend a day with Del Rey to understand how she thinks of these things! Del Rey stayed true to her self-professed “gangster” persona and sad-romance vibe with this strange film. And fans applaud her for that!

The film, directed by Anthony Mandler, was premiered on December 5, at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. All of the featured songs are on her “Born To Die- The Paradise Edition” album.

You can watch the film here on veto or watch the much shorter trailer here.

So what did you think? Lovin’ on Lana or TropicNO?

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“Britney Jean” to be Released December 3rd!

Sarah Clifton

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“Britney Jean” album artwork.

Well, it seems as though the legendary princess of pop, Ms. Britney Spears, is back and ready to attack.

Spears revealed that her newest and 8th studio album “Britney Jean,” will officially be released December 3rd. The album will of course include her first single “Work Bitch,” which has more than 48 million hits on YouTube.

Spears‘ track list will also include the vulnerable ballad “Perfume,”  and the most recently leaked “Alien.”  The complete track list contains 14 songs, some which are titled “Tik Tik Boom,” “Body Ache,” and “Don’t Cry.”

“I’m really impressed with her new stuff,” said fan Emery Casseday, “It’s very catchy and more like the old Britney with a new twist.”

Many artists are featured on the album like will.i.am, T.I., and younger sister Jamie Lynn Spears. While the line up is not all that impressive, a sister duo just melts the heart and makes you forget about it. Also, the fact that will.i.am is producing the album makes the release that much more exciting.

Spears stated in a hand written note to fans that the album is her “most personal album yet” hence the title “Britney Jean.”

“I have been through a lot in the past few years and it has really inspired me to dig deeper and write songs that I think everyone can relate to,” said Spears.

While some fans may feel as though Spears needs to make a comeback with this album, others believe she has always been on top of her game.

“Britney doesn’t need a comeback. Her songs stick in my mind and she’s continued to stay relevant in music with every new album she’s produced,” said Spears’ fan Ellen Coley.

While Spears has proven time and time again that she can sell dance albums, can she sell a deep and personal one? Sure she can, “It’s Britney Bitch.”

Miley Cyrus

Kimberly Hiegel

1st Listen wanted to know what some students in Pullman thought about Miley Cyrus and her controversial actions lately. Here’s what we found:

Thanks for watching!

Featured:
‘Wrecking Ball’ official music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My2FRPA3Gf8
‘We Can’t Stop’ official music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrUvu1mlWco
background music: Wrecking Ball CAKED UP REMIX; https://soundcloud.com/eatdatcake
picture of Miley from MTV VMA’s: http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/miley-cyrus-vma-2013-video-2223074

DJ Twisted Beats

Sarah Clifton and Andrew Braddock

1st Listen got together with DJ Twisted Beats and saw just what being a DJ is all about.

Song: LSD by Saelynh

Kobe

Click the picture for a link to Dio, where we have produced an interactive album about my puppy, Kobe, with some classic songs you should all know!

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-Kimberly

Dio.com Project – Amateur Hour, Pullman Rock Edition

Dio.com Project – Amateur Hour, Pullman Rock Edition

1st Listen went and found three students from Washington State University who have an interest in music, and playing the guitar. They are far from professional musicians, but use music as an outlet in their daily lives. 

Evergreen Ambition

Sarah Clifton

1st Listen went out and profiled Evergreen Ambition, a local band from Pullman. Their music is  fresh, spirited, and has a modern twist. Find out what this rap, singing group is all about. Click the photo below to enter the dio album:

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Nothing Was The Same

Drake’s newest album Nothing Was The Same made it’s debut September 24, and has had hits at the top of the charts ever since. Let’s hear what some students of Washington State University had to say about the album!

Battle of the Pop Princesses

Sarah Clifton

There is a lot of competition between artists whose albums are dropping in the next two months. Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, and Lady Gaga all have new albums coming out in the next few weeks. 1st Listen takes a look at who music lovers think will have the most success!

Train of Thought

Andrew Braddock

For this week’s look into Pullman’s live music scene, 1st Listen covers the local Blue Grass band, Train of Thought.