1. Lana Del Rey: Modern Poseur

    Before this morning, I was ambivalent about Lana Del Rey and her music.  After hearing her interview on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday with Scott Simon, I’m disappointed and disgusted.

    A bit of one of her songs was played which contains the line, “He hit me and it felt like a kiss.”  Simon asks her to comment about the material by saying “Not everybody has thought it’s a good idea to have lines like ‘He hit me and it felt like a kiss’.” She answers with “Definitely. But that’s been the theme of my career. The thing about me is, coming from an alternative music background and singing for nine years, being basically invisible, I’m so used to writing for myself — and at the end of the day, I do it because I feel like I have to. So when I’m recording or writing, I don’t have other people in mind. It’s not always comfortable for me, but I don’t not say what I want to.”

    She’s used to writing for herself, maybe, but not in an original way.  In reality, this line is taken word for word from a song recorded by the Crystals, produced by Phil Spector, and written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King.  The really sad thing is, Goffin just passed away a couple of days ago.  It’s shameful that neither she nor Simon (who I admire and respect, and enjoy listening to nearly every Saturday morning) mentioned where the inspiration came from, especially directly after having asked her about her early influences (where she goes on to pontificate about Beat poetry and Walt Whitman).

    Goffin and King’s song has been covered by many, and information can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/He_Hit_Me_(It_Felt_Like_a_Kiss)

    The NPR interview can be found here:http://www.npr.org/2014/06/21/323209791/lana-del-rey-i-dont-have-other-people-in-mind

     
  2. 09:04 5th Jun 2014

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  3. 12:54 23rd Mar 2014

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    wnycradiolab:

    OK, we’ve got a major WNYC showdown happening over at the annual KPCC Public Radio bracket.  This round we’re up against On the Media – one of our favorite shows, sure, staffed with amazing people, sure, but we need to take them down.  

    Help us (and all your favorites) advance to the next round! Cast your vote right here.

    How are they even going to make me choose between my 2 favorite public radio shows: Radiolab and On the Media?  

     
  4. I appeared on Aidan Baker’s Already Drowning album.  He’s created a digital remix EP, including a brand new single, “Tout Juste Sous La Surface, Je Guette” (featuring Geneviève Castrée from Ô Paon), and one of the songs I perform on from the album, “30 Days 30 Nights” (A.R.C. Soundtracks Remix).  Five tracks in total.  See link for more details.

     
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  7. Please sign this petition if you value your right to speak out, your right to know, and the rights of those (animals) without a voice.  

     
  8. This is the first time I’ve ever seen comedy revolving around vegetarianism (here, veganism) that hasn’t made it the butt of the joke. Thanks and congratulations to the writers, and to JT and Bobby Moynihan for making it so funny.

     
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  10. 10:59 14th Sep 2013

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    Sometimes rest is needed.  Like my dinosaur plant, I’ll be taking a rest for a while - from music, anyway.  Nearly one year ago, At The Down-Turned Jagged Rim Of The Sky was released; I feel it’s my best work so far.  But instead of feeling energized and inspired, I’ve come to feel huge amounts of disappointment.  Things haven’t gone as well as I’d hoped.  

    I need to regroup; I need to re-discover what it is I used to love about making music.  And maybe whatever that is will be translated into another activity, I’m not sure.

    In the meantime, hopefully in 2014, Annelies Monseré and I will release an album.  It’s been finished for ages, but other details need to be sorted.  Nearly there…

    Thanks to all of you for your interest and support.  It is truly appreciated.  

    Very best wishes,

    Jessica Bailiff