Song of the Day #3,934: ‘How to Disappear’ – Lana Del Rey

At some point this year, Lana Del Rey will release her sixth studio album, titled Norman Fucking Rockwell. Early word was March, but that clearly didn’t happen. Now it’s looking more like summer.

In the meantime, Del Rey keeps dropping tracks from the album. Today’s track is the fourth, although it is a live performance, not a studio recording. It was actually released back in October, after she performed it at an Apple event with Jack Antonoff on piano, but I missed it until now.

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Song of the Day #3,933: ‘bellyache’ – Billie Eilish

My last Billie Eilish song this week is the first track of hers I ever heard, and the one I still consider her best.

‘Bellyache’ is written from the perspective of a murderer who seems to be regretting her actions. Eilish has said the lyrics are a metaphor for anytime we do something for reasons we can’t entirely explain.

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Song of the Day #3,932: ‘ocean eyes’ – Billie Eilish

I’ll make up for the lack of Billie Eilish on my blog to date by featuring a couple of her earlier songs this week.

‘Ocean Eyes’ was her breakthrough track, in that it took her from complete anonymity to viral success and a recording contract. This dreamy ballad was written by her brother Finneas O’Connell for his band (the members of which must hate him now). Eilish recorded it to serve as the soundtrack for a dance routine she was preparing for school. She was 14 years old.

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Song of the Day #3,931: ‘bury a friend’ – Billie Eilish

My older daughter Sophia credits me with exposing her to many of the musicians and songs she loves. But the feeling is mutual. I have encountered plenty of great music through her suggestions, or by hearing the songs drifting out of her bedroom or soundtracking her Instagram stories.

A great example is Billie Eilish, whom Sophia first started listening to a couple of years ago before the release of the Don’t Smile at Me EP. She particularly loved the song ‘Bellyache,’ which I was convinced I had already included on the blog, but apparently not. I’ll do that soon.

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Song of the Day #3,930: ‘Grinding All My Life’ – Nipsey Hussle

When rapper Nipsey Hussle was murdered last week, shot outside his Los Angeles clothing store, several of my Facebook friends were distraught. A lot of celebrities I follow on Instagram were similarly shaken, posting moving tributes to a man whose music and message had moved them.

All of those people are younger and blacker than me, and I’ve never been much of a rap fan, so I guess it’s no surprise that I live in a different world, one where I had never heard the name Nipsey Hussle until this tragic incident.

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Song of the Day #3,929: ‘Hotwax’ – Beck

‘Hotwax,’ the second track on Beck’s breakthrough 1996 album Odelay, sums up the genre-busting weirdness of that album quite nicely.

This song mixes a blues guitar riff with hip-hop beats, rapped lyrics and a Spanish-language chorus, and emerges as something wholly unique. Or at least as unique as everything else on Odelay, which is full of sonic mind-fucks like this.

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Song of the Day #3,928: ‘The Circle Game’ – Joni Mitchell

This early Joni Mitchell song is one of her most popular, having been covered by more than 200 artists. It follows a boy through childhood, comparing the passage of time to a carousel.

Mitchell released this song on her 1970 album Ladies of the Canyon, a few years after it had already shown up on albums by Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tom Rush.

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