Song of the Day #5,146: ‘Yayo’ – Lana Del Rey

‘Yayo’ is a track from Lana Del Rey’s 2012 EP Paradise, released less than a year after her breakthrough album, Born to Die.

This is actually the third release of this song. It first appeared on a 2008 three-song EP titled Kill Kill under Del Rey’s given name, Lizzie Grant. The same version showed up on Del Rey’s self-titled full-length debut, released in 2010 but subsequently removed from circulation.

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Song of the Day #4,877: ‘Black Bathing Suit’ – Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey is back with her second album of 2021, following the release of Chemtrails Over the Country Club in March. The new record, titled Blue Bannisters, features 15 new tracks. This deluge of material reminds me of Taylor Swift’s one-two punch of Folklore and Evermore last year.

It’s great to witness artists peaking creatively and channeling that inspiration into new albums. Often when I look back at the careers of big stars from the 70s, I’m amazed to see how often they released albums during their heyday. Feels like we’re seeing the same sort of thing with Swift and Del Rey.

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Song of the Day #4,739: ‘Text Book’ – Lana Del Rey

A few weeks back, when I started rolling out blog posts on new music releases, one of the first albums I featured was Lana Del Rey’s Chemtrails Over the Country Club. I was happy to have a new album by one of my favorite artists.

Well, it looks like I’m going to get another one. Since I posted that song, Del Rey dropped three new songs online and said they are from an upcoming album titled Blue Bannisters that will likely drop in July. This is some Taylor Swift folklore/evermore-level shit.

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Song of the Day #4,715: ‘Dark But Just a Game’ – Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey released one of the best album’s of the previous decade with 2019’s Norman Fucking Rockwell, a sadly romantic ode to a country on the brink of disaster. The disaster at the time was Trump’s presidency and a climate crisis that had set California ablaze, but the album only grew more resonant in the face of the pandemic.

Following up that masterpiece was a tall order. Del Rey didn’t have a realistic shot at topping what will likely be her crowning achievement, but with this year’s Chemtrails Over the Country Club, she has managed to both build on and stray from the sound of its predecessor.

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Song of the Day #4,257: ‘Beautiful People Beautiful Problems’ – Lana Del Rey w/ Stevie Nicks

This is the third Leap Day since I started my Song of the Day blog back in 2008. That was a leap year as well, but I started posting songs in July so February had already passed.

My previous two Leap Day posts surprisingly contain no mention of the date. In 2012, I featured The Shins’ ‘Saint Simon’ during a week of unrelated songs (I did a lot fewer theme weeks in the blog’s early days).

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