11. ‘The Next Best American Record’ – Re-listening to this song in order to write something here, I’m thinking it might be my favorite on the album. That’s how good this record is — a song outside of my top ten is in the conversation for the top spot. This one was reworked from a demo slated for her previous album, but wound up here in a new form.
I’ve been anticipating this album for a year, since the first two singles were released last summer. Since then, Del Rey has trickled out several more tracks, building anticipation, before finally dropping the album a few weeks ago.
In 1972, singer-songwriter Albert Hammond released the song ‘The Air That I Breathe’ on his album It Never Rains in Southern California (the title track of which is his best-known hit). He wrote the song, which is embedded below as today’s SOTD, with Mike Hazelwood.
One of the great benefits of popular music’s streaming revolution is how it has shortened the time and distance between artist and audience.
Rather than jumping through all the hoops (and cost) that come with a physical release, musicians can simply upload a song to social media 20 minutes after completion.
As we enter the dog days of summer, here’s a sultry Lana Del Rey cover of Sublime’s 1997 track ‘Doin’ Time.’ That song was, in turn, a reimagining of the George Gershwin song ‘Summertime’ from Porgy and Bess.
Del Rey recorded this song for a documentary on the California ska band that was released earlier this year. I’m not sure what Sublime has done that warrants a documentary. I’m not a fan of the whole ska thing, generally.