Album Review: Lana Del Rey’s “Born To Die”

[First published on Switchcam’s Posterous blog on 3.9.2012] Somewhere from the deep sea of Youtube musicians, Lana Del Rey emerged from a shell carried forth to the shore of pop consciousness by homemade music video froth. That’s about as accurate a narrative as the one Interscope wove for her, since they’re sticking to the trailer […]

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Album Review: Bon Iver

[First published in Cliché Magazine on 7.3.2011] Listening to Bon Iver’s Bon Iver is an activity comparable to lying in the grass of a vast garden replete with brightly colored flowers. Patches of crimson, and marigold, and periwinkle, and violet, and peach on grassy beds, verdant and luscious with dew. On a gently sunny day, with a cloud or two […]

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Jo Calderone: Cool or Cringe-Worthy?

[First published in Cliché Magazine on 8.30.2011] I’m always waiting for the ball to drop at events  like Sunday night’s VMAs. Waiting, with bated breath and wonderment, bracing myself for the moment Gaga arrives. It’s going to be crazy, I tell myself. And then a small part of me wonders if she and her Haus of Gaga geniuses have finally hit a wall […]

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