I’m Lorelie Brown and Lauren has so kindly allowed me use of her blog for the day. This makes me feel super damn special for reasons I won’t bore you by going into. (But really. It’s Lauren freaking Dane’s castle. And she lowered the drawbridges and let me in! How much explanation do you really need?)
Okay, so let’s see. What do I think of when I think of Lauren Dane? A badass chick with strong opinions, sure. I could go on about feminism and how goddamn fucked up this Hobby Lobby supreme court case is, but I just had a book come out yesterday and I don’t want to make myself cranky. Lauren’s also high on the hot guys in ink and beards factor. Mmm. That could take up a page or two of gushing…
Oh! Music. I always think of Lauren and awesome music.
I know this one is a leetle bit on the older side, but I’m totally into Queens of the Stone Age’s “Fairweather Friends” right now. I have a really terrible singing voice. (Really, this is something you should know about me in the advent that we go out for karaoke. Get very drunk before letting me go up on stage, so you don’t hear me well.) But despite my awful tone-deafness, I love rocking out to this song when I’m driving. I crank it up as loud as my mom-car speakers go and I let it rock. It’s a big ole eff you to everyone who’s pissing me off. “Gossips, frauds and fakes. They’re just our best fair weather friends.”
I also have the new Lana Del Rey album, and I think “Pretty When You Cry” is standing out to me the most so far. Lana Del Rey songs have this sense of beautiful nihilism. Like it’s not just enough that life will end, we gotta run full strength to crash into the end and do it while we’re still young and pretty.
I’m including the embed for a YouTube version, but trust me that it’ll sound better if you buy the album. I think the vid might be pitched an octave up so the bots won’t find it and strip it or something. So you should go buy the song from iTunes so you really hear how pretty and tragic it sounds. *nods*
I’ve also been listening to the new album from The Black Keys, but…I don’t know. I can’t put my finger on a favorite song from the album. For one thing, it’s not what I expected (something a lot more like the El Camino album) and I’m having a hard time accepting it for what it is. I have a feeling it’s really, really good song making, but…well, why so much falsetto, huh? I love Dan Auerbach’s voice. Like, love in ways that are possibly inappropriate to talk about in public. Especially when he’s so growly and forceful. *ahem* Which makes the falsetto singing kind of unappealing to me. Plus when the album cover pops up on my phone, the psychedelic thing makes my eyes go all crossed. What do y’all think? Have you heard the album? For a while you could hear it streaming on iTunes radio, before it was available for sale, so maybe you can still find it there. Y’all should tell me which songs I should pay more attention to. 😉
I do so love it when it feels like new music is flooding in. Now all I need is a new Florence + The Machine album and I’ll be set for at least the next three or four books I need to write. Win!
Okay, so and there are certain people who will break my toes with a hammer if I don’t at least mention my book that came out yesterday. It’s called RIDING THE WAVE, and it’s a super-sexy contemporary set in a California beach town. You can get it at Amazon and Barnes & Noble and all the regular places. So like go buy it and keep me stocked in music, yeah? ;-D
A note from Lauren: I’m going to give away a copy of Lorelie’s Riding the Wave in winner’s choice of digital or paper formats – I’ll announce it in tomorrow’s (July 3) post! Good luck!