Tuesday, August 29, 2017

HOCO Fest Countdown—The, Um, Effervescent Lana Del Rabies Picks the Five Albums That Changed Her Life!

Posted By on Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 12:45 PM

click to enlarge Lana Del Rabies: Unapologetically brutal .
  • Lana Del Rabies: Unapologetically brutal .

Know Your Product (Special Blog Edition!)
Stars Pick Their Top 5
This week: Lana Del Rabies

You have to love that name. We suspect even Lana Del Rey loves that name. When Phoenix media artist Sam An decided she wanted to create a solo electronic music project, Lana Del Rabies was born, and with it some of the most unapologetically brutal and almost-unmusical noise imaginable. German industrial and horror scores are likely influences, but it doesn’t matter. This is the stuff of nightmares. Del Rabies/An herself told us about the five albums that changed her life to celebrate the fact that she’s performing at the climax of HOCO

With Jock Club, Violence and Altrice on Sunday, Sept. 3 at the HoCo aftershow, secret venue. See hotelcongress.com/hoco for more information.

click to enlarge nine_inch_nails.jpg
1. Nine Inch NailsThe Downward Spiral
I was 14 the first time I heard The Downward Spiral, and my interests in music were never the same after. The way Trent Reznor uses textures on this record influenced my production work later, and how I view what makes a "great" album- strong individual tracks that collectively execute a concept well.

click to enlarge portishead-third-2008-album-cover1.jpg
2. PortisheadThird
I was a teenager when this album came out, and growing up in Tucson during this time, I didn't experience a lot of exposure to electronic music. This was the first Portishead album I heard, and it is still is my favorite of theirs. Third expands beyond the boundaries of "Trip Hop" and uses gritty but minimal production to enhance Beth Gibbons's beautifully melancholy songwriting.

click to enlarge einsturzende.jpg
3. Einstürzende Neubauten—Kollaps
I lived in Detroit for four years, and while I was there I was fortunate to help with an event while working at The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, surrounding the history of the Berlin music and art scene in the 1980's/90's. Alexander Hacke of Einstürzende Neubauten and his wife, artist Danielle de Picciotto, were guests at the event who spoke of their projects and experiences. I dove into Neubauten immediately after and was never the same.

click to enlarge giles-corey-giles-corey.jpg
4. Giles Corey—Giles Corey
Dan Barrett is a true underground musician, who for me has always expressed what it is like to experience true depression in the most authentic and raw manner possible. His first album as his solo project Giles Corey is an atmospheric journey into an emotional and existential breakdown of the most heightened extremes. Of course I love it.

click to enlarge pharmakon.jpg
5. Pharmakon—Abandon
The first time I found out about Pharmakon, a friend was showing me a video of her performing at a gallery somewhere, this was around 2011. For the first time, I saw a woman performing exactly what I felt inside myself and never gave myself a chance to express. Margaret Chardiet is still an innovator in her genre, and it's undeniable that her work empowered me to do Lana Del Rabies in the first place.





Tags: , , , ,

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Previously in the Range

More by Brett Callwood

  • New Route

    Asleep At the Wheel steers into Jazz Fest
    • Jan 3, 2019
  • Musical Chameleon

    Bruce Hornsby makes ever-evolving noise
    • Nov 29, 2018
  • Barenaked No More

    Steven Page brings disciplined new material to Tucson
    • Nov 22, 2018
  • More »
Today | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri
DO(OM) Yoga

DO(OM) Yoga @ Floor Polish

Sundays, 8-9 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

Staff Pick

Brian Regan

Critics, fans and fellow comedians agree: Brian Regan is one of the most respected comedians in the… More

@ Fox Tucson Theatre Sat., Feb. 16, 7-9 p.m. 17 W. Congress St.

» More Picks

Submit an Event Listing

Popular Content

  1. Randi Dorman Kicks Off Campaign for Mayor (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  2. XOXO: Where to Rock This Weekend: Feb. 15 to 17 (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  3. It Is Finally Here! The 2019 Tucson Weekly Cannabis Bowl! (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  4. XOXO: Where to Rock in Tucson Thursday, Feb. 14 (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  5. All Bets Are On: Jon Wilner Talks Pac-12 and Sean Miller's Future in Tucson (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)

© 2019 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation