Watch Lucy Dacus’ Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Watch Lucy Dacus’ Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
Four songs from her new album Home Video were performed at her childhood school.

By Jordan Darville

July 15, 2021

Lucy Dacus‘s third album Home Video, released in June, deals deeply with memories and their present-day ramifications. “I think that in some ways,” Dacus said on a recent episode of The FADER Interview, “making art that is based on the past is sacrificing a memory and giving it over to a new form. You’re giving it new life, but you’re remaking it.” It’s appropriate, then, that Dacus’s episode of NPR’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert takes place at her old stomping grounds of Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School in Richmond, Virginia. It’s probably one of the most emotionally loaded setpieces for Tiny Desk in recent memory, with Dacus performing the Home Video songs “Brando,” “VBS,” “Going Going Gone,” and the much-adored “Thumbs.” Watch above.

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The 11 projects you should stream now

The 11 projects you should stream now
New albums from Tyler, The Creator, Doja Cat, Lucy Dacus, and more.

By Jordan Darville

June 25, 2021

Tyler, The Creator. Photo by Luis ‘Panch’ Perez.

 

Tyler, The Creator, Call Me If You Get Lost

The long-awaited follow-up to Igor, Tyler’s Grammy-winning 2019 project, is here. Call Me If You Get Lost was preceded by the song “LUMBERJACK,” a small portion of “WUSYANAME,” and a number of teasers. Inspired by DJ Drama’s legendary Gangsta Grillz mixtapes, Call Me If You Get Lost features Lil Wayne, Lil Uzi Vert, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, and more.

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Doja Cat, Planet Her

A few years after going viral with a cow-themed joke song, Doja Cat is one of pop music’s biggest stars, and now she has a planet of her own. The new album features the smash hit “Kiss Me More,” plus features from Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, J.I.D., and more.

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Lucy Dacus, Home Video

The third album from Virginia singer-songwriter (and one-third of boygenius) Lucy Dacus sports more of her transcendent indie rock. “I don’t necessarily think that I’m supposed to understand the songs just because I made them,” Dacus says in a press statement, “I feel like there’s this person who has been in me my whole life and I’m doing my best to represent them.”

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SAULT, Nine

No R&B group left their mark on 2020 quite like SAULT. The secretive collective shared the projects Untitled (Black Is) and Untitled (Rise), the former of which was our second favorite project of the year. The new project Nine may only be available for streaming and purchase for 99 days, judging from a timeline on the band’s website.

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SPELLLING, The Turning Wheel

We loved “Little Deer,” the immutable lead single from Oakland avant-pop artist Spellling. Her new project is entirely self-produced and enlists the talents of 31 different musicians.

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Faye Webster, I Know I’m Funny haha

Atlanta artist and one-time Awful Records affiliate Faye Webster shares her fourth full length album and second LP for Secretly Canadian. “It really was just a more hopeful project from what I feel I was making in the past,” Webster said when she spoke to The FADER for our weekly podcast The FADER Interview.

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Squirrel Flower, Planet (i)

GEN F alumn Squirrel Flower follows up 2020’s I Was Born Swimming. The indie-folk artist’s new project includes “Hurt A Fly,” a single playlisted in our weekly Songs You Need list.

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L’Rain, Fatigue

The new project from N.Y.C.-based experimental artist L’Rain creates her own progressive vision of soul music with boundless interlocking harmonies and an ear for sample-based sound collage.

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BFB Da Packman, Fat N****s Need Love Too

After striking viral gold with “Free Joe Exotic,” Houston’s BFB Da Packman returns with a full-length project of more hard and hilarious raps. Features include Sada Baby, Wiz Khalifa, Coi Leray, Benny The Butcher, Payroll Giovanni, Zack Fox, and Lil Yachty.

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Eli Keszler, Icons

Written during the pandemic’s ceaseless lockdown, the new album from Brooklyn-based composer Eli Keszler eschews easy listening on his new project. The most accessible entry point is the single “The Accident,” a jazzy standout from the week it was released.

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Lightning Bug, A Color of the Sky

Lightning Bug were almost certainly kaput after sharing their 2019 album October Song, but thankfully, a rush of inspiration has resulted in a new full-length from the swoony pop group. “For A Color of the Sky,” Lightning Bug’s songwriter Audrey Kang told The FADER, “I knew exactly what I wanted. I just knew.”

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Lucy Dacus shares new song “Brando”

Lucy Dacus shares new song “Brando”
The song is set to appear on her upcoming album Home Video.

By Sajae Elder

June 08, 2021

Just ahead of the release of her new album Home Video, Lucy Dacus shared the project’s fourth single “Brando” on Tuesday. The single serves as a follow-up to previously released singles “VBS,” “Hot & Heavy,” and “Thumbs.” According to Dacus, the song was inspired by a friend in high school who seemingly wanted to live in a cinematic dreamworld.

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“’Brando’ refers to a very dramatic friend I had in high school whose whole personality was the media he consumed,” she explained in a statement about the track. “He showed me a lot of amazing movies and music, but I think he was more interested in using me as a scrapbook of his own tastes than actually getting to know me. He claimed to know me better than anyone else but I started to feel like all he wanted from me was to be a scene partner in the movie of his life.”

In addition to the release of the song, Dacus launched a video contest where participants can send clips of themselves with the song playing for a chance at being in the official music video. Home Video is out on June 25.

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Stream “Brando” above.

Thumbnail image by Ebru Yildiz

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Lucy Dacus announces new album, shares “Hot + Heavy”

Lucy Dacus announces new album, shares “Hot + Heavy”
Home Video is due in June.

By David Renshaw

April 13, 2021

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Lucy Dacus has shared a video for new song “Hot & Heavy,” the first taste of her upcoming new album Home Video. The album, Dacus’s follow-up to 2018 breakout Historian is due June 25 via Matador Records. Scroll down for the Dacus-directed “Hot & Heavy” video.

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Speaking about the new song in a statement, Dacus said: “I thought I was writing ‘Hot & Heavy’ about an old friend, but I realized along the way that it was just about me outgrowing past versions of myself. So much of life is submitting to change and saying goodbye even if you don’t want to. Now whenever I go to places that used to be significant to me, it feels like trespassing the past. I know that the teen version of me wouldn’t approve of me now, and that’s embarrassing and a little bit heartbreaking, even if I know intellectually that I like my life and who I am.”

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Home Video also includes “Thumbs,” a live favorite Dacus recently shared in its studio form, plus two songs (“Going Going Gone” and “Please Stay”) featuring her boygenius bandmates Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker.

Since releasing Historian, Dacus has shared a series of one-off singles including a run of holiday-themed tracks dropped throughout 2019.

Home Video tracklist:

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“Hot & Heavy”
“Christine”
“First Time”
“VBS”
“Cartwheel”
“Thumbs”
“Going Going Gone”
“Partner In Crime”
“Brando”
“Please Stay”
“Triple Dog Dare”