A Complete Review Of LANY's "Malibu Nights"

LANY's 'Malibu Nights' Will Make You Want To Dance Alone In The Middle Of The Night, I Know I Did

If you don't mourn love by the end of it, have you ever loved?


Everyone has that defining album that becomes their go-to when they need a good cry. It reaches into their soul, brings out tears they didn't even know they had and brings on that movie montage -- you know, the one where you pass through time marching on resolutely during the day and stare off into the distance at night, wondering what's going to become of your life.

LA-based band LANY has made albums out of that style (four EPs and an album, really), combining perfect balances of synth and acoustic to create tracks that would be perfect to drop into a cinematic sequence. Their latest album, titled Malibu Nights, remains true to that style. Through nine tracks, the album cycles through the extended six stages of grief -- and leaves the listener asking who could be this cruel to hurt the songwriter so badly.

Four tracks had been released ahead of the entire album -- "Thru These Tears", "I Don't Wanna Love You Anymore", "Thick and Thin" and "If You See Her". All of them represented different stages of the album -- the first an acknowledgment that sure, things will get better, but not in the current moment -- the betrayal is still fresh, and maybe we should be allowed to wallow in it just a little before beginning to step on the path to recovery.

The second is a plea to just let us forget that we've been hurt and bruised this way, if not so that we'd be allowed to start healing and moving on. There's no point in trying to salvage what's been there -- the other person's moved on. This is the song you rage-dance to, but with all of your frustrations brimming at the surface -- why can't you just let them go?

"Thick and Thin" takes sadness and simmers it down to anger -- we go to war, as the lyric goes. What happened to the permanency they promised? Had they really not meant it when they said they'd stay no matter what the consequences? Did 'ride or die' mean something completely different from what we thought it meant? The time for mourning the death of the relationship is over: all we are is bewildered, and we'd really like some answers, goddammit.

"If You See Her" is an interesting take. It's the humane side of the death of a relationship. The other person may have hurt them, yes, but it's not like we were faultless on our side, either. We remember that being in a relationship with someone is a two-way street. The whole affair may be broken up, yes, but it also doesn't mean that we're not going to stop looking out for the other person.

While these four were the pre-released singles, it's the rest of the album that ties the whole thing into an experience you dance to in the middle of the night alone or in the dark of your room when no one's watching. (It's also highly recommendable to just lay in bed and listen to the whole album through if you're feeling melancholy.) They range from being the bridge between the beginnings of a breakup ("Taking Me Back") to echoing the confidence of having completely moved on ("Run").

Throughout it all, lyricless transitions remain the real star of the album -- "Thru These Tears" features a piano bridge that can be described in no other manner other than clarifying. "If You See Her" brings forth a synth sound in the bridge that glides right into your head and doesn't leave.

Everything can be found penultimating in "Malibu Nights". Aptly named after the album (or possibly as a song to encompass the entire album), the repeating cycle of soft piano chords throughout the song coupled with the lyrics make for one of the album's biggest emotional impacts. If you're not emotionally mellowed out by the end of the song, then there probably isn't a soul in you.

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The End Of The Semester As Told By Todd Chrisley

Because we're all a little dramatic like Todd sometimes.

The last 3-4 weeks of every college student's semester are always crazy hectic.

We have last minute assignments, group projects, and exams all squeezed into the last few weeks before break.

Sometimes we all need a little humor, and sometimes we are all a little dramatic, so why not experience the last few weeks of the semester as told by the king of drama himself, Todd Chrisley of "Chrisley Knows Best."

1. Sitting in class listening to your professor explain upcoming assignments/exams.

2. When your group project members refuse to do anything until the night before it's due or just show up the day of to present.

3. When you and your roommate try to cook with whatever few ingredients you have left in stock.

Because we definitely want to avoid going to the grocery store at the end of the semester if we can.

4. When your parents get tired of you calling them about every little inconvenience in your life.

5. Sitting down to work on assignments.

6. Your thoughts when the professor is telling you what they want from you out of an assignment.

7. When you've had about 30 mental breakdowns in two days.

8. Trying to search out the class for the right group members.

9. The last few days of classes where everyone and everything is getting on your nerves.

10. When your friend suggests going out but you're just done with the world.

11. This. On the daily.

12. When all you want to do is snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.

13. Studying and realizing you know nothing.

14. When your finals are over and it's finally time to go home for break.

You're finally back to your old self.

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The Top 10 Gay-Themed Commercials That Should Be Celebrated

Gay-themed advertisements are an important part of our representation in pop culture. Here are the ten best gay-themed commercials that deserve celebration.


Advertisements have a long history of reflecting and influencing popular culture. As someone from one of the boroughs of New York City, I've always been surrounded by advertisements. So it is extremely obvious to me why representation in these advertisements matter. Commercials online and on television are no exception. As a gay man, I'd like to present you with ten commercials that make me feel a sense of pride.

1. Israeli Gays Get Distracted On The Beach

Israel is a safe haven for LGBTQ people living in the Middle East. While places like Saudi Arabia and Iran treat gay men horrifically by enforcing Sharia Law, Israel welcomes them with open arms. That open minded attitude was even more obvious with this commercial from 2006.

2. Pepsi Brings Out The Confidence In One Guy (With A Gay Twist)

This Pepsi ad from the UK has a comedic twist that will delight the viewer with the main character's confidence. I find the women's reaction to him passing by each of them even more humorous than his friend's reactions.

3. Doritos Gay Sauna Contest Entry That Could've Gayed Up The Super Bowl

This commercial was created as a contest entry where aspiring filmmakers could create commercials for Doritos. The winning entry would be aired during the Super Bowl and the filmmaker would win a cash prize. This viral smash didn't make it, however. It seemed unfair, as several straight-themed commercials feature tons of innuendo. Unfortunately, it seems as though gay male sexuality is still threatening to some.

4. Campbell's Soup Portrays The Adorable Gay Household We All Wish We Had

This Campbell's Soup commercial is a short and sweet depiction of two gay dads sharing a sweet moment with their son. If it proves anything, it's that gay households are just like any other.

5. Marriage Equality Gets An Endorsement From Tide

While marriage equality has been a source of debate over the years, the only thing wrong with this union was the attire chosen for it. A brilliant twist ending courtesy of Tide.

6. This Heinz Commercial Is A Gay New Yorker's Dream Come True

As a gay man and a New Yorker, this commercial makes me very happy. Affection between same sex couples hasn't always been something we could see on television. However, this Heinz commercial squashes all that.

7. A Sweet And Unexpected Coming Out At McDonald's

This McDonald's commercial from Taiwan features a twist ending that is heartfelt, not comedic. For anyone who has struggled coming out, this should hit you right in the feels!

8. Sister And Brother Fight Over The Hot Pool Boy... With Coca-Cola

A nice bottle of Coke is quite refreshing. Who knew it was the perfect ice-breaker to approach your crush? This ad features a brother and sister competing for the pool boy's attention. However, it seems like someone else beat them at their own game.

9. This IKEA Commercial Was A Historic Turning Point

This classic IKEA ad from 1994 was groundbreaking for gay representation in advertising. It would be remiss of me not to include this important commercial on the list.

10. What Happens When Your Dad Sets You Up On A Tinder Date?

It's always nice to have your parents acceptance. However, even for gay guys, parents can get a little too close for comfort. This Vote Savvy ad portrays just that. But hey, they mean well, right?

Whether comedic, heartfelt, or provocative, these ten commercials have done wonders for gay male representation in advertising. It also reflects the representation of gay men around the world. From Israel to Taiwan to the UK, these commercials reflect the growing acceptance around the gay community. As far as I'm concerned, that's something to be celebrated.

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