Lana Del Rey Announces “High By the Beach”: Links You Need to See

Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese’s upcoming 70s-set HBO series, Vinyl, has received its first teaser trailer, which insinuates that the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle includes: guitars! drums! albums! microphones! and drugs!  Now that you’ve been informed of that little-known information, let’s jump into the music world of the present, a world that bears  the promise of a new Lana Del Rey track called “High By the Beach,” a world where Courtney Barnett will cover all of Patti Smith’s Horses live, a world of extreme friends and foes — and people who don’t become friends with Kanye until Kanye respects them. In the cover piece in for the September issue of Vanity Fair, Taylor Swift discusses what happened after tension had cooled following Kanye’s interruption of her 2009 VMA acceptance:

I became friends with Jay Z…it was important, for Jay Z, for Kanye and I to get along. . . . And then Kanye and I both reached a place where he would say really nice things about my music and what I’ve accomplished, and I could ask him how his kid’s doing.

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If you’re enough of a Scorsese fan that even a teaser trailer featuring the above-mentioned fundamental rock ‘n’ roll symbols excites you, you may also get a kick out of Hyperallergic’s coverage of Scorsese Collects, the MoMA exhibit of 34 items in the director’s collection of movie posters. The exhibit will likely be a good way to plunge yourself into the recent cultural past, providing respite from your usual routine of scaling the mountains of Kim Kardashian’s face. Oh, that’s not a part of your routine? Well by all means, check out this post on The Creators Project about French artist Gregory Chatonsky’s “continuously moving art piece”… across simulated mountains made of images of Kim Kardashian’s ubiquitous visage.

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Today was also a day of some sad endings: Joel McHale said there wouldn’t be another season of Community, and Miss Piggy released a statement on Twitter notifying the world that “after careful thought, thoughtful consideration and considerable squabbling, [she and Kermit] have made the difficult decision to terminate our romantic relationship.”

If you’re looking for a bit of light-spirited fun to quell the melancholy that’s surely ensued after that news… Amy Schumer’s appearance on The Daily Show last night isn’t exactly that — at least not at the beginning. Rather (and more importantly), before Schumer allowed for silly banter (which she ultimately did), the comedian discussed her recent involvement with her senator cousin in a three-part gun control initiative (following the shooting at a Florida movie theater during a screening of her film), which she’d just come from speaking about at a press conference.