Ahhhh Ze Golden Globes!

The Golden Globe nominees were announced today and look who made the cut. Ker’s Corner favorites Lana Del Rey and Lorde. Hip Hip Hurray!

Best Original Song

“Big Eyes,” Lana Del Ray (Big Eyes)
“Glory,” John Legend and Common (Selma)
“Mercy Is,” Patty Smith and Lenny Kaye (Noah)
“Opportunity,” Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, and Will Gluck (Annie)
“Yellow Flicker Beat,” Lorde (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1)

Lana Del Rey New Song & Tour

In an overwhelming onslaught of Lana Del Rey-ness, here is a clip of Lana’s new song “Big Eyes” which is featured in the trailer for Tim Burton’s new biopic of the same name. ALSO, Lana has announced tour dates for this summer (yaas, yaas) AND for the first eight dates, Courtney Love will open. GASP.

(Glad to see there are no hard feelings over the “dying young” comment from earlier in the year. Click here if you do not understand the reference)

Click here for the song!

[In what has to be the most random selection of tour dates ever:]

05/07 The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*
05/09 Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion*
05/12 Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre*
05/14 Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion*
05/16 Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheater*
05/18 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl*
05/20 Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre*
05/22 Ridgefield, WA @ Sleep Country Amphitheater*
05/28 Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center %
05/30 Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre %
05/31 Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre %
06/03 Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre %
06/04 Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre %
06/11 Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live %
06/13 Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion %
06/14 Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood %
06/16 West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheater %

* Courtney Love
% To be announced

A Daily Dose Of Drama

I don’t understand why entertainers feel the need to be overtly shocking or what not by negatively targeting others. If you haven’t heard, Eminem recently uploaded a freestyle video in which he says,

“But I may fight for gay rights, especially if they dyke is more of a knockout than Janay Rice / Play nice? / Bitch I’ll punch Lana Del Rey right in the face twice, like Ray Rice in broad daylight in the plain sight of the elevator surveillance / ‘Til her head is banging on the railing, then celebrate with the Ravens.”

Aside from the other blatantly offensive & messed up things in this verse, his calling out Lana Del Rey is entirely unnecessary. In 2012 LDR was quoted saying,

“Eminem is the master of lyrics whereas Frank Sinatra is the master of vocals… I f–ing love Eminem.”

He was just returning the love, right? Wrong. To add to this, rapper Azealia Banks has come to Lana’s defense, calling out Eminem and sticking up for Lana. This is an extremely kind and admirable gesture, yet it proves how quickly things can escalate. Now many people are involved in a situation that should not have happened at all.

Let’s Talk About: Literature & Lana

This is a small snippet and very rushed version of a post I should have made a long time ago.

I will be the first to admit that I talk about the copious amounts of literary references Lana Del Rey incorporates into her songs much too frequently, but I simply cannot help myself. In actuality, I think this is one of the reasons I admire Lana’s music so much. On the surface, her songs can appear as though they lack meaningful lyrics, but in actuality her lyrics are very representative of her intelligence. In my personal opinion, I find Lana to be very well educated and an intellectual, although it might not always seem that way. A lot of people are not aware that she studied metaphysics, an extraordinarily intriguing (and my personal favorite) branch of Philosophy, at Fordham University in New York. Once you are keen to the fact that she includes works of literature in most of her songs, the references begin to become more obvious and clear. I’m certain there are references that I have missed, but will discover over time. The way she incorporates literature, in my opinion (maybe because I’m an English major), is sublime. Here are some examples I have stumbled upon (I hope I’m not forgetting any):

Album: Born To Die

Track: Off to the Races; “Light of my life, fire of my loins” – Opening line of the pre-chorus// Opening line of Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Track: Carmen; not necessarily literature, but relates to the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet

Track: Lolita; see the aforementioned novel by Vladimir Nabokov

Album: Paradise

Track: Body Electric; ode to “I Sing the Body Electric” by Walt Whitman

Album: Ultraviolence

Track: Ultraviolence; Lana dedicated the album title & title track to A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess; “Hit me and it felt like a kiss”- not literary, but a reference to the song by The Crystals

Track: Money, Power, Glory; “The sun also rises”- The Sun Also Rises- Ernest Hemingway

Track: Brooklyn Baby; References to beat poetry for days

That is all I can remember at the moment, wew that was exhausting. I know it may not seem as though the list is that impressive, but many artists would not even think to make one literary reference, so I celebrate Lana for her efforts. Also, moral of the story, 1.) Don’t criticize someone’s work before really taking the time to analyze it. 2.) Books are your friends. 3.) I’m a book loving nerd.