Lana Del Ray, "Video Games"

Here is a video that I can’t stop watching. It was brought to my attention by Awl pal Mary H.K. Choi and her crew at MTV Style, and it is pretty much exactly what you would expect to be coming out of Los Angeles at the moment. After Amy Winehouse and “Mad Men” and Best Coast, a person named Lana Del Ray describing herself as a “gangster Nancy Sinatra,” singing about drinking beer and playing video games though big bee-stung lips seems like a natural progression. But the song is great, and the video — mixing “World of Warcraft” screen clips and paparazzi footage with vintage backyard home movies and skateboarding flicks and stop-motion photography of roses opening — is so perfect as to make you think that Belinda Carlisle really was right. Heaven.