When trailers for Chappie were first released, it didn’t seem that the whole thing would pivot on Die Antwoord’s manic and unstable axis — they looked to be supporting characters. On occasion, you could say, “I recognize those gold teeth — it’s the Die Antwoord guy in the background, again. Cool. Next.” But it turns out that, 15 minutes in, Yolandi and Ninja hijack Dev Patel’s kindly character’s AI-creating mission. As if to create the largest possible gulf between erudition and gangster posturing, Patel wants to teach his baby robot poetry and painting, while the gangsters attempt to school him in gun-wielding and, perhaps worse, …Read More
The decline of MTV and the advent of YouTube have meant that music videos these days are free to be more risqué and boundary-pushing than ever before. With this in mind, for the last few years we’ve made it something of a December tradition to round up the year’s most notable NSFW music videos — some good, some bad, some artistically interesting, some gratuitous and even exploitative. 2014 certainly hasn’t let us down. In fact, it gave us what must surely be the first music video hosted on PornHub. (For that, we can thank Xiu Xiu, because of course.) Click on through to check out what this year had to offer — but not at work.
As we noted last week, we were both intrigued and disconcerted by the arrival of the new Beach House video for “Wishes,” which features the ever-terrifying Ray “Leland Palmer” Wise lip-synching to the song as he directs some sort of weird gymanstic-centric cult meeting in a sports stadium. It’s the latest in a series of pretty awesome videos from Beach House, and it got us thinking about other bands who’ve really embraced the medium as an art form, making consistently great videos over the years. Here are some of our favorites!