A child cult, dusty oscilloscopes, and an extremely lecherous dinosaur puppet all make an appearance in our roundup of the best music videos of the past week, all of which have absolutely nothing to do with the actual musical or lyrical content of their videos. Still, if Mew want to disappear into some spinning dream machine, The Black Heart Procession want to be pursued by massive rats with red glowing eyes, and the Black Keys want to throw a pool party populated by prehistorics, then who are we to argue with artistic intent? … Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we cringed when we heard Wal-Mart is plotting a Brooklyn retail foothold and recoiled at the new Shake Shack peanut-butter-and-bacon burger. We perused the list of music video directors who made the jump to the big screen — David Fincher did four videos for Paula Abdul; we had no idea! We geeked over the resemblance of that flying bat photo to Nicolas Poussin’s 1634 painting Rape of the Sabine Women and felt kind of bad for chuckling over In-and-Out Beiber (for the record, no we can’t). We debated over buying a full-color print of a new infographic charting color and culture (click through for larger version). We clipped out Fast Company’s handy checklist for where Apple devices fit into modern life and tried to force our interns to bake 31 flavors of cupcakes. We tapped our toes to a seven-piece ukelele cover of MGMT’s “Kids.” And last but not least, we squealed over the crying portraits taken during Marina Abramović’s performance at MoMA. … Read More
Indiscriminate, random insanity in music videos is never a bad thing, and this week’s batch of music videos offer up plenty of eyebrow-raising WTF moments, both hilarious and horrifying. You’ll try to figure out the prerequisites for summoning your favorite musician if it’s as fun as it is to find Moby, want to join LCD Soundsystem even if it means going through the hazing, and wonder just what exactly Devendra Banhart’s sex life is like behind closed doors (on second thought, that one might not be at the top of your list). Also, this week includes the debut of our nomination for the best music video so far this year: Editors’ “Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool,” an intensely wrought animation epic with overt but non-intrusive social symbolism/commentary. After the jump, view all of our picks for best music videos of the past week, and let us know in the comments section if you agree. … Read More
Spring is in the air, and this batch of music videos reflect the joyful moods and colors popping up all around us. Of course, it’s hard not to feel happy when you take part in Xiu Xiu’s raging house party of uninhibited pixels and watch Elijah Wood traveling through time as the host of a science-fiction television show with Apples In Stereo. Aloe Blacc tries to temper the mood with a shot of grim wintry soul, but the song and video are so good we’ll forgive him for stalling the spring buzz. After the jump, watch all of Flavorwire’s choices for best music videos of the week, and try to imagine your own response if you came upon a rainbow crew of paper cranes flying around your city. … Read More
You might have seen Flavorwire’s coverage of Badu’s JFK assassination-inspired video for “Window Seat,” which also featured a public strip-down. While she undoubtedly won the week in terms of buzz, there are still plenty of other unofficial awards to be claimed: Best Defense Of Dancing In A Police State (Janelle Monae), Most Beautiful Nature Imagery That Will Give You The Spins (Band of Horses), and Most Obvious Exploitation Of Canine Love For Peanut Butter (Signals). Click through to watch them all. … Read More
Like many music-loving New Yorkers, we’ve been mourning the bizarre disappearance of our favorite NYC TV series: New York Noise. Its weekly dose of classic and independent music videos, hosted by bands, comedians and other local oddballs, was truly unique at a time when a network that’s supposed to be “Music Television” has been fully colonized by the Snookis and Speidis of the world.
So, when the Village Voice put out the word yesterday that NYC TV is seeking proposals for a brand-new New York Noise, it raised our eyebrows. And then, we got a crazy idea: We don’t need no stinkin’ proposals. We can do this ourselves — with your help. … Read More
Ah, the golden age of music videos: when the “M” in MTV was still a dominant force and people like Axl Rose nonchalantly swam with dolphins in thematically insane three-part epics. Of course, there are still some awesome music videos being released, from lo-fi budget-minded productions to those with a glossy, high profile sheen (Hello, “Telephone”). This batch of the best music videos of the past week falls somewhere in between, from the fuzzy camera work documenting a clearly insane Jamie Lidell and the modern dance routines of These New Puritans to the ambitious Wu-Massacre project. Trust us on this: it’s a good week for music videos when Raekwon the Chef is being framed for murder. After the jump, watch Flavorpill’s other choices for best videos of the week, and let us know which ones we left out. … Read More
Some days you just feel like surrendering yourself to visual eye-candy, removing those pesky blinders like “realism” and “believability” and “sobriety” in favor of some awesome rocket ships, life-size board games, pastel knife-fights, and Bruce Willis. This week’s crop of the best music videos includes some stunning design elements, from the animation/live-action combination in Gorillaz “Stylo” to the trippy apartment complex of Owen Pallet. After the jump, watch Flavorpill’s choices for best music videos of the week to remind yourself that slavish lyrical literalism can be way overrated. Let us know if you ever feel like returning to the real world. … Read More
When OK Go dropped their new video for “This Too Shall Pass,” the Internet became abuzz — and rightfully so, as the clip is near-genius. (Go behind-the-scenes courtesy of Fast Company.) The band spent three months building what is essentially a giant, musical game of Mouse Trap, with the help of friends from NASA and Jet Propulsion Labs.
This isn’t the first time the band has grabbed our attention with a music video, as the infamous treadmill choreography of “Here It Goes Again” is also, admittedly, kind of brilliant. Unfortunately, OK Go have never quite caught up to the level of their visual aesthetic on the musical end of things. Of course, they’re not the only act that has been outshined by its own videos. The following clips exemplify just what happens when an unexceptional song gets trumped by an exceptional visual counterpart. … Read More
What do you do if it’s so cold and snowy that if you go outside you risk looking like an explorer of the ice-world Hoth? You stay inside and watch music videos, of course! As part of a Flavorwire recurring feature, we’ve compiled five of the best music videos from the past week to transport you from a bitter winter into… well, at least some of these videos show a more artistic bitter winter. The music is good and the accompanying videos even better, so after the jump soothe your eyes with new offerings ranging from Pantha du Prince to interrupter-extraordinaire Kanye West, along with a Haiti benefit performance that aesthetically tramples “We Are The World.” What were your favorites from the last week in music… Read More