It seems wrong to say this should be the official video, considering the original features Christina Hendricks, but this homemade mashup of the Hall and Oates video for “Private Eyes” and the Broken Bells song “The Ghost Inside” is great. They should be playing it on MTV or Fuse or wherever they play videos nowadays. Actually, I guess the only place anyone watches music videos anymore is YouTube, so mission accomplished!
It’s uncanny how well this works. Surely we can get John and Daryl to sign over the rights; they’ve got nothing going on.
This is the second time I’ve posted a video from an artist while openly complaining that they hadn’t made a video for a different song that I prefer only to find a video of the preferred song in my RSS reader just in time for Music Video Monday! It’s like I control the internet!
I can’t get into Flying Lotus. I know he’s John Coltrane’s great-nephew and everybody thinks he’s a visionary and everything, but I’m just not feeling it. That said, this song serves as a pretty awesome soundtrack to a video about robots killing people during a parade.
These aren’t the best videos or songs ever; most of the bands I’m really liking lately seem to be video-averse, or just too poor to make a video. If this keeps up I’m going to have to start posting fan-made stuff, or, heaven forbid, those videos where the song just plays over still photos that seem like something an old person would use the internet to make.
Warpaint – “Undertow”
Remember last week when I posted that other Warpaint video and said that I actually really preferred a different song? Well, they released this video for the other song, “Undertow,” today, just in time for Music Video Monday! Unfortunately, the video is sort of a hazy snoozefest. I guess that’s what happens when you hire the girl from A Knight’s Tale, Shannyn Sossamon,as your director. (I briefly felt bad about the unprovoked dig, and then I read her IMDB page and discovered that she was born “Shannon” and added the “y” to her name herself. The dig stays in!)
Belle & Sebastian – “I’m a Cuckoo”
There’s a new Belle & Sebastian album out tomorrow, but I’ve yet to hear anything off of it, mostly because I have way too short of an attention span to watch any of the 30-minute long videos they’ve been putting online. So, in honor of the release, rather than posting one of those behemoths, I’m included this favorite of mine from a couple of albums ago, which is a much more manageable four minutes in length.
Music Video Monday is back! You can all finally stop clamoring and begging and threatening suicide and everything. Sorry, I had a busy summer. Speaking of which…
Cee Lo Green – “Fuck You!”
This is a perfect summertime song! Where was this song all summer?!
This is one of the catchiest songs I’ve heard in a long time, which is unfortunate, because I’m obviously going to sing it out loud in an inappropriate situation at some point. Like when my sister was gardening and loudly singing the Lily Allen song of the same name.
Language NSFW, obviously.
The Morning Benders – “All Day Day Light”
I purchased this album based solely on the fact that I heard it was produced by one of the guys from Grizzly Bear. That’s really embarrassing, right? It turned out to be a great move, though.
The VMAs! I actually didn’t watch them live last year and then regretted it when I ended up spending the next afternoon catching up on the videos of the bonkers performances online and reading all about the Kanye backlash. I was assuming that MTV and I had mostly diverged in our musical tastes and was overlooking the fact that this isn’t really about the awards, it’s about the spectacle.
Now, with the long-running award show winner-picking competition between Johanna and me, there’s absolutely no way I could miss it. Filling out our ballots proved relatively difficult. We both employed a strategy of spreading the awards around to as many artists as possible, because we figure the whole thing is rigged and MTV is going to want to get as many people as possible up on stage. So, I basically just picked randomly.
Let’s roll. Since this is the VMAs, Johanna has tried to mix us a cocktail that a young person might enjoy. She’s combined vanilla vodka with Diet Coke, and we’re drinking it out of glasses we appropriated from our favorite bar in college, Jimmy’s Woodlawn Tap. She initially wanted to call it the Sorority Slut, but we workshopped it and came up with the Mean Girl, which is more fittingly high school. As always, categories and winners in bold. Also, I unfortunately don’t have MTV in HD, so these photos look awful. Apologies.
One last thing. I’m going on record early here saying that I guarantee they have Taylor Swift “interrupt” Kanye’s performance. It’s going to be awesome.
8:19 – I have the pre-show white carpet on in the background (yes, white carpet), and all of the sudden Sway starts giving out awards! WTF?!
Could people please stop making their own music videos for songs? Or at least label them clearly as “homemade”? I’m getting sick of having to dig through all of the personal photo montages set to favorite songs. The worst was when I was looking for videos for my Beatles list. Honestly, earnest chubby guy with glasses and a goatee, I really don’t need to see your acoustic version of “Blackbird.”
Vampire Weekend – “Giving Up the Gun”
I actually prefer both the song “Cousins” and the video for it, but this one has all the famous people in it. How did Vampire Weekend even come into contact with Joe Jonas?
I’m also posting this over “Cousins” because it seems like Johanna and I are the only people that actually still like Vampire Weekend, but I know this song has had some crossover with the haters.
Local Natives – “Wide Eyes” (Live)
I’ve been listening to these guys a lot lately, and I’ve been patiently waiting for them to make a video that I could post, but I can’t seem to find anything. I’ll have to settle for this high-quality live performance. Why are all of these good live performances coming from Britain? This one is from the BBC, and I’ve used a ton of videos from Later…with Jools Holland in the past. Search for “Jools Holland” on YouTube and tell me you wouldn’t watch that show if it were on over here.
(Edit: Video removed for some reason. I put up a different performance)
It occurred to me after I had already picked my five videos for this post that I should start focusing on bands that are going to be at Lollapalooza this year so that I could expose myself to some of the artists that I haven’t heard before I go. It looks like I was way ahead of myself, though, because three of the five here are, coincidentally, going to be at Lollapalooza. That’s a testament to how great the line-up is.
Side note before we get started: when I saw that the LCD Soundsystem was posted to YouTube by Parlaphone and not the band itself or whoever, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to use it. It’s been my experience while doing these posts that record labels generally disable embedding on their videos, which is so shortsighted and counter-productive of them that it always made me mad. Isn’t the point of a music video to have it be seen by as many people as possible and then, you know, sell records because of it? Anyway, Parlaphone (and hopefully the other record labels) seem to have figured that out, so, hooray and enjoy!
LCD Soundsystem – “Drunk Girls”
As much as I enjoy his feature-length films, part of me wishes that Spike Jonze would completely devote himself to music videos, because every single one he makes is unbelievably good. I wish I had half as many ideas in my brain as he does.
The xx – “Crystalized”
Shout out to Johanna’s sister Becca for giving us this CD for Christmas; they had somehow completely slipped under my radar (even though Pitchfork had their album ranked as the third best of the year), and now I listen to them constantly.
Tonight Johanna took Ernie to his dog training class. I intended to use my time alone to go for a bit of a walk and then settle in for an evening of 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. Alas, this was not to be, as I got completely sucked in watching music videos on YouTube. When she got home I was in the same position as when she left, except the apartment was now dark.
Here are the results of my busy evening.
By the dubs, if the new M.I.A. video were available on any of the sites that I know how to embed video from, it would absolutely be represented here, because it is completely awesome.
Girls – “Lust for Life”
It’s seems weird to give your song the same name as another song that is much, much more famous than your song will ever be. But it also seemed weird that the Iggy Pop song of the same name was used to advertise cruise ships, even though it’s about heroin or something. What do I know.
Miike Snow – “Animal”
From the guys who brought us Britney Spears’ “Toxic.” I love the Swedes.