Music // Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Stop-motion seems like it has been around and been done well for a long time now, but we still get a kick out of a really well done stop-motion animation. The music video for Shugo Tokumaru's Katachi features a long winding tale of stop-motion fun by directors Kijek/Adamski. It sort of crawls along, literally, and features a footballer, a wolf, a palm tree, an explosion, and people radiating positive vibes.
Music // Wednesday, January 09, 2013
And out of nowhere came the return of David Bowie. And of course, if Bowie is going to return at the ripe age of 66, he is going to come out with an artistically relevant release. And here it is, the music video for his new single, Where Are We Now?, featuring a great direction by artist Tony Oursler. Watch...
Music // Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Literally, Thom Yorke, Flea, and Nigel are getting the band back together. The little accidental supergroup, Atoms For Peace, are set to release a new album, Amok, on February 25 through XL Recordings, and to kick off the new year, the band just released a music for the previously toured track, "Judge Jury and Executioner". The video features artwork by audiovisual artist Tarik Barri. Enjoy.
Music // Thursday, January 03, 2013
Leif Podhajsky recently caught our attention after we saw his album cover art for his fellow Australians, Tame Impala. As an artist and creative director, his work explores themes of connectedness, the relevance of nature and the psychedelic or altered experiences of life. By using these subjects, he attempts to inspire the viewer into a realignment with themselves and their surroundings.
Music // Monday, December 31, 2012
This is a little bit like we are cheating because we just saw this video for the first time this weekend, but we quite enjoy a visual collage of randomness for The Presets track, Promises. Directed by Special Problems, you get a hyper-active tour of what the world looks like if you did a really fast Tumblr search in motion. And that is sort of 2012 summed up...
Music // Sunday, December 30, 2012
We found ourselves enjoying simpler, well-executed music videos this year, and although we might have wanted an excuse to get Michelle Williams onto the website this year, but we enjoyed her role in the video for Paradise by Wild Nothing. Directed by Matt Amato, the video features airports, waterfalls, planes, and a good haircut.
Music // Saturday, December 29, 2012
Okay, we all in agreement that puppets and puppeteering is a little creepy? Of course, I'm going by the Thom Yorke / Modeselektor version of puppeteering, and this brilliantly bizarre video from FutureDeluxe and Andrew Jones for the track "This" that was a standout for us in 2012. Not sure if it is the puppet or puppeteer that takes over and goes beyond the call of reality in this one, but aroudn the 3 minute mark, the world takes a turn.
Music // Thursday, December 27, 2012
What we wrote on November 22: Wow. We don't know why we became so transfixed with this video, how we couldn't dare take our eyes off of it, but Emily Kai Bock's Nightlife video for musician Sebastien Schuller is one of the better ones we have seen all year. You don't need a big budget, some grand arching storyline, just an expert idea of light and mood. Somehow, we are either excited about our trip to Miami in two weeks, or terrified. Stunning simplicity at work.
Music // Monday, December 24, 2012
In our opinion, the new Grizzly Bear LP, Shields, was one of the best of 2012, and "Yet Again" one of the best tracks on said album. The track just got a wonderful video treatment from director Emily Kai Bock, following an ice skater's serene yet imperfect routine that descends into a bit of chaos and anger. Like the song, well done.
Music // Sunday, December 23, 2012
It was odd enough to see that Bonnie Prince Billy rework his 1999 masterpiece, I See A Darkness as an upbeat country folk singalong, but it was even more odd to see Billy's eyes go googly in this seemingly simple video. But director Ben Berman turns what appears to be a classic black and white shoot into a bit of mysterious haunted house of fun loving characters.