Music Video: Volcano Choir "Byegone" directed by Michinori Saigo

Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 25, 2013
Volcano Choir is the "side" project of Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Wisconsin's Collections of Colonies of Bees. In 2009, they put out a stellar and understated album called Unmap that the office of Juxtapoz liked very much. And now that Vernon is a Grammy-award winner, he is back with the Choir and creating another great track, "Byegone," for the new album Reprave out September 3 on Jagjaguwar. The video was just released, featuring a tree, light sabers that blink, and a wonderfully serene experience directed by Michinori Saigo. 

Music Video: Fiona Apple "Hot Knife" directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

Music // Thursday, July 25, 2013
Paul Thomas Anderson is no stranger to making the simple look elegant and breathtaking, with most of his films being minimal on the special effects but maximist on detail and subtle actions. So when he took over the director role for Fiona Apple's "Hot Knife" video, he took the same approach and created a graceful and classic-feeling video treatment. Enjoy. 

Music Video: Travis "Moving" by Wriggles & Robins

Music // Tuesday, July 23, 2013
I spent half the morning yesterday trying to interact with Kanye West, and although I like that whole album and visual package that went with it, I coudn't really get to amped on being the slow down DJ. So instead, I found myself enjoying the new video by Wriggles & Robins for Travis' new single, "Moving". The directors noted, "All visuals captured in camera by back projecting the animated story into the breaths of the band. In the same way that you can see your breath on a cold day, we filmed at -1ºC to make the animations appear." Go, watch. 

Music Video: Kanye West "Black Skinhead" by Nick Knight

Music // Monday, July 22, 2013
Kanye West, regardless of how you feel about him, is definitely in tune with proper art direction and collaborative efforts. For the video for this new track, "Black Skinhead," he enlisted director Nick Knight to create an interactive, dark, menacing visual treatment that allows the viewer to slow the track, slow the motion, all the while watching a CG-Kanye with massive necklace perform. Go have some fun... 

Music Video: SMALL FEET "Rivers" by Oskar Wrangö

Music // Monday, July 15, 2013
We don't know much about the band Small Feet, but first thing is first, their track "Rivers" is an eerie folk song in the vein of early Bonnie Prince Billy or Microphones. And the video, directed by Oskar Wrangö, is in the vein of a guy reverse running whilst on fire in the woods. It all works together quite well. Don't try this at home... or in your local wooded forest.

Watch: Stromae "Papaoutai"

Music // Friday, July 12, 2013
In this rather fantastic video for Belgian star Stromae, a kid has a fake plastic dad and music and dance make things come alive but only for a short period.... The chorus, "Papa, où t'es?" means "Pa, where are you?" and we'd explain the rest of the lyrics to you if our French was better... The video is directed by Raf Reyntjens.  

Music Video: The National "Sea Of Love"

Music // Thursday, July 11, 2013
There isn't really anything dramatic that goes on in this Sophia Peer directed video for the new National track, "Sea of Love." It's just a good band, playing a good song, in a room with a clever edit and idea and a little kid playing air guitar in front of them. The track is from The National's new LP, Trouble Will Find Me, out now, and if you need a guide... we think this is the best track. Sometimes simplicity just pays off.

Music Video: Yo La Tengo's Animated "Ohm"

Music // Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Yo La Tengo is one of the last true American indie bands from the heyday of the 1990s that is still together, making excellent music and putting on a fantastic live show. They also have a bit of fun with their image, and recently had "Simpsons" writer Donick Cary direct an animated, bizarre video for the track "Ohm", with animation done by Sugarshack Animation. The video follows a classroom instructional on what Yo La Tengo is. And there seems to be psychedelics involved, but that is just a guess we have.

Watch: Phoenix's "Trying to be Cool/Drakkar Noir" by Canada

Music // Tuesday, July 09, 2013
The popular French band Pheonix's video for "Trying to be Cool/Drakkar Noir" is directed by Canada. Everything in the video is shot in-camera while crews rushed to make sure each cut flowed into the next. Watch it in awe after the jump...

Music Video: The Pixies "BAGBOY" directed by LAMAR+NIK

Music // Wednesday, July 03, 2013
No Kim Deal is a big DEAL, but the Pixies will live to see another day, mainly through a huge fanbase and the talents of Black Francis. So here comes a new Pixies track, "Bagboy" and a brilliant odd video of teen angst and summer suburban fun. It feels a little stadium rock, but the Pixies version. And Kim's vocals basically make this a fun romp. Oh, and the video is really well done, directed by Lamar+Nik. 

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