Music Videos We Liked in 2012: The Presets "Promises"

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 Videos We Liked in 2012: "Paradise" by Wild Nothing

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 Videos We Liked in 2012: Modeselektor + Thom Yorke "This"

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 Videos We Liked in 2012: Grizzly Bear "Yet Again"

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 Videos We Liked in 2012: Bonne 'Prince' Billy "I See A Darkness"

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.

ESPO for Kurt Vile

Music // Saturday, December 22, 2012
In promotion for fellow Philadelphia resident musician, Kurt Vile’s newest album, Steve Powers aka ESPO, has created a mural in the City of Brotherly Love. The album titled “Waking On a Pretty Daze” will incorporate artwork from this mural into it’s packaging (Good choice Kurt Vile!) and will be released on Matador Records. Check out the mural off Front Street in Philly to see it in person.

Music History as Animated Gifs

Music // Friday, December 21, 2012
Well, these are a ton of fun. Josh, we will just call him Josh, of the band Old Monk Song creates these fantastic animated gifs of historical and fun moments in music history, including wonderful live performances, pivotal cultural icons, indie giants, and just plain cool music videos. Our favorite could be the Tupac gif... in prison, getting married, #1 hit? Legend.

Music Videos We Liked in 2012: alt-J "Breezeblocks"

Music // Thursday, December 20, 2012
Wow, this was an amazing video. Just when you think you know what is going on, just when you make your assumptions about the characters, and just when you thought you saw every single version of the falling backward video, director Ellis Bahl created a mini-drama of darkness and horror for British band Alt-J's outstanding track, "Breezeblocks." Just when your stomach begins to turn, the story takes an even more sinister mood.

Music Videos We Liked in 2012: Earl Sweatshirt "Chum"

Music // Wednesday, December 19, 2012
When we have been looking back at the music videos we loved in 2012, there is a part of us that consider the artist and track. Earl Sweatshirt had a huge year in our office, whether in collaboration with Flying Lotus, or on the fantastic track, "Chum". Video director Hiro Murai takes the haunting track and makes a simple, beautiful black and white treatment. 

Music Videos We Liked in 2012: Duane Pitre "Feel Free"

Music // Tuesday, December 18, 2012
On the topic of double exposures, we turn to one of our favorite music videos of 2012, a gem directed by Greg Hunt for musician Duane Pitre and the track, Feel Free. As Hunt says of the video, all shots were double exposed entirely in-camera on super-16mm. The music in this video is a collage-edit comprised of audio taken from the 38-minute studio recording of Pitre's Feel Free composition, from the album of the same name.

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