WK’s confusing admissions from December were barely covered, and all the questions we assumed would be asked first were asked last and answered to no satisfaction. “The public Q&A was a disaster,” said Andrew. Not really. Just skip to ~2:30 (where he spends the next six minutes timorously sighing and dodging, slowly building up to around 9:00) and see for yourself:
As this video begins, I can’t help but think this is how Madonna wanted Swept Away to turn out. If only she’d grown a beard. Since it’s the Liars, things quickly turn towards the Twilight Zone. Then things turn towards defying the laws of nature.
The Phenomenal Handclap Band “Baby”
While we’re watching great, creepy videos…
Great invocation here of the vibe of the Manson family. Thanks for the summer of love, Boomers, but in retrospect the fall out in the early ‘70s only gets more disturbing. Did not predict the video for this song ending with a serial killing, but it fits.
Jonsi “Go Do”
I wonder how long Jonsi has been waiting to break free of the constrains of Sigur Ros so he could dress up like a bird. Is it a lifelong desire or did someone just present him with this fantastic idea? Are the other guys in Sigur Ros sitting at home, making fun of him? It is hard to say, Icelandic people are so difficult to read. Artistic stoicism.
The Black Belles “What Can I Do?”
Jack White directs this video because that poor guy simply doesn’t have enough to do. When is the world going to wake up and give that talented artist enough creative outlets to satiate his genius? Anywho, the concept here seems to be Richard Palmer’s addicted to love, minus Palmer plus flim noir plus witch hats. I’m especially fond of the double bass drum set up, fairly ingenius at least from a visual presentation perspective.
Timbaland f/ Justin Timberlake “Carry Out”
How I know Timbaland is the poet laureate of pop music:
“I’ll have you open all night like IHOP.”
These and other fine lyrics can be heard while ladies gyrate in his new video where he and Justin Timberlake compare girls to carry-out food. Seriously, was this not written in conjunction with a sponsorship ala Chris Brown and the Wrigley’s song? If no, does that actually make it more embarrassing?
Happy Hollows “Death to Vivek Kemp”
This week in must-see videos we’ve got ourselves a video premiere—that’s right kids, you are seeing it here first. My very favorite part of this simple animated/motion video is when the singer squeals and a splatter of paint hits the scream. Like she just spit on the front row a little. Other than that, I’ve gotta say director Benjamin Gauvain Hoste does a great job making very simple animation both varied and interesting to watch, which is harder to sustain than you would think for 3 minutes.
Broken Bells “The High Road”
Our attention spans have become so short that even veteran directors like Sophie Muller are willing to write a treatment that amounts to, “So, the guys are walking down a road and over the course of the 4 minutes of the song they run into a bunch of inexplicable shit—each more bizarre than the last…” This one is on you, Internet.
The High Road
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Ludacris “How Low”
OMJesus. Ludacris as Bloody Mary. “If you go low enough Ludacris appears in the mirror.” And then that one of his crew who wears the Jason mask shows up. How come none of the video hos are undead?
Lawrence Arabia “Apple Pie Bed”
One of 2009’s catchiest but under-heard songs finally gets one of 2010’s sassiest videos. If you weren’t entire sure what an apple pie bed is, this video resolves the mystery. Repeatedly. Then they even it out with some awkward crotch thrusts that made me laugh much harder than they reasonably should have. Bonus points for the nod to Nudie suits.