Posts Tagged ‘music video’

Spike x LCD Soundsystem

Published April 19, 2010 by Graham

Here it is, Spike’s brand new video for “Drunk Girls” by LCD Soundsystem! Who knew pandas could be such creeps?

Mia Doi Todd x Michel Gondry

Published March 19, 2010 by Graham

Direct from the shimmering ether of a distant galaxy, Mia Doi Todd’s voice visits Earth to humble us humans. It is a voice that exudes an aura of fascinating fragility underlined with titillating tempestuous tones.

Pairing Todd’s velvet vocals with director Michel Gondry’s whimsical aesthetic brilliance, the music video for “Open Your Heart” is a feast for the senses. With the help of a marching band from Riverside, a carefully considered wardrobe color palette, and the beautifully bland Los Angeles cityscape, Gondry’s video accompanies as much as it elevates the dreamlike tune. We’re a month or two late for the frenzy of blog postings about this clip, but even if you’ve already watched it, take the time to revisit Gondry and Todd’s casual genius.

Julieta Venegas

Published March 12, 2010 by Graham

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The endless stream of awesomeness that eminates from Julieta Venegas is staggering. From her early ’90s musical infancy as the accordianist in ska-punk band Tijuana No! to the multi-instrumental force to be reckoned with she has blossomed into, Venegas has brought us a constant stream of eminently catchy and deceptively complex pop. Her latest LP, Otra Cosa, boasts a sublime single called “Bien o Mal.” It’s a song that typifies the sunny-melancholoy dialectic that runs throughout the singer’s work. Agustin Alberdi’ gloriously gaseous clip for the song can be found below, and for extra radness, revisit the video for classic Julieta jam “Seria Feliz.”

Tom DesLongchamp

Published November 20, 2009 by Graham

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Tom DesLonchamp is the filmmaker, RISD graduate, video game developer and swashbuckling daredevil who’s most recently responsible for an almost overwhelmingly endearing animated Jookabox music video. But that’s not all. DesLongchamp is a multi-disciplinary whiz kid. He’s generated a wide gamut of rapturously kinetic artwork, from the childhood cartoon pastiche of his short film Kid Show to a bizarre counter-documentary study of domesticated cats entitled About Dogs.

Browsing through his website is almost exhilarating, as you stumble onto unexpected creative endeavors like a visual Facebook diary and an informative animation about dental hygiene. Regardless of the medium or the subject, DesLongchamp seems to take an effervescent, fearless approach to life. While his devil may care attitude may have landed him in the hospital once or twice (due to tarping-related injuries), it’s also taken him to excitingly fresh creative ground. Check out our interview with Tom below.

How did you end up making the video for “You Cried Me”? What got you into Jookabox, and where did the concept for the video come from?

Last year I was introduced to Michael Kaufmann, who does A&R/Development for Asthmatic Kitty Records. He gave me Jookabox’s album Ropechain to listen to for game or music video ideas. I listened to the album a lot and became very familiar with its themes. I ended up creating a flash video game for the track “Girl Ain’t Preggers.” Almost a year later, Michael contacted me about doing something new for Jookabox’s new album, Dead Zone Boys. I listened to it and “You Cried Me” struck me with its energy. The song automatically conjured gestures of movement in my mind–not entirely specific to characters or images. The essence was something like a “let’s get the hell out of here” kind of feeling. I just held onto that emotion and started drawing ghosts. It was exciting to dive into a spooky theme, since it contrasted so much with my last animation, Kid Show.

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Ramona Falls

Published November 11, 2009 by Graham

Director/animator Stefan Nadelman evokes a grippingly eerie, antiquated tone in this dark video for Menomena frontman Brent Knopf’s solo project, Ramona Falls. As a general rule, vast quarries of emotion may be mined from olde thyme linocuts, as evidenced by the invariably funny misappropriations of web comic Married to the Sea.

The Early Work of Max Records

Published October 20, 2009 by Graham

Max Records cut his acting teeth on a pair of alt-rock music videos. After dipping his toes in the water with the warm and fuzzy sing along of Cake’s “Guitar Man,” (directed by the lovely Cat Solen), Max’s second role, in a Death Cab for Cutie video, strongly foreshadowed the young thespian’s capability to take on meditative, emotionally challenging roles with a natural grace. Shot in a tin shed on a shoestring budget, Max manages to convey a sense of loneliness and loss in this wordless performance that echoes throughout the atmosphere of the entire video.

Director Aaron Stewart-Anh contributes to Giant Robot and has helmed videos for bands like The Decemberists, The Album Leaf, and Asobi Seksu. He shot the somber, Silent Running-esque “Stable Song” for Directions, an ambitious project in which the filmmaker enlisted 11 directors to create long-form videos based around each track on Death Cab for Cutie’s 2005 album, Plans. Contradicting the conventions of the music video medium, Stewart-Anh’s project permitted the directors an unusual amount of creative freedom—the songs became scores for a series of short stories and visual experiments, rather than products being marketed by throw-away visuals. Originally released in weekly installments through the band’s website, Directions was almost a prelude to the plethora of indie rock experiments in video that would soon be fostered by the explosion of YouTube.

Lance Bangs, who contributed to Directions in the form of a bizarre and hilarious first-person live concert video, asked Stewart-Anh if he knew any kids capable of playing Max, and the rest is history.

Alvin Band

Published October 9, 2009 by Graham

Okay, it’s never nice to start with such a direct comparison– but it’s hard to ignore the fact that some of Alvin Band’s songs sound a lot like Animal Collective. That’s not a detriment at all. The sound is similar, but not identical, and even if it were identical– that would be rad! Two Animal Collectives are better than one, right? Having just released a debut record entitled Mantis Preying, Alvin Band (the musical moniker of Rick Alvin Schaier, who also drums and sings in Miniature Tigers) has room for growth, and the project is certain to evolve in unique and exciting directions. Plus, this music video is just incredibly fun. I can’t not love something that pays homage to the glory of Let’s Paint TV.

Ty Segall’s Creepy Clip

Published October 5, 2009 by Graham

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Ty Segall’s music is like the yellowed armpit of a beer-spattered t-shirt, in the sexiest possible way. It has enough grimy adrenaline that setting it to a wild and crazy music video would almost defeat the purpose. The following video for “Cents” treats it just right with its static, macabre vibe.

How They Did It: That Crazy Sour Music Video

Published August 19, 2009 by Graham

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Remember that music video for Sour’s “Hibi No Neiro” we posted? You know, the one with dazzling displays of intercontinental webcam synchronicity? We wanted to know how they did it. Somehow, dozens of individuals had filmed themselves responding to carefully crafted choreography, and the resulting mountain of footage had been combined into something far greater than the sum of its parts– a geometrically beautiful display of cyber-social cooperation, like some sort of remote flash mob. How do you pull something like that off?

The answer lies in the massive pooled talents of four clever filmmakers– a brain trust, if you will– at the helm of this mind-bogglingly complex music video, shot on a $0 budget. The aptly named co-director Magico Nakamura graciously granted us a peek inside the bag of tricks that brought the Sour video together, providing sketches, screenshots and even an exclusive rough draft of the video, showing off rad techniques that didn’t make the final cut.

How many people participated in the video, and where did you find them all?
More than 80 people were involved in the production. Most of them were Sour fans that we’d gathered from the band’s website, from other social networking sites and from contacts we’d gathered while making Sour’s other music videos.

Could the participants see any of the other webcams, or were they blindly relying on your directions?
We filmed everyone separately so there weren’t multiple webcams on the screen however, we made quite detailed animatics of the entire music video and would send it to the people before filming, so generally people had a fair idea of what they were contributing to.

This provided a helpful guide that helped the fans wrap their heads around the choreography. For the more complicated action i.e. the dance sequence, we created individual movie files that people used to practice with before filming began. They also used these as an on screen guide while we directed them.

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Holiday Shores

Published July 7, 2009 by Rubin

This is the new video for “Phones Don’t Feud” from Holiday Shores‘ debut album Columbus’d The Whim which hits stores in August. I don’t know how they do it but Twosyllable Records keeps putting out great things one after the next - New Villager, Bell, and now this. Fantastic!