Posts Tagged ‘music videos’

The Books: The Videos

Published August 20, 2009 by Graham

Sound collage artists The Books have spent the past decade making music more gorgeous than the gentle waters of a summer lake. They’ve made good on the art of sampling’s boundless potential, proving that those oft-maligned tools of remixing can be used for far more than repetitive house music and hip-hop hooks.

The Books’ live shows have always been special experiences, due largely in part to the hypnotic video collages projected while they play, carefully matching torrents of found footage with the group’s ethereal tunes. In 2007, the duo released a DVD entitled Playall featuring 13 of their videos plus some weird special features, like archive footage from the ’30s of a dapper fellow emotionlessly performing “Yankee Doodle Dandy” entirely in hand-farts. Lovely stuff.

Mika Miko’s Totion

Published July 14, 2009 by Graham

Reasons to love this music video:

1. Great band (obvs.) and great song
2. Dinosaurs drinking apple juice
3. The masks
4. Wardrobe by Brian Lichtenberg
5. Shot at the Cabazon Dinosaurs, from Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (they’re now a creationist museum)
6. Songs that end with explosions/asteroids are always good

The clip’s director, Steven Andrew Garcia, has a blog called Brain Sheer where he posts rad behind the scenes photos along with portraits of people and bands we love, like Where The Wild Things Are graphic designer Geoff McFetridge, Kim Gordon, Abe Vigoda– and whaddya know, he’s even got a couple nice pictures of Spike! Here’s a shot of Mika Miko minus the dinosaur masks and one of Geoff proudly showing off his bike:

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WLYS Exclusive Interview: Ray Tintori

Published July 6, 2009 by Graham

Mere days after we first posted about filmmaker Ray Tintori, his latest video for MGMT was released to the world, setting their much-loved anthem “Kids” to a barrage of unsettling images. Beginning with an epic minute-long intro and transitioning into a nightmare vision of infancy starring folk freak pixie Joanna Newsom as a crass housewife, a crying toddler, and a fleet of flesh-mangled monsters, the video eventually gives way to an extravagant animated sequence crafted by Christy Karacas (the creator of Cartoon Networks’ awesomely disturbing Superjail). The reactions to “Kids” in online discussions have been divisive, with some viewers lobbing accusations of child abuse towards Tintori, echoing the controversy over Jill Greenberg’s “crying baby” photos a few years back. We were dying to know more about Tintori and his methods, so we had a chat with the artist to tackle some of the mystery surrounding his work.

So, what are you working on at the moment?
Right now I’m finishing up another music video for a friend’s band called Boy Crisis. That should be done in a couple days, and then I’m going to take a hiatus from doing music videos for a while and work on some scripts that I’ve sort of been putting off for about a year and a half. Some of it’s longer and some of it’s shorter, but there are four or five different projects right now that have sort of been put on hold after the music video thing evolved a little, after we did those first MGMT videos.

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