Music Archive

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    Now I know that for some of you this is going to be too cheesy by half and that’s ok – I recommend you give this video a miss and carry on with your lives. But for some of you this charming piece of storytelling is sure to strike a chord. When the Green Shoe Studio launched an online community songwriting contest, they were surprised to receive one entry packaged up in a large envelope. It was sent in by 96-year-old Fred Stobaugh who had penned a tribute to his wife of 75 years called Oh Sweet Lorraine. Moved by the simplicity of the sentiments and intrigued by the story, Green Shoe got back to Fred and made his song a reality.

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    You can imagine what goes through a director’s head when they hear the trippy, distant melody of a psychedelic band like Temples: “Okay, we’re gonna need some dry ice, glitzy clothing, an afro comb and a shitload of mirrors.” And that’s exactly what seems to have happened here in the case of director Abbie Stephens’ in her stupendous video for the band’s latest single Keep on The Dark. Abbie’s previously worked with other bands such as Primal Scream, Haim and Public Enemy and has a real knack for getting the band’s message across in simple, effective imagery. I love the way that the spotlight shines through the band members’ curly locks in a nod to the footage of bands in the 1960s and 1970s. Mmmm.

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    I know you’re probably spending your free time bashing your head on the desk after a certain boy band documentary aired last week, but FEAR NOT! These kids are here to refill your hope in the children of today. Malcolm Brickhouse and Jarad Dawkins are a sixth grade duo from Brooklyn who are really, really into metal. So much so that they’ve formed a band together, and it’s really, really good. They met a few years back at their friend’s birthday party and found they had a mutual love for heavy music – the rest is history. They play instruments, write songs about relationships and what’s getting them down, and when they’re not making music they’re skating around the town or doing impromptu street gigs much to the joy of the locals.

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    This week I was spoilt for choice for a music video. First, I was woo-ed by the jovial new Arctic Monkeys effort but it couldn’t match up to this absolutely brilliant piece for Jay-Z’s Higher. So, imagine how excited I was to hear that even though their characters are polar opposite, both were made by the insanely talented Australian director Nabil. To describe the above as a music video doesn’t do it the justice it deserves, so sit back and let this six minute short suck you in and spit you out entranced.

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    Excellently cast and directed video here from young director Laurie Lynch for New Young Pony Club, who appear to be calling themselves NYPC these days. The video sees a 1990s pubescent siren luring a young, fresh-faced lad into an empty school where she casts him under her peculiar spell using teen-siren tools such as bubblegum, china-buns and blossom. Shot in a honey-coloured light, this hazy video is reminiscent of a summertime crush of years gone by, topped off with a magnificently sinister moment when the spell is broken that you’ve really got to see to believe.

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    With lyrical prowess as sure-footed as: “I know I should’ve kept my receipt, cos this sandwich yeah, it’s been off for a week,” Archy Marshall (AKA King Krule) has never, in his short career failed to spell-bind his listeners. His sometimes slightly awkward, aggressively spat compositions aren’t for everyone – but then you find out his psyeudonym is inspired by computer game character King K. Rool (from Nintendo’s classic Donkey Kong) and you can’t help but be sold. As for Easy Easy, his latest single shot by L.A’s Focus Creeps, the combination of reckless cricket bat wielding, hazily filmed memories, oversized suits and lens flare prove to be the most unlikely yet perfectly formed medley.

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    Oops! You blinked, it’s 2013, MGMT released Kids to the joy of the guy who makes the sport montages on ITV back in 2008. 2008! I know, right? Anyway, they’re back and they certainly have changed since their raggedy woodland bacchanalia days. Now they’ve got director Tom Kuntz (yep) dressing them in weird outfits and making them do funny stuff it’s like they’ve had a strangely fitting makeover and have landed in the present day again. Which is a good thing because no one is into headbands and jungle rave crap anymore. Great video, welcome back boys.

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    If you like your music videos with a strong narrative structure then this probably isn’t going to float your boat. But if you like a maelstrom of cinematic visuals containing whispered hints of suggested stories, then prepare to fall in love with Campbell Hooper’s new video for The Naked & The Famous. There’s such a richness of imagery in Like Ours and such rapidity in the rate it turns over that no sooner do you think you might have a handle on what is going on in one particular thread when we’re bouncing on to the next scene. All of which makes for an impressionistic masterclass of music video making of the kind we’ve come to expect from Campbell and his design/directing collective Special Problems.

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    I always found zoos a soberingly disappointing affair as a child. Not only did you see first hand that these animals were actually couped up in cupboard-sized pens, but also you could never get the view you wanted. Being less than six feet tall always made trying to see some monkey magic or spontaneous penguin cuteness an impossibility so my thanks go out to Kate Moross for creating this beauty for Washed Out and perfectly summing up THE zoo view I always wanted. Personal childhood angst over, now go and let those
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    After nearly 100% of female viewers became angry in one way or another after watching Robin Thicke’s video for Blurred Lines (despite it being directed by a woman) there’s now reams of fantastic parody videos to ridicule it even more than it has been already.. Good old internet. Powerful burlesque group Mod Carousel from Seattle have created their own version of the video in which the tables are satisfyingly turned, leaving the men as gormless, naked playthings under the control of the women.

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    Did you think we’d let you forget about this absolute stonker of a music video for Lonely Boy by the Black Keys back in late 2011? As the story goes, part-time security guard Derrick T. Tuggle was actually cast as an extra in the video alongside six or seven other actors, but once the director saw him shaking his thing he asked if he’d be happy to be the video’s lead (basically only) role, and then proceeded to film the whole thing in just one take. Quite frankly, I don’t know what a Monday Morning Music Video is for if not to dig gems like this one out of the treasure chest of audio-visual gold, and to make you about as happy as Derrick is as he pulls some shapes. You can go right ahead and pull some too, y’know, if you like. I might. I just did.

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    It was a mere fortnight ago when live on stage at our Here 2013 Symposium directors Canada treated us to a behind-the-scenes look at their latest video for French band Phoenix. So, it’d be rude of me not to make sure the video was front and centre on its arrival into the public realm. The content of the video itself is an indie masterpiece – with everything shot in camera, with film crews rushing around the set to make each cut visible to the next. To be honest, just reading this post is destroying the magic the guys had on stage, so save me the embarrassment and just watch it. Genius!

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    I’m a terrible ice-skater and am in awe of anyone who can even stand up on skates, let alone fling themselves around the stupidly slippery surface. Which may explain why I love this new promo for Pissed Jeans’s latest single Romanticize Me so much. Not only do we have a simple little narrative, but also some mad ice skills set to a brilliantly heavy accompaniment — well done Joe Stakun.

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    We’ve all seen that Youtube video where the American guy cuts loads of bottles with a sword/other sharp things right? Well if you were hankering for more (I know I was) then Wavves are here to help you out. Surely influenced by the brilliant viral, director Brandon Dermer has set new single That’s On Me to a more professionally produced version of the original concept with some stunning results (for our more squeamish/vegetarian readers, beware the last 90 seconds that get decidedly meaty).

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    I’d imagine director Ivan Grbovic believes in doing things well, or just not at all. His latest video for Young Galaxy is a painstakingly created slow-mo CGI romp through the end of the world, set to the band’s dulcet tones. Now I’m as much of a fan of the tongue-in-cheek, lo-fi, low-budget music video as the next man, but when belters like this come along it reminds me how apt a full-on cinematic journey can be for the right piece of music. Hats tipped Ivan.

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    There are many reason why shows such as Roseanne, Malcolm in the Middle, Friends, and Clarissa Explains it All made such a lasting impression on many of us, and I think it’s partly down to the set design. Now you’re older, when you eat dinner on the sofa you feel like you could be in Roseanne’s loving, nagging family. When you’re furnishing your flat, you’re hoping it will turn out like Monica’s. When you order takeaway pizza, do you feel like you’re in That 70s Show – you’re American, and you’re stoned? I do.

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    We throw superlatives around on this site like lovely word confetti but believe us when we say This. Is. INCREDIBLE. Smirnoff has teamed up with DJ Fresh for a world first which sees three disabled dance music fans create a club track using their minds. I know! Smirnoff and DJ Fresh worked with Julien Castet, one of the world’s leading brainwave technology experts, who devised software which transformed the musicians emotions into brainwaves and brainwaves into soundwaves to create music.

  18. Holden

    One of the real keys to getting music video creation right is to appreciate and respect the tune you’re accompanying; to add a layer of understanding, rather than distract from the musical main event. Jack Featherstone’s latest animated effort (alongside Will Samuel) for Holden does exactly that, accompany the “appetite-whetting arpeggio extravaganza” with beautifully expressive and honest animated hieroglyphics that feel as though they were born with the track. Jack’s behind all of the visuals for Holden’s upcoming The Inheritors, so watch this space for some more where this came from.

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    I don’t know about you, but after watching this video I was left with a million questions. Firstly, where did Jungle Collective find B-Girl Terra? Secondly, how is she better at dancing than everyone else? And how did she manage to do that entire routine in only one shot? To be honest, we don’t even need these answers. Seeing this video has made us about 25 percent happier today, so all we need to do now is sit back, watch it again, and then start trying to learn her moves for when we hit the Friday dance floor later.

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    Going to see BUG is a music video fan’s dream. Comfy seating, a big screen and two hours of the brilliant Adam Buxton selecting and chatting through some of his favourite videos, and last week’s show threw up this gem. Directed by the mysterious (I can’t find out much about him) Panteros666 for French band I Am Un Chien we see a super-simple idea executed with aplomb. Take some actions of wild animals, get the band members to try and impersonate them as accurately as possible, and set them up as a split screen. Voilà! Promo perfection.

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    “What happens when an unknown piece of matter falls through time and space?” wonders Hans Lo in his new video for Simian Mobile Disco & Bicep’s recent collaboration, Sacrifice. Well, true to form it involves a pulsing, rhythmic journey through the dark vacuum of the cosmos, accompanied by neon geometric bursts and a strange clapping production line. As with most Simian Mobile Disco tracks it’s best to sit back and enjoy the entire thing, letting the music – and the visuals – build to a pretty epic climax. Sweet!

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    It’s that classic situation – you go to dispose of a body, someone sees you, you dispose of them, someone sees that and then you have to dispose of three people rather than just one! Typical. This video is brilliant. You don’t get too many music videos these days that are beautifully-crafted short stories, but this one is a perfect example of just how well that formula works. Directed by John Strong who, it’s worth saying, is renowned for his gruesome, boundary-pushing videos, this tale of murder mis-hap is as hilarious as it is disturbing. The fact that it’s for a truly magnificent Oh Sees song is the blood-red icing on the cake. Watch to the end – you won’t regret it.

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    We Cross The Line have already demonstrated that they’re more than capable of producing engaging short documentaries but now the small team of Belgian and Italian film-makers have branched out into new territory, producing their first ever music video. Uncomfortable follows a similar recipe to their documentary work – find someone who’s naturally interesting and point the camera at them – and manages to match the music incredibly well. So prepare to meet Emiliano, a Michael Jackson impersonator from Rome who honours the King of Pop on the city’s streets on a daily basis, albeit with a cheeky little belly that’s more akin to another King.

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    This week we were all talking about Tim Peake being the first UK astronaut to visit the space station out in…outer space, so in honour of his bravery we decided to make our monthly playlist SPACE themed! Not necessarily all relating to outer space, some of these songs hark back to the feeling of being in a teenage bedroom, getting out and about in the great outdoors or even just being in your trusty old house. Apart from Holly, our intern, she chose Modjo’s “Lady (Hear me Tonight)” because that would be what she’d want to hear if she was flying through space on her own. Fair enough. Here it is!

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    Very happy to welcome Slugabed back to It’s Nice That with the video for his new single Bombok, released to coincide with the launch of his new record label, Activia Benz. The word Bombok alone conjures up memories of the word bombastic and the feel of most Thai beach resorts, so it comes as no surprise that this video is nice, seizure-inducing a mixture of the two.

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    Who said that the only way to get your music out was through the internet? Whoever it was obviously didn’t speak to Kanye West, who this weekend, ‘premiered’ his single New Slaves onto 66 different public buildings across the globe. Bystanders from Brooklyn to Sydney gawped at an oversized, front-on depiction of one of the most powerful men in music for the duration of his latest single – and the raw, personal effect has led to a ripple of individual anecdotes being spread internet-wide. Smart.

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    If you used to spend your time scrutinising the Hello Nasty album cover in your room (this is before the time when we all had work to do) or if you just thought, or still think, that The Beastie Boys are the coolest guys ever, then you’ll like this. Good old Juxtapoz magazine have gone and located all the designers and artists responsible for the consistently amazing Beastie Boys artwork and have interviewed them about the process.

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    As far as viral videos go, this one puts iPhone recordings of people’s dogs in the bath to shame. I daresay it even blows the baby sloth sanctuary out the water. Meet Chris Hadfield, he’s a Canadian astronaut who splits his time between maintaining a SPACE SHIP in SPACE, tweeting, and being a singer/songwriter.

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    Last week London’s Ghostpoet released his second record, Some Say I So I Say Light and as we’ve come to expect, gritty, sombre tones are present throughout. The first single from the album, Meltdown has had its promo directed by LA-based director Dave Ma – and the aptness of the video to the track is a rare treat. A snap-shot split-screen of two young relationships should, on paper, be nothing to write home about, but there’s something so oddly compelling about it that it drew me in completely.

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    Look away now if you’re easily offended ‘cause Bowie’s second single from his new album comes with a video that’s packed full of religious iconography and seriously subverted biblical narratives. The Next Day is like the New Testament set in some dirty London pit. More importantly Bowie’s persuaded Gary Oldman (arguably there greatest living British actor) to play a wayward, lecherous priest cavorting in a back-room bar full of fist-bumping cardinals and ladies of the night. Look out for Dave’s ethereal ascension at the end, and don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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    Oooh we all love a good collab don’t we and even better when it comes in the form of dreamy band Wild Nothing and psychedelic artist Eric Shaw. In this trippy, block colour animation taking you into a strange world that is some kind of cross between 1980s abstract paintings and the what it would look like to teleport, Eric Shaw’s work totally comes to life, soundtracked by Wild Nothing’s beautiful new track A Dancing Shell. To accompany this absolute corker of a music video is some album artwork that’s totally flying the flag for diehard vinyl and CD buyers everywhere, which is at once comforting and genuinely exciting.

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    Certain people need to be told how to “say f**k you to the world once in a while” as Sol LeWitt knew, and in his 1965 letter to sculptor Eva Hesse he advised her to say just that. I don’t know if Eva took his advice – this was before the punk revolution so perhaps it was a little bit lost – but MOCAtv have brought this conversation back to life in the form of this animation by Aaron Rose and Thomas McMahon.

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    Do you remember last year when Laura Marling released an album and it was introduced to the world via a kind of spooky, intensely atmospheric trailer? Do you remember when there was a super nice documentary about her and waistcoat brigade Mumford and Sons charging about India playing string instruments? Well even if you don’t follow Laura Marling’s activity like some sort of crazed buzzard, this new trailer for her next album is worth a watch.

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    I’m a bit confused by this music video if I’m honest. It manages to induce so many opposing emotions in such a short space of time that I’m left feeling utterly bewildered. The first emotion is nostalgia, as the Arch Duke of auto-tune trance has purchased a hook from late 90s dance outfit Alice Deejay to serve as the basis for his latest song. The second is horror; that he’s added nothing to it that fits. Every new line of melody or harmony feels like it’s been cobbled together from samples he just had lying around the studio (sorry, bit of a rant there, but I loved Alice Deejay).

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    London-based performance poet Musa Okwonga’s new offering is a homily to his hometown, a celebration of the characteristics that convince him (and many others) that this is the greatest city in the world. For the accompanying video, Musa has been filmed walking through the streets of The Big Smoke as his ode unfolds, and the viewer is able to click and drag the camera angle 360 degrees to explore the city with him. This kind of technology is not new, but while often it comes across as gimmicky, here it really enhances the message, immersing us in the very city to which the poem pays such glowing tribute. As ever Musa’s linguistic skills are a treat, as is his jaunty pork pie hat.

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    If you’re London-based and the sight of your own bare flesh is enough to make you want to put sunglasses on, then this playlist is for you! That’s right, the sun’s out and we can stop crying ourselves to sleep every night in our beds full of dry skin and sadness. This calls for new music, so here’s the It’s Nice That Monthly Mixtape #3 with the apt theme of spring! A collection of songs inspired by beer gardens, roast lamb, daffodils and driving with the windows open. What are you waiting for? Click this link and crank it up to eleven!

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    If you’re the sort of person that likes roller coasters, strobe lights, fireworks and hallucinogens, this is the video for you. It’s directed by Morgan Beringer, a philosophy graduate with a penchant for the “unexplored conceptual space between still/moving image”. Not only is this a simplistic game-changer of a video, it’s also set to an impressive jazz punk track featuring honking, twangy music from the likes of Acoustic Ladyland, Polar Bear and Hello Skinny. More pleasing proof that you don’t need a Canon EOS-1D and some part-time models to make a perfect, shareable music video.

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    We’ve seen lots of Fischli & Weiss inspired chain reactions in creative work over the last few years, so this latest one for A-Trak & Tommy Trash’s Tuna Melt should be a total non-event. However, the charms of Kinetic King’s (AKA Tim Fort) unbelievable patience makes this one something to write home about, demonstrating that compelling content is a brilliant way to stop the viewer’s pesky skipping finger. The big final reveal had me literally laughing out loud (also, for the cynics – it turns out they really did do it.).

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    We’ve got simple tastes when it comes to music videos. If they include the most infectious guitar riff we’ve heard all year, flashing, disorientating imagery, a suggestive amount of bare flesh or the inexplicable appearance of an infant child we’re pretty much guaranteed to be impressed. If by some fluke of music video alchemy they contain all of the above ingredients with the addition of comically placed tube socks, an old people’s home and a whacking great pillow fight then heck, you may have just created our favourite music video ever! Which is exactly what New Zealand video-maker Jordan Dodson has achieved with his latest promo for Heroes For Sale. Prepare to have some (OBVIOUSLY NSFW) fun!

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    Just a quick warning for you; if you’re in the office and your workplace is the kind of environment that abhors obscenities flashing across your computer screen then best leave this one ‘til you’re home. Aside from effing and blinding, this latest video from South London-via Japan outfit Pseudo Nippon and friend and collaborator Myles Painter has it all: green-screen gimp suit, mad yoyo skills, infectious drum beat and some seriously post-modern behind-the-scenes footage of the video being made. Most important of all though, it’s a LOT of fun and makes us wish we’d spent a bit more time learning to yo-yo like pros during our misspent youth. I told you they weren’t a waste of time, Mum.