The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

WHAT’S GOOD! Corban back in the pilot seat for Straight To Video this week, as Tom Breihan’s at ActionFest, an event that sets the new record for “Most Tom Breihaniest Event Ever.” Thanks to a late-night influx of vids from the Cash Money camp last weekend, there were lots of contenders for the list this week. Some notables that got chopped include 2 Chainz The Warriors-shading “Riot” and a Cloud Nothings video that reminded me of one of my favorite Simpsons episodes, so, that’s how hard it was to crack the top 5 this week. Number one was never in doubt though, obviously. You’ll see. Let’s roll!

5. Feist – “Bittersweet Melodies” (Dir. Holle Singer)

Feist’s video for “Bittersweet Melodies” doesn’t feature Leslie at all, but rather leans heavily on photographer Irina Werner’s eerie/hypnotic/amazing photo series “Back To The Future.” A nice match.

4. 4MINUTE – “Volume Up” (Dir. ????)

The clip for “Volume Up” is yet another maximalist pop video out of Korea. The track is filled with huge sax lines, intricate dance numbers, a massive dancehall hook and vampire imagery. If you like any of those things, or maybe even just one of those things, I implore you to get lost in this one. It’s Friday the 13th, after all.

3. tUnE-yArDs – “My Country” (Dir. Mimi Cave)

Merrill Garbus cavorts with children in matching facepaint. tUnE-yArDs just began to make a lot more sense to me.

2. Nicki Minaj – “Beez In The Trap” (Feat. 2 Chainz) (Dir. Benny Boom)

One of the best tracks of 2012 (so far) gets a sense-blower-outer of a video to match, where the Roman Reloaded banger soundtracks a raucous club scene, starring Nicki behind some barbed wire obviously. Some particularly awkward 2 Chainz dancing-up-on-Nicki takes place — like you can’t relate to this? We’ve all been there — and at the end I feel like, I gotta say, pretty popped off.

1. Drake – “HYFR” (Feat. 2 Chainz) (Dir. Director X)

This video is so good that the backlash to it being so good was almost immediate, where people called it corny, not as good as it could/should have been, and derided Wayne for hanging out with Tyler too much (rightfully so. That outfit. The skateboard. That mask!) As the BasedGod taught us all earlier this week, nothing’s perfect: “I have no problem and no animosity because we’re in a beautiful place. Imperfections, duh, nothing is perfect, but this is beautiful right here. This moment. We gotta be happy about something.” Hell yeah, fucking right.

Comments (23)
  1. Saw the Drake spotlight and came running.

    So Tom is at a film fest during Coachella weekend?

    Is Stereogum going to either/both weekends of Coachella at all?

  2. I mean to each his own but it baffles me why this site is almost consistently on Cash Moneys nuts.

  3. I wish my Communion party was like Drake’s re-barmitzvah. I just remember the dog peeing on the rug and my mom yelling at me for eating all of the olives off the meat tray :-\

  4. Please stop with all this “K-Pop” nonsense. It’s beneath you. It doesn’t even make sense that you’re aware of it’s existence. Let alone that you pay attention to what is being released on a regular basis.

    And I completely agree with the Cash Money baffling. Everything they release is lowest common denominator, at best.

    • Finally! Someone talks sense on K-Pop. If this music was released over here it’d be ignored if not actively mocked on blogs like this. To legitimize this sub Euro-pop trash is at best patronising and at worse bordering on reverse-racism.

      • Except it’s far better than any mainstream pop released over here, and it’s taken a big turn for the even better recently. Compare, say, “High High” with anything Flo Rida’s ever released and it’s easy to see the gulf in quality.

    • Here, lemme refill your haterade cup.

      • Nah, see, to each their own – in the right place and time. Stereogum ain’t the right place and this ain’t the right time. Or did I miss all the Britney Spears stories? Are all the One Directions articles hidden someplace special? Did I somehow overlook the cover story on the new Justin Bieber album? Because that’s what “K-pop” is. EXACTLY what it is.

        If that’s your thing, cool. Much respect. But as far as I understood, it’s NOT Stereogum’s thing. That’s one of the reasons I frequent this site. So to continually attempt to force it upon the people who dig Stereogum like it’s some sort of quality music that we should all be paying attention to is ludicrous. It just makes no sense at all.

        • If you don’t like it, don’t watch. It’s not like this site is non-stop k-pop, and I love that they cherry pick the best stuff for me. K-pop is still under the radar enough in North America that you’re not seeing It everywhere else, and this track is spectacular.

          • Yeah, spectacular(ly bad). You should go to Romania or anywhere in Eastern Europe really. Their radios are wall to wall crap like this. That’s why all the more discerning kids there listen to English and American music.

  5. My God, that Drake song is even more appalling than his usual fare. The tUnE-yArDs tune and video is so far ahead of everything else here that it’s laughable.

  6. I like both HYFR and Beez in the Trap but 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne are both awful, awful rappers.

  7. I mean, come on! Look at what is in the “Heavy Rotation” box for a month or two and then explain to me why this site has EVER posted anything having to do with “K-Pop”.

    Makes. No. Sense.

  8. @Simon Chapman – By that logic Stereogum should be covering all euro-pop, euro-dance and US pop on a daily basis. However, they completely ignore ALL of that. “K-Pop” is exactly the same. Actually, it’s worse. It’s wholly and completely manufactured tripe. It belongs at Stereogum like Mastadon belongs on a country music blog. Which is to say, NOT. AT. ALL.

    Now I’m sure whoever it is who keeps posting this garbage is reading this comments and snickering to themselves about how clever or funny they are. So with that in mind I fully expect nothing but more of the same. Sad, because I’m pretty sure that it’s is actually driving people away a certain type of reader from Stereogum. At the very least it’s making Stereogum contributors opinions on other types of music less valid. And that’s probably more important than site traffic in the long run. It’s a lot harder to turn the that around than it is to get more people back to your site.

    • But Pop has always been capable of great singles and great videos. The fact a K-Pop album could never be taken seriously doesn’t take away from the fact that some of the best singles, and accompanying videos, being put out right now are coming from that area. I’m fine with it not being your thing, but this all strikes me as the kind of anti-mainstream elitism that gives Alternative music something of a bad name. If it’s good, or even just enjoyable, I’ll listen to it, whether it’s the new Chromatics album or a BigBang song.

      • You’re still missing my point. It doesn’t belong at Stereogum. It doesn’t matter what quality someone may or may not perceive the music to be (me, I think it’s the same manufactured, crap pop music that we experienced a glut of in the 80s and 90s). But if you like that sort of thing, cool! Great! I’m all about freedom of choice. However, there are literally hundreds of websites that cover that type of music. Stereogum has never been one of them. I listen to classical and free jazz on a regular basis. Stereogum doesn’t cover them, either. That’s the point.

        • Surely it’s Stereogum that decides what goes on Stereogum, not us? If the main contributors to a music site are excited about a certain kind of music it will inevitably find it’s way on to their site. K-Pop is something that’s beginning to penetrate traditional Indie fanbases generally anyway, even Pitchfork ran a feature on it. Things like this are how people broaden their horizons, if that never happened I’d still be paying attention to what NME says.

          • Put the crack pipe down. You make no sense, just like K-Pop being hyped at Stereogum. Seriously, dude. “K-Pop is something that’s beginning to penetrate traditional Indie fanbases generally anyway.” No. It’s not.

  9. *these comments, not “this”. The Heat/Knicks game distracted me.

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