Japandroids - "The House That Heaven Built" Video

This week saw a serious abundance of straight-up fun, ridiculous videos — four-minute blasts of joy that didn’t take themselves the tiniest bit seriously. I’ll take that over a bunch of serious art videos that want to push the form forward. Hype Williams and Kanye West’s seizure-inducing tremorfest had nothing on any of the five clips before, or on the High On Fire and Physical Therapy clips that narrowly missed this list.

5. Three Loco – “We Are Farmers” (Dir. Nick Goossen)

The mere existence of this weirdo white-rap supergroup — Andy Milonakis, Riff Raff, former MTV VJ Dirt Nasty, is a small triumph of goofballery. When the video has Milonakis seductively chomping raspberries, Riff throwing farm equipment around, and Diplo coming through to beam in a charmingly awkward verse, everyone wins.

4. Aimee Mann – “Charmer” (Dir. Tom Scharpling)

Laura Linney and Aimee Mann don’t exactly look a whole lot like each other, and yet Linney makes a perfectly convincing robot body-double for Mann. Scharpling once again reaffirms that he’s great at making ridiculous skits that still work perfectly well as music videos. And Mann shows comic acting chops that I wouldn’t have imagined she had in her.

3. Nude Beach – “Walkin’ Down My Street” (Dir. Will Ellis)

I still really like Dead Can Dance’s Anastasis, but I’m pretty sure I fucked up this week when I picked it as Album Of The Week over Nude Beach’s scrappy classic-rock blast II. This video does a great job of encapsulating what makes Nude Beach so great: The band’s sweaty, unpretentious party-up drive. Consider it the little cousin of the video that tops this list.

2. Y.N.RichKids – “Hot Cheetos & Takis” (Dir. 13twentythree Photography)

The world is a remarkable place. The screaming kid with the braids is my new favorite human being. Also, I’m hungry.

1. Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built” (Dir. Jim Larson)

One of the best songs of the year gets the bleary, beery, sweaty, instantly mythic music video it deserves. Sorry, adorable children. You never had a chance.

Comments (19)
  1. no AnCo!!!!!! Blasphemy in the heat of this pre-stream hype train…

  2. Foe some reason High On Fire are under the impression they made it on here…https://twitter.com/HighonFireBand/status/236515569208279040

  3. Does the chorus of the Nude Beach song remind anyone else of Sherry Darlin’ by Springsteen?

  4. nice – shout out the beer store and it’s rough clientelle. be real – the LCBO is for yuppies (honestly, i prefer it tho).

  5. hot cheetos and takis was robbed of the number 1 spot.

  6. Three Loco already getting cease and desist heat from Farmers about that video. Funny thing is that song has been around for a while now and they are giving it away for free. Insurance companies can suck it.

    Also for some reason I have not been able to totally get on the Japandroids bandwagon but that video certainly is not making matters worse.

    • Their style isn’t always my favorite, but Celebration Rock is one of the best LPs this year…in my opinion.

      • I know, a lot of people seem to love them and I can see the appeal. That song is catchy as hell and I think it’s a really great video but there is something about their sound that just grates on me for some reason. And I love abrasive/heavy music. It is actually kind of frustrating because every once in a while a band comes along that I really want to like, but for some reason that I can’t quite put my finger on I can’t get there. Oh well, at least I tried.

    • A bandwagon? So because you can’t find it in you to like them, they must be a band that other people just end up liking because a lot of people do, right? LOL. Congratulations on fighting the system, man.

  7. Hot Cheetos and Takis (produced by Young Chop).

  8. Chicken noodle soup with a soda on the side

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