Mykki Blanco - "Kingpinning" video

This is the week the music-video gods finally awoke from their slumber. I had to leave so much good stuff off the list this week: self-deprecating superstar send-ups, excitingly one-note punk-rock rave-ups, disturbing dystopian visions, intense adoreableness, experimental visions that didn’t quite work, the Lonely Island’s big return. The five I ended up with below are just straight killer.

5. Grizzly Bear – “gun-shy” (Dir. Kris Moyes)

I badly wanted to bump this one for Syron’s “Here” because I love the song to bits and because the video makes me happy rather than queasy. But I can’t discount the achievement of “gun-shy”: The meticulous framing, the uncanny lighting, the band members’ willingness to do disgusting things to themselves. I never want to watch the video a second time, but the one time I did watch it, I was impressed.

4. The Knife – “Full Of Fire” (NSFW) (Dir. Marit Östberg)

Östberg speaks of the video as an empowering thing, and I can see that. But it also works as an exploration of the intensely serious sex things that people are doing that you might not understand at all. And that’s a good thing; our generation needed its own “Sex Dwarf.”

3. Tame Impala – “Mind Mischief” (NSFW) (Dir. David Wilson)

You could probably make the argument that Tame Impala’s grand mission is to turn ’70s Camaro-rock into spaced-out art-music. If that’s true, then it makes perfect sense for them to remake “Hot For Teacher” as a beautifully-designed headfuck and then get Urban Outfitters to pay for it.

2. Yo La Tengo – “I’ll Be Around” (Dir. Phil Morrison)

So: Serious-faced Mac McCaughan singing and fingerpicking in a forest, old YLT song lyrics and soup recipes projected across the screen, and the three actual members of YLT starring in a beautifully realized domestic scene that ends with an inexplicable arrest and two even-more-mysterious reactions. I don’t know what any of this means, and I can figure even less about how Morrison turned it all into something gorgeous. But I was somehow moved watching this thing.

1. Mykki Blanco – “Kingpinning” (Dir. Clarence Fuller)

I don’t know how many rap-video taboos there are left, but I’m pretty sure this one shatters all of them.

Comments (8)
  1. No “YOLO” in the top 5? I guess Adam Levine is where Stereogum draws the line…

  2. Normally I’d take offense to The Knife not being higher, but the Tame Impala and Yo La Tengo videos are truly great.

    I’m really loving “Fade” right now. Believe it or not it’s acting as my introduction to Yo La Tengo. One of those bands I put off getting into until now. I do remember seeing their old video with Bob & David awhile back. The classic note in school: “Do You Like Trip-Hop [Yes] [No] [Maybe]” is a quote I share between friends too often.

  3. All I want to do is watch that Full Of Fire video over and over. Can’t wait to hear the whole album.

    • My friend and I both pre-ordered copies so we don’t have to pause to flip the records. Taking this album listening experience to the next level!

      I’m honestly more amped to hear “Shaking The Habitual” than I am “The Next Day” now.

      • That is next level. I know, I went to hardly thinking about the Knife to chomping at the bit. Nice to have a record I’m this excited about so early in the year.

  4. That Mykkia Blanco vid is bonkers. These gay rappers have some f*ckin style!

  5. For me, the multilayered symbolism and metaphors, not to mention that ridiculous beat, in the ‘Full Of Fire’ video put The Knife at number one. But unlike some other weeks where I don’t understand why you would even chose some of the videos included, these all make sense. All good videos, all worth watching, so the order doesn’t really matter so much.

  6. I don’t think that’s Mykki Blanco’s best video, though. Nor his best song featured in a video. I actually think the song is kind of weak.

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