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The 5 Best Videos of the Week

By Tom Breihan / June 26, 2015 - 11:19 am

Same sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states! That’s a much, much bigger deal than anything music is going to give us anytime soon, and it feels weird to be writing about anything else right now. But it’s Friday, and perhaps you’d like to celebrate by watching some really good music videos. There… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / June 19, 2015 - 9:33 am

Madonna’s “Bitch, I’m Madonna” is a bad video. It might be a good video if Madonna wasn’t out here trying to compete with Taylor Swift’s “Badd Blood” in the guest-star department and failing hilariously. Swift got her guest stars to throw knives and kung fu fight. Madonna has higher-wattage celebrities, but she can’t get them… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / June 12, 2015 - 4:38 pm

I don’t think you can call it the best anything, but the most important music-related moving images this week were the flood of cell-phone videos from outside Hot 97 Summer Jam, where police responded to a fight by closing the show’s doors and then firing tear gas into the crowd. This sort of story i… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / June 5, 2015 - 4:54 pm

It’s not on the list because I’m not sure how good it is, but Nekrogoblikon’s “We Need A Gimmick” video is a pretty fascinating attempt at going viral, wrapped up in a comedy video about the quest to go viral. Also, that goblin costume is great. But I have a strict policy against joke-rap videos,… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / May 22, 2015 - 5:30 pm

This was a week crammed full of great videos, way too many to fit onto this list. But my favorite subplot was this: Taylor Swift drummed up weeks of hype and probably spent a fortune to make her kung-fu feminist G.I. Joe cameo party and to unveil it in the biggest way possible for a… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / May 15, 2015 - 1:07 pm

Right now, I’m enjoying anticipating Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” movie, set to debut as part of Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards, more than I’ll probably enjoy watching the thing. This video is packed with so many famous people that you have to imagine most of them will only get a second or two of scree… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / May 8, 2015 - 3:29 pm

This is how good of a week this was for music videos: Michel Gondry, to my mind the greatest music video director of all time, barely ever makes videos anymore, but he made one this week for the Chemical Brothers’ “Go.” It’s got that sense of dreamy inventiveness, and weird detail-minded design, that some of… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / May 1, 2015 - 4:42 pm

This was a fucking fucked up week. I got more joy, and solace, from the videos of one nameless genius doing Michael Jackson dance moves through the streets of Baltimore, my embattled hometown, than I did out of any music video. And while it doesn’t have a damn thing to do with music, as of… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / April 24, 2015 - 4:22 pm

One of the videos getting a lot of notice this week is Calexico’s clip for “Falling From The Sky,” starring José González and an absolutely disgusting worm creature. I can recognize that it’s a very good video, but it’s not on this list, because I hate that fucking worm creature. It just skeeves me out. More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / April 17, 2015 - 12:35 pm

If you were some kind of underground artist making a video this week, it was hard to compete. A few big stars on big labels (or with big cable networks backing them) made videos so goofy and fun and entertaining that no indie type could afford to compete. And yet this week’s best video still… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 10, 2015 - 3:37 pm

Tom’s out in California surrounded by floral headbands and bros with GoPros over at Coachella this weekend, so I’m helping him out with this week’s roundup. While I’m sure that Rihanna’s “American Oxygen” video made some kind of stab at a political statement and was probably really nice looking, I didn’t watch it in time… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / April 3, 2015 - 10:53 am

The best music-related video this week may have been something that didn’t have any music. I’m talking about Hannibal Buress consuming Justin Bieber’s soul. There are days when I want to turn this entire column into a tribute to Buress, who is not a musician in any way. (Proof.) Nevertheless, there were a bunch of… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / March 27, 2015 - 2:44 pm

This week, the YouTube Music Awards rebranded from an actual award show, albeit a knowingly janky and slapdash one, to a weird “let’s dump a bunch of big videos online at once” stunt. I can’t pretend to understand what’s going on there, but it did result in a whole pile of great videos. This week,… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / March 20, 2015 - 11:35 am

Most of the music world is nursing a vast, collective hangover down in Austin right now, which means we didn’t see too many new videos this week. And for those of us who skipped the shitshow this year, there have’t been too many images that’ll leave a lasting impression. But the video of comedian and… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / March 13, 2015 - 12:02 pm

I’m sorry, guys, but I think the new Björk video is pretty boring. I was all set to love it, but I don’t love it. It’s not on this list. There were plenty of better videos that came along in the past week, and five of them are below. More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / March 6, 2015 - 9:46 am

Most of us have better video-watching experiences by falling into YouTube wormholes than we do by keeping up with new music videos as they come out. So with that in mind, let me start off this week’s column by introducing you to one. Kelefa Sanneh’s great New Yorker article about New York hardcore led me… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / February 27, 2015 - 5:18 pm

There were plenty of good videos this week, but none of them came close to touching another video, albeit one that wasn’t officially a music video. Kanye West’s performance of “All Day” at the Brit Awards would’ve been a thing of beauty even without the fucking flamethrowers: A goddam Boot Camp Clik video, staged i… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / February 20, 2015 - 2:18 pm

This week’s videos: A romantic apocalyptic vision, a balling-on-a-budget masterclass, a giddy cartoon crossover, an absolutely fucking disgusting surgery-room fever-dream, and a glittering metropolitan drug-trip. None of them have anything to do with each other! But they’re all really good! There is not a single thread connecting this week’s best videos beyond the fact that… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / February 13, 2015 - 2:24 pm

Alyson Stoner, the adorable little white girl who danced in Missy Elliott’s videos for “Work It” and “Gossip Folks,” is a grown-up now. She’s been in a couple of Step Up moves, where she plays Camille, Moose’s girlfriend. (She’s also the sister’s voice on Phineas & Ferb.) And she just got a bunch of other… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / February 6, 2015 - 9:36 am

There were a couple of big high-profile videos this week from artists I like, and they had big ideas, but they didn’t move me much. The video for Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney’s “FourFiveSeconds” went for a certain classicist magazine-shoot simplicity, and while Rihanna turned in a hell of a charismatic performance, the video… More »


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