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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / January 30, 2015 - 10:43 am
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The director Grant Singer came very, very close to topping this list for the second week in a row, an unprecedented feat and a clear sign that Singer is ready to bang with the Nabils and the Hiro Murais of the world. But then (spoiler alert) Kanye West had to come along with his adorable… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / January 16, 2015 - 1:23 pm
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On the intro to last week’s 5 Best Videos post, I complained that music videos had not yet shaken themselves to life this year — that, even factoring in the holiday break, we hadn’t seen a single great video. Well, the break is over! Music videos are back, baby! We got a whole mess of… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / January 9, 2015 - 11:51 am
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I took the last two Fridays off work, so this column actually covers the last three weeks of music videos. You’d think that we’d be looking at an absolute murderers’ row of selections here. Nope. No single segment of the entertainment industry went into a deeper holiday slump than music videos. I don’t know what… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / December 19, 2014 - 4:02 pm
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Earlier today, I published my list of the 40 best music videos of 2014. It’s always a bit dangerous to publish a year-end list before the year is actually over, especially in this new surprise-release universe where we now live. But it sure looks like the music-video universe has slowed down for the holiday season,… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / December 12, 2014 - 10:20 am
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After a couple of monster weeks, the music-video gods finally fell asleep on us this week, giving us warmed-over ideas and slopped-out murky execution and very, very little to get excited about. There are good videos on the list below, but many of them are videos that would’ve missed the top five during a busier… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / December 5, 2014 - 11:22 am
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Last year’s Thanksgiving break means we’ve actually got two weeks’ worth of videos accounted for below, and they were a packed two weeks. It hurts my heart not to include strong pieces of work like EMA’s grand cyberpunk vision, Atmosphere’s masterful The Jerk reference, OFF!’s delirious slapstick freakout, or Ty Dolla $ign’s ridiculous, surreal featMore »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / November 21, 2014 - 1:33 pm
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Run The Jewels and Arca and Belle & Sebastian and a generous handful of other artists made really good videos this week, and I couldn’t find room for any of them. There were too many good videos this week. This is one of those weeks where everything in the top 5 is straight fire, though… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / November 14, 2014 - 1:38 pm
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Here’s something I wasn’t quite expecting: Every last one of the videos on this week’s list has some kind of narrative to it, even if that story is just “intense guy wanders around motel and weird things happen.” Most of them are pretty cartoony. Some of them involve actual professional actors. All of them are… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / November 7, 2014 - 2:02 pm
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I don’t know if it’s some combination of Halloween sugar-hangover and Republican-Senate-takeover anxiety or what, but there are some dark and strange and intense visions on this week’s list. Every single one of the five videos below has the power to make you at least a tiny bit queasy. So take a deep breath and… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / October 31, 2014 - 4:56 pm
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Last week in this space, I wondered where the hell all the Halloween-themed videos were. They all finally showed up this week — including a few today, which puts them out of contention for this week’s list. But some of the best videos of the week weren’t dark or spooky at all. They were technicolor… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / October 24, 2014 - 5:04 pm
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I have been awake since Run The Jewels dropped RTJ2 around 3 this morning, and I am barely keeping my brain from turning into pink fuzz, so I will forgo my usual state-of-the-music video paragraph here and tell you that you don’t need to watch any of these videos. They’re good, but you have no… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / October 17, 2014 - 2:57 pm
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We did it, everyone! We came up with the least glamorous music video ever made. I don’t know what held the title before this week, but I do know that nothing else will ever hold it again. That piece of beautifully ugly anti-glamor is below, as are our other four picks for the week. More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / October 3, 2014 - 4:20 pm
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Some list-nerd stuff, before we begin. A$AP Rocky’s Karl Lagerfeld’s The Warriors video for “Multiply” dropped at midnight last night, which means it technically came out this morning. Since this list covers Friday to the following Thursday, that means it wasn’t eligible. It would’ve probably made the list, too. Maybe next week, Rocky! Thom Yorke’… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / September 26, 2014 - 4:49 pm

Thom Yorke rolled through to dominate the general conversation today, and his twitchy, hypnotic “A Brain In A Bottle” video really belongs on this list. But it came out on Friday, and this list only covers the seven days that ended yesterday. If Yorke was trying to game the system and crush this list, he… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / September 19, 2014 - 5:27 pm
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Before I get into this week’s picks, allow me to point out that Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea made a video for a song called “Booty.” Hype Williams directed it. It is exactly what you expect it to be. It came out a few years ago, and it has five million views already. At thi… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / September 12, 2014 - 3:10 pm
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Here’s one nice thing about the whole U2 debacle: They didn’t forcibly beam any music videos into your iTunes! Imagine how those things would’ve looked. Actually, as it turned out, this was a great week for music video, and I had a hell of a time picking a #1 from a field of worthy contenders. More »


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