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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / July 11, 2014 - 9:51 am

Last Friday was the Fourth Of July, which meant we didn’t run one of these lists. But the videos kept piling up, and so we’re giving you our picks for this week’s five best videos, as well as, without comment, last week’s picks. You deserve to have a lot of shit to watch on your… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / June 27, 2014 - 12:09 pm

When a musician puts together a moving tribute to her deceased bandmate, giving fitting visual accompaniment to the last thing that bandmate ever recorded, that video really should be #1 on this list. Most weeks, it would be. But this week, that video went up against the form’s reigning innovator, who’s put together a stunning… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / June 20, 2014 - 4:19 pm

Lady Gaga, it turns out, did a smart thing. She’d made a shitty, ill-advised, creeped-out video with two guys who became public pariahs shortly thereafter, if they weren’t already. And then she scrapped it, though it’s certainly possible that she leaked the piece of it that went up on TMZ. She really had to scra… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / June 13, 2014 - 12:58 pm

This was a weird week in the music-video universe, and that was a good thing. Many of this week’s videos (including those that didn’t make it onto this list, like clipping.’s genuinely harrowing “Body & Blood“) do strange things with the form, warping it and manipulating it but still finding ways to complement their songs. More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / June 6, 2014 - 2:56 pm

The real best music video of the week is this: the debut effort from Tyler Breeze, bad-guy male model character in WWE’s developmental system, a sort of excessively narcissistic take on pre-personal journey Derek Zoolander. I didn’t put it on this week’s list because it’s not, strictly speaking, a good music video. But if you… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / May 30, 2014 - 11:10 am

This week’s list walks the line between calm, serene, stately beauty and extreme blood-splooge trash. Both can be awesome! And both are perfectly legit music-video approaches. But this week, we’ve got two of the latter and three of the former. Blood-splooge trash is winning, as it usually does. Check out this week’s list below. More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / May 23, 2014 - 12:41 pm

This week’s central battle came down, as so many do, to the eternal conflict between well-intentioned grand-scale storytelling and gleefully trashy bloodletting. It’s the Forrest Gump vs. Pulp Fiction of the 5 Best Videos Of The Week column! And just like in 1994, the middle-of-the-road epic won. Life is like a box of chocolates, etc. More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / May 16, 2014 - 1:29 pm

Hey, whoever’s in charge of music video releases! Can you space things out a little better, please? Last week, I scrambled to come up with five watchable videos. This week, I have to leave out a few videos that I legitimately loved, only because the selection was too rich. That’s why you won’t find Mogwai’… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / May 9, 2014 - 3:15 pm

A quick word about Flying Lotus’s “Phantasm” video and videos like it: That’s a really good video! Many of the videos like it are good, too! But it’s not on the list this week, and neither are any of those. There’s definitely, absolutely a place for abstract, non-representational music videos, videos about wandering freaky alie… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / May 2, 2014 - 12:44 pm

In keeping with my newfound traditions of saying nice things about Gwar in the intros to these posts, the music-related video I enjoyed most this week was this, the YouTube commercial for Gwar’s Gwar-B-Q festival, which includes one of Dave Brockie’s final performances under all that latex. Gwar-B-Q goes down 8/16 in Richmond, and it… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / April 25, 2014 - 1:13 pm

The internet’s favorite target this week was Avril Lavigne’s garish, shrill, quite-possibly-racist “Hello Kitty” video. I didn’t see it until I’d read a bunch of euphorically annoyed online chatter about it, and I honestly expected to really like it, since liking music videos that nobody likes is sort of my thing. But jeez, no, yee. More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / April 18, 2014 - 12:32 pm

Right now, our busiest comments section is a heated debate over whether a white lady is racist for dancing with black men in her music video and then being defensive about it. That is how indie rock, and every other form of media, works in 2014. You get used to it, I guess. Here’s what… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / April 11, 2014 - 12:18 pm

I came so close to including the Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger’s “Animals” video this week, partly because it’s good on its own merits and partly because “eyelinered Jodorowskian hippie cult leader” is a way better look for Sean Lennon than “Cibo Matto bassist” or “guy in the East Village X-Large store waiting for… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / April 4, 2014 - 2:05 pm

Last week, in this space, I lamented that fact that, Gwar, who built a low-budget DIY empire partly because of their music video aesthetic, had left barely a trace of influence on the many, many music videos coming out today. I may have been spoken out of school there. Because this week’s video, which come… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / March 28, 2014 - 11:46 am

Let’s take a moment for Dave Brockie, better known as Gwar’s Oderus Urungus, who died suddenly earlier this week. For decades, Brockie helped to pioneer a distinctly DIY music-video aesthetic. With no YouTube and no TV channels willing to play their videos, Gwar went full-on disgusting, turning every video into a mini-Evil Dead video and… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / March 21, 2014 - 11:23 am

I didn’t write this column last week, since SXSW was just about monopolizing my attention. So we’ve got two weeks’ worth of videos to sort through here. But for whatever reason, it was still a bit of a struggle to come up with five really good videos. Part of the reason, of course, is the… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / March 7, 2014 - 4:56 pm

This was one of those weeks where the best music-related video wasn’t a music video. It was Future Islands performing on Letterman and just fucking going for it. Letterman has already introduced frontman Samuel T. Herring’s dancing as a recurring joke on the show, and I sincerely hope it’s because he realizes that dancing wa… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / February 28, 2014 - 4:10 pm

This column is a weird one because the quality of music videos tends to vacillate wildly from week to week. Some weeks, there are just no motherfucking good ones, so I have to go hunting through K-pop blogs to find something to fill out the list, or where I consider throwing a late-night performance into… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / February 21, 2014 - 1:49 pm

There were lots of good videos this week, but I didn’t like any of them as much as I hated Jerry James’s video for “Lana Del Rey.” I hated that one so much that I enjoyed hating it. I hated it so much it gave me wings. I hated it so much that I actually… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / February 14, 2014 - 3:28 pm

For whatever reason, this is the week that many of the old music-video-director gods awakened to walk the earth again. Their names, chanted aloud, inspire nothing but fear in the hearts of the music-video directors of today: Gondry! Romanek! Pellington! Those younger directors, the ones used to working on YouTube budgets, hoped and prayed that… More »


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