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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 »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / February 7, 2014 - 2:13 pm

Why did everyone release their darkest and most fucked vidoes this week? Is it just too cold for some fun, sunny music videos? Are we experiencing a collective dark night of the soul? Or is it just fun to put blood in videos? Our especially grim picks for the week are below. More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / January 31, 2014 - 11:37 am

It’s not a proper music video, so it’s not on this list, but Yours Truly’s series of videos from the Young Turks new years festival in Tulum, Mexico is the greatest marriage of music and moving images that I’ve seen this week. These clips — Caroline Polachek singing opera while standing knee-deep in a crystalline… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / January 24, 2014 - 2:06 pm

This is the time of year when everyone gets very confused and worried about who’s going to win big at the Grammys, and we are not facing down the sad likelihood that the music industry is about to anoint Macklemore as a 12 Years A Slave-esque juggernaut. So I’m sure you won’t be shocked to… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / January 17, 2014 - 3:44 pm

Dance producers were getting it done this week. There were so many great dance (or dance-influenced pop) videos this week that I wish MTV would reboot Amp so that stoned college kids could come home after parties and zone out while discovering them, the way some of us might’ve done once upon a time. I… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / December 27, 2013 - 10:17 am

This was probably the slowest week of the year in terms of people putting out music videos, what with Christmas arriving dead in the middle and nobody needing to fill up office dead-time by staring at YouTube. And yet there were still some good videos this week, and I managed to cobble together a list… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / December 20, 2013 - 1:42 pm

I don’t know if you guys knew this, but there are 17 new Beyoncé videos this week. A lot of them are awesome, too. In fact, I had fully expected to write this column about nothing but the five best videos from BEYONCÉ. The one problem with that: You have to actually buy the album,… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / December 13, 2013 - 1:23 pm

Typically, in this space, we do the week as a Thursday-to-Thursday thing, and we wait a week to consider any videos that come out the same Friday as this column runs. As you may have noticed, one Beyoncé Knowles happened to give us a new “visual album,” with 17 new music videos, just last night. More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / December 6, 2013 - 9:58 am

I didn’t post one of these lists last week, because Thanksgiving, which meant that we had a ton of worthy videos to choose from this week, and that plenty of them didn’t make it. And this would also be a good place to point out, as our own Michael Nelson noted to me, that the… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / November 15, 2013 - 10:59 am

In a week full of big music videos, the one that generated the most conversation was, logically enough, the one that raised the most hackles. In this case, it was Lily Allen’s big comeback clip “Hard Out Here,” in which Allen uses her big platform by using outdated catchphrases and outdated music-video cliches to addre… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / November 8, 2013 - 10:34 am

This past weekend’s YouTube Music Awards presented an interesting conundrum for this column. The show labeled its performances as “live music videos,” and pulled in big-name directors to help put them together. But they were pretty much still performances, except with extra stuff going on. Unfortunately, the YouTube people made the mystifying decision to kee… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / November 1, 2013 - 11:01 am

There were so many music videos this week. It was out of control. I could just barely watch all of them, and that glut means that fascinating things like MGMT’s alien-abduction dance party and Kirin J Callahan’s upside-down command performance didn’t make the list. Half the bands in our Twitter feed had to make their… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / October 25, 2013 - 11:00 am

The artists behind the videos on this week’s list come from Sweden, Japan, Syria, Canada, and the UK. They have, more or less, nothing in common with each other. And there’s every chance that none of these videos, except maybe the top one, will ever get nominated for a YouTube Music Award. That’s just fine… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / October 18, 2013 - 12:03 pm

For a while, I’ve been threatening to start including things in this space that don’t quite constitute “music videos” but which do constitute music on video — late-night performances, great camera-phone moments, things like that. And while I haven’t quite done that with this week’s list, the #1 selection is, indeed, a music-on-video thing that… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / October 11, 2013 - 1:35 pm

The most gripping musical video spectacle of the week did not actually feature any music at all. It was Kanye West, thoughts clearly spinning out faster than his mouth could relay them, using the platform of Jimmy Kimmel Live to get some things off his chest: The closed ranks of the fashion world, the scourge… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / October 4, 2013 - 1:00 pm

The rest of the video is pretty shitty, so I didn’t list it here, but the scene from the “Work Bitch” video where three sharks circle around Britney Spears in a perfect little piece of CGI synchronization probably made me happier than any other music-video moment this week. That’s what you’re up against, indie rock… More »


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