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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 In this case, it was Lily Allen's big comeback clip "Hard Out Here," in which Allen uses her big platform by using outdated catchphrases and outdated music-video cliches to addre… More »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 »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / September 27, 2013 - 1:02 pm
It's not on this week's list, but this might be a good place to acknowledge director Hannah Lux Davis's video for the willfully ridiculous Mike Will Made It/Miley Cyrus/Wiz Khalifa/Juicy J single "23." Michael Jordan is the most iconic and universally beloved athlete in my living memory, and here we have a video that reduce… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / September 20, 2013 - 3:04 pm
Now that nobody ever watches music videos on TV anymore, it's becoming increasingly obvious that the people who make videos don't have to submit themselves to any television network's Standards & Practices department. Nudity and gore and all sorts of other previously-verboten things are fair game. Mostly, that's awesome. But sometimes, we end up with… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / September 13, 2013 - 3:06 pm
I interviewed Anton Corbijn once, and he's a totally lovely human being. I liked his beaten-down Ian Curtis biopic Control and his deconstructed George Clooney spy movie The American. He takes pretty photos. But my god, I don't think there's ever been a high-profile music video director shittier or more overrated than he. Corbijn's whole… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / September 6, 2013 - 12:34 pm
There were too many good music videos this week. Moby escaped the usual Wayne Coyne acid-reflux and made something fun and pretty and way friendlier than most of Coyne's recent fare. TV On The Radio turned a meteor into a sympathetic character. They Might Be Giants taught pieces of broccoli how to play air guitar. More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / August 30, 2013 - 12:35 pm
Watching the VMAs on Sunday night, something struck me: The music videos themselves were fairly beside the point, but almost every video that won a major award was absolute bullshit. Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors" video, which won Video Of The Year, is pretty-enough boring nonsense. Meanwhile, Robin Thicke's problematic-but-fun "Blurred Lines" video, which did more to… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / August 23, 2013 - 12:04 pm
My sentimental favorite this week is SD's video for the "New World Order" remix, with Danny Brown, mostly because I can't ever imagine myself getting tired of seeing Danny Brown, drunk and shirtless, too-tight tight pants sagging and hair blowing out, in a kitchen surrounded by Chicago teenage goons, having a wonderful time. That guy! More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / August 16, 2013 - 12:56 pm
It's pretty hard to carry on Stereogum business as usual on the day that Amrit Singh, the guy who brought me to the site and one of my favorite people, announces his departure. Like, I'm sure, a lot of readers, I've got complicated feelings here: Happy for Amrit, sorry to see him go, looking forward… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Claire Lobenfeld / August 9, 2013 - 11:54 am
Tom is in Sweden, so I'm here to deliver you the best videos of the week. If I had the gall to actually take over this column and implement the non-music video content he's been threatening to list here time and time again, perhaps we'd be looking at the 5 Best Riff Raff Vines Of… More »


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