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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / August 2, 2013 - 10:47 am
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Really, at this point, I’m just excited for Drake’s “All Me” video to come out. Right? That has to happen, yes? They’re making that video? If they don’t fuck it up royally, that should be an amazing video. But in the meantime, here are five ways to occupy yourself while you’re waiting for it. More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / July 26, 2013 - 11:59 am
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For someone who consistently trumpets his own taste and ably namechecks filmmakers whenever possible, Kanye West sure has a dubious history with music videos. He got all pissy when an early version of his “Black Skinhead” video leaked because viewers weren’t getting the full experience, but then the full experience turned out to be some… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / July 19, 2013 - 10:34 am
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Hey look, new graphic! Now this column can look something like the Best Songs Of The Week column, and now I can keep just the tiniest bit of suspense in this countdown; you have to scrowl down yourself to see what’s number one. Thanks to Claire’s homegirl Ho-Mui Wong for the image. This week’s pick… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / July 12, 2013 - 10:53 am
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You guys are going to hate this week’s list so much, but it’s high summer now, and I just can’t be bothered to list whatever piece of dark experimental conceptual indie rock silliness that someone might be into. This is a time for bright, shiny, professional high-grade pop music videos, videos about love and dancing… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / June 28, 2013 - 3:50 pm
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Two massively important alt-rock greats returned to the music-video earlier today, and neither of them is on this list. The Pixies’ “Bag Boy,” their first new song in nine years, soundtracked a disturbing video about a little kid fucking up somebody’s house and added in a visual punchline that was more nasty than funny. And… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / June 21, 2013 - 12:37 pm
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Once again, the best piece of music-related video wasn’t a music video this week; it was this haunting performance from Neil Young and Willie Nelson, and we can thank CMT, of all possible cable networks, for its existence. (Jim James on Letterman was also pretty great.) Meanwhile, weirdo giants of the music-video field like NabilMore »


The 5 Best Music Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / June 14, 2013 - 2:35 pm
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Guys, Yeezus leaked. You don’t need music videos right now. You need to just play that real loud, let blood fill up your vision, luxuriate in the angry anxiety. If, however, you somehow need a break in between Yeezus sessions, or if you’re one of those weird and virtuous people who waits until it’s legal… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / June 7, 2013 - 3:49 pm
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Earlier today, I posted a bigass list of my favorite music videos of the year. That should honestly be enough to keep your optic nerves crammed full for the day. But if you’re done with it, or you’re somehow low on viewing options this weekend, please note that plenty of other good music videos came… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Amrit Singh / May 31, 2013 - 4:05 pm
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This week’s top clips tended toward the brighter, flipper side of things. Because summer, probably! But before we dive into the quirk and laughs, there’s a short filmic clip by a film director that is somewhat crushing. And then it’s all roses, dancing congregations, and bouncing asses for days. Step this way for a roundu… More »


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