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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / June 21, 2013
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… More »


The 5 Best Music Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / June 14, 2013
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'… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / June 7, 2013
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 video… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Amrit Singh / May 31, 2013
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 »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / May 24, 2013
I'm not entirely sure this week's pick for best video even qualifies as a music video; it certainly stretches the definition. But in its impeccable planning and its flawless execution, it captured imaginations over the weekend and dominated the conversation come Monday. It felt like an actual honest-to-god event, and how many of those do… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / May 17, 2013
There were many strong music videos this week, and a couple that I loved, from actual adults. But no grown-up is going to beat a charged-up mob of Minneapolis children rapping about bikes and school uniforms. I'm sorry. It's just not ever going to happen. Our picks for the week are below. More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / May 10, 2013
Have you watched the 15-minute Red Bull Music Academy documentary about DFA? Or the hour-long Savages Ministry Of Sound show? No? You should do those things. As ever, there was plenty of amazing music-related video on the internet this past week, and not all of it took the form of actual music videos. More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / May 3, 2013
You know this was a good week for music videos when 4Minute made a K-pop video with dancing zombies in it, one where they fight the dancing zombies by spraying hairspray at them, and it didn't even crack my top five. The videos that did crack my top 5 are below. Enjoy. More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / April 26, 2013
Are music videos on the way out? I don't know. Probably not. A million of the things seem to materialize on YouTube every day, and they're probably still the best way for younger artists to introduce themselves to the curious public. But more and more, big acts seem to be forgoing the music video for… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / April 19, 2013
Every music video that came out during this apocalyptic, ridiculous week felt like a way to kill a few minutes before either flames consumed the entire planet or Daft Punk got around to dropping their "Get Lucky" video, so if we found ourselves a little less captivated than usual this week, it wasn't necessarily the… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / April 12, 2013
The best music videos that crossed my video screen this week -- the top three on the list you'll find below -- are paranoid little masterworks of dread and disorientation and confusion. I have no idea what any of them are about, but all of them crept their way into my bloodstream and radiated menace… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / April 5, 2013
You know how I've been threatening to get weird with this column, to start including late-night performances and whatever other random bits of music-related video that might find their way on this site? This is the week the universe decided to call my bluff, since the one of the best pieces of music-related video, if… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / March 29, 2013
I still haven't done the thing I talked about doing last week, opening this column up to late-night peformances or fan-taped camera-phone concert vids. I might still eventually do that, but this turned out to be a very good week for the traditional notions of music videos, and the best one in a while… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / March 22, 2013
Increasingly, this is a weird column to write, since the list of things that fall under "music video" parameters includes big-budget extravaganzas, weird little no-money larks, clips of people's kids, stitched-together performance footage, barely-disguised product-placement commercials, and bits of barely-edited stock footage. Since all of these things can be pretty great on their own term… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / March 15, 2013
Usually, especially during the weeks where I liked a K-pop video or two, I do my best to explain what, exactly, I enjoy about the videos I list here. This week, though, Scott and I are on our way out the door to Stereogum's Range Life party, which is about to start. That mea… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / March 8, 2013
Yesterday, Beach House and Phoenix both dropped mindbending, huge-budgeted videos at basically the exact same moment; as soon as I got done writing up one of them, I had to launch into the next one right away. So, big indie artists: Pace your shit out a little bit better! Don't drown us in interesting music… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / March 1, 2013
There were too many music videos this week. I had to devote a huge chunk to yesterday afternoon just watching all the ones I'd missed. And worse, there were too many good ones. How is anyone supposed to process all these entertaining music videos? It's fucked up. When a K-pop boy band makes a music… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / February 22, 2013
Obviously, the best music-related video of the past seven days is the yelling goats remix of Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble," and the second best is Wale attempting to fight a Toronto Raptors announcer during a game. Neither of these, however, is an actual music video, so I had to pick… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / February 15, 2013
The two videos I liked best this week are about reintroducing superstars: One who's been away for a while, one who's barely taken enough time off for anyone to notice it's been a year since he dropped an album. And both are heavy on old-school music-video values: Expert rhythmic editing, implied sex, the goofily in-charge… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / February 8, 2013
A whole mess of great videos this week, from some unexpected places as well as the expected ones. When Flatbush Zombies release an excellently hallucinogenic rap video about dropping liquid acid in your orange juice and then hitting the bodega and showing off the skull in your gold fronts -- usually my personal sweet spot… More »


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