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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / August 17, 2012
This week saw a serious abundance of straight-up fun, ridiculous videos -- four-minute blasts of joy that didn't take themselves the tiniest bit seriously. I'll take that over a bunch of serious art videos that want to push the form forward. Hype Williams and Kanye West's seizure-inducing tremorfest had nothing on any of the five… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / August 10, 2012
In this space, I usually try to write something about whatever connecting threats might run through the five videos I pick for the week. That's not happening this week. I absolutely cannot think of a single thing that these five videos have in common with one another, other than me enjoying all of them. So:… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / August 3, 2012
A dark week for music videos! For whatever reason, this is the week that everyone's decided to perfect their death-stares and document their shit-smashing capabilities. That applies, in one way or another, to four of the five videos this week, as well as the Norah Jones and Liars videos that just missed thi… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / July 27, 2012
This was an amazing week for videos, but not a great week for videos with anything in common with each other. Here's the only narrative I thread I can pull from the five videos below: Two of them are inspirational sports stories, though that's really all they have in common. So: Olympics? We'll go with… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / July 20, 2012
If you need a quick crash-course in why music videos are not what they once were, have a look at Alex Pappademas's celebration of the great Hype Williams in Grantland. Plenty of great music video directors are working today, but none of them are bringing the sheer opulent visual verve that Hype had at… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / July 13, 2012
The real best music video of this week isn't on this list, since it wasn't actually a music video at all. But Frank Ocean's performance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon was drop-dead gorgeous. It won't leave my head anytime soon, and I don't especially want it to. But there were also plenty of… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / July 6, 2012
The top two videos on this list couldn't be more different in terms of concept, execution, intent, emotion, or aesthetic -- or, perhaps least important of all, music. They do, however, have one thing in common: They're both biker epics. A couple of weeks ago, Twin Shadow landed at the top of this list with… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Corban Goble / June 29, 2012
BLOG GAME BRYCE HARPER in the mix again for videos of the week, and you know exactly where this is going (nods head toward top of the post). But, there's some other stuff worth talking about too, videos with much less overt references to the JFK assassination. Shall we? More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Corban Goble / June 22, 2012
BLOG GAME MARIO CHALMERS filling in for Tom this week, who had a kid or something (it's hard to know since Tom's baby boy -- congrats Tom! -- hasn't showed up on any releases yet). So, let's do this thing, if only for the escape from a world where a team without a… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / June 15, 2012
After last week's explosion of awesome, this week couldn't help but feel something like a letdown in the music-video department. But there was still definitely some heat, especially in our pick for the week's best video, one of the most beguilingly strange and inexplicable clips of the year. Weird anomaly: All five of thi… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / June 8, 2012
This week for videos just fucking absolutely ruled, so before we get into what made this list, let's take a moment for all the videos that missed the cut. Among the casualties: Two eye-grabbing clips for A-list indie anthems, a mind-warping and visually sumptuous CocoRosie clip, a great bare-bones performance video,… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / June 1, 2012
Last week, we skipped this list so that we could run our list of the 25 best videos of the year thus far. So I'll just take a moment to point out that last week's list, if we'd done it, definitely would've included SoKo's "We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow and" Blood Orange'… More »


Stereogum’s Top 25 Music Videos Of 2012 So Far

By Tom Breihan / May 25, 2012
In the grand tradition of our month-plus-early list of the year's best albums so far, here's a look at the music videos that made us look twice this year. We get bombarded with these things every day, and so many of them seem to be made with minimal effort: Fuzzy stock footage, all-lens-flare romantic… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / May 18, 2012
You'll all be proud to learn that I managed -- just barely -- to restrain myself from naming the rap video that stars the terrifying decrepit pro-wrestling quasi-legend as this week's #1 video. This took an incredible amount of self-control, and I'm still second-guessing myself about it. Just know that, if you're making a video,… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / May 11, 2012
This happens to be a great week for the low-budget video, full of immediate grainy cinematography and big cheap ideas and strong visual sensibilities. For whatever reason, it's been especially great for energetic rap videos. I loved the offerings from Big K.R.I.T. and Big Baby Gandhi, but I couldn't find room for either… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / May 4, 2012
Kanye West's new video for "Lost In The World" is being positioned as a collaboration with a filmmaker rather than a "music video," and that's good, since it's a pretty shitty music video. If there's a sure bet in music videos, it's Mr. West, who tends to have a ton more vision and audacity… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / April 27, 2012
For the most part, I've got nothing but disdain for Machine Gun Kelly, the goofball white rapper from Cleveland who did his very best to ruin Wrestlemania this year. But giving MGK his due, he managed to round up a whole lot of exciting rappers for the remix of "Wild Boy," his single catchiest song,… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / April 20, 2012
Corban took over for me on this column last week because I went down to Asheville, North Carolina to experience Actionfest, a film festival dedicated entirely to movies where people get kicked in the face or stabbed with broken glass. After four straight days of that, I'm still in something of a bloody-eyeball daze, and… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Corban Goble / April 13, 2012
WHAT'S GOOD! Corban back in the pilot seat for Straight To Video this week, as Tom Breihan's at ActionFest, an event that sets the new record for "Most Tom Breihaniest Event Ever." Thanks to a late-night influx of vids from the Cash Money camp last weekend, there were lots of contender… More »


The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

By Tom Breihan / April 6, 2012
The week's two best videos both revolve around sticky nightmare realities where people act in ways that are entirely socially acceptable, and yet it looks like it might be vaguely fun to be in both groups of people. Maybe Justice's "Stress" video, or those original Die Antwoord clips, will turn out to be a… More »


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