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Most of the music world is nursing a vast, collective hangover down in Austin right now, which means we didn’t see too many new videos this week. And for those of us who skipped the shitshow this year, there have’t been too many images that’ll leave a lasting impression. But the video of comedian and… More »

On the intro to last week’s 5 Best Videos post, I complained that music videos had not yet shaken themselves to life this year — that, even factoring in the holiday break, we hadn’t seen a single great video. Well, the break is over! Music videos are back, baby! We got a whole mess of… More »

Next year, YouTube will celebrate its 10th anniversary. For nearly a decade, then, music videos have belonged almost entirely to the internet. Once upon a time, video directors made their work for TV, expecting you to run across their images when you were flipping through channels. By the time YouTube hit its second year, that… More »

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Childish Gambino – “Sober” Video (Dir. Hiro Murai)

As I figured out when I put together my list of last year’s 40 best music videos, Hiro Murai has arguably succeeded Nabil as the greatest director currently working in the music-video field. He made Flying Lotus’ “Never Catch Me,” my favorite video of the last year, and he was on that list more tha… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 9, 2015 - 10:19 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

We did it, everyone! We came up with the least glamorous music video ever made. I don’t know what held the title before this week, but I do know that nothing else will ever hold it again. That piece of beautifully ugly anti-glamor is below, as are our other four picks for the week. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 17, 2014 - 2:57 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Some list-nerd stuff, before we begin. A$AP Rocky’s Karl Lagerfeld’s The Warriors video for “Multiply” dropped at midnight last night, which means it technically came out this morning. Since this list covers Friday to the following Thursday, that means it wasn’t eligible. It would’ve probably made the list, too. Maybe next week, Rocky! Thom Yorke’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 3, 2014 - 4:20 pm

Flying Lotus – “Never Catch Me” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar) Video

The Flying Lotus/Kendrick Lamar collab “Never Catch Me” is one of the highlights from FlyLo’s upcoming album You’re Dead, and now it has a great video to go along with it. The Hiro Murai-directed clip follows two kids who start off by jumping out of their coffins at a funeral and launching into an rapturou… More »

By: James Rettig / October 1, 2014 - 8:28 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

At Sunday night’s VMAs, MTV awarded its Video Of The Year trophy to Miley Cyrus’ butt-naked tearsploitation Terry Richardson vision “Wrecking Ball,” and Miley brought a homeless model (?) to the stage to accept the award. Immediately afterward, Beyoncé, whose “Drunk In Love” video was nominated and lost, came to the stage to give a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 29, 2014 - 11:04 am

Shabazz Palaces – “#CAKE” Video (NSFW)

Seattle art-rap darlings Shabazz Palaces just released Lese Majesty, their blunted and fractitious new album. It’s only right that “#CAKE,” the album’s single, sounds like it’s exploding and gluing itself back together at the same time. The track’s new video, from the consistently great director Hiro Murai, is similarly disorienting. It’s a dark and surreal… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 22, 2014 - 10:49 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

I don’t think I’ve done this before, but there’s a lyric video on this list. Its presence will probably annoy you. But if you think you can make a better lyric video, go ahead. Please. This week’s picks are below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 25, 2014 - 1:01 pm

Spoon – “Do You” Video

Spoon are back this summer with the fantastic They Want My Soul, a bright and lively dispatch from one of indie rock’s greatest bands. The excellent single “Do You” now has a video by Hiro Murai that finds Britt Daniel sporting a head wound and driving a station wagon through an apocalyptic Los Angeles with… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 21, 2014 - 10:33 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

I came so close to including the Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger’s “Animals” video this week, partly because it’s good on its own merits and partly because “eyelinered Jodorowskian hippie cult leader” is a way better look for Sean Lennon than “Cibo Matto bassist” or “guy in the East Village X-Large store waiting for… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 11, 2014 - 12:18 pm

Watch Mac DeMarco Play “Let My Baby Stay” Around Portugal

Mac DeMarco’s Salad Days is approaching, and while the only studio recording we’ve heard so far is “Passing Out Pieces,” he also previewed several tracks on Canadian radio. Now comes more live Salad Days material in the form of a short film by director Hiro Murai. The clip finds DeMarco performing an easygoing ballad called… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 17, 2014 - 10:51 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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 »

By: Tom Breihan / July 19, 2013 - 10:34 am

Earl Sweatshirt – “Hive” (Feat. Vince Staples & Casey Veggies) Video

The Odd Future rapper Earl Sweatshirt is finally getting ready to release Doris, his feverishly anticipated new album, and he’s already shared videos for the early singles “Chum” and “Whoa.” And now there’s another one, for the album track “Hive,” and it’s further evidence that this kid is no fucking joke. The track itself i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 16, 2013 - 9:09 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

For about five minutes near the beginning of the week, I was thinking that I’d limit this week’s list to Christmas-themed videos, but then the only Christmas-themed videos I saw all week were the Killers clip below and this ridiculous Dropkick Murphys thing. It’s just as well, really, since some truly captivating videos did eventually… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 7, 2012 - 4:17 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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 strong… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 13, 2012 - 1:39 pm

The Shins – “It’s Only Life” Video

The new Shins video for “It’s Only Life” features an imaginative kid patrolling an abandoned town while James Mercer gets dragged off by shadowbeasts. Hiro Murai directs. Watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / July 11, 2012 - 9:41 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

After last week’s avalanche of amazing videos, things slowed up a bit this week. Still, our top pick is an uncanny, impossible-to-forget piece of work, and there’s plenty of other good stuff further down the list. Check out our picks below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 10, 2012 - 3:23 pm

St. Vincent – “Cheerleader” Video

The video for St. Vincent’s Strange Mercy track “Cheerleader” opens with a giant Annie Clark laying prone on an art-museum floor, looking like a Damien Hirst shark. It would be a malicious act of spoilerization if I described anything else that happened after, but know that things get as unsettling and uncanny as they alway… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 7, 2012 - 1:37 pm
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