Posts tagged "Nabil"

The 40 Best Music Videos Of 2014

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 »

By: Tom Breihan / December 19, 2014

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Last year's Thanksgiving break means we've actually got two weeks' worth of videos accounted for below, and they were a packed two weeks. It hurts my heart not to include strong pieces of work like EMA's grand cyberpunk vision, Atmosphere's masterful The Jerk reference, OFF!'s delirious slapstick freakout, or Ty DollaMore »

By: Tom Breihan / December 5, 2014

Skrillex – “Fuck That” Video (Dir. Nabil)

Hiro Murai has been seriously challenging Nabil's stranglehold on the whole Best Video Director In The World thing this year, but here's another strong entrant from Nabil. Skrillex recruited the director to turn his minimal uptempo Recess track "Fuck That" -- OK, relatively minimal; the wub-wubs are barely perceptible! -- into a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 21, 2014

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Some weeks, we get an absolute deluge of great videos, but I can't remember any other weeks as rich as this one. I thought about blowing it out to a top-10 list this week, but that would take forever. So here are the runners-up, in descending order: Hot Sugar's Lynchian dream "Your Nails LookMore »

By: Tom Breihan / July 18, 2014

alt-J – “Hunger Of The Pine” Video

How fast can you run when your body is shot full of arrows? That's the question that the hero of alt-J's "Hunger Of The Pine" video faces. The British trio is preparing to release their much-awaited sophomore album This Is All Yours, and they brought Nabil, the greatest music video director currently working,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 16, 2014

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Last Friday was the Fourth Of July, which meant we didn't run one of these lists. But the videos kept piling up, and so we're giving you our picks for this week's five best videos, as well as, without comment, last week's picks. You deserve to have a lot of shit to watch on your… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 11, 2014

Little Dragon – “Pretty Girls” Video (Dir. Nabil)

The video for "Klapp Klapp," the first single from idiosyncratic Swedish pop group Little Dragon's new album Nabuma Rubberband, was a story of witchcraft and zombies. Nabil, the current reigning visionary in the music-video field, didn't direct that video, but he did serve as creative director. And now Nabil has directed that video'… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 2, 2014

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

When a musician puts together a moving tribute to her deceased bandmate, giving fitting visual accompaniment to the last thing that bandmate ever recorded, that video really should be #1 on this list. Most weeks, it would be. But this week, that video went up against the form's reigning innovator, who's put together a stunning… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 27, 2014

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

For whatever reason, this is the week that many of the old music-video-director gods awakened to walk the earth again. Their names, chanted aloud, inspire nothing but fear in the hearts of the music-video directors of today: Gondry! Romanek! Pellington! Those younger directors, the ones used to working on YouTube budgets, hoped and prayed that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 14, 2014

Nicki Minaj – “Lookin Ass Nigga” Video

If there was any doubt that Nabil is the greatest artist currently working in the medium of music-video, let's put that to bed. Nabil's new video for Nicki Minaj's sneering put-down "Lookin Ass Nigga" marries K-pop excess to vast Anton Corbijn-style lonely desert minimalism and diamond-dipped Hype Williams fetishism, and it is amazing. It'… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 12, 2014

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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 »

By: Tom Breihan / October 18, 2013

James Blake – “Life Round Here (Remix Feat. Chance The Rapper)” Video

Last month, James Blake and Chance The Rapper joined forces for a hypnotic, tingly, generally excellent remix of Blake's own Overgrown track "Life Round Here." It was our favorite song of that week, and, since Blake and Chance have said that they're making more music together, a preview of some potentially-amazing things to come. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 14, 2013

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 16, 2013

Just Blaze & Baauer – “Higher” Video

Just before the whole "Harlem Shake" thing really popped off, Baauer got together with Just Blaze, one of the greatest rap producers ever, to make "Higher," a hard-as-fuck trap rave track that was all shot through with Jay-Z vocal samples. (Right now, it's tagged as "featuring Jay Z," but Jay doesn't rap on it… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 13, 2013

Arctic Monkeys – “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?” Video

A wasted Alex Turner hallucinates after a late night at the pub in the Nabil-directed video for "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?," the latest single from Arctic Monkeys' forthcoming AM. "It's all sparse, clean lines and plaintively conversational lyrics, and it finds unforeseen common ground with, say, the xx, and Jessie Ware… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 10, 2013

The 5 Best Music Videos Of The Week

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 »

By: Tom Breihan / June 14, 2013

Poliça – “Tiff” Video (Feat. Justin Vernon)

You may remember Justin Vernon and Channy Leaneagh teaming up earlier this year for "Tiff," the first single off Poliça's upcoming sophomore album. "Tiff" was dark to begin with, but the newly released video is violently disturbing. Featuring Leaneagh as both torturer and victim, the video very bluntly –- almost clinically -– depicts her… More »

By: Miles Bowe / June 11, 2013

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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 »

By: Tom Breihan / April 12, 2013

James Blake – “Overgrown” Video

Nabil is a don among music video directors, and he's reaching that Spike Jonze/Michel Gondry/Hype Williams level where it's an event every time he drops a new visual. That's certainly the case with his clip for "Overgrown," the title track from the brand new James Blake album. In the video, we see Blake spending… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 10, 2013

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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 »

By: Tom Breihan / March 15, 2013
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