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Let’s take a moment for Dave Brockie, better known as Gwar’s Oderus Urungus, who died suddenly earlier this week. For decades, Brockie helped to pioneer a distinctly DIY music-video aesthetic. With no YouTube and no TV channels willing to play their videos, Gwar went full-on disgusting, turning every video into a mini-Evil Dead video and… More »

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 reduces… More »

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 »

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CMJ ’09: Wednesday In Photos

As far as full-on noon-to-2AM marathon set hunting goes, Wednesday's spread won't be topped this year. In addition to bringing us memorable sets from two…
Amrit Singh | October 23, 2009 - 11:30 am

CMJ ’09: Tuesday In Photos

Despite the pre-CMJ buzz that this year was gonna be a buzzkill — or maybe because of it — so far the fest has turned…
Amrit Singh | October 22, 2009 - 12:09 pm

New Small Black – “Bad Lover” (Stereogum Premiere)

A few years ago a band called Slowlands had a few of us convinced they were on to something great. That band was built on…
Amrit Singh | September 23, 2009 - 1:29 pm
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