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Lower Dens – “To Die In L.A.” Video

Los Angeles is a city like a poisoned apple. Glistening skin and supple, attractive colors cloak the rotting fruit that lurks beneath the surface. I lived there for five years, and while the lyrics for “To Die In L.A.” never specifically reference the city outside the title, the video builds an insidious, absurdist portrait that’… More »

By: Caitlin White / February 18, 2015 - 11:21 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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 five others. More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 22, 2013 - 9:35 am

SSION – “High” Video

Kansas City glam electro-pop band/performance artists SSION (fronted by Cody Critcheloe) made our 5 Best Videos Of The Week list last December for the bizarre clip-art inspired “Psy-Chic” clip. Critcheloe is up to his weird multi-media antics again with SSION’s video for the track “High” off of the 2011 self-released album Bent. The video would… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 20, 2013 - 2:50 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This is a mournful moment, given the heartbreaking news coming from Connecticut. And while there are far better uses of your time and bandwidth right now —, for instance — this here is what we do. We watch videos all week, and then decide which ones we like best, and then we recap them. More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 14, 2012 - 4:54 pm

SSION – “Psy-Chic” Video

Over the years, KC genre (and gender) experimenter Cody Crichteloe aka SSION has amassed some impressive video directing/producing credits — for the likes of Santigold (“Big Mouth“), Peaches, Gossip, and CSS — alongside a steady output of his own outré-pop creations. This year he released an LP called Bent, and some wonderfully bizarre clips to… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 11, 2012 - 3:50 pm

SSION – “Feelz Good Forever” Video

Kansas City glam freak SSION has been on an incredibly bizarre video tear lately, turning his videos into suburban weirdo operas. The latest, for “Feelz Good Forever,” is simultaneously his simplest and his most complicated, as it mostly consists of him in front of a green screen that seems to be under attack by feedback… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 20, 2012 - 3:46 pm

SSION – “Earthquake” Video

In their video for “Earthquake,” Kansas City dance-pop performance-art freaks SSION depict their hometown as a suburban sprawl with a surprisingly high per capita number of elaborately costumed weirdos. Credit these folks with transforming a mundane world we know all too well into their own universe. Cody Critcheloe and Christopher Good direct. Watch it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 19, 2012 - 4:30 pm

SSION – “My Love Grows In The Dark” Video

High-concept KC multimedia artist SSION — AKA Cody Critcheloe — will put out a new record this summer called Bent. Recently, he dropped a video for that record’s first single, a vivid, drag-queen-heavy dreamscape. Here’s Cody about the song and the clip:

The song was written about a sex club – everything i… More »

By: Corban Goble / March 1, 2012 - 1:22 pm

Santigold – “Big Mouth”

This week Santigold played a pair of sold-out shows at Music Hall Of Williamsburg as a way of trumpeting her long-awaited return to the fore. The sets were immaculate and theatrical, smart and silly, and full of the sort of dancehall and dancesteps that’d make Skerrit Bwoy go dagger-up. Directly on their back comes “Big… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 18, 2012 - 11:34 am

New Ssion Video – “Credit In The Straight World”

Hole gave it a good spin, and that was nice and all, but this video confirms Ssion’s as the gayest and greatest cover of Young Marble Giants ever. Ssion man Cody Critcheloe first shared his take on “Credit In The Straight World” alongside that intense, Lynchian clip for “A Wolves Eye.” The concept bar i… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 7, 2008 - 3:07 pm

New Ssion Video – “A Wolves Eye” (Stereogum Premiere)

A slab of Ssion is always a great way to the end the day, so let’s get into it. Ssion man Cody Critcheloe remains busy: He took a director’s credit on Tilly & The Wall’s Beat Control,” gave his mom a punk makeover in “Ah-Ma,” and later hit us with the trashy radness of “DayMore »

By: Amrit Singh / August 19, 2008 - 5:00 pm

New Ssion Video – “Day Job”

It wasn’t too long ago that stylishly mustached and beauty-marked Ssion frontman Cody Critcheloe was giving his cross-dressing mom a punk makeover (face licking, powder, lots of booze) in “Ah-Ma.” No sign of the lovely lady this time out. Instead, Critcheloe’s hanging with his rocker pals in a wooded Missouri area, braving technical difficulties, Marshall… More »

By: brandon / April 9, 2008 - 11:14 am

New Ssion Video – “Ah-Ma”

We last heard from the Glass Candy remixing Ssion frontman Cody Critcheloe when he directed Tilly & The Wall’s “Beat Control” video with fellow Kansas City crew member Drew Bolton. Here, Critcheloe’s a taunting, whiskey-downing, sleazy-ass hairdresser, getting crazy with the developer and Saran Wrap on his cross-dressing mama. As the YouTube description puts it,… More »

By: brandon / March 21, 2008 - 10:04 am

New Ssion – “Clowns (Glass Candy Remix)”

In the past when we talk Italo-disco, we’re usually in the realm of Sally Shapiro … though she’s from Sweden. Ssion’s from Kansas City, and therefore not really any closer, but frontman Cody Critcheloe’s mustache looks pretty authentic. Plus, this remix Glass Candy do of Ssion’s “Clowns” has that icy hot dance feel we dig… More »

By: Stereogum / January 8, 2008 - 6:02 pm