Posts tagged "Tom Scharpling"

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 - 1:01 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Right now, our busiest comments section is a heated debate over whether a white lady is racist for dancing with black men in her music video and then being defensive about it. That is how indie rock, and every other form of media, works in 2014. You get used to it, I guess. Here's what… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 18, 2014 - 12:32 pm

Real Estate – “Crime” Video (Feat. Andy Daly & Nick Kroll)

Real Estate previously worked with New Jersey underground-comedy overlord Tom Scharpling on their "Easy" video, and now Scharpling is back to direct their new video for "Crime," from the gorgeously zoned-out new album Atlas. The video features comedy types like Andy Daly and Nick Kroll. In one of those meta tricks that Scharpling pulls off… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 15, 2014 - 9:35 am

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Abracadabralifornia” Just Won The Super Bowl

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are going to join Bruno Mars at this year's Super Bowl halftime show, and this seems like the best reason yet to hope for some sort of Black Sunday situation. But in a commendable act of civic protest, someone has uploaded a note-perfect RHCP parody called "Abracadabralifornia" to this remarkablyMore »

By: Tom Breihan / January 29, 2014 - 1:46 pm

Hear Jim James, Tim Harrington, Honus Honus, A Bunch Of Comedians, Colt Cabana, And Lil Bub Cover “The Super Bowl Shuffle”

In 1985, the Chicago Bears, on their way to a Super Bowl victory, assembled to record a ridiculous primitive rap song called "The Super Bowl Shuffle," which went on to become a massive novelty hit and, years later, one of the first things that millions of people looked up when they realized that YouTube wa… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 21, 2014 - 12:14 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Earlier today, I posted a bigass list of my favorite music videos of the year. That should honestly be enough to keep your optic nerves crammed full for the day. But if you're done with it, or you're somehow low on viewing options this weekend, please note that plenty of other good music videos came… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 7, 2013 - 3:49 pm

Kurt Vile – “KV Crimes” Video

Kurt Vile has already pulled off the near-impossibly feat of making a Philadelphia accent sound cool, and now he seems determined to do the same with the rest of his hometown. In director Tom Scharpling's new clip for "KV Crimes" -- after "Never Run Away," the second great video that Vile's excellent new album WakinMore »

By: Tom Breihan / June 6, 2013 - 10:57 am

Philly Gets A Kurt Vile Parade This Weekend

Philadelphia does love a parade and this weekend they will extend their streets with open arms to their indie rock son Kurt Vile for a Tom Sharpling-hosted affair. I am not going to accuse the dude of being the current King Of Whimsy, but between last week's informercial for "Never Run Away" starring his adorable… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / March 26, 2013 - 3:03 pm

Watch Long-Lost Postal Service Audition Footage

The Postal Service has never exactly been a wellspring of comedy, but they did have the good sense to recruit Tom Scharpling, who is extremely good at this sort of thing, to make them a pretty amazing video. Scharpling's video purports to be the lost 2002 footage that led Ben Gibbard to join Jimmy Tamborello'… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 5, 2013 - 11:44 am

Ben Gibbard – “Teardrop Windows” Video

In his short but prolific video-directing career, Tom Scharpling has yet to make a bad video. His latest burst of inspiration comes in the form of a video for Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard's soft-rocking solo single "Teardrop Windows." In the video, Gibbard, on the advice from a record-label weasel, attempts to reinvent… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 1, 2012 - 1:44 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Nice job this week, video directors! There were definitely too many good videos this week. I don't know how I didn't manage to find room for the A Place To Bury Strangers video where toys melt and burn in extremely satisfying ways, or the Wild Nothing video where Michelle Williams, despite not really doing anything,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 26, 2012 - 3:43 pm

Nude Beach – “Some Kinda Love” Video (Dir. Tom Scharpling)

Best Videos Of The Week mainstay Tom Scharpling writes and directs the new clip for Nude Beach's hook-laden "Some Kinda Love," where a silent narrator annotates the performance clip with commentary. As you might imagine, he kind of goes off the rails. "It's not like SHE hasn't messed up. That time at the boardwalk?" read… More »

By: Corban Goble / October 24, 2012 - 12:31 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

So this was a ridiculously great week for videos -- great enough, even, that G-Dragon released yet another perfectly absurd slice of cartoonish awesomeness, one that would've topped the list either of the past two weeks, and I didn't even list it. I can't lie; it hurts a part of my soul that I've listed… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 21, 2012 - 11:49 am

Aimee Mann – “Labrador” Video (Feat. Jon Hamm & Jon Wurster)

Last month, Tom Scharpling directed Aimee Mann's "Charmer" video, with Laura Linney as a robotic Aimee Mann doppelganger. That was great. This, somehow, is even better: Jon Hamm, actually playing Tom Scharpling as an oily huckster video director, proposing a shot-for-shot remake of the music video that made Mann famous: 'Til Tuesday's early-MTV classic "VoicesMore »

By: Tom Breihan / September 18, 2012 - 11:39 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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 »

By: Tom Breihan / August 17, 2012 - 12:32 pm

Aimee Mann – “Charmer” Video (Feat. Laura Linney)

Aimee Mann's new video for "Charmer" deals fearlessly with an issue that so many of us face: What happens when you hire a robot double of yourself but then get annoyed when you're double is better at being you than you are. Tom Scharpling, who is turning out to be maybe the best active indie… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 15, 2012 - 3:19 pm

Watch Ted Leo Play A Really Awesome Chris Gethard Show

The comedian Chris Gethard, most recently known around these parts as an illiterate, felonious Real Estate street teamer, hosts an absurd and delightful variety show called The Chris Gethard Show. Most recently, TCGS spiked its "absurd and delightful" quotient with a battery of unreasonably funny humans including Joe Mande, Jeff Rubin, Kay Cannon, Grizz Chapman,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 27, 2012 - 3:42 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Vacation, it would seem, is finally over. For the first time in a few weeks, it was actually a bit of a chore to narrow this list down to five videos, since a lot of people are finally letting some good work out into the world. And I'm a bit surprised that two of them… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 13, 2012 - 4:09 pm

Real Estate – “Easy” Video

The band Real Estate have an album called Days out on Domino records. You will know this very clearly after watching the Tom Scharpling-directed video for its breezy jam "Easy," which features a classy van driven by the Domino Records in-house street team of comedian Chris Gethard and Videogum's Gabe Delahaye. (Full Disclosure: I have… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 10, 2012 - 9:55 am

Wild Flag – “Romance” Video

The punk rock supergroup Wild Flag now has a video for their single "Romance," and it's a fun one. WFMU host and NYC comedy scene linchpin Tom Scharpling directs, and all four members of the band get a chance to get their Portlandia on a little bit, playing office functionaries who go on awesomeness spree… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 6, 2011 - 10:46 am
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