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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Everyone is mad at Taylor Swift today! Again! But as a hopeless defender, allow me to use this space to say a couple of things about “ME!” and its ridiculous accompanying video. First off, every first single from a Taylor Swift album, at least in the post-country era, is bad. This one is better than the last two. Second: I really like Taylor’s absurd Broadway-Disney aesthetic! The video looks ecstatically fake, which is how music videos are supposed to look. And on the scale of music videos that treat their own arrivals as social-media events, “ME!” is a whole hell of a lot better than some things. Anyway, this week’s picks are below.

5. Mark Lanegan Band – “Stitch It Up” (Dir. Joe Cardamone)

For anyone old enough to remember ’90s MTV — and for anyone with enough trivial pop-culture fixations to remember specific things about ’90s MTV — then the return of Donal Logue’s Jimmy The Cab Driver character, now driving an Uber and offering his interpretation of Migos’ “Stir Fry” video, is truly glorious. Mark Lanegan himself deserves bonus points for attempting so many deeply ugly facial-hair situations in the course of one music video.

4. Sabaton – “Bismark” (Dir. Matthias Hoene)

These guys resurrected an entire World War I naval battle through the sheer power of metal. They also wore matching urban-camo pants in what appears to be an absurdly big-budget video. I have nothing but respect.

3. Open Mike Eagle & MF DOOM – “Police Myself” (Dir. Lance Bangs)

Can you believe this video was presented as part of a comedy sketch show? That’s fucked up! But I guess they don’t make tragedy sketch shows.

2. YG – “Stop Snitchin” (Dir. ?)

There is something so raw and audacious about this — taking a garden-variety rap-beef trope and getting at the real angers and fears and resentments at the bottom of it.

1. FKA twigs – “Cellophane” (Dir. Andrew Thomas Huang)

We’ve gone far, far too long without a single psychedelic nightmare strip-club cathedral-art dimensional-warp music video. Thank God twigs is back.