This space is where I might ordinarily draw your attention to something like Martin Scorsese’s new Bob Dylan documentary, currently streaming on Netflix. But that motherfucker is two and a half hours long, and I’m not, like, made out of spare time. I hope it’s good? People seem to think it’s good. I would very much like to see it one day. This week’s picks are below.
This one’s a cheat, really. It’s more of a short film than a music video, and it’s also a corporate-sponsored tie-in with a record label’s “shared music video universe.” I’m not much interested in exploring this grander Black Mirror/Mr. Robot-ass universe further, at least not if more JPEGMAFIA songs are not involved. But I am a sucker for a good long-take fight scene, or a better head explosion. If that makes me a mark, so be it.
This guy remade the Scorpions’ “Tease Me Please Me” video for 2019, and then he pivoted to excessively making fun of the guy who he beat up in a mall a couple of weeks ago. That guy probably didn’t need any further mockery — not when the actual footage was already so decisive and humiliating — but I appreciate the absurdity nonetheless.
The Chemical Brothers were making great videos when Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was still a dumb show for kids, and now they’re still making great videos, including one that uses Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as a nostalgic touchpoint. That’s longevity!
It’s such a relief to spend four minutes in the world of this video, where the Catholic church is beautiful and accepting and unafraid of actual human pleasure. And it’s such a drag to return to the present reality, where the Catholic church is what it is.
There aren’t a lot of great rock-video performances anymore. But what Eva Hendricks does in this video? Great rock-video performance.