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The 8 Best Videos Of The Week

This week’s best videos include new ones from The Death Set, Deerhoof, Snoop Dogg, Starkey, and Alcoholic Faith Mission. It’s another week of totally safe for work videos too, but the Starkey video, which is set at a Pentecostal church, has several scenes of religious ecstasy that you could mistake for a (solo) sex scene:

Starkey- “Robot Hands” (Dir. Josh Cohen)

Like I said, director Josh Cohen sets this video inside a Pentecostal or Charismatic church, and between the parishioners’ grotesque faces and the stuttering edits, something really bizarre and uncomfortable happens. A few dubstep clips have done this kind of twitching edit to match the beat, but I don’t think I’ve seen one do it this well.

The Limousines – “Very Busy People” (Dir. Frank Door and Mathieu Wothke

I’m not a big fan of the song, but I really like how animator Mathieu Wothke matched “Very Busy People”‘s lyrical theme (boredom and disconnection as a result of overexposure to digital media), to the song’s video. It also works as a nice introduction to the Snow Leopard and to Photoshop. The video even fits in a wink to Vimeo at the end. No surprise, this was one of Vimeo’s staff picks on their blog.

Bag Raiders – “Sunlight” (Dir. Fleur & Manu)

This clip is a few weeks old, and I can’t believe I missed it, since it features a Modular band and the winning formula of cute girl plus cute animal. And while the girl and the chimp’s relationship plays out lots of obvious jokes, there are lots of little ones too, like the chimp’s t-shirt with the cover of The Velvet Underground & Nico on it. Fleur & Manu also directed Tricky’s “Murder Weapon” video.
(via Antville)

B. Fleischmann – “Playtime” (Dir. Saman Keshavarz )

Director Saman Keshavarz also directed !!!’s “Jamie, My Intentions Are Bass” video, and, as with that video, he was able to do a lot with what was probably another chaotic, stressful shoot.

The Death Set – “Slap Slap Slap Pound Up Down Snap ” (Dir. Colin Devin Moore)

I was worried about the future of Baltimore/Brooklyn/Australia band The Death Set after founding member Beau Velasco sadly passed away in 2009. It’s great to see/hear that the band continued on, and are as chaotic and noisy as they were on their debut. Though this isn’t a live performance video, I think it’s a good indication of the kind of energy they have in person. By the way, the name of the song comes from a handshake the band invented, and you can get instructions on it here.

Honorable Mention:

Alcoholic Faith Mission – “My Eyes To See” (Dir. Matthew Thompson)

Snoop Dogg – “Wet” (Dir. Dylan “Pook” Brown)

Deerhoof – “Super Duper Rescue Heads” (Dir. Noriki Oishi)