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The Best Videos Of 2011 (So Far)

Today’s my last day at Stereogum, so instead of the best videos of this week, I’m posting the best videos of the year so far. They line up pretty closely with my favorite videos of the year, but hey, it’s my last day. I get to pick my favorites. I included videos from my two favorite up-and-coming director collectives (DANIELS and CANADA), directors who create mesmerizing puzzles, some uncomfortable clips, some uncomfortable narratives, and a few NSFW videos.

If you’ve got 2011 videos that you think should be here, put them in the comments. And thanks for reading/watching/listening over the last year.

Manchester Orchestra – “Simple Math” (Dir. DANIELS)

Battles – “Ice Cream” (Dir. CANADA)

Eskimo – “We Got More” (Dir. Cyriak Harris)

World Order – “Machine Civilization” (Dir. Genki Sudo)

Jogger – “Nephicide” (Dir. Matthew Robinson)

Lykke Li – “Sadness Is A Blessing” (Dir. Tarik Saleh)

UNKLE – “Money and Run” (Feat. Nick Cave) (Dir. Tom Haines)

Cloud Nothings – “Should Have” (Dir. John Ryan Manning)

The Irrepressibles – “In This Shirt” [“The Lady Is Dead”] (Dir. Roy Raz) (NSFW)

Felix Cartal – World Class Driver (Dir. Josh Forbes)

Is Tropical – “The Greeks” (NSFW) (Dir. Megaforce)