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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Hey, remember this? When my friend/Stereogum predecessor/former across-the-street neighbor Jessica departed this website, her brainchild column disappeared from its pages. But the streets wanted more! (The term “the streets,” in this rare situation, refer to the comments section.) I can’t claim to be as versed in the music-video world as Jessica is, so I’m going to keep things to a relatively pared-down five videos a week, unless we get some monster onslaught of a week and I feel like I need to throw a bunch of honorable mentions in there.

My music-video tastes, I should warn you right now, run toward dudes rapping and making angry faces in abandoned warehouses, but there’s none of that on this week’s list. It was actually a pretty light week, especially after all the good stuff we saw last week. (Did you see that Youth Lagoon video? Jesus.) But we do have five new videos worth a few minutes of your eyeballs’ time. Here we go again.

1. Trash Talk – “Awake” (Dir. Sean Stout)

When a song is just a quick burst of all-out growling animosity, then a couple of minutes of skateboard-based mayhem is really all you need. The video has enough kinetic forward motion to do the song proud. And when you’re making a clip for one of the game’s most violent live bands, you need to break some shit in your video. Sean Stout, thankfully, realizes this. Bracing fun.

2. Lloyd – “Dedication To My Ex (Miss That)” (Dir. Bryan Barber)

Because the world needs more CGI rapping cats, more perfectly executed splits, more retro pastiches that never actually pay homage to any specific thing, and more chances for Wayne Brady to try out his Lil Wayne impression. (They’re both named Wayne, see.) Bubbly fun.

3. Cut Copy – “Blink And You’ll Miss A Revolution” (Dir. Emile Sornin)

In which a mob of unruly future-apes takes this band’s name a bit too literally. Points deducted for taking place entirely on one single set (I hate it when videos do that) and for stretching its single joke for four minutes. Still, a semi-inspired concept executed nicely. Absurdist fun.

4. Arctic Monkeys – “Suck It And See” (Dir. Focus Creeps) (NSFW)

This is a nice-looking and presumably big-budget commercial video, and I kept flashing back to other videos of that type: Eminem’s “Love The Way You Lie” for the squalid and possibly violent relationship melodrama, Lady Gaga’s “Judas” for the gleefully pointless biker stuff. But the real inspiration here, at least if the Hawaiian shirt is any type of indication, is the movie True Romance. I like that movie! Also: This is totally what British people imagine when they think about the U.S. Pretty but ridiculous fun.

5. Frank Ocean – “Swim Good” (Dir. Nabil Elderkin)

Like Ocean’s other new video, this one doesn’t make a lick of sense. But I’ve watched enough Lone Wolf And Cub movies that a golden-hour shot of a dude in a robe walking with a bloody samurai sword is enough to make me happy. I’m easy like that. Not actually fun at all, but it looks cool.