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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Tom’s on his way to NYC’s Pop Conference — here’s his event, a panel about mixtapes, which he knows a little bit about — so I’m filling in today on the video beat. Even if he was around, he’s still probably overstimulated from that dizzying best K-Pop videos list he put together yesterday. Anyway, let’s do this, one time, for your mind, one time. SPOILER ALERT: No Madonna. Head below for this week’s five best videos.

5. Rye Rye – “Boom Boom” (Dir. ????)

Rye Rye’s new video dabbles in a tripped out, Sega Genesis-inspired landscape, which visually namechecks titles like Mortal Kombat and those Ecco The Dolphin games I could never figure out what the fuck to do in. Also, the track is borrowed heavily from a Vengaboys classic, which is either good or bad, depending on where you stand regarding Vengaboys classics.

4. Modeselektor – “Berlin” (Dir. François Chalet)

The animated clip for Modeselektor’s “Berlin” is good — it features a happy-go-lucky King Kong (or equivalent character, for copyright purposes) having fun while rampaging a cardboard city — the backstory of how it came to be is even better.

3. Tanlines – “All Of Me” (Dir. Julian Barratt)

As solid as these Tanlines videos are, what I really want is copies of the VHS tapes playing in “All Of Me” and “Brothers,” the latter featuring Jesse Cohen’s mute comedy special. Louis CK and Aziz specials are fine, but I would easily PayPal $5 for that puppy. You’re ignoring a revenue stream here, Tanlines.

2. Spiritualized – “Hey Jane” (Dir. AG Rojas)

Spirtualized pairs their really great new single with a stark, gripping video about a transwoman’s life that careens into a climactic, violent turn. A really good example of a video telling an affecting narrative that rephrases the tone of the song.

1. Odd Future – “Oldie” (Dir. Lance Bangs)

For a period where Odd Future’s output had gotten a little monotonous, it’s so good to see some of that original, hype-feeding energy that brought flocks of young fans to their doorstep appear in the new, impromptu clip for O.F. Tape Vol. 2 posse cut “Oldie.” No member is a liability, not even Jasper — “Hey it’s Jasper / Not even a rapper!” he begins — and Earl’s return reveals a dizzying, tongue-twisting verse that proves he’s not worse off from his extended exile (I mean, look at this thing. Jesus). And Frank, just, Frank. He’s the best.