Im looking for something thatll break through. You know? James Woods Max Renn yearns in David Cronenbergs 1983 cult classic Videodrome. Oh, how things have changed. In todays day and age, weve already drowned in media. Its swallowed us. Were nothing but a bubble amidst one infinite, engulfing abyss. Intimidated? You should be. With each passing second, youre losing opportunities to take advantage of a culture thats moving ahead and at an exhausting rate. You could very well be alone left behind abandoned. Terrified yet? Yes? Well, thats more like it.
The Beach Boys Do It Again (50th Anniversary Edition)
So what if they have a collective age of about 350? If watching the original Beach Boys harmonize around the same microphone doesn’t give you goosebumps, then I’m not sure you should be allowed to call yourself a music fan.
Chris Cornell – “I Will Always Love You” (Whitney Houston cover)
Chris Cornell proves his mettle as an unlikely musical chameleon on this cover, which was recorded at a benefit for President Obama in San Francisco. Who’d have thought that one of the most stirring, heartfelt tributes to the late Whitney Houston would come from the guy who fronted Soundgarden?
KNaan feat. Nas Nothing to Lose
Granted, I’ve never been to Toronto, but something tells me it’s probably not exactly the rough and tumble gangsta’s paradise portrayed here by K’naan. I guess it must be hard to gain a dangerous reputation when your hottest rap export is a Jewish former child actor.
Elephant & Castle feat. tUnE-YarDs En Memoria
Hop aboard spaceship tUnE-yArDs in this transcendental journey across space and time. It’s 2001: A Space Odyssey but with much better graphics and the coolest screen saver you’ve ever seen.
Lower Dens – “Brains”
Baltimore’s Lower Dens seem to be having some technical difficulties in their new video. Maybe that’s why lead singer Jana Hunter has an expression like someone just ran over his dog for the entire duration.
What starts off as something you’d see on the Discovery Channel quickly moves into Pay-Per-View territory when a naked couple start doing it in the middle of the forest. Rolling around with snails, snakes, and turtles personally isn’t a big turn-on, but to each their own, I suppose.
Tyler, the Creator, Hodgy Beats & Domo Genesis Rella
This is one of those clips that nearly defies description. It plays kind of like what I imagine would happen if Odd Future teamed up with Andy Samberg to make a Digital Short for SNL, but then the Odd Future dudes killed Andy Samberg halfway through production and filmed whatever the hell they wanted. The result? One word: centaurs.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra Strangers Are Strange
This clip looks more like the trailer for a lost Wes Anderson film than a music video. The only thing it’s missing is Bill Murray in a red beanie and Ben Stiller in a track suit.
Yasiin Bey – “Niggas in Poorest”
The first track from Yassin Bey’s Top 40 Underdog series is a marvelous parody of probably the biggest hip-hop single of the year. The standout line has got to be “Who the f@#! is Margiela?” I still have no idea.
Yukon Blonde – “Stairway”
To quote one of the all-time greatest housekeepers Mary Poppins: “In every job that’s to be done, there is an element of fun.” In this video, Yukon Blonde frontman Jeff Innes proves that Mary’s statement is even more true when your work has some infectious indie pop as a soundtrack.