Videodrome 150—December 2014’s Best Videos

The last Videodrome of the year has landed, with a fresh dose of clips that will rock your world.

#1 Panda Bear – “Boys Latin” [Directed by Isaiah Saxon & Sean Hellfritsch at Encyclopedia Pictura]

Here’s the new video from Panda Bear for his mesmerizing new single, “Boys Latin,” which is taken from his phenomenal forthcoming album, Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper, out via Domino on January 13.

#2 clipping. – “Get Up” [Directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada and Cristina Bercovitz]

The LA”noise-rap” trio known as clipping. is back with a simple but striking video for their unique instrumental smasher “Get Up.”

#3 Objekt – “Second Witness” [Directed by Rachel Buehlmann, Joe Dilworth & TJ Hertz]

This clip feels like a fresh take on the whole “3D Environments x Nostalgia” thing, except that it’s all actually shot on film and not rendered digitally. Weiter so.

#4 LEVELZ – “LVL 07” [Directed by Richard Reason]

Now you know why I go on about Manchester so much. Levelz set the bar with this one.

#5 Von Spar – “Chain Of Command” [Directed by Christopher Marquez]

Nice and easy video for Cologne-based elecro-pop quartet Von Spar’s “Chain Of Command” from their new album, Streetlife.

#6 Shams – “Nest”

Dark house fun brought to you by Brooklyn producer Shams, out now via HOSS Records.

#7 Tink – “Round The Clock” [Directed by DGainz]

Finally, a new female emcee who is worth quoting.

#8 Mr. Oizo – “Ham” [Directed by Eric Wareheim]

HAM from Eric Wareheim on Vimeo.

Wareheim’s bizarre and grotesque take on American consumerism arrived shortly after Black Friday. Relevant.

#9 Nicki Minaj ft. Drake, Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown – “Only”

I’m not a super for Chris Brown, but I do like Nicki’s bondage-themed music video for “Only.” However, the Nazi-inspired lyric video generated more controversy than it did props. Oh, Nicki, why didn’t you see that coming?

#10 Death Grips – “Inanimate Sensation” [Self-directed]

After calling it quits, Death Grips is back with a new video and a forthcoming tour.

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Videodrome 149—November 2014’s Best Videos

Yo! Videodrome is back home, with a fresh dose of visuals that will kick your ass. And if that’s not enough, you can meet me for a three-hour nonstop music video odyssey at ACUD in Berlin this evening, Wednesday November 26—check out the Facebook event page here for more information. Until then, have fun with the clips below.

#1 Princess Nokia – “Nokia”

This video is everything. Case in point: it includes cameos from just about everyone in the hype rap universe, such as Junglepussy, Dai Burger, and K Rizz, as well as holographic pop star Hatsune Miku.

#2 Talos – “Bloom” [Directed by Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson]

Ireland’s Talos is on the run and just unveiled some unsettling visuals for the song “Bloom,” which are plucked from his forthcoming debut release, “Tethered Bones”/”Bloom.” The 12″ is out via the Feel Good Lost label in December.

#3 Cakedog – “CakeUp” [Directed by Alima Jennings]

For those of you who for some reason have never seen footwork in action, here’s Cakedog. But seriously, you should have lost yourself in a YouTube k-hole of footwork videos by now…here are a few to get you caught up.

#4 Las Robertas – “Marlene” [Directed by Lourdes Martínez]

This one sounds like Friday night at Death By Audio in Brooklyn circa 2009, but in a good way, because those were the days. However, this band isn’t from New York; it’s from Costa Rica, which means it’s still technically American, and this is its first video ever.

#5 Gala Drop – “You And I” [Directed by Pedro Maia]

Imagine George Clinton joins Sun Ra for a session with Peaking Lights—that’s Gala Drop. Can’t wait for more.

#6 Kendrick Lamar – “i” [Directed by Alexandre Moors and the Little Homies]

After a two-year wait, K.Dot finally dropped another single: “i.” There’s no official name or date attached to his next LP, but judging by the millions of views this has racked up, it looks like demand is high.

#7 Hail Mary Mallon – “Whales” [Directed by Toben Seymour]

The new video from Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic, “Kiln,” is the second single from the duo’s upcoming album, Bestiary. It’s not even the best track on the record, but a) it’s still heavy, and b) we have to respect the subtlety and attention to detail of the puppetry in this clip.

#8 Iceage – “Against the Moon” [Directed by Martin Masai Andersen and Kim Thue]

The Danish punk band Iceage just released a video for “Against the Moon,” which is featured on their latest record, Plowing Into the Field of Love. Dan van Husen, anyone?

#9 Yung Lean – “Volt”

This is definitely the coolest video I’ve seen lately. For those who are stuck in Germany and GEMA-blocked, you can watch a trippy alternate internet version here.

#10 Dizzee Rascal – “Pagans” [Directed by Emile Sornin]

Here, Mortal Kombat meets martial arts as Dizzee Rascal channels his inner kung-fu MC in the video for “Pagans,” one of his most solid singles to date.

#11 Kindness feat. Robyn – “Who Do You Love” [Directed by Daniel Brereton]

Considering the title of Kindness’s collaboration with Robyn, the concept for its corresponding visuals makes sense: director Daniel Brereton shot a series of portraits of their close friends and loved ones.

#12 Beyoncé – ” 7/11 “

The Wikipedia entry for this song makes us chuckle, especially the part where the anonymous author name-drops and quotes a bunch of glib phrases from quick and dirty blog writeups about the video. See here.

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Videodrome 148 – This month’s best videos

Every month, Moritz Gayard sifts through the deluge of new music videos so you don’t have to.

Hey kids, the ‘drome is back on EB with an extra dose of high-quality music videos. As always, there are no boundaries, so we included the likes of Dean Blunt and Arca alongside with starlets like—you guessed it—Jennifer Lopez and Yelle. There’s also The Bug’s over-the-top clip for “Function / Void,” as well as Ariel Pink’s hilarious video for “Put Your Number In My Phone.” And a site note: Come and join me at Berlin’s ACUD club for a full VIDEODROME extravaganza next week Wednesday, October 8. UPDATE: added this extra nice Groundislava vid at the bottom of the page.

#1 The Bug – “Function / Void”, directed by Factory Fifteen

This computer-generated sadness sums up how fucked up our world is. Can’t wait to see Kevin Martin live tomorrow, right here in Berlin.

#2 Metronomy – “Month of Sundays”, directed by Callum Cooper

I almost fell out of my chair watching this.

#3 Young Thug – “2 B’s (Danny Glover)”, directed by Be El Be

Finally, Young Thug dropped his video for the single “2 B’s” a.k.a. “Danny Glover,” which also features an appearance from Birdman.

#4 Cibo Mato – “Deja Vu”, directed by Jean Claude Billmaier

Here’s a lovely datamosh-y video for “Deja Vu” off  Cibo Mato’s 2014 comeback LP Hotel Valentine. It was shot entirely on an Xbox Kinect camera.

#5 The Juan MacLean- “A Simple Design”, directed by Gabe Imlay & Juliet Rios

A great video and vocals by Nancy Whang. What else do you need?

#6 YELLE – “Complètement Fou”, directed by Milord and L’Etiquette (MAL)

Quand je me coupe, je ne saigne pas, je cicatrise. Et je te fais signe depuis l’autre rive.

#7 Tweedy – “Low Key”, directed by Nick Offerman

A Nick Offerman-directed Tweedy music video featuring Michael Shannon, John Hodgman, Conan O’Brien, and many other guest stars? Count me in!

#8 UMA – CALM/EASY, directed by Ella Zwietnig

New lo-fi video for the austrian-german duo, funded by “Senat für kulturelle Angelegenheiten der Stadt Berlin“.

#8 Ariel Pink – “Put Your Number In My Phone”, directed by Grant Singer

Watch the creepy new video for the effortlessly catchy first single “Put your number in my phone” from Ariel Pink’s forthcoming album Pom Pom…if you dare.

#9 Arca – “Thievery”, directed by Jesse Kanda

Check out the ambiguous and cool video for “Thievery” by Venezuelan producer Alejandro Ghersi, aka Arca, who recently confirmed his collaboration as co-producer on Björk’s next album. Thievery is taken from his upcoming debut album Xen, set for release in November via Mute.

#10 Jennifer Lopez ft. Iggy Azalea – “Booty”, directed by Hype Williams

Then pop that, pop that.

#0 Groundislava feat. Rare Times – Girl Behind The Glass , directed by The Great Nordic Sword Fights

This nice new music video for Groundislava’s “Girl Behind the Glass” Is Actually a Videogame. Interactive, you know. Tune is taken from Frozen Throne, which is out now on Friends of Friends.

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Videodrome 147 – This month’s best videos

Every month, Moritz Gayard sifts through the deluge of new music videos so you don’t have to.

Let’s dive into the A/V world once again. This month, I fell in love with the shockingly talented and mysterious Minnesota-based artist Spooky Black—that’s his video below, in the first spot. There’s also an instant classic from LA-duo 18+, fresh material from Berlin-based artists Call Super and Low Concept (AKA Physical Therapy and Renaissance Man), and much more.

#1 Spooky Black – “Reason”, directed by Harry Sutherland

I’m heavily addicted to this young lad. His aesthetic is pretty shocking; this particular clip is rife with dark pop elements, visual static, censorship, and wind simulation.

#2 18+ – “Crow”, self-directed

Don’t miss 18+’s nice little vid for their catchy track “Crow.” It shows nothing but befuddling, grainy, black and white images.

#3 Sasha Go Hard – “My Story, directed by @apjfilms

In her latest video, Chicago rapper Sasha Go Hard takes everyone on a trip down memory lane in her latest visual, “My Story.” This joint can be found on Sasha’s Feels So Good mixtape.

#4 Girl Band – “De Bom Bom”

Bring the noise! Here’s a  kaleidoscopic clip for GB’s rip-roaring new single. If you’re in Berlin, don’t miss their live gig at ACUD this Saturday.

#5 Suuns – “Sunspot”, directed by Ben Shemie

Suuns has revealed the follow-up to last year’s Images Du Future LP: a 30+ music video for their glorious post-punk track “Sunspot,” which features extensive footage of compulsive hand-washing. Watch the full extravaganza above.

#6 FaltyDL – “New Haven”, directed by Blair Neal & Kyle McDonald

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Another standout video from of VICE’s Creators Project for Ninja Tune sweetheart FaltyDL.

#8 Low Concept – “Bugz”, self-directed

Next week, Physical Therapy and Renaissance Man will unleash their debut EP as Low Concept. Since I can’t wait for the full release, I’ve been watching this video over and over again.

#9 Call Super – “Sulu Sekou”, directed by Lydia Corry

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Berlin-based artist Call Super drops some unexpectedly minimal compositions here. This one is from his debut album, which is absolute fire and drops later this month.

#10 Shabazz Palaces – “#CAKE”, directed by Hiro Murai

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Here we have a pretty mind-blowing video from another one of our favorite records of the year, Shabazz Palaces’ Lese Majesty. This one is for “#CAKE.” It’s out now on Sub Pop.

#11 Lee Gamble — “Mimas Skank”, directed by Dave Gaskarth

Birmingham-via-London based designer Dave Gaskarth has crafted this stunning video for Lee Gamble’s “Mimas Skank.” Check it out before his highly-anticipated PAN LP arrives in a few weeks.

#12 Jabu – “Chamber”, directed by Harry Wright

This was just what I needed. Jabu’s new video, the dark and moody “Chamber,” is the follow-up to his astonishing Kwadian EP from last month.

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Videodrome 146 – This month’s best videos

Every month Moritz Gayard sifts through the deluge of new music videos so you don’t have to.

 

Hey kids! The time has come for the summer edition of your favorite music video digest. Music videos have always been an excellent source of inspiration, so feed your mind with essential new videos from the likes of Koudlam, clipping, Lil B and many more. Full disclosure: this list does not contain Lana nor Gaga.

 

#1 Lunice – “Can’t Wait To”, directed by Peter Marsden

Oh, so it’s a Lexus ad? Whatever, still a jam.

#2 Koudlam – “Negative Creep”, directed by Jamie Harley

Fucking great video in the vein of Gaspar Noe’s Enter The Void and Irréversible or Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin. This is king.

#3 clipping. – “Story 2”, directed by Cristina Bercovitz

So dope! Great video concept done by Cristina Bercovitz who continues to direct standout videos for the L.A. group.

#4 Iceage – “The Lord’s Favorite”, directed by Cali Thornhill DeWitt

I didn’t think I was going to like this but . . . damn. Iceage has returned with one of the most surprising releases of the year.

#5 Future – “Coupe”

The boy Future dropped a visual piece of work for his Adult Swim single “Coupe”, check it out.

#6 Mystery Skulls – “Paralyzed”, directed by Bo Mirosseni

Seriously though, have you guys seen this video already? If not, check Mystery Skulls revisiting the occult in their “Paralyzed” video.

#7 Lil Silva – “Mabel”, directed by Laura Coulson

Some sort of beautiful. Recently the twenty-four-year-old TJ Carter, better known as Lil Silva, announced the release of his new EP Mabel. We can’t wait for it to drop in August.

#8 Roman Flügel – “Parade”

Nicely edited footage which fits perfectly to Roman’s academic electro sound. His new album Fatty Folders will be out via Hamburg imprint Dial in September.

#9 Janelle Monáe – “Electric Lady”, directed by Fleur & Manu

T.I., Estelle, Monica, Esperanza Spalding, T-Boz, and more put in cameo appearances in Janelle Monáe’s clip for for The Electric Lady’s title cut.

#10 Chelsea Wolfe – “The Waves Have Come”,  directed by Mark Pellington

This video is part of the hour long film called “Lone” which was directed by Mark Pellington and released in February. It works incredibly well as a standalone piece, however.

#11 Show Me The Body – “Steep Rock”

Ok, here are some guitar tunes from my most beloved sludge punker: Show Me The Body out of N.Y.C..

#12 Lil B – “No Black Person Is Ugly”

Creativity will win out over violence. Lil B is so amazing, his spirit makes me move. ~

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