The Year In Music Videos – August
Ah, my first month living in Ohio. Aside from desperately missing all my friends, favorite restaurants, and disposable income, who knew it’d be so fruitful in the music video department?
We went all over the map (musically speaking) in August, which might very well be the most appropriate of choices for a very transitional month for Transbuddha.
The Raconteurs – Hands: This was the track that really won me over from my previous stance of suspicious ambivilance towards The Raconteurs. I’m glad it worked, as it’s become on of my favorite albums this year. Anyway, Hands is not only a great premise video, but it’s also quite touching and sweet.
Bonnie Prince Billy – Cursed Sleep: See that image up there? It’s Will Oldham wrestling E.T.! How is that not awesome? This whole clip is a beautiful narrative piece, and marks one of the best use of dream imagery I can remember.
Ok Go – Here It Goes Again: I’ll admit it: This one almost didn’t make the list. I know it’s been rather popular, but my first reaction to the clip was ‘Oh man, couldn’t they think of something else?’ However, I’ll give the boys some kudos for some clever choreography even while I wish they would have tried something completely new this time around.
Scissor Sisters – I Don’t Feel Like Dancing: If you took Elton John, blending him together with the Bee Gees (with a hearty dose of ecstasy, and then fed that concoction to a bunch of glam rock obsessed hipsters just before letting them loose onto a studio backlot, this is the video that would result. Awesome doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Cornelius – Music: Calling this video trippy is like calling the blood and beer covered guy who lives under Hobo Bridge ‘mildly colorful’. Another fantastic video from one of Japan’s best artists.
Lily Allen – LDN: It kills me that whatever half assed stuff Gwen Stefani and Fergie craps upon the airwaves gets overplayed like a voice mail message from Jesus while artists like Lily Allen are out there making smart dance-y pop music like this. Seriously, people. Truly a brilliant tune, and a gorgeous (if only ironically) video to boot.