The Year in Music Videos – January
That’s right folks, it’s time once again for a recap of the year via that most arbitrary of formats: The Music Video. Seeing as this is the last regular posting day of 2006, why not spend a little extra time with us (12 posts from 6AM to 5PM EST) and revisit some of the great spots that put a little more A/V love in our day?
Just to clarify things a bit: This round up isn’t a ‘best videos from 2006’ list, but rather a ‘best videos posted in 2006’ list.
First up: January. Holy crap, but January was a kick-ass month for videos. My original intention was to whittle each month down to the three best clips (via a scientific method known as ‘my ineffable whim’. In the words of Jeff Tweedy, ‘no love’s as random as my love’.), but that idea got killed by the month named after the Roman god of the doorway and beginnings. There were just too many great clips to choose from. So what’d we pick? Read on, dear readers, read on.
The Stars – My Ex-Lover is Dead: Not only a beautiful song by a intensely talented band, this clip took a rather random seeming nod to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and made it something completely new.
My Morning Jacket – Off The Record: Premise videos are tricky business, but this spot works wonderfully by subverting the meaning of the title to its own ends. Also: Just a kick ass song.
The Postal Service – Such Great Heights: I’ve more than a couple friends who wonder how I can be so dispassionate about Death Cab for Cutie while being completely enamored of the Postal Service, but once again my favor is random and inexplicable. This clip gained some infamy in it being appropriated by Apple’s continuing dis war with the PC, but it stands perfectly well on its own.
The Cardigans – I Need Some Fine Wine: Visually this clip is a treat, but mostly I just like it for such an accurate portrayal of a practice space.
The A Boys – The Single: Insane, goofy, and catchy as hell. Much like Japan itself.
M83 – Don’t Save Us From the Flames: There were a glut of 80s visual style clips this year, but this one from French electronica group M83 remains my favorite
Tron vs. Depeche Mode – Suffer Well: Let me put it this way: I can’t stand Depeche Mode, but I love Tron. What’s a nerd to do?
Vitalic – Birds: Visually, this is the winner of the month. Just amazing.