The Year In Music Videos – June
June found us with some downbeat moments (and some sad farewells), but everyone knows happy people don’t write the best songs. Joy, despair, and smarm shared the stage in June, which I found rather fitting as it marked my last full month in a town I’d spent 26 years in, as well as being the month in which I found out I’d be a father in 07. So yah, an exciting, weird, and bittersweet month, which pretty much sums up these videos.
Nicolai Dunger – Hunger: While perhaps not an astounding video, I’ll take any chance I can get to pimp my boy from Sweden. Enjoy!
Billy Preston – That’s the Way God Planned It: We said g’night to Billy Preston on June 6th, and there was no more fitting tribute than his live performance of That’s the Way God Planned It from the Concert from Bangladesh.
Jose Gonzalez – Hand on Your Heart: It took Swiss singer songwriter with an Argentinian name to do the impossible: Make me like a Kylie Minogue song, but I’ll be damned if that’s not exactly what Jose Gonzalez did. His stripped down Nick Drake approach works far too well.
Mike O’Connell (feat. Dr. Ken) – What’s It Gonna Be?: This would have been a tough call, but throwing George Washington into May’s list opened the door to O’Connell’s goofy ode to the last call pickup artist. Bonus points for actually being a one take video, but really the winner is the silver lame bodysuit worn by Dr. Ken.
The Postal Service – We Will Become Silhouettes: Once again we move backwards, but this goofy video pairs well with this oddly morbid tune.
The Spinto Band – Mandy: This stop-motion / paper cutout clip really won me over with its style. Dig it!