>> Tuesday, November 22, 2011
So, this last weekend I wrote up my list of the best live tracks of 2011. I think it was a good list, and looking back, only really had one glaring omission, A song that rightfully should have been included somewhere in the top ten, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis "Otherside (remix ft. Fences)." I f'd up on that one. Sorry guys.
Anyways, onto the topic of today. While I am scouring the internet for those chillbump inducing live clips, I often stumble upon actual music videos. You know, the shit MTV used to play. And sometimes, they really don't suck. The videos below range from self-produced to label-made. From cheesy awesome to beautifully poignant and artfully crafted. I hope you enjoy this hard and fast proof that video has not killed the radio star.
1. "Elephants and Little Girls" by Loch Lomond
This video is basically one of the most skillfully made videos I can remember in a long time. It is basically a once shot of choreographed angst with moments of joy. If you watch one video on this list, pick this one.
2. "We Are Young" by fun. (ft. Janelle Monae)
I am not sure this is a real music video. Considering the band doesn't appear once in the thing. I think it was just a promotional thing to get the audio out there. But the clip is so entrancing, and f'd up that you can't help but watch, and then watch again. The girl sits there, peeling an apple, going through every emotion possible. It's of acting prowess that is hard to match in a music video.
3. "The Greeks" by Is Tropical
Clearly, this video is not for everyone. But, its pretty bad ass.
4. "Up All Night" by French Horn rebellion
This is that awesome cheese I mentioned above.
5. "When I'm Alone" by Lissie
My love of 2011. One of the very few "true" music videos on this list. Actually seeing the band play the music is not always entertaining. Unless you own the screen like Lissie does.
6. "Big Jet Plane" by Angus and Julia Stone
Just watch, its longing set to music.
7. "Wings" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
This video was a project that we mentioned way back when. Such an epic song deserved an epic video. Well done boys. The best song about shoes, ever.
8. "Belongings" by Clock Opera
9. "Comes In Waves" by Psychologist
This video is f'd up awesome. If you just watch the video, and not take in details, its maybe not the most entertaining thing in the world. But, if you watch closely, throughout the whole thing, you will not be able to turn away, although you may want too.
10. "Cats and Dogs" by the Head and the Heart
I love when a band can have a sense of humor about themselves. And THATH prove in this shot just how much fun they would be to hang out with.
11. "Heartbreak Heartbreak" by The BGP
This song and video make me happy. I have since tried to sit inside of my own shopping cart, I do not recommend it. Getting in is easy, getting out a bitch.
12. "Simple Math" by Manchester Orchestra
Leave it up to Andy Hull to actually take you on a journey like this through a song. It is strikingly beautiful.
13. "Colours" by Grouplove
Talk about an epic music video. And a hell of an introduction.
14. "Honey Bunny" by Girls
The video fits the vibe of this track to a tee. When I first heard the song, this is the imagery that generated in my skull.
15. "Two Cousins" by Slow Club
Another video where the band does not make an appearance. Shows a lot of confidence in the song to allow two nondescript dancers take over the whole video. And I love it.
16 "If Truth Be Told" by MNEK
Its another dose of awesome cheese, with eighties sprinkles.
17 "White Nights" by Oh Land
This video tosses everything to see what sticks. And lucky for us. most of it does. It is a mind beding video that you want to watch over and over.
18. "The Shrine/ An Arguement" by Fleet Foxes
This one, you just have to watch.
19. "Muscle Relaxants" by The Rural Alberta Advantage
If you know the frenetic energy of this band, this video will give you even more appreciation for their music. Just beautifully shot.
20. "Open Air" by Lemolo
Do it yourself has never looked better. And I'm not just saying that because the ladies are hot, well, not only that, but because it is just so starkly gorgeous that the video makes the song just about leap off the screen.
21. "My Machines" by Battles
It's funny how you can dislike a song until you watch the video.