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Best Of The Decade: Music Videos

If there’s one art form I love more than music, it’s music videos. Ok, I don’t love them more than music, but they’re probably #2. Maybe tied with books. But they’re amazing. Visual and aural stimuli simultaneously?! That’s like getting a BJ while you eat a hamburger. But I digress. That last list was a doozie. So this time ’round, I’m just gonna do a bunch of great videos that have come out in the past decade. This list won’t be quite as definitive, but definiteness is so 2009.

Here’s the first batch. Keep checking back for more.

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more about "Yuksek ft. Amanda Blank – Extraball", posted with vodpod

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more about "Klaxons – Golden Skans", posted with vodpod

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more about "Yeasayer “Ambling Alp”", posted with vodpod

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more about "TV on the Radio “Me-I”", posted with vodpod

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more about "Happy Up Here", posted with vodpod

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more about "Yeasayer “Wait for the Summer”", posted with vodpod

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Punk Cinema & the VHS Revival

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Two weeks ago, I went to a screening of short films put on by CANADA called Pulsating Sunglasses. During the hour-long screening, curated by Allen Cordell (that’s a lot of l’s), I watched 18 shorts by 13 artists. What struck me about these films wasn’t the quality or narrative (most of them had no narrative), but the style and content. Almost every one of the films, clips, videos, and music videos employed the technique of cutting up found video footage, most of which was from VHS tapes of old TV shows, movies, and commercials. Many of these were also accompanied by strobing neon colors and repetitive, almost atonal electronic music. Now, none of the above are reprimands, critiques, or insults. I enjoyed many of the videos. In fact, most of the ones I hated were the ones that failed to use these techniques. It was the act of watching so many similarly styled films back-to-back that made me start thinking of a few things. Join me, won’t you.
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