Music videos are an interesting medium for expression, since they incorporate several different kinds of art and often even contain a narrative that runs the span of 2-6 minutes. I began my music video scavenging hobby the moment highspeed internet was accessible to me—keeping in mind that I grew up in the middle of the rural countryside surrounded by corn, so this wasn’t as soon as it was for most. Anyway, it is a personal social goal of mine to find people willing to watch music videos with me and then join me as we sit around experiencing collective appreciation toward them. This is very lame of me, but luckily, there is the internet, where all the lame goes.
I would like to share some interesting music videos that I’ve come across over the years, all ranging in popularity, genre and style. A good source and interesting video website in general is The Tripatorium, which has music, shorts and straight up art tomfoolery for days. If you’re in for some visual stimulation I recommend heading there—after, of course, you check out the music videos I suggest to you.
Jason Forrest, ‘War Photographer,’ animated by Joel Trussel
An instrumental track, where animated vikings battle each other and then there’s some orgiastic finale which appears to involve wizards and a marching band.
Oren Lavie, ‘Her Morning Elegance’
What happens to the woman in this video actually happened to me this morning while I was in bed. It was a lot less romantic looking, however. The song is pretty too, I guess.
Das Racist, ‘Michael Jackson,’ directed by Weird Days
Something I really strive for in life is to be the man wearing flaming aviators and a fedora chilling at the table behind everyone. I want to embody that. Das Racist is always fun, and this is my favorite video of theirs.
The Shoes, ‘Time to Dance,’ directed by Daniel Wolfe
When I watched the movie Nightcrawler in theaters, I wasn’t surprised by Jake Gyllenhaal’s creepy performance as an ambitious adult homicidal sociopath. I wasn’t surprised because I had seen this music video, which stars a murderous Jake Gyllenhaal in a fencing suit, and might as well be an atmospheric preface to that movie. The video’s pretty fucking vicious. The song is really good, too.
Dizzee Rascal, ‘Bassline Junkie’
This music video is so entertaining. I don’t really know how I feel about Dizzee Rascal, but I love this video and I love that wormy looking blonde disciple. The whole thing just makes me laugh, and I love how the organ at the end has the majority of the keys covered in caution tape.
The top comment on this video is “this porn got nice music,” and…. yup.
Stuck in the Sound, ‘Let’s Go,’ Alexis Beaumont & Rémi Godin
Achieving your lifelong dream will cause you to enter a ridiculous Twilight Zone scenario. Good to know.
Everyone I’ve shown this music video to has gotten mad at me. That’s all I’m going to preface this one with.
Well, that’s enough for now. I hope you’re emotionally damaged and scarred, and I’ll share more at a later time.