23.12.15 by Jeff

The 20 Most Memorable Music Videos of 2015

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Here’s my picks for the 20 best, most creative, funny, beautiful, memorable videos of 2015. I don’t believe any other sites chose the video I picked for Video of the Year. It took me awhile to edit this down from a list I had of 50 or so videos. Hope you find a couple that you overlooked this year, and if you disagree with my list, let me what your top 20 is in the comments. FKA Twigs is not on this list so let the disagreements begin.

Watch all the videos below!

20) Hot Chip “Need You Now” (Director: Shynola)

Eternal Sunshine vibes in this beauty directed by Shynola! Love the little CG touches here and there. Surprised it didn’t get more love online, but then again many of the videos on this list are nowhere to be found on other sites best of lists.

 

19) Fidlar “40oz. On Repeat” (Director: Ryan Baxley)

These guys remade Freak on a Leash! This whole video is so specific, and dumb, and amazing. I’m sure half the people who read this site won’t even remember Korn (or Sugar Ray) but maybe you can still appreciate the fun zero budg vibes here. It wouldn’t be a Booooooom list without a video like this!

 

18) De Staat “Witch Doctor” (Director: Studio Smack)

I have a soft spot for low budget videos and this one does a lot with very little. Turns out all you need to make a striking video is a bunch of shirtless CG characters.

 

17) Mysteries “Newly Thrown” (Director: Kris Moyes)

This was the riskiest video I saw this year. Black and white, very little movement, two talking heads, subtitles, and a concept where the director is pitching the idea for the video you’re watching. All those things should ooze pretentiousness and yet somehow director Kris Moyes is able to create something quite compelling for the entire duration of the song. This one will certainly be overlooked by most year-end lists but it was one of the videos I thought the most about this year.

 

16) Yogi & Skrillex “Burial” (Director: Grant Singer)

I feel like there could have been four different Grant Singer videos on this list. His video for Skrillex’s “Red Lips” is similar to this one, both featuring the bonebreaking dancing of Ringmaster Nugget), but I think it’s more compelling to see these characters dancing in the real world versus a fantastical environment. This video also wins the unexpected moment award, you’ll know it when you see it.

 

15) Gilligan Moss “Choreograph” (Director: Oscar Hudson)

I’d never heard of director Oscar Hudson before this video, and I ended up posting two of his videos in the same week back in November. This one pays homage to Oscar-winner short film “Tango” by Zbigniew Rybczyńsk except in this one all the loops in this video were achieved in camera (and there’s a lot more eggs).

 

14) The Shoes “Drifted” (Director: Dent de Cuir)

The most original video technique I saw all year. The whole thing was created by simply dragging pre-edited gifs around a desktop screen which I know doesn’t sound exciting. On top of that the thumbnail image of Dawson crying isn’t really motivating anyone to click but I swear this video is more entertaining than it sounds. Apologies to James Van Der Beek.

 

13) Yvein Monq “TWUN” (Director: Kinopravda)

A montage of women struggling to walk in heels. I’m sure the idea stemmed from those Youtube videos of models falling on the catwalk, but the styling and cinematography take this to another level. Absurd and spectacular.

 

12) Cold Specks “Neuroplasticity” (Director: Young Replicant)

Alex Takacs aka Young Replicant continues to be one of my favourite directors. You could argue that this is more a short film, as it’s 8 minutes long and features two different songs from Cold Specks’ album, but I think it counts. Stunning cinematography here by Pat Scola.

 

11) The Shoes “Submarine” (Director: Karim Huu Do)

The Shoes are the only band to appear twice on this list and these two videos couldn’t be more different. Gorgeous visuals in this one. Director Karim Huu Do imagines a couple taking a drug; one losing control of the mind, and the other the body.

 

10) Phantoms “Voyeur” (Director: Ace Norton)

We’ve all been there, a dance performance doesn’t go as well as planned and you end up having to dance your way out of a situation with security. One of my favourite pieces of choreography this year, by Tracy Phillips and Dominic Carbone. Loved this one.

 

9) Run The Jewels “Close Your Eyes” (Director: AG Rojas)

Whenever I see AG Rojas name on a video I stop whatever I’m doing and watch. The theme of police brutality showed up in several videos this year, but none were as intense or poetic as this one.

 

8) Wench “Galvanize” (Director: Jesse Kanda)

Wench is a collaboration between acclaimed producer Arca and Hood By Air’s Shayne Oliver. The track “Galvanize” is a 15-minute experimental journey sampling everything from Cher to Bone Thugs. This is more video art than music video, but the repetitive visuals are so simple and striking I had to include it.

 

7) M.I.A. “Borders” (Director: M.I.A.)

A timely video, with stunning visuals, raising questions about the perception of refugees. Amazing work by the art department, Sugu Arulpragasam, Tom Manaton, and of course M.I.A as she not only directed the video but edited it as well.

 

6) Autre Ne Veut “World War Pt. 2” (Director: Allie Avital)

This is the kind of video you can’t unsee; from the opening frame you like you’re in a nightmare. It’s not that it’s scary, it’s just imagery you can feel burrowing deep into your subconscious. Definitely one of the most unnerving and memorable videos of the year.

 

5) Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment “Sunday Candy” Featuring Chance the Rapper (Director: Austin Vesely)

This one-take video perfectly captures the fun quirky energy throughout the Surf album, which was in my opinion one of the best of the year. Also, Chance’s performance of this song and “Somewhere in Paradise” on SNL was one of the best that show has ever had.

 

4) Kendrick Lamar “Alright” (Director: Colin Tilley)

The opening and closing sequences of this dream-like video, directed by Colin Tilley, really do justice to the poetry of Kendrick Lamar’s lyrics. No easy task. Instant classic.

 

3) Florence & The Machine “What Kind of Man” (Director: Vincent Haycock)

The first chapter in the six-part collaboration between Florence Welch and director Vincent Haycock, and my favourite of the series. When that guitar riff comes in nearly 3 minutes into the video, and the choreography by Ryan Heffington begins, it’s as good as a music video gets.

 

2) Vince Staples “Senorita” (Director: Ian Pons Jewell)

This is a masterpiece. Ian Pons Jewell solidified himself as a top tier director with this video and the one he followed it with, for NAO’s “Bad Blood”. This video also wins the award for best ending!

 

1) Low Cut Connie ”Shake It Little Tina” (Director: Adam Carpenter)

I haven’t seen this one mentioned on any year-end lists, let alone picked as the best overall. So what I’m saying is everyone else messed up! This video was created by, and stars, the energetic Instagram sensation Adam Carpenter. Clocking in at over 3 minutes it should have gotten boring at some point and it just never did. This is my favourite video of 2015.













Jeff
Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.



  • linda kius

    Great list!

  • Rodrigo Díaz

    Amazing list. Cheers from MX. Btw, I´m a big fan of booooooom :)

    • thanks Rodrigo glad you enjoy it!





23.05.17 by Jeff

Akira Covers for Epic Comics

Came across this great archive of Katsuhiro Otomo’s art and put together a little selection of my favourite Epic Comics Akira covers. More images below.

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23.05.17 by Jeff

LG Partners With Parsons School for Design

LG is partnering with leading design institutions to provide their new 34″ UltraWide monitors to help students studying architecture and design work more efficiently. The dimensions are eye-catching at 21:9 and the design actually curves around the user, offering as much real estate for visual information as possible.

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23.05.17 by Jeff

Photographer Spotlight: Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre

A selection of images from “Theaters” by photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre. More images below.

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23.05.17 by Jeff

Kutcorners for OURO Collective

OURO Collective – photo by Teppei Tanabe

 

This week Vancouver-based dance collective OURO is debuting their first full-length show “Tangent” at the Orpheum’s Annex theatre (May 25th/26th), and we are proud to be a media partner for the event. If you’re looking for some creative inspiration come check this out, we’ll be at both shows! Tickets are going quick, so if you’re interested get tickets HERE!

Yesterday we shared a clip of OURO’s rehearsal footage (watch here) and today we have an interview with Kutcorners, who created three original tracks for “Tangent”. The New Zealand-born, Vancouver-based producer is one half of LIVE EVIL, the guys that made all those amazing live mixes we featured over the years (watch one here). You can stream or download the music Kutcorners created for OURO on Spotify, iTunes, and Bandcamp.

 

Vancouver producer, Kutcorners – photo by Hana Pesut

 

Jeff Hamada: How would you describe the music you make?

Kutcorners: This is always a hard question, because I actually like to make many different types of music. But ultimately things under “Kutcorners” usually are a derivative of R&B music, old or new, with a twist.

I sometimes say I make “pop” music, but my music isn’t really that popular in the traditional sense. More like “pop art” really.

Jeff Hamada: I like the idea that it’s pop art. Who are some of the artists influencing you right now?

Kutcorners: Mura Masa, Toro Y Moi or Les Sins, Caribou, Dj Dahi, Knxwledge, Pomo, Kaytranada, U-Tern (Oliver), Nosaj Thing, Prince and MJ will inspire me forever.

 

If you don’t have Spotify you can listen to the tracks here.

 

Jeff Hamada: Had you ever collaborated with dancers prior to this project with OURO?

Kutcorners: No, this is the first time and I hope to do more of it.

Jeff Hamada: That would be cool to see an on-going thing. How would you describe the work that they’re creating?

Kutcorners: I would describe it as a melange of disciplines coming together to form a modern take on traditional dance performance. It’s very refreshing and inspiring work.

Jeff Hamada: Can you talk a little bit about the experience of watching their rehearsals and then turning that into sounds?

Kutcorners: Well, we talked a lot about sounds they like when they rehearse, which gave me inspiration to draw from idea I had started already, and also on some new arrangements.

Getting people to describe sounds they like can be quite hard, because people hear sounds and articulate them differently from person to person. It’s fun to hear how we all describe the sounds we like and how they affect movement.

 

 

Jeff Hamada: Did this experience offer any sort of new perspective on your work?

Kutcorners: Yeah, it showed me that I make movements in music too quick! It’s more effective to use little sounds and build things slowly rather than to cram everything in to a 3-minute song.

Dance is very much related to how music works and why it’s made. In retrospect, I would have benefitted from dancing more in my life. It really helps connect you to the physical side of music, which is so important when creating it.

Jeff Hamada: What things are you working on now?

Kutcorners: I’m working on making more original music for my own releases, which I plan to put out on record and online. Working with singers too, to help bring these instrumentals to life.

 

Kutcorners on Bandcamp

Kutcorners on Soundcloud

Kutcorners on Instagram

OURO Collective Website

OURO Collective on Instagram

23.05.17 by Staff

Los Angeles Warehouse Transformed into a 150,000 Square Foot Art Exhibition

British artist Simon Birch and a team of 20 collaborators have constructed an elaborate series of interconnected installations in a vacant warehouse on the outskirts of downtown Los Angeles. Covering 3 acres of space with a mix of sculpture, video, paintings and performance pieces, the exhibition is a direct response to the current political climate. A celebration of creativity, diversity and unity, Birch explains: “Given the current fragile state of the world, we need unity more than ever… and we need action.”

While encouraging positivity, possibility and a safe space for people to come together, The 14th Factory is exactly that — a call to action that doesn’t shy away from provoking a response (or at least an Instagram photo). One installation is an exact replica of the iconic room from 2001: A Space Odyssey, while another is filled with 300 pitchforks hanging from the ceiling above the guests!

Check out more images from the project below or on display at 440 N. Ave 19 Los Angeles, California until May 31.

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