These are my picks for the 5 best music videos of 2008. If you think you already know all five, I’ll tell you that Bjork’s Wanderlust and Radiohead’s House of Cards did not make the cut! We can argue about my decisions in the comments if you’d like. I’ve tried to track down a streaming version and a high quality downloadable version of each video. Here they are:
The trick to this video could have become tiresome pretty quick but there are so many well though out sequences that it stays fresh until the end. I love the part where the colourbars become books.
After seeing Sia’s Letterman performance of Soon We’ll Be Found I had to find out more about her. The Australian pop singer released an album earlier this year and I believe Beck is featured on it. This is the quirky official video, directed by Claire Carré.
Watch the Letterman performance after the jump!
I was flipping through the channels yesterday and I ended up watching a fascinating documentary about Danish pianist (and comedian) Victor Borge. I realised that I had seen many of his routines on television over the years, but it really hit me yesterday just how insanely talented he was.
This is footage of Victor Borge and violinist Anton Kontra improvising during a spontaneous encore. The music suggested for the encore is a selection that Borge had heard but never played before. Incredible! They are like two jazz musicians conversing with their instruments.
More creative work outta Auckland, New Zealand – this time from a creative studio known as Special Problems. They created this great little video for Tame Impala’s song, Half Full Glass of Wine.
View the video here. Gave me lots of great ideas for shooting a video on a budget. More fantastic stills below (and yes they are all from the same video)!
Casey sent me an email to let me know about her great little non-profit initiative, Yellow Bird Project. The project is a collaboration with musicians to raise money for various charities. Bands are asked to contribute original artwork which are turned into t-shirts as a way of raising money for their charity of choice.
Some music for your weekend! Keys N Krates, if you don’t already know you better get familiar! Picture The Roots, but Black Thought has been replaced by an ITF world champion DJ. Here they are absolutely killing Toronto earlier this year.
Jr Flo (the krates) and Matisse (the keys) are rockin parties the way they were meant to be rocked! Remixes with live drums, bass, and keys! It doesn’t get any better than this. They blew several thousand minds at the Livestock BBQ here in Vancouver in September.
Daito Manabe is onto something genius here – this is crazy! The muscles in Daito’s face move in sync to music via some sort of device that sends out an electric pulse. I could see a music video treatment where the entire thing is a close up of a face, kinda like that Bjork video for Hidden Place.
Now Daito just needs to design me a jumpsuit so I can fullfill my dream of winning So You Think You Can Dance. Another video of Daito after the jump!