“I’m looking for something that’ll… break through. You know?” James Woods’ Max Renn yearns in David Cronenberg’s 1983 cult classic Videodrome. Oh, how things have changed. In today’s day and age, we’ve already drowned in media. It’s swallowed us. We’re nothing but a bubble amidst one infinite, engulfing abyss. Intimidated? You should be. With each passing second, you’re losing opportunities to take advantage of a culture that’s moving ahead and at an exhausting rate. You could very well be alone… left behind… abandoned. Terrified yet? Yes? Well, that’s more like it.
Ceremony – “Adult”
Judging from this 1950’s-inspired video, it’s probably safe to say the dudes from Ceremony are pretty excited for the return of Mad Men this weekend.
The Cribs – “Come On, Be a No-One”
Probably the most interesting thing about this new clip from UK punk-poppers The Cribs is frontman Ryan Jarman’s haircut. It’s not often that someone walks into a barbershop and says, “Give me the Johnny Ramone circa 1977.”
Earl Sweatshirt’s Live Debut
Just when we think we might be growing tired of Odd Future’s antics, they give us another reason to pay attention again. At long last, the collective welcomed back their (arguably) most talented member, Earl Sweatshirt. Watching Tyler & Co. so genuinely happy to have their friend back is almost enough to get you all choked up – that is until you realize the name of the song they’re performing is charmingly titled “AssMilk”.
Janelle Monáe – “Little Wing” (Jimi Hendrix Cover)
There are few songs sexier than Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing”. Yet retro-soul vixen Janelle Monáe somehow manages to add a little bit more steamy sensuality to her cover of the track. Her crazy vocal range is a nice substitute for Jimi’s famous baritone.
Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s – “Shannon”
If there’s one thing that funerals today lack, it’s definitely ritual pagan practices. Thankfully, Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s remedy this problem in their new video.
Modeselektor feat. Miss Platinum – “Berlin”
With its cute animation that looks lifted from an Adult Swim show, Modeselektor manage to make a giant gorilla terrorizing an entire city seem not so bad at all.
Odd Future feat. Earl Sweatshirt – “Oldie”
And you thought Wu-Tang Clan had a lot of members.
The Shoes – “Time to Dance”
Director Daniel Wolfe manages to make Jake Gyllenhaal inordinately creepy in this deluxe eight minute clip for The Shoes’ delectable single. Things get sexy, things get dancey, and plenty gets bloody. This will be one of your favorite videos of the year.
Spiritualized – “Hey Jane”
Ever wonder what a day in the life of a transvestite prostitute is like? Well, Spiritualized have got you covered. Shocker, this one is very NSFW.
Tanlines – “All of Me”
Back during the Cold War, there apparently wasn’t much to smile about. This latest video from Tanlines, which looks like it was made sometime during the Carter Administration, goes to show that even when you’re preparing for nuclear holocaust, you still should set aside some time to bust a move every once in a while.