Posted by Brad @ 12:43 am on August 28th 2014

Music Video of the Whatever

Cattle auctions + break beat = win.

Posted by Brad @ 10:42 pm on August 10th 2014

This was a great blog for a bit

And now it’s not.

That’s sad.

But don’t fret. The human race is still…amazing.

Posted by Brad @ 6:32 pm on February 14th 2014

Music Video of the Week

Chris Smither – Origin of the Species

Posted by Brad @ 2:30 pm on December 31st 2013

6 Days of the 12 Days of the Music Video of the Week

1. Fiona Apple – Hot Knife

Posted by Brad @ 2:30 pm on December 30th 2013

6 Days of the 12 Days of the Music Video of the Week

2. Busby Marou – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Posted by Brad @ 2:30 pm on December 29th 2013

6 Days of the 12 Days of the Music Video of the Week

3. Robyn featuring Snoop Dogg – U Should Know Better

Posted by Brad @ 2:30 pm on December 28th 2013

6 Days of the 12 Days of the Music Video of the Week

5. Chris Smither – Leave the Light On

Posted by Brad @ 2:30 pm on December 27th 2013

6 Days of the 12 Days of the Music Video of the Week

6. Carolina Chocolate Drops – Hit ‘Em Up Style

Honorable mention.

Posted by Brad @ 2:30 pm on December 26th 2013

6 Days of the 12 Days of the Music Video of the Week Preview!

So, we suck at blogging.

That said, I can’t let a holiday season pass without my 12 Days of the Music Video of the Week. Except, this year, I’d feel bad going the Full 12. A lot of the songs I posted this year you don’t need a recap of – really, you’re on your own for the “Get Lucky” replay. As with the last couple years, turns out my tastes were pretty mainstream in 2013.

Rather than do that, then, let’s settle a few things and move on:

Best Song of the Year:

Lorde – Royals

Best Video (and Song of the Summer)L

Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines

Best Novelty Song / Viral Hit

Ylivs – The Fox

Except even I’m sick of that one.

And I could go on.

So…all that stuff above is true. So let’s take a different tact and this year, parse out all those and leave us with just the rest. It won’t be as strong a set, and it will be half as long, but at the very least it’ll be different than what you’d get just with a “2013 Music!” featured spotify list or whatever.

So this year, starting tomorrow, the 6 Days of the 12 Days of the Music Video of the Week.

Posted by Brad @ 3:17 pm on December 7th 2013

Music Video of the Week

So one of my favorite Top 40 rock songs in like forever, I love the pace of this one. But I never got around to posting it or even checking out the video for it.

And, I’m sorry, but nobody told me there would be Muppet fights. Am I to understand that there are Muppet fights? And I was not informed of this earlier?

Imagine Dragons – Radioactive

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Posted by Brad @ 5:51 am on December 7th 2013

Music Video of the Week

So, I’ve got a huge backlog of stuff I’ve liked this year that I’ve meant to post to MVOTW but never got around to.

HAIM – The Wire

Kind of a weird thought to have about a music video, but the acting is really good, from the band.

Posted by Brad @ 4:59 pm on October 17th 2013

Music Video of the Week

Very nice little cover.

Joy Kills Sorrow – Such Great Heights

Posted by Brad @ 6:14 pm on October 14th 2013

Music Video of the Week

This is on the radio quite a bit now. I like it.

Lorde – Royals

Posted by Brad @ 10:49 pm on September 13th 2013

Music Video of the Week

You know what, F you, I like this song and I liked this movie. I will cut you, bro.

Anna Kendrick – When I’m Gone

Posted by Brad @ 1:31 pm on September 5th 2013

Music Video of the Ever. Just Ever.

Ylvis – The Fox

Posted by Brad @ 3:30 pm on August 13th 2013

Music Video of the Week

I am, like, fanboy-excited for a new NIN record. This needs a music video immediately.

nine inch nails – Copy of A

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Posted by Cameron @ 9:57 pm on August 9th 2013

This is either amazing or awful

I have lately been getting seriously into Google Play Music at work. Without aiming to sound like a shill for the service, I’m digging it pretty thoroughly. It’s like Pandora plus Spotify plus an MP3 player. You get radio stations, but you can skip songs and reorganize the upcoming playlist. You’ve got the library of tons of songs for unlimited streaming plus the ability to save any albums locally which is pretty cool for trips and stuff. And you can upload your own library to fill in the holes of what they offer from their side.

Needless to say I’m impressed and have been stretching my music chops lately because of it.

The discovery today was an album, Living Tree, a collaboration between Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman who are apparently some prog rock folks I’ve never heard of. This creation is certainly different but I’m enjoying it. I can’t quite say that it’s good in the classic sense that I absolutely adore it but I also somehow can’t seem to stop listening either. Conversely, it somehow doesn’t seem that far away from being absolutely terrible either. All the same, there’s something hypnotic going on, and worth sharing.

23/24/11 – Anderson/Wakeman

Posted by Brad @ 12:50 pm on August 5th 2013

Music Video of the Week

Okay, got a bit out there with the pretentiousness quota of the last few (although, building up to a kazoo song, so points there). Let’s ratchet that down a notch.

Mumford and Sons apparently also feel that maybe they’re getting a little formulaic in their presentation and starting to veer into self-parody. But rather than go a different route, they just embraced it, and decided to make the most Mumford and Sons video ever. Again, this is the actual official music video. Stick with it.

Mumford and Sons – Hopeless Wanderer

Posted by Brad @ 3:17 am on August 3rd 2013

Music Video of the Week

I don’t even care anymore. The greatest kazoo riff in history.

Carolina Chocolate Drops performing “Memphis Shakedown”

Posted by Brad @ 2:37 am on August 3rd 2013

Music Video of the Week

You know, when I say I listen to “all kinds” of music, I really mean it. I always hear people say that, and then qualify it with “except country” or “except rap” depending on what part of the country I’m in, or who I’m talking to (I’ll hear “except country” in Kansas just as sure as I’ll hear “except rap” in West Philly).

Genre, as a concept, is relatively uninteresting to me. I adore Hank Williams as much as I do Eazy E. But, I’m not gonna say that and pretend I’m a blank slate. All things being equal, I do have genre preferences like anyone else. A heavy metal or new school R&B song, for instance, has to really grab me – the style and tropes of the genres don’t interest me on their ownn. On the converse, there are some genres that it almost doesn’t matter the song or the artist, I’ll dig it regardless.

Just flippin’ fingers, I’d say those genres include 1. Bluegrass and 2. Old School Rap (mid-century gospel, ala the Soul Stirrers, is a close third). I’m more likely to go for the former if it’s mountain music (ala in the Pete Seeger school), and more likely to go for the latter on the jazz tip (ala in the Tribe school). But honestly, I could listen to mountain music or old school rap all day long.

All that is a lead-in to the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and it would be tempting to start conflatin’. To say they scratch the itch of mountain music and black music, like they’re a novelty act on par with the (admittedly fantastic) Gangstagrass. But, I say all that above and the truth of it is that, while the musicians are black, there is otherwise no overlap – this is just a great mountain music band.

And I guess that’s what I love about them most. The truth is, I love North Carolina mountain music – and Rhiannon Giddens may be the greatest practitioner of it going. It’s nice to point out that she’s black, and her integration of that fact surely is a part of the music. But on balance: this is music as God intended.

Carolina Chocolate Drops – Cornbread and Butterbeans

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Posted by Brad @ 3:55 am on July 27th 2013

Music Video of the Week

I went looking for this song and found that there is literally not a video in existence of it.

But I’ll say this about Chris Smither. I can win most any “name that tune” contest based on the first few bars of music of a song. But Chris Smither is the only guy I could win a “name that songwriter” contest with. No matter the artist, no matter the style, I can tell you just based on the words if its a Chris Smither song. I put him up there with Paul Simon in terms of songwriting, and hopefully he gets that kind of respect someday.

Chris Smither – Leave the Light On

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Posted by Brad @ 4:57 pm on July 8th 2013

Music Video of the Week

So, whatever, I posted one Pharrell-infused funky jam of the summer, may as well post the other, which has also been on heavy rotation on my playlist, and also everywhere.

Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke ft. T.I. & Pharrell Williams

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Posted by Brad @ 3:38 pm on June 24th 2013

Music Video of the Week

I have to admit to having a soft spot for Robyn.

Robyn featuring Snoop Dogg – U Should Know Better

Posted by Brad @ 9:40 am on May 20th 2013

Music Video of the Week

You’ll probably be hearing this one a lot over the summer.

For some reason, these songs that just explode around this time have become total throwbacks in recent years. Cee Lo’s “Fuck You” (Motown), Gotye (Police), Fun (Queen), and now a straight disco track.

Still, daft punk + disco + pharrell = hot summer jam, as the kids say. Or did. Circa 2000. Maybe.

Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers – Get Lucky

You know it’s gonna be big when Brett Domino gets a hold of it this fast.

Actually, there’s already a lot of covers and kooky videos cropping up on Youtube, many of which are quite good.

And of course the great thing about Daft Punk – infinite loopability!

Although this song hitting it big makes me wonder if Chromeo was just ten years too early…I mean besides being twenty years too late. (seriously, if you like this song, check out Chromeo, who owns this sound).

Posted by Brad @ 3:04 pm on March 15th 2013

Music Video of the Week

Clint Eastwood – Trey Anastasio Band feat Jennifer Hartswick

Posted by Brad @ 4:06 am on January 27th 2013

Music Video of the Week

Besides the fact that I just dig covers (largely because I like hook-y music, and most covered songs are that), here is what I particularly like about series’ which feature them:

It tends to be a great way of discovering music. Rather than just diving into an unknown band playing an unknown song, you can find an “in” with a band you might never have listened to otherwise, and that effect goes both ways (in that it can be a song you love covered by a relatively unknown (to you) band, or a band you love covering a relatively unknown (to you) song.

Of the covers I’ve posted in this random Australian Friday morning radio program MVOTW series, the last three are done by acts I’d never even heard of a week ago and after clicking down the rabbit hole, I’d recommend them all.

Busby Marou – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper cover*)

*(Robert Hazard cover)

Posted by Brad @ 6:06 pm on January 25th 2013

Music Video of the Week

For some reason, a teenage chick-rock cover of Magic Carpet Ride performed by four sisters had never occurred to me.

This was an error on my part.

Stonefield – Magic Carpet Ride (Steppenwolfe cover)

Posted by Brad @ 5:14 pm on January 25th 2013

Music Video of the Week

And it is not the right word at all, but I find this one really charming. Dig the Australian accents and fish-eye lens.

Hilltop Hoods – So What’cha Want (Beastie Boys cover)

Posted by Brad @ 5:10 pm on January 25th 2013

Music Video of the Week

So, I’ve discovered an Australian radio show that does a cover feature called “Like a Version” featuring semi-obscure indie bands. So basically, MVOTW-bait, that you will now all just have to endure.

Prepare yeselves!

Dirty Projectors – Climax (Usher cover)

Posted by Brad @ 4:23 pm on January 14th 2013

Music Video of the Week

Screw you all then, this can be my personal MVOTW WordPress site!

Really into this album at the moment. I get more in the tank for Fiona Apple with each new release – and I loved her from the beginning. But she’s starting to enter into the “favorite artists of all time” territory for me.

Also, she tends to inspire really weird fan videos. But this one works, man.

Fiona Apple – Hot Knife

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