Posted by Brad @ 2:30 pm on December 31st 2012

12 Days of Music Video of the Year

Certainly, in a very short time, on a surface level this became the Macarena. It’s also true that being Korean, and coming from the milieu of both K-Pop and mainstream “hip hop” videos, this is a novelty thing – in the sense that had it come from, say, The Offspring, it would have been meaningless. And, yes, you will hear this song at every basketball game you ever go to for the next twenty years.

But I guess I had started assuming that music videos had lost the power to surprise or delight us. And, after well over a hundred viewings, I can honestly say this one still hasn’t jumped the shark with me – I squeal with delight like a goddamn girly-girl every time this comes on. And it’s one of those things that you could both write a Ph.D. thesis about but which is also one of the most unabashedly shallow things ever made.

As I said in the comments to my original post, regarding the rocketing to fame of PSY, this video, and this song: “a world where this happens is just a fundamentally better place.”

1. PSY – Gangnam Style



(2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007)

Posted by Brad @ 2:30 pm on December 30th 2012

12 Days of Music Video of the Year

I have a confession to make. As with David Letterman’s Top Ten staff, #2 is usually my favorite. I take great care in 12 Days rankings, and #1 is undeniably the best, but… well, as a fan of covers, b-sides, and rarities, #2 usually winds up being the video that I secretly love the most. It may not have the legs of #1, or the mainstream appeal, or the polish, but it’s usually the music video that most takes me away. More succinctly, while #1 is usually the best music video of the year, #2 is usually my favorite find.

2. Lisa Hannigan – I Don’t Know

(2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007)

Posted by Brad @ 2:30 pm on December 29th 2012

12 Days of Music Video of the Year

Everybody knows OK GO makes mind-blowing music videos. I think what is often forgotten is that they also write terrific songs.

3. OK Go – Needing/Getting

(2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007)

Posted by Brad @ 2:30 pm on December 28th 2012

12 Days of Music Video of the Year

This kind of music gets no respect. It should.

4. Reggie Watts – Panama


Reggie Watts covers Van Halen

(2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007)

Posted by Brad @ 2:30 pm on December 27th 2012

12 Days of Music Video of the Year

5. Aesop Rock – Zero Dark Thirty

(2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007)

Posted by Brad @ 2:30 pm on December 26th 2012

12 Days of Music Video of the Year

6. Grouplove covering Andrew W.K. – Party Hard

(2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007)

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Posted by Brad @ 2:30 pm on December 25th 2012

12 Days of Music Video of the Year

Talk about a band making a splash. In any case, I agree wholeheartedly with Rojas’ observation:

If you’re going to try to sound like somebody, Queen is an excellent choice.

These guys own that sh*t.

7. Fun – Some Nights

(2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007)

Posted by Brad @ 2:30 pm on December 24th 2012

12 Days of Music Video of the Year

Through total coincidence, Mumford & Sons come in at #8 for the second year in a row.

8. Mumford & Sons – Awake My Soul

(2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007)

Posted by Brad @ 2:30 pm on December 23rd 2012

12 Days of Music Video of the Year

The beginning of a recurring them for this year’s Music Videos of the Year. For once, there is a heavy sampling of actually the most popular songs of the year, including some pretty ubiquitous ones. Normally I’m so far outside the pop culture stream that there is really no relation to my year of music and the year of music, although there’s usually a smattering of overlap. But this year, for whatever reason, the two actually synced up.

Anyway, although I do like it, the original version of this probably wouldn’t have made the cut, but the YouTube compilation ala Kutiman actually makes for a very entrancing piece.

9. Gotye – Somebodies (A YouTube Orchestra)

(2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007)

Posted by Brad @ 2:30 pm on December 22nd 2012

12 Days of Music Video of the Year

So yes this is totally a hippy thing, and the music video is (charmingly) bad. But whatever man, this makes me happy.

10. David Wax Museum – Yes, Maria, Yes

(2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007)

Posted by Brad @ 2:30 pm on December 21st 2012

12 Days of Music Video of the Year

He looks like the Weird Soda Review dude.

Also, maybe it’s the end of the world today, and if so, these guys would make a nice little soundtrack for it. If you’re going to go, go jauntily.

11. Patrick & Eugene – The Birds and the Bees

(2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007)

Posted by Brad @ 2:30 pm on December 20th 2012

12 Days of Music Video of the Year

It begins!

Honestly, not too many hard cuts this time around. The 12 that I’ll be featuring through New Year’s Eve were basically all easy calls, with not too many I feel bad about leaving out. And though I have my normal oddities and covers and whatnot, honestly the list this year skews mainstream, surprisingly. Even the also-rans (e.g., e.g.) aren’t like shocking oddities or anything.

That said, it’s certainly not what you’d get from Pitchfork or whatever. On to 12!

12. Mark Farina featuring Sean Hayes – Dream Machine

(2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007)

Posted by Brad @ 2:30 pm on December 19th 2012

Music Video of the Prelude to the 12 Days of Music Video of the Year of the Week

Let me just get this out of the way right upfront. The following will not be the Music Video of the Year, although it is certainly not lacking in its own…charms?

Gwar – Carry on My Wayward Son


GWAR covers Kansas

But really, I think the following sums up the year in music videos best.

Posted by Brad @ 3:19 pm on November 12th 2012

Ouch

Ask a Network Head: Why Doesn’t MTV Play Music Videos Anymore?

Posted by Brad @ 2:28 am on November 10th 2012

Music Video of the After-Election

Not safe for work.

Goldishack Guerrillas – Bulldozer

Posted by Brad @ 2:30 pm on October 29th 2012

Music Video of the Week

Dub Pistols – Cyclone

Posted by Brad @ 2:30 pm on October 25th 2012

Music Video of the Week

Love this song.

Lo Fidelity Allstars – Battle Flag

Posted by Brad @ 2:30 pm on October 21st 2012

Music Video of the Week

Penguin Cafe Orchestra – Perpetuum Mobile

Posted by Brad @ 2:30 pm on October 17th 2012

Music Video of the Week

Maybe the best band going right now.

Mumford & Sons – Awake My Soul

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Posted by Cameron @ 3:17 pm on October 13th 2012

I Twitched My Withers

Bill Callahan is the artist formerly known as Smog. Instant love when I stumbled across him in this charming little video a few days ago. I’ve picked up three of his albums in the mean time. Though I haven’t made it quite into the Smog era, it is fair to consider me officially hooked by his minimalist crooning.

Bill Callahan – Eid Ma Clack Shaw

Posted by Brad @ 2:33 pm on October 13th 2012

Music Video of the Week

Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks

Posted by Brad @ 2:26 pm on October 9th 2012

Music Video of the Week

Jem – They

Posted by Brad @ 2:25 pm on October 5th 2012

Music Video of the Week

Brandi Carlile – Heaven

Posted by Brad @ 9:17 am on October 2nd 2012

Music Video of the GWAR Covering Kansas

Sorry for the overabundance of music videos, and I’m not even sure this qualifies as “good”, but…

Gwar – Carry on My Wayward Son


GWAR covers Kansas

The comments are funny.

Well…. That was a thing I was not expecting…

On the whole I guess they made it their own….
I really do mean that.

Posted by Cameron @ 12:26 am on October 2nd 2012

I simply can’t not post this…

With a tip of a hat to our old Infidel friend, I present this thoroughly awesome song:

Without a Face – The TSA Song

Posted by Brad @ 2:30 pm on October 1st 2012

Music Video of the Week

Ron Pope – A Drop in the Ocean

Posted by Brad @ 2:30 pm on September 27th 2012

Music Video of the Week

Fun – Some Nights

Not really worth a lot now, but I had been dying to post this song since I first heard it in like February, but they only had a teaser video up, which is totally worth checking out in its own right, but was not the song itself so I figured I’d wait a few days. Cut to March, April, May, June, etc.

Now the real video is out, but the song is also on every Top 40 station in America and you’ve heard it 5000 times already.

All of which is to say I was into this before you.

Nevertheless, it’s an f’ing fantastic song.

Posted by Brad @ 2:30 pm on September 23rd 2012

Music Video of the Week

Amy Winehouse – Tears Dry On Their Own

Posted by Brad @ 2:30 pm on September 19th 2012

Music Video of the Week

Mark Farina featuring Sean Hayes – Dream Machine

Dig it.

Seriously, if I could have this song running through my brain every day, I’d be alright.

Posted by Brad @ 12:54 am on September 16th 2012

Music Video of the Week

Cage The Elephant – Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked

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