In this space in past years, I’ve usually written about which music-video directors had the best years. It’s a variation of the auteur theory, as visionaries like Nabil and Hiro Murai have used artists as vehicles for their ideas and approaches. This year, though, it feels like the artists themselves who are driving things, and … More »
Fuck this week. Fuck this day, in particular. Here are some videos.
5. Jeff Rosenstock – “Pash Rash” (Dir. Benjamin Epstein & David Combs)
A fitting rebuke of the weird phenomenon of everyone taping live shows on their phones, so that you see constant upraised phones all across the front row whenever you go out. But this is also a fun document of a a sweaty punk rock show, and we can never get enough of those.
4. Delicate Steve – “Winners” (Dir. Bob Burton)
Vaguely rednecky beach-boardwalk towns are some of the greatest places in our country. Look at how happy everyone is!
3. Watsky – “Stick To Your Guns” (Feat. Julia Nunes) (Dir. Carlos Lopez Estrada)
We just spent the past year letting that red-eyed sheep run around, didn’t we?
2. Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2 – “Star Stuff” (Dir. Harry Israelson)
A weird little collage of everything I thought was cool in the ’90s indie movies that I loved, especially the ones that haven’t aged too well. Those things are still cool, somehow, even if they’re cool with an extra set of quotation marks now.
1. Young Thug – “Wyclef Jean” (Dir. Ryan Staake & “Young Thug”)
A ridiculously fun deconstruction of the rap video shoot and all the maddening little things that can go wrong with it, from a guy who’s had enough and who is not going to take it anymore. I can’t tell if Staake just boosted his video-director career or sent it plummeting to a glorious death.
Young Thug released Jeffery back in August. Just now, he’s shared a new music video for album track “Wyclef Jean,” and it’s a pretty wild one, a video about the process of its own creation. Basically, Young Thug explains what he wants and director Ryan Staake of Pomp&Clout explains exactly how none of that … More »
The music-video event of 2016 was easily the HBO premiere of Beyoncé’s Lemonade — inarguably one of the best albums of the year, and maybe one of the best movies, too. Lemonade was a leap — an indulgent artistic vision that could’ve easily fallen flat on its face and somehow instead transcended the music-video form, … More »