The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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Mark Romanek is one of the great directors in music-video history. He did Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer” and Beck’s “Devil’s Haircut” and Fiona Apple’s “Criminal” and Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” and Johnny Cash’s “Hurt.” His video for Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” was seriously problematic in a lot of ways, and also just plain annoying, … More »

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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I wrote the last one of these columns almost a month ago, so this is really the five best videos of the last three weeks. Don’t worry, though. Not that many videos came out during the holiday, and most of the ones that did come out weren’t that good. Some of them were, though, including … More »

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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The best music-related video of the week was obviously the 10-minute Black Thought freestyle that realigned the planets of the solar system and brought the dinosaurs back to life. But there were some actual music videos this week, too, and some of them were good. This week’s picks are below. More »

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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There’s something beautifully perverse about Father John Misty making such a regular prestigey music video for “Leaving LA,” a song that’s 13 minutes long. It’s a beautifully shot video of an amazing song, but who has 13 minutes for that? Who has the patience to keep staring at this particular YouTube video for that … More »

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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Someone really let Billy Corgan direct his own 40-minute silent film, the thing he decided to do rather than making a bunch of actual music videos. I dare anyone not related to Corgan to sit through the entire thing. Just scrubbing through Pillbox so I could post about it was a painful experience. As a … More »

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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Marilyn Manson made a second video with Johnny Depp this week. Here’s a free idea for everyone: Don’t make videos with Johnny Depp! He’s an accused domestic abuser, he looks like he owns an entire closet full of top hats, and he hasn’t been in a good movie since — and I’m being very generous … More »

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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Thor: Ragnarok has two different battle scenes set to Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song,” and if I could put both of them on this list, I would. Instead, this week’s picks are below. More »

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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We got a good Halloween album this year, but we didn’t get enough good Halloween video. There were plenty of good music videos this past week; they just weren’t Halloween-specific. I was looking forward to seeing more bands eaten by zombies or whatever. Try harder next year, music video directors! This week’s picks are … More »

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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Taylor Swift’s “…Ready For It?” is a pretty bad video, and it’s not even bad in the ways that you would expect a Taylor Swift video to be bad. It’s expensive and meaningless and even maybe slightly pretentious? But at least it’s not boring? I have no idea what’s happening with it, and I … More »

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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It’s not a music video, but the thing I saw this week that left the deepest impression was the introduction to the 2011 CMT Music Awards, a galactically dumb comedy bit that happens to star Taylor Swift, Shania Twain, Kid Rock, and, in a bone-chilling cameo, Donald Trump. I’m a bit worried that Kenny … More »