The 50 Best Music Videos Of 2017

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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 »

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 »

Zola Jesus – “Siphon” Video

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Last month, Zola Jesus was in Upstate New York to play a stunning headlining set at the Basilica Sound Festival. (I interviewed her there.) While she was up there, Zola Jesus teamed up with the great music-video director Zia Anger to shoot a striking, weirdly moving video for “Siphon,” one of … More »

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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st82videoThe last two Fridays both fell on holidays, so this column has been on hiatus. And that means we’re coming back this week with three weeks’ worth of videos. Things do tend to slow down in just about every pop-cultural area over the holidays, but three weeks of videos, no matter how sparse things might’ve … More »

Maggie Rogers – “Dog Years” Video

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Maggie RogersI put Maggie Rogers’ folksy electronic pop hit “Alaska” on my list of the year’s best pop singles yesterday, and upon further reflection I probably should have included its follow-up “Dog Years” as well. Like the former, the latter now has a music video by director Zia Anger. Additionally, Rogers has announced … More »

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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st82videoPersonal note to Oneohtrix Point Never: Hey buddy! We haven’t met. I’m Tom. I want to talk to you about putting Val Kilmer in your music video. It’s fucking awesome that you did that! That guy rules. However. I would like to present you with the idea that you should have Val Kilmer doing … More »

Maggie Rogers – “Alaska” Video

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Maggie RogersMost people first heard of Maggie Rogers by watching a stunned Pharrell compare her singular talent to the Wu-Tang Clan. And when “Alaska,” the gorgeous folk/dance hybrid that he was listening to, finally arrived, they weren’t disappointed. Today, the 22-year-old singer-songwriter has shared a new music video for the track, which comes accompanied … More »

Jenny Hval – “Conceptual Romance” Video (NSFW)

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Jenny Hval - Conceptual Romance videoIn about a month, the Swedish experimentalist Jenny Hval will give us her new album “Blood Bitch,” and today, she’s got a deeply unsettling and ominous video for her recent song “Conceptual Romance.” In director Zia Anger‘s clip, we see a whole lot of imagery that doesn’t make a lot of narrative sense … More »