Today in Music: Video Schmideo

Every Monday-Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. The podcast features exclusive in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent musicians that KEXP DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection is from the 2007 album Cryptograms by Deerhunter:

Deerhunter – Strange Lights (MP3)

You can see Deerhunter along with The Ponys and The Girls on April 10 at Neumo’s. For more about podcasting and how to subscribe to KEXP podcasts, go here now.

After viewing the incredible choreography on the winning contestant’s video of “In The Morning” for the Junior Boys fan contest, which you can view on ARTISTdirect, I lost heart in creating my own video for the Placebo video contest I mentioned the other day. However, it did get me thinking about other videos created in these post-MTV, pro-YouTube times of ours. While it’s rare to find a video on TV these days, they proliferate the Internet like Tribbles. Here are some notable ones we’ve found on the blogs:

  • It seems more and more that labels are releasing singles from upcoming albums as videos first. For instance, Prefix mag features this video for Dizzee Rascal‘s “Sirens,” which will be included on his third album, Maths & English, due out in June on XL. If the rest of the album sounds like this, it’s going to be fantastic.
  • Patrick Wolf‘s new album The Magic Potion is due in the U.S. on May 1, and he’s already released videos for two singles. Rock Sellout posted the title track, and it seems expressly made for those of you who think the Scissor Sisters are too much and Rufus Wainwright not enough:
  • Because of cell phones and digital cameras, there are possibly more live videos on YouTube than pre-recorded ones. You can catch bits of concerts by your favorite artists, but the quality is often less than desirable. However, there are some really great live videos available, like this impromptu performance by The National on La Blogoteque, which features a series of incredibly intimate “take home” concerts:
  • Here’s another memorable performance currently running on Tripwire of The Cinematics performing Jeff Buckley’s “Grace” to an audience at SXSW this year that included his mother:
  • The overall accessibility of the Internet means that pretty much anybody can record anything and throw it up for all to see. While much of it has the quality of a 70’s home movie, the roughness and spontaneity can also be charming. Some Velvet Blog points to this refreshing cover of Peter Bjorn & John‘s “Young Folks” sung by Dawn Landes and a bunch of old folks:
  • You can find the original Peter Bjorn & John video on their MySpace page:
  • And speaking of old folks, check out this hilarious episode of “Breakfast at Sulimay’s,” in which three old coots from Fishtown, a working class section of Philly, rate such bands as The Thermals, Joanna Newsom and Clipse. You can find this and a second equally funny episode at
  • But really, what is the point of watching videos on the internet? To discover new music? Perhaps. To kill time at work? Definitely. But here’s what one of our own DJ’s wakes up really early in the morning to watch:
  • As always, If you have any news suggestions, questions or good mp3’s or video suggestions (legal, naturally), please write to

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    1. Posted April 6, 2007 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for the shout-out guys! And the ‘Breakfast at Sulimay’s’ is hysterical!

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