Today in Music: Video Schmideo, Part Deux

!!! – Must Be The Moon (taken from Myth Takes)

Last week, !!! (Chk Chk Chk) was one of several bands to perform live at KEXP, and they played this song, “Must Be the Moon,” on the Afternoon Show with Cheryl Waters. You can still go back and listen to this performance on our Streaming Archive.

Recently, I’ve had a song stuck in my head, thanks to a certain Morning Show DJ, but it’s not a song he played on the radio but rather a video I watched on his computer. In general, I find myself being drawn more and more to videos these days. I can’t say that I’ve really been an avid video fan, not since Dave Kendall hosted 120 Minutes on MTV nearly (holy crap!) twenty years ago. After the few best years of that show, no part of MTV would have played a video by the likes of Chk Chk Chk, which is why I stopped watching. Now, thanks to YouTube, MySpace Video, Imeem, and a bunch of other outlets, even the most obscure indie bands can make videos and you can watch them immediately and with less filtering. While this means a lot more terrible videos are being made, there are a lot more cool ones too. Here are some of the latest videos clogging up my bandwidth:

  • Apostle of Hustle also performed recently in the KEXP studio. They did not play this song, but here’s the title track, and the newest video, for this year’s National Anthem of Nowhere:
  • Low‘s video for “Breaker” off Drums & Guns is simple: singer/guitarist Alan Sparhawk eats cake, in uniform. It’s a metaphor using cake, …mmm, cake:
  • Although no videos have yet surfaced for Wilco‘s forthcoming Sky Blue Sky, you can hear and see Jeff Tweedy talking about the new album, from their promotional DVD. Also, check out this sweet B-side, hosted by Born By The River:
  • Wilco – One True Vine (MP3)

  • James Murphy, of LCD Soundsystem, has been holding mock press conferences to combat the supposed backlash to his recent album’s success. The DL, over at Spinner, presents this amusing confrontation (about as believable as his suit) with a disgruntled blogger:

  • The Portland band Yacht, who recently opened for LCD Soundsystem, features their home city in this video for “See A Penny (Pick It Up).” You can also catch the making of the video here.
  • Stereogum has one of the coolest videos going: last Sunday’s sold out Beirut show, during the band brought on Owen Pallett of opening act Final Fantasty in addition to members of Arcade Fire, to fill the stage with an enormous orchestra:

    And what was the song that was stuck in my head, and which several KEXP staffers yell to each other daily? Roy Rules! by SNL writer Brian Tucker. Watch and you’ll be singing it too!

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    1. Spinzo
      Posted May 9, 2007 at 9:14 am | Permalink

      Murphy is awesome.

      “I had pre-leaked copies”! Now, that’s funny.

    2. sara
      Posted May 9, 2007 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

      Watch video for !!!’s Must be the Moon here:

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