Today in Music: What the Blogs Are Watching

Searching the Internet for videos is kind of like cruising through neighborhoods at night and looking in windows. (I know -- fun, right?) Or maybe it’s more like window shopping. You can look, even if you already own what’s behind the window or have no intention of buying it. Either way, here are a few interesting glimpses from my last journey through the blogosphere:

  • The first stop, of course, is always like going to your local convenience store -- on the YouTube homepage you’re likely to find a few interesting videos easily, but your choices are limited. Still, you may need to go no further than this sweet video for Fujiya & Miyagi‘s “Ankle Injuries,” which captures the band’s moves using multicolored dice:


  • Stereogum is always a reliable stop for new videos, and this *new* song by Editors is definitely worth your time, even though it’s not a video, really, just some stock video clips patched together. Hey, it’s a new Editors song, the title track from An End Has A Start:
  • If you were diggin’ the stop-motion dice thing with the Fujiya & Miyagi video, then hop on over to The Tripwire and check out this freaky pop-up book video for “Ok” by not-so-radio-friendly Shitdisco:
  • Next stop: BrooklynVegan, where the crazy electronic wizardry of Dan Deacon gets a lot of love. You can find a bunch of mp3 ‘s and videos over there like this low budget brain-spinner for “Big Big Big Big Big”:
  • If you’re in the mood for more craptacular video editing and effects, then drop by Aversion for this video of “Men’s Needs” by The Cribs, which was has been banned from daytime television in the UK -- must be the lifelike violence:
  • For something a little artier, The Fabulist invites you to peep this vintage-styled video for the French singer Emily Loizeau. If you’re a fan of Amelie, you’re sure to enjoy “Je Suis Jalouse”:
  • The DL over at Spinner is a sure stop for great interviews and live performances by the likes of Amy Winehouse, Ted Leo, Peter Bjorn & John -- you name it. Rufus Wainwright dropped by recently and advised host Sara Schaefer one how to write a song:
  • Personally, I never go out without swinging by La Blogotheque, whose impromptu “Take Away Video” series has presented some of the best musicians -- The Shins, The National, Arcade Fire, Alan Sparhawk of Low, and too many others to list -- in some of the most random places. Here’s Tom Brosseau singing “Darling Corey” in the middle of a New York City barbershop:
  • Of course the blogs are filled with video clips from handheld cameras and cellphones, most of them intolerable unless you reeeeaaaally like the artist. Well, I don’t like Blake Lewis quite as much as Travis Hay at Ear Candy does, but I do like me some Sir Mix-A-Lot, and you know what he likes! Here’s Blake and Sir Mix at Seattle’s Westlake Center last week:
  • See any good videos lately? Have any music news to share? Then clue us in: blog@kexp.org.

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    2 Comments

    1. Posted May 18, 2007 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

      Some great videos in there. The Fujiya and Miyagi video is reminscient of the White Stripes lego video, but their use of different sides of dice to create halftones is simply brilliant.

      As far as “Je Suis Jalouse” goes, it’s delightful fun, but I think it reminds me more of City of Lost Children than Amelie (same director). It also reminds me of Bjork’s “Human Behavior” video.

    2. Posted May 18, 2007 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, I wonder if the Fujiya and Miyagi video was done digitally. If not, it certainly does rival Michel Gondry’s videos in crazy obsessiveness. I agree with you about “Je Suis Jalouse” too. Great movie!

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