Today in Music: Friday Video Mixtape

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Here at KEXP, we’re preparing for a Volunteer Party tonight to celebrate the army of unpaid interns and volunteers who generously donate their time to keep this great station running. As part of the festivities, we’re all putting together our own mixtapes for a big swap. While I’ve been doing a little last minute “research” on the internet, I’ve found myself running into more videos than songs that I’d like to add. Since I’m not ambitious enough to create a DVD for the swap, I figured I’d share them with you:

One track definitely going on my mix is Ghosthustler‘s “Parking Lot Nights,” which reminds me of a sort of electroclash Ghostland Observatory. I have to thank blogs like Gorilla Vs. Bear, who turned me on to the Denton band and who host this track:

Another song going on the mix is “Thou Shalt Always Kill” by Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip, who sound like Dizzee Rascal (whose beats they steal) combined with Art Brut. Check out the video:

This may not make the final cut, but I love this video from Maps. The song “It Will Find You” comes from their debut album We Can Create:

For fine synchronized dance moves, check out Rufus Wainwright new video “Rules and Regulations” featured on Spinner. The video, shot by Petro Papahadjopoulos, features mustachioed Victorian strongmen squatting in an old mansion, and Rufus in white long johns:

Also all gussied up in whites, Conor Oberst and the rest of Bright Eyes look like they’ve stepped off the set of Heaven Can Wait in this new video for “Hot Knives”:

By comparison, Bloc Party‘s “Hunting for Witches” is a relatively minimal video, but the song is kickin':

Rising from the ashes of the now-defunct Simian is Simian Mobile Disco, who, yes, add more of a dance beat to their music. This is the new video for “I Believe”, from their album Attack Decay Sustain Release, which comes out next week:

I caught The Horrors‘ amusing live set at The Crocodile the other night and was glad to see this morning that a clip of “Crawdaddy Simone” made it to the ‘Tube. While the sound quality is quite good, the video is a bit dark. It may be difficult to make out, but the lead singer, Faris Badwan, tried to put some kind of stuffed animal paw on the tip of the mic stand, which was ripped away (like his t-shirt during the third song), and then throw onto his back. Later in the clip, the tries to chew the Christmas lights strung along the wall. Amusing stuff.

No video mix would be complete without a video or two from La Blogotheque’s Take-Away Shows, which present musicians in very intimate and impromptu settings. One of the most recent additions to the series features Voxtrot wandering through an arcade (the old kind, with carnies and rigged games!), singing “Trouble”:

In a similar style, La Blogotheque presents this not-quite-a-Take-Away Show with Zach Condon of Beirut (who have announced a forthcoming album and tour, by the way). In it, Zach sings Grizzly Bear’s “The Knife”:

I’ll leave you with this non-music clip that was shared with me yesterday of the jackass journalist “The Mooch” trying to show up (and show off for) the Arctic Monkeys:

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  1. Posted June 22, 2007 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    Does that guy really count as a journalist? Oh, and if you use you can convert everything and make a mix DVD pretty fast.

  2. Posted June 23, 2007 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    Actually, it should read: …jackass “journalist” The Mooch…!

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