Video Roundup: Just ’cause it’s DIY doesn’t mean you can’t dance!

New music videos these days are looking more and more “DIY.” Maybe it’s because the music video format itself is no longer the only loss leader for record labels (sorry, CD’s, but your profitability is dwindling), and now they’re forced to cut their budgets a bit more — or maybe it’s just a result of the “you can do it” trend of soliciting fan-made art, videos, and even music. Either way, the DIY-look is happenin’.

In this selection of very recent videos, it’s all about simple settings (a warehouse, a studio, a sidewalk), non-professional actors (the band, their friends), and cheap effects (stock footage, retro local access FX). But there’s a benefit to all this frugality — a return to creativity. Enjoy:

Vampire Weekend – A-Punk

Moby – Alice

Iron and Wine – Boy With a Coin

The Blakes – Don’t Bother Me

Xiu Xiu – I Do What I Want, When I Want

Eddie Vedder – Guaranteed

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2 Comments

  1. Posted January 9, 2008 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    I’m not a big Xiu Xiu fan, but that video is awesome. So is The Blakes’ video (go local)!

  2. Jamjar
    Posted January 9, 2008 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    The Vampire Weekend video is pretty hilarious if not a little boring. Yeah I also enjoy The Blakes video.

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