music video

Blue Notes jazz album covers come alive

Article: Blue Notes jazz album covers come alive

Hi-Fi from bante on Vimeo. Iconic Blue Notes jazz album covers come alive in Hi-Fi, a creative music video promoting the concert season at Bellavista Social Pub in Siena, Italy. Another treat for jazz fans and aficionados can be found at a Japanese website, Vintage Vanguard where one can peruse all the covers for every…

OK Go's latest video: 18 hours of dancing, 192 hours of timelapse, and 1 million frames

Article: OK Go's latest video: 18 hours of dancing, 192 hours of timelapse, and 1 million frames

The masters of viral music video blockbusters, OK Go recently released their latest video for “End Love,” directed by Jeff Lieberman and Eric Gunther, which is already rapidly approaching 1 million views on YouTube. Lieberman explains:

The fastest we go is 172,800x, compressing 24 hours of real time into a blazing 1/2 second. The slowest is 1/32x speed, stretching a mere 1/2 second of real time into a whopping 16 seconds. This gives us a fastest to slowest ratio of 5.5 million. If you like averages, the average speed up factor of the band dancing is 270x. In total we shot 18 hours of the band dancing and 192 hours of LA skyline timelapse – over a million frames of video – and compressed it all down to 4 minutes and 30 seconds! Oh and don’t forget, it’s one continuous camera shot.

Music video: Heaven can wait

Article: Music video: Heaven can wait

The new music video for Charlotte Gainsbourg’s “Heaven Can Wait” in collaboration with Beck appeared to result from someone suggesting “Hey, lets throw every weird non sequitur imagery (including quite literally a stack-of-pancakes-headed man…mmm stack of buttery blueberry pancakes…) against a wall, set it to music, and call it day.” And you know what? It…

Music video: "LookListenFeel" featuring narration by Isabella Rossellini

Article: Music video: "LookListenFeel" featuring narration by Isabella Rossellini

LookListenFeel from Broken Antler on Vimeo. I like this zenful music video for Maple Mountain Sunburst Triolian Orchestra’s “LookListenFeel” featuring narration by Isabella Rossellini (Sundance Channel’s Green Porno) of a poem by Laura Archera Huxley. The visuals were created in a collaboration between UK designer Broken Antler and Ben the Illustrator. [Hat tip: Christopher!]

Music video: I'll Be Gone

Article: Music video: I'll Be Gone

I’ll be gone from KORB on Vimeo. This great music video for Mario Basanov’s “I’ll be Gone” was directed by Rimantas Lukavicius. It begins deceptively simply, but it develops with a nice subtle “wow cool!” moment (look for it around the 1:50 mark) that also matches the song’s tone. It’s a fantastic and hypnotic concept.

An art lesson in a music video

Article: An art lesson in a music video

70 Million by Hold Your Horses ! from L'Ogre on Vimeo. “70 Million”, is a song by the Franco-American band Hold Your Horses! It takes viewers on a journey through art history reconstructing famous paintings. The look and feel is similar to our own Green Porno. It will make you smile. Mark my words.

Soft Spot's "Half a House"

Article: Soft Spot's "Half a House"

SoftSpot – Half a House from Ryan Dickie on Vimeo.

In Brooklyn’s independent music scene it seems like all you need to make something happen is a small group of friends working together in earnest. That’s what it took for Brooklyn-based duo Soft Spot, anyhow, when Bryan Keller and Sarah Kinlaw, who are as sweet and charming as they are talented, teamed up with art director Molly Gottschalk and director Ryan Dickie to produce the music video for their new single “Half a House.” Like any independent effort, the video was funded entirely by Keller and Kinlaw, who lugged lights and equipment and asked a lot of favors, like borrowing an amazing wardrobe from Malin Landaeus’ Vintage Archive in Williamsburg.

Music video directed by Michel Gondry

Article: Music video directed by Michel Gondry

Mia Doi Todd “Open Your Heart” dir. Michel Gondry from Viewers Like You on Vimeo. Michel Gondry recently directed this neat music video for LA musician Mia Doi Todd’s soulful “Open Your Heart” that features some massively color-coordinated people. It could practically be a commercial for Pantone.

Langhorne Slim, "Be Set Free"

Article: Langhorne Slim, "Be Set Free"

Langhorne Slim – “Be Set Free” from Mog Dotcom on Vimeo. Sami Lill created and directed this awesome quirky animation set to Langhorne Slim’s hopeful song “Be Set Free.” If you’re having a tough day in the office this video and song will throw you a life line.

Music video: Small Black's "Despicable Dogs"

Article: Music video: Small Black's "Despicable Dogs"

Small Black: Despicable Dogs from Yoonha Park on Vimeo. I’m really digging this new music video for Brooklyn band Small Black’s song “Despicable Dogs” which stars the lead singer Josh Kolenik’s uncle Matt, who looks like he stepped straight out of DOGTOWN AND Z BOYS casting central. The song has a soothing and catchy tune…

Music video: Everything is Made in China

Article: Music video: Everything is Made in China

A simple, but neat music video for their song “Sleep-walking” by Russian band Everything is Made in China, or EIMIC. One blogger saw this band at the Illosaarirock Festival in Finland and recently wrote: EIMIC took the stage and absolutely mesmerized the entire crowd. 1000 people stood in perfect silence as the band fill the…

Music video: Music Go Music

Article: Music video: Music Go Music

Music Go Music’s sound echoes earlier pop acts, most notably ABBA, and in particular their song “Light of Love” seen performed live in this video evokes the style of that era. They’ve exploded the formulas from the inside out, sounding like a hundred others and no one else. ‘Light of Love’ is a true celebration…

Music Video: Land of Talk

Article: Music Video: Land of Talk

Canadian duo WeWereMonkeys weren’t monkeying around in this music video they directed for Land of Talk’s hauntingly wistful “It’s Okay.” The video’s contemplative concept seems to perfectly capture the song’s pensive pace in a surprising and visually gorgeous style. Excuse me now while I manfully wipe my tears away and blow my nose. WeWereMonkeys: Land…

Music video: Grizzly Bears

Article: Music video: Grizzly Bears

Brooklyn band Grizzly Bears’ (previously) latest music video for “Ready, Able” from their third album Veckatimest features some freaky stop-motion claymation. Directed by artist Allison Schulnik, the video’s intentionally raw and unrefined aesthetic reflects Schulnik’s style evident in her art. When asked about her technique, she explained: “I over-indulge. I really just make work and…

Music video: The Roots, "How I Got Over"

Article: Music video: The Roots, "How I Got Over"

Legendary hip hop group The Roots remind us that they’re still a force to be reckoned with despite their mainstream-friendly daily duties backing up Jimmy Fallon as his house band. From their upcoming album of the same name, “How I Got Over” blends a socio-political message about brotherhood and lending a helping hand where “someone…

Music video: Beni feat. Sam Sparrow, "Maximus"

Article: Music video: Beni feat. Sam Sparrow, "Maximus"

A fun music video directed by Warran and Rhett of Moop Jaw featuring sassy kids break dancing to this electro-pop song, “Maximus” by Beni and Sam Sparrow. [Via]

Music video: Uffie, "Pop the Glock"

Article: Music video: Uffie, "Pop the Glock"

American-born, French rapper and singer Uffie recently debuted her first music video for her catchy song “Pop the Glock.” If the song sounds familiar it might be because it received some attention when it first came out in 2006, but even three years later (eons in Internet time or “hella old” as one YouTube commentor…

Music video: Cinnamon Chasers, "Luv Deluxe"

Article: Music video: Cinnamon Chasers, "Luv Deluxe"

This is one of my favorite music videos I’ve seen all week. Slightly NSFW, Saman Keshavarz directed this sexy concept for Cinnamon Chasers’ catchy song “Luv Deluxe.” Shot in HD first-person POV, watch closely as the viewer is presented with three different scenarios of a road trip, which correspond to different personalities. Cinnamon Chasers –…

Blitz the Ambassador

Article: Blitz the Ambassador

I’ve been watching on repeat lately the music video for Brooklyn rapper Blitz the Ambassador’s single “Breathe” from his new album Stereotype, an iTunes Hip-Hop top ten chart (without label support! Dang, someone sign him UP! ). Before moving to the States for college at Kent State University, Blitz’s musical style was strongly informed and influenced by his experience growing up in Ghana surrounded by the sounds of Afro-Beat and Highlife, as well as playing djembe in drum circles. Speaking of style, if “Breathe” is any indication, he’s got that and then some. The music video and the sound, backed by his band Embassy Ensemble, is brimming with head-nodding, shoulder-shaking, foot-tapping energy.

Blitz recently composed the original score to the PBS documentary, BRONX PRINCESS, which chronicles a Bronx-bred teenager, Rocky Otoo’s journey from New York City to Ghana to reunite with her chief father.

Music video: Phenomenal Handclap Band, "15 to 20"

Article: Music video: Phenomenal Handclap Band, "15 to 20"

Check out the music video from Phenomenal Handclap Band (“a genre-breaking Manhattan/Brooklyn collective…that shifts from rock to disco to psychedelia without hitting the brakes”) for their single “15 to 20.” Director Moh Azima combines 8 split-screens in this video shot throughout New York City. Phenomenal Handclap Band “15 to 20″ Official Video from friendly fire…

Music video: Firefly Effect, "All The Jokes Are On Me"

Article: Music video: Firefly Effect, "All The Jokes Are On Me"

I enjoyed the un-distilled and amateurish flickering animation in the video for Firefly Escape’s “All the jokes are on me.” It took a very dedicated and patient director David Mahler four months to illustrate the 1,640 hand drawn and water-colored frames used in the video. Firefly Effect – All The Jokes Are On Me from…

Music video: Kings of Convenience, "Boat Behind"

Article: Music video: Kings of Convenience, "Boat Behind"

The video for popularly indie (no paradox there) duo Kings of Convenience’s soothing single “Boat Behind” from their new album Declaration of Dependence plays like the ultimate stereotypical hipster guy’s fantasy: Erlend and Eirik with their shaggy hair styles and requisite big frame glasses go on a road trip in an old unsexy car, a…

Colorful music video for Ă“lafur Arnalds

Article: Colorful music video for Ă“lafur Arnalds

Argentine Esteban DiĂĄcono created this beautiful video of weaving ephemeral bursts of colors resembling paint brush strokes for Ă“lafur Arnalds’ song “LjĂłsiĂ°.”Arnalds saw this and liked it so much that he adopted it as the official music video. Watch it as your moment of zen today. Ă“lafur Arnalds – LjĂłsiĂ° (Official Music Video) from Erased…

Music video for "I Got Opinions"

Article: Music video for "I Got Opinions"

Greg Johnson’s music video for his catchy single “I Got Opinions” from Seven Day Cure takes the viewer on a fun animated “down-the-rabbit-hole journey” through a plethora of trippy and whimsical landscapes. I really enjoyed the different animation and visual styles employed throughout the video, which was the result of eight different contributing artists from…

They Might Be Giants teach science

Article: They Might Be Giants teach science

Science class is in session with Grammy award winning band They Might Be Giants as they teach the periodic table elements in this animated music video for “Meet the Elements” which debuted on Boing Boing. This song is from their new album Here Comes Science, which is aimed at entertaining and educating (or “edumataining”) children…