For the second year, the campers at Deaf Film Camp
, a two-week summer experience for deaf and hard-of-hearing teens interested in filmmaking, have made a great ASL music video. The video is entirely produced by the campers with guidance from a staff of filmmakers from the deaf community
. This year's selection is Pharrell's "Happy"
, with ASL Interpretation created by Azora Telford
and Rosa Lee Timm
and performed by Telford, Timm, the campers and camp staff. [more inside]
Kiesza's Hideaway video is a fantastic single-shot tribute to 1990s dance.
broke a rib shooting the video.) But check out what happens when Russian performance duo Bonia and Kuzmich (Mikhail Kuzmin and Julia Starikova) (Боня и Кузьмич
) created a tribute video
Every year students at Madonna University's Sign Language Studies program create ASL music videos of popular songs
, incorporating elements of ASL poetry and storytelling. Each video comes with a comprehensive guide explaining the translations and artistic choices behind each line of the video. Some examples: Pompeii by Bastille
, Four Women by Nina Simone
, and of course Bohemian Rhapsody
Queen's 1982 dance funk single "Body Language" represented a rare move away from their glam stadium anthems into a more spare, disco-driven beat inter-cut with a moaning Freddie Mercury. The accompanying video, full of exposed flesh and suggestive lyrics, was deemed inappropriate for US TV and was one of the first music videos barred from MTV.
" is a fake trailer, for a movie that, for now, is not going to be made, about the incredible power of its characters to defy the physics of the world they live in, almost as if they were cheating a videogame.
Yoko Ono's new single Bad Dancer
has a video which involves Ira Glass, Questlove, Ira Glass, and other cool people dancing, well, poorly.
I played this song to my Sex And Drugs And Rock And Roll class in Caboolture, and it sure attracted some extreme (negative) reactions. “This is shit,” was the common consensus… all except me and this one girl sitting at the back who the previous week had revealed herself to be a Royal Headache fan and was sitting there with her jaw dropping, like me. It was the first time she’d heard it too. “I’m going to be buying the album tomorrow,” she said. More hardcore than Throbbing Gristle, more extreme than most ‘extreme’ punk hardcore and metal hardcore I’ve heard, and… wait. The video to ‘Stupid Hoe’ has been watched by 71 million people? What the fuck is going on? The alternative and underground is getting seriously left behind by this wanton and determined deconstruction of sound happening within the ‘mainstream’.
— Everett True [more inside]
"So many people think they can improve the situation or collaborate. I think that's very wishful thinking in this political structure. It makes people not very conscious of what's happening," he said
YouTube user AKAcronny
has an interesting animation style, which he applies to making fan videos for They Might Be Giants songs:
Can't Keep Johnny Down ( <-- best, watch this one)
- Certain People I Could Name
- Everything Right is Wrong Again
English singer-songwriter Keaton Henson
's video for Small Hands
, directed by Joseph Mann. [more inside]
The music video for "I Don't Wanna Dance" by Alex Gaudino ft. Taboo takes the form of an aerobics class for kitty cats.
Youtube user Thepeterson puts together collections of the major radio hits, movies, video games, and technology of a given year. So why not take a time machine trip to the media landscape of : 1997
, and 2002
Die Antwoord's new video FATTY BOOM BOOM
is a bright and colourful African adventure, complete with wild animals, zef savages singing and dancing in the streets, and a special guest appearance by a sneaky little prawn star. (warning: contains ironic blackface)
is a rap duet between the insouciant twentysomething Kitty Pryde
and the cartoonishly vivid RiFF RaFF
. The two styles contrast each other hilariously.
Dave and Duncan off the inspirational (and cancelled) MTV reality show 'The Buried Life
' star in a parody of Rihanna's We Found Love video
along side a bunch of spray paint and candy.
Let the Beat Build
. Fantastic single-take video by Nyle
. [more inside]
Russell Mulcahy is best known for directing Highlander
(as well as its...less-popular
...sequel) and is currently doing a Teen Wolf
series for MTV. But speaking of MTV, he got his start doing music videos. A lot
of music videos. In fact, if you remember a video from the early days of MTV, it's probably one of Mulcahy's. [more inside]
The new video
from the band Chairlift
) doubles as a game of Choose Your Own Adventure and a meditation on the nature of choice.
"Crazy Clown Time"
is the new music video by filmmaker and musician David Lynch. It's kinda not safe for work, or life.
"Off the Wall"*
is an electro-pop ditty by French artiste Yuksek** with a video
that uses a mirror effect*** for maximum delightfulness. Bonus fun: a 'Making Of' video
that just replays the whole thing without
the mirror.**** [more inside]
What happens when a Southern paleontologist falls for a creationist? According to Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, it might go a little something like this
Hand On Your Gun
is a music video dedicated to suit-wearing arms dealers and champagne-drinking depleted uranium droppers from British-Iraqi rapper Lowkey
. A few of his other videos: Obama Nation
, Obama Nation part 2
, Soundtrack To The Struggle
It has been nearly a decade since VH1 cancelled "Pop Up Video," but at noon ET today the show returns with 60 new episodes
. Their first video: Britney Spears' Til the World Ends
. The program's new incarnation will
also allow viewers to DIY their own "pop up" videos
and share them on Facebook and Twitter." [more inside]
The new music video for "Big Wheels"
by Toronto pop/rap/rock/fun sextet Down With Webster is a masterpiece of 8-bit animation interwoven seamlessly with live action. [more inside]
Starting in the summer of 2009, Southern Souls began by capturing unique performances by musicians that call southern Ontario home. Seeing musicians play in the places that they live and breathe, places they themselves have chosen—in the street, in a store, in a kitchen or bedroom—is almost a homecoming for the music itself, returning it to the places in which it started. [more inside]
What we do is what we do.
The brand new DEVO video takes the crowd-sourcing/focus-grouping element of their album Something For Everybody
to the music video world. It's a 360-degree video where the user can control the camera. (For the lazy among us, there's also a "random" button that moves from shot to shot.) The link also includes a brief interview with DEVO co-founder/video co-director Gerald V. Casale.
Dream of the 90's
is a short music video promoting the upcoming sketch comedy series Portlandia
, starring Fred Armisen
and Carrie Brownstein
. [more inside]
, the latest music video endeavor from rock group OK Go, was choreographed and filmed at widely-varying framerates, producing a hypnotic viewing experience. [SLYT] [more inside]
makes beautiful, haunting animations, including videos for
Ill Bill - My Uncle
Ill Bill - War Is My Destiny
Radiohead - All I Need
(not quite completed, but a more fully-realized minute long sample here
and the short piece Moonboy.
. NSFW, unless your work consists of gorgeous hand-drawn typography and voluptuous bird women cavorting together.
HEALTH - "We Are Water"
. Directed by Eric Wareheim. NSFW. [more inside]
If you're Jay Z
, you have an Empire State of Mind. If you're Darth Vader
Best appreciated by watching the videos in order.
YouTube has launched Disco
. From TestTube
- the GoogleLabs of YouTube - it's like Pandora lite with videos. Create and share playlists (linked playlist via TechCrunch)
, or just search for an artist and see what it comes up with. [more inside]
(video, really NSFW, SLnYT) gets right to the point. Youtube has taken down uploads. Facebook has taken down links (though not Links
Here's a fan-created censored
version (NSFW lyrics). [more inside]
I'm not a fan of front-page posts that don't describe their link, but I seriously have no idea what this is.
It's Russian. It's from the '60s. Now that I've watched it, I feel my life is complete, yet I somehow simultaneously want my eight minutes back (you've been warned). SLYT.