Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Best of the Year 2019 Preview Playlist

I'm still reviewing the year of videos, so to tide you over until January (or March)... here's a non-ordered playlist:

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Best Music Videos of the Year 2017

Kendrick Lamar
Directors: Jonas Lindstroem and "the Little Homies"

"Life's What you Make It"
Director: Sasha Rainbow

Kendrick Lamar
Directors: Dave Meyers and "the Little Homies"

"Mourning Sound"
Grizzly Bear
Director: Beatrice Pegard

Kendrick Lamar ft Zacari
Directors: Dave Meyers and "the Little Homies"

William Patrick Corgan
Directors: Linda Strawberry & Billy Corgan

"The Grocery"
Manchester Orchestra
Director: Johnny Chew

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Best of the Year 2016: Music video honorable mentions

These music videos didn't make the "best of" cut, but they're worth mentioning as an historical artifact (or something like that).

Director: ?

Sleigh Bells
"I Can Only Stare"
Director: Sean Price Williams

Neon Indian
Director: Alan Palomo

Director: Eli Linnetz

"Cranes in the Sky"
Director: Alan Ferguson & Solange Knowles

Crystal Castles
Director: Crystal Castles

...stay tuned for the Best of... list!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Overlooked Prince videos

Like David Bowie, Prince didn't really fit perfectly into the MTV limelight. Their music videos weren't consistent in quality, innovation, and conception like Michael Jackson's or Madonna's were. When the 90s decade came around, Prince never made the transition to the big-budget, cinematic era as others did. It's okay, nobody really left the 80s intact... Prince is still an Advanced Genius in any decade.

When you think of Prince visually, you probably think of "When Doves Cry", "1999" or maybe "Batdance". I once saw "Gold" on BET, but his MTV airplay diminished significantly post-1993. I wanted to educate those on some of the more unpopular, forgotten (or even rare) videos that the Purple One graced us with during his short time on this Planet Earth.

I'll update this post more videos and maybe some legit YouTube links as time goes on...

"Black Sweat" (2006)
When it was released, it seemed to be an exclusive to Yahoo! Music. Really nice beat here, and  a simplistic black-and-white aesthetic sure suits Prince and female companion well. It predate's Beyonce's "Single Ladies" by two years.

"Cinnamon Girl" (2004)
OK, this is one I considered Best Video of Year. Prince gets political in this one, defending the Islamic community in a post Sept 11th world. It was very powerful when I first saw it in 2004, and I think it still rings truer today, especially for immigrants and the discriminated.

"Partyman" (1989)
I wrote a retrospective about this quirky video back in 2011. For a good laugh, and some furrowed brows, check it out!

My Top 7 Prince Videos of All Time
  1. When Doves Cry / Purple Rain (tie)
  2. Batdance
  3. Cinnamon Girl
  4. Raspberry Beret
  5. Partyman
  6. 1999
Related: My Prince experience