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Great Northern’s Home

August 8, 2007

Home 1

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of innovative music videos. But it’s not everyday that I watch a music video for a band that does it’s job so well that I find myself instantly trying to buy the album. This morning I came across a video for the band Great Northern called Home that did exactly that.

The video features some slick motion graphics and compositing work, layered around the band in a Modest Mouse – Float On style. This style has become a bit commonplace but in this case the synergy of the music and the effects result in a really strong video.
Home 2
Watch it in low or high resolution. Check out this hype machine playlist for a more Great Northern.

– chris

(via No Fat Clips!)


Kanye West’s Unique Music Video

July 26, 2007


Well, we’re back it at it. Rejuvenated and ramping up to full speed once again. I thought I’d start things off with this stunning music video for Kanye West’s new single Can’t Tell Me Nothing I don’t talk about Hip Hop videos often because of their cookie-cutter nature, but Can’t Tell Me Nothing is unlike any other Hip Hop vid you’ve ever seen.

Stronger was envisioned by Zack Galifianakis at the surprising urging of Kanye himself and shockingly it is NOT the official video. Think Galifianakis lip-syncing to Kanye in cornfields at sunset.

You must watch this now.

Glad to be back!
– chris

Update: Turns out this bad boy isn’t the official vid and in fact, I mislabeled the song title. Ahh… the misinformation of blogs. Thanks Reece! Official vid here.

(via BoingBoing)

Field Music’s “In Context”

July 5, 2007

In Context 1

A tipster sent us a link to the very unique music video for “In Context” a single from the British band Field Music. The video is one hand-held shot that follows an intricate array of scribbles timed to the music.

It’s clear from the beginning that there’s a bigger picture at hand than random lines, something that will give context to everything we’ve seen. I like how intimately the video and song are in sync.
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This is a great, cheap concept. Minus the cost of repainting the wall of course.

– chris

Video: Oh My God!’s Sultry CG

June 22, 2007

Lily 1

British director Nima Nourizadeh has come up with a great concept for Mark Ronson’s song “Oh my god!” featuring Lily Allen. The song is a cover of the Kaiser Chief’s “Oh my God” and for consistency Nourizadeh decided to make video a ‘cover’ as well.

The appropriate homage would take the form of Lily Allen as a Jessica Rabbit style animation. I think it’s a great decision to keep the video paced slowly in tune with the sultry but playful style of the song.

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Check out the video in flash, quicktime and then listen in to the Kaiser Chief’s original.

– chris
(via TickleBooth)

Gondry Directs Sir Paul’s Dance Tonight

May 24, 2007

Dance Tonight

I hate to be a one trick pony, but I must spread the word about Paul McCartney’s new music video directed by the illustrious Michel Gondry. The video features appearances from Mackenzie Cook (a.k.a. Gareth from Ricky Gervais’ The Office), Natalie Portman as a ghost and Sir Paul McCartney.

The video, Dance Tonight, is populated with understated handmade effects and bubbling with Gondry’s quirky style.

Watch it now!

– chris

D.A.N.C.E. Music Video

May 14, 2007


Let’s start this Monday morning off with a song that I cannot get out of my head, D.A.N.C.E by Justice. To truly appreciate the song, you must first watch the video. It’s an onslaught of motion graphics overlayed onto T-Shirts as moveable, ever-changing design.

The video does an excellent job of focusing the attention on the music and keeping me engaged throughout. I’m so dazzled by the animation that I don’t have an issue watching it on a loop.

If you’d like to do the same, I’ve embedded it below for your pleasure.

– chris

(via the ever-interesting DavidAirey)

Advertainment: Heineken’s Memory Hotel

April 23, 2007


The crew at Echolab helped put together an amazing ad for Heineken. The ad, called Memory Hotel, features the inner workings of a brain coping with a flood of new memories set off while drinking a Heineken. It’s a great mix of slick visuals, a smart concept and some excellent music.

Watch the ad at Echolab‘s April front page.

– chris

(via Motionographer)

World’s Greatest Violinist Plays to Subway Crowd

April 9, 2007

Joshua Bell

The Washington Post put together an amazing experiment on the power of context. They had Joshua Bell, a world-renowned violinist, perform in a Washington, DC metro station. He was ‘disguised’ as a regular street performer (i.e. he left the tux at home).

The article is a fascinating read and includes video of the experiment. During Bell’s hour long performance over a thousand people passed by, ignoring a performer who commands thousands of dollars a minute. Only a small handful of people took the time to stop and listen. As the article points out, context is everything. Looks like we’ll be handing out tuxes to all the Tropist signups from here on out.

– chris

(Thanks for the heads up David!)

of Montreal’s Bizarre New Music Video

March 14, 2007

Lobster Suit

The new single from of Montreal, “Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse,” has a wonderfully bizarre music video. It’s a mix of extreme low budget, outrageous costumes and decent lighting.

– chris

Music’s Future is Now (The Hype Machine)

January 23, 2007

This is by no means breaking news, but it needs to be said: The Hype Machine is the greatest website ever. For those that live under a rock (or don’t spend their waking life on the Internet), The Hype Machine is a very cool aggregation of the web’s most popular audio blogs. It catalogs what’s new/hot/trendy and allows you to play any song right from the site. Not only can you use it to discover new artists, but it’s really great for pulling up that song you just can’t seem get out of your head. Days after I saw The Departed, I was still humming that Dropkick Murphy’s anthem (you know the one). Thankfully, after a few listens on The Hype Machine, I was cured.

I think the site’s popularity and success are representative of a major shift that’s starting to take place in the entertainment industry: give it away and get more back.