I always think that nobody watches music videos anymore, but then I remember that like 75% of the “Most Viewed” videos on YouTube are music videos that have, collectively, been viewed over five billion times. Nevertheless, it still seems like the cultural importance of music videos have waned. It seems like they exist now for people who want to listen to music on their computer without using iTunes, Spotify, or Pandora.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t cool videos that come out every year. This is a brief overview of the most inspired videos of 2011 (that we saw):
Best Use of Abstract Shapes in a Music Video
“Second Song” — TV On The Radio (Dir: Michael Please)
This is what geometry is for. Continue reading »
There’s a new fad sweeping the nation, and for once I’m ahead of the curve. It’s called the death penalty, and it’s the reason you woke up this morning with your face intact. Where at one time an escaped serial killer would more than likely have murdered you in gruesome fashion while you slept, you’re now probably going to live, so you can finally relax. No more revising your last will and testament every night. No more questioning why you’re setting your alarm when you’ll probably be long dead by the time it goes off. No more putting on your best-looking clothes before bed so you’ll look nice in case you die and an attractive stranger finds your body. And who can we thank for these lifted burdens? Well, there’s some debate as to who created the death penalty, but it’s probably safe to say they got the idea from YouTube.
But what is the death penalty? Well, here’s how the whole thing works: A guy kills somebody, the government kills him, and now the guy can’t kill anybody else, see? Sure, the government keeps killing, but they stop once all the killers are gone, except for themselves. So it’s not a perfect system, but it reduces the number of killers in the world from millions of disparate, elusive individuals to a single, unstoppable nationwide entity with utter legal supremacy. Get it? Continue reading »
As I’m sure many people did, last night I went on YouTube to confirm that “Single Ladies” is not, in fact, “one of the best videos of all time” (seriously, it looks like a fucking GAP commercial).
With that said, Kanye West thinks it is, and if Kanye says it, it must be true.
Plenty of people have already criticized West’s antics from last night’s VMAs, but the most surprising revelation from the awards show (not that I watched, I’m too cool for MTV) wasn’t that Kanye is a dick, but that people still care about what happens on MTV.
As Tim tweeted, “Wait…people still care about the VMAs? No way! Do they still complain MTV doesn’t show music videos?” Continue reading »
So I happened to stumble across a TV Guide from a few months ago with Andy Samberg on the cover. The headline was “The Future of TV” (I know, a cold chill just ran down my spine, too).
Actually, this is misleading. TV Guide actually ran two separate articles in this issue, one about Samberg and another about TV’s future. But the two ran right next to each other and the implication was clearly that Samberg, and his school of digital shorts, is the new wave.
Now, TV Guide is not exactly breaking new ground here. They are basically saying what a lot of people have been saying and thinking for a few years now: the future of television is on the internet, most people who watch TV now don’t do it the same way they used to, the new model is conducive to a new type of entertainment. The best examples of that new type of entertainment, it seems, are “Dick in a Box” and “Lazy Sunday” (I refuse to link to the former). Continue reading »