Sunday, December 27, 2009

Best Videos of 2009

I spend a lot of time listening to a college station from Tel Aviv called Kol HaCampus. Recently, they posted their best of 2009 list, along with YouTube videos for a lot of the artists. I've gone through their list and here are my 20 favorite videos. I recommend connecting your computer to a projector and amplifier and watching these videos in full-screen mode.
  • 1 - St. Vincent - Actor Out of Work. A powerful song with an even more powerful video.
  • 2 - Who Made Who - Keep Me In My Plane. This one is my favorite.
  • 3 - Röyksopp - Happy Up Here. Fun and light. I like the Space Invaders.
  • 4 - Matt & Kim - Lessons Learned. I've seen this in Times Square, like, a million times.
  • 5 - Shantel - Citizen of Planet Paprika. Here's what Parliament might have been if George Clinton was born in Eastern Europe. Or wherever Shantel comes from.
  • 6 - Franz Ferdinand - Ulysses.
  • 7 - Datarock - Give It Up. I saw them this year at South By Southwest. Here's the video.
  • 8 - Passion Pit - The Reeling. These folks must have listened to a lot of 80s music.
  • 9 - Yacht - Psychic City. I think they're trying to make a statement about religion.
  • 10 - Kinny - Enough Said. Her retro sound with the retro look and feel of the video make a great combination.
  • 11 - Marissa Nadler - River of Dirt. Haunting vocals.
  • 12 - Ian Brown - Stellify. Reminds me of Fleetwood Mac - Tusk. In a good way.
  • 13 - Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks. This is from Veckatimest, which is one of my favorite albums of the year. I even put a track from it on my ill-concieved Corn Forks mix.
  • 14 - múm - Sing Along. For fans of long Iclelandic Winters.
  • 15 - The Flaming Lips - I Can Be A Frog. I was a fan of this track before I saw the video.
  • 16 - Kings of Convenience - Boat Behind. This is from the third Kings of Convenience album, Declaration of Dependence. Pitchfork didn't like it because it is too much like their other albums. I like it for that very same reason. What would be great, though, would be another Versus based on this album.
  • 17 - Eels - The Look You Give That Guy. Lucky dog.
  • 18 - Broadcast & The Focus Group - #1: Witch Cults. Trippy.
  • 19 - Califone - Funeral Singers. Supermellow.
  • 20 - Andrew Bird - Anonanimal. Very cool video.