This year’s best videos

#1 Placebo – “Too Many Friends”, directed by Saman Kesh.

Saman Kesh is the best director working. Placebo is not the best band working. But this is definitely one of the most interesting and unique videos I’ve seen this year. Speaking to Videostatic, Saman Kesh explains: ”It was designed as a puzzle. I actually got the idea when somebody told me ‘Hey man, I love your work… I’m always not sure If my interpretation is right though, but awesome!!!’ I was kind of sad by this as I took it as ‘your shit isn’t clear motherfucker!’—haha. So, it weaseled its way into the writing as a “what do YOU think happened, viewer?” We originally had four answers, but we found it to be a bit too confusing, so we decided to compartmentalize them into A) Guys fault, B) Girl’s fault, C) We are wrong, you tell us”.

#2 Mazes – “Bodies”, directed by Austin of Vision Fortune.

Simplicity is king. Directed by Austin of Vision Fortune, this video explores the connection between moving and still imagery as several couples pose for photographs. Of the video Austin says, “The idea of the video came from the idea that we as humans are inevitably attracted to both moving image and still imagery such as photography and painting. The video explores and raises questions about the parallels between these two mediums: we see the subjects sitting as still as possible for these ‘video’ portraits, subtle nuances appear on closer inspection as we the audience see eyes blinking and twitching”.

#3 Co La – “Make It Slay”, directed by Andrew Strasser

Dem thirsty. Baltimore musician and producer Co La, signed to OPN’s infamous Software imprint, has released a hell of a CGI HD video centered solely around a champagne flute. Director Andrew Strasser on the clip: “‘Make It Slay’ is the kind of jam that inspires angles. When Matt approached me about making a video based around a champagne glass, the choice to animate freed any limits. This was also another opportunity to mix the message of carbonated ‘cola’. This video is full of references to 3D animation tutorial culture, but does not glamorize cyber culture. Instead it pits feat in idyllic artificial environments—beauty is your biggest enemy.”

#4 Death Grips – “You might think he loves you for your money but I know what he really loves you for it’s your brand new leopard skin pillbox hat”, self-directed.

Fucking with all the boundaries left, Death Grips are showing a.g.a.i.n. the path to free your mind.

#5 Beach House – “Wishes”, directed by Eric Wareheim.

It’s happening again: Laura Palmer’s dad lip-syncs to this dreamy Beach House track while riding a horse, surrounded by cheerleaders wearing horse masks in a soccer stadium?

#6 The Civil Wars – “The One That Got Away”, directed by Tom Haines.

“The One That Got Away” was the first single from Grammy nominated goth folk duo The Civil Wars—unfortunately they split up before their new album was released. Longtime directing champion Tom Haines on the video: “I wanted to create the idea of a character who was living on the edge of society, but that gave her strength,” Haines says. “She is vulnerable but adaptable, and sadly, seismic natural disasters seem to be increasingly something we may have to live with, so adaptability is crucial to survival. It somehow reflected the ideas of loss, regret and transience which echo in the song.”

#7 Scratch Massive feat. Koudlam – “Waiting for a Sign”, directed by Edouard Salier.

The video is set in some post-apocalyptic Thailand with boys lost in a Lord of the Flies daze. I love it. And Koudlam is the best thing that happened in 2013.

#8 Oneohtrix Point Never – “Still Life” (Betamale), directed by Jon Rafman

Extremely disturbing and extremely NSFW.

#9 Dean Blunt – “Felony / Stalker 7″, self-directed

искусство, обращенное спиной к зрителю, но силящееся объяснить ему выражение своего лица (за счет в основном обнажения боли, которое в то же время не считывается как жалоба).

#10 Pharrell Williams – “Happy”, directed by We Are From LA

You cannot watch this video and NOT want to dance by the end of it. Promise. Cameos include Odd Future’s Tyler, the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, and Jasper, Jimmy Kimmel, Magic Johnson, Steve Carell, Jamie Foxx, Kelly Osboune. Pharrell Williams: “The best work comes from people who are motivated by crisis—when something stops the original idea, they respond by coming up with something even better. Existence is all mathematics, he says. There’s an equation for success in every obstacle.”

Watch Nine Inch Nails’ 2013 tour documentary [Part 1] + Stream new album

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Stream Nine Inch Nails’ new album, Hesitation Marks

Earlier this month, The Moment Factory uploaded a short teaser trailer that highlighted the behind-the-scenes work for Nine Inch Nails’ latest masterpiece of a tour. Now, VEVO has offered up part one of a more expansive documentary that digs deeper into the mind of Trent Reznor and his obsession with creating a new live experience for his fans.

“My goal, if we’re playing a 70 to 90 minute set, is that it’s almost a film,” Reznor explains, “where it starts out one way — not only musically, but visually it evolves into something that keeps your attention, frames the music in a way that feels like a journey from one place to another.”

This particular section of the film focuses on the stress and expectations leading up to their debut performance at this year’s Fuji Rock Festival.

Check it out below:

Nine Inch Nails 2013, Pt. 1 (VEVO Tour Exposed)

Don’t get too used to this stage setup, though, as following the band’s tour of summer festivals they’ll launch an entirely new production for their North American fall tour. “The fact that we’re doing all this only for these few shows, and then we have to do it over again, throwing all this out to do a completely new thing, with new things that won’t work, that feels a little insane,” Reznor said to The New York Times.

The band’s new album, Hesitation Marks, is due out September 3rd via Columbia (pre-orders are ongoing); stream it now via iTunes. Check out their full tour docket below.

Photo by Heather Kaplan

Nine Inch Nails 2013 Tour Dates:
09/01 – Philadelphia, PA @ Made in America
09/28 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center *
09/30 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center *
10/01 – St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena *
10/03 – Montreal, QC @ Centre Bell *
10/04 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre *
10/05 – Cleveland, OH @ Wolstein Center *
10/07 – Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills *
10/08 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Petersen Events Center *
10/11 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden #
10/14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center #
10/15 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center #
10/18 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center #
10/19 – University Park, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center #
10/21 – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena #
10/22 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena #
10/24 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena #
10/26 – Asheville, NC @ Mountain Oasis Electronic Summit
10/30 – Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center ^
10/31 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center ^
11/01-03 – New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Experience
11/05 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center *
11/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center *
11/09 – Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center *
11/11 – El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center *
11/13 – Broomfield, CO @ 1st Bank Center *
11/15 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint *
11/16 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint *
11/18 – Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena *
11/19 – Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena *
11/21 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena *
11/22 – Seattle, WA @ KeyArena *
11/24 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place ^
11/25 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome ^

$ = w/ Tomahawk
* = w/ Explosions in the Sky
# = w/ Godspeed You! Black Emperor

GOJIRA – l’enfant sauvage – Official Video 2012

Published on May 24, 2012 by TheOfficialgojira

We’re proud to present the first music video taken from L’Enfant Sauvage. Anne Deguehegny had already worked with us on the live visuals and we wanted her to direct one of our music videos. This young and gifted French director has a powerful, sensitive and poetic vision.

Réalisation: Anne Deguehegny
NEW ALBUM “l’enfant sauvage”

Nous sommes fier de vous présenter notre tout premier clip de L’enfant sauvage. Après avoir collaboré avec Anne Deguehegny pour le visuel live, nous voulions travailler avec elle sur un clip. Cette jeune et talentueuse videaste française a un univers artistique puissant, sensible et poétique vision.

Gojira – Recording “L’enfant Sauvage”

Recording of L’enfant Sauvage
A short doumentary shot by Mario Duplantier in Long Island City, New York

Published on Apr 7, 2012 by TheOfficialgojira

Recording of the new Album “l’enfant sauvage” (in english “wild child”) “L’enfant sauvage” – Release Date 26th June (USA) and 24th-25th in Europe by Roadrunner Records.
Category: Music

Erik Truffaz – Interview FROM PARIS

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Erik Truffaz – Interview FROM PARIS by FROMPARISCOLLECTIF
From Paris a rencontré Erik Truffaz, trompettiste français du label Blue Note mélangeant jazz et drum n’bass.. Retrouvez-le en concert à Paris le 28 octobre au Café de la Danse, ainsi que sur son nouvel album “In Between”. http://www.eriktruffaz.com
Interview by Aude S. (www.from-paris.com)

Extract from the film Truffaz Quartet Paris Tour

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Extract from the film Truffaz Quartet Paris Tour by kidamprod
Extract from the film ‘Truffaz Quartet Paris Tour’ directed by Jeremiah & produced by Kidam :

Erik Truffaz quartet featuring Ed Harcourt – Anonymous (06’09).