After The Runaways, what music biopic comes next? Don Cheadle has signed on to play Miles Davis. Forest Whitaker will soon star as Louis Armstrong. Someday maybe the Janis Joplin and Jeff Buckley movies will be made. In the meantime, enjoy "Weird: The Al Yankovic Story" - JM
This is a truly special video link if you're into gay disco dancing, male nudity, and awesome songs. EXTREMELY NSFW
oOoOoOooooooh! You touched my TraLaLaaaa! :DS via funlap
Your favorite music video for the next 2 minutes: Sentimental by Onili.
Video By Onili & Boaz Aquino :DS
So, admidst all the conversations about Chatroulette's marketing potential, some enterprising video editor went ahead and gave the medium a chance. Mind you, this isn't actually on behalf of Fancy Feast, and it's not entirely revolutionary, but it IS more than just shouting out loud.
I don't believe for a second that this guy isn't trying to get himself a job doing viral marketing campaigns on ChatRoulette.
He even admits to making this "spec ad specifically for the medium" which we all know is industry slang for "Hire me, crowdsourcing ad agency!" -- DG
Hey, right at 2:30 you can spot Adam from Mythbusters making a cameo as the drowning kid!
Your favorite video for the next five minutes: Charlotte Gainsbourg and Beck, "Heaven Can Wait." (The comments on Antville are getting better. I like: "This video looks too random, like the director spent too much time looking through his FFFFOUND folder.")
There's a new video of Leighton Meister on the internet. No, not that video! This one, a video from Cobra Starship [snicker]. The plot is pretty much an episode of Gossip Girl, and except for that breakdown bridge at the end, it's pretty good, right?
So apparently that last Gossip video for "Heavy Cross" wasn't the official one? Because there's now a new one. Actually, in this age of multiple videos for singles, is the idea of "official" officially obsolete? Whatever, this is the only song you need to listen to this summer.
It's music video day, I guess. There's a new Bat For Lashes: "Pearl's Dream." Sadly, she's turning into Tori Amos much too quickly.
My favorite part of the new video for The-Dream's "Walking on the Moon" (directed by Hype Williams) is not the strange recreations of the Millennium Falcon. It's when Kanye teleports onto the holodeck with the confused Barbarella supermodel.
When it comes to music videos, is anyone out there even still trying to create the epic? Kanye tosses out the occasional ode to MTV yesteryear, but no one else seems invested in the grand narrative arc. With that prelude, say what you will about Lady GaGa, but her new video for "Paparazzi" is conceptually.... something. Perez Hilton himself says: "It is her strongest work to date. It is a mini-film. It is art. It is visual pornography. It is satire. It is commentary. It is brilliant! And, we are NOT exaggerating." Okay then! See also: GaGa channeling Madonna channeling Warhol, and big dicks.
A music vid practically made for Friday blogging: "Kitty Get Down," The Ropes. (Also, note the conversation about the "metaphor" of the kitty. C'mon, we all know what that kitty means.)
Your favorite new Kanye video for the next five minutes: "Welcome To Heartbreak". Interesting use of compression artifacts as the visual. Update: Hipster Runoff's take. Update update: Oh, I guess Kottke got to it too. I'm behind this week.
Your favorite new Christina Aguilera video for the next five minutes: "Keeps Gettin' Better."
Previously an unbearable download, Joost has relaunched as a web-based app. Its competition will be Hulu, iTunes, and YouTube, in that order.
Andrew has been hinting at this for a while: Sony Pictures acquires cross-platform distribution of Rocketboom. Sounds similar to Veronica's deal, but maybe it's more? Update from TechCrunch: Seven-figure deal.
Heffernan's NYT Mag column is crackling this week. "Broadcast Spoofs" examines the Onion News Network, noting the distinctly midwestern flavor:
By contrast, fancy, coastal visual comedy -- 30 Rock, The Sarah Silverman Program, Curb Your Enthusiasm -- has a strongly aspirational element to it, with protagonists mired in what Joni Mitchell once called rich people's problems (real estate, restaurants, relationships). They comparison-shop values like consumerism and thinness, glamour and goodness, Obama and Clinton.
The Onion shrugs at these choices. Indifferent and impassive before overblown moral showdowns, The Onion offers only contempt, impotence and blank depression.
Ouch! It's a tepid rave, which is why it's pretty interesting.
Karina crams Wong Kar-Wai, Kanye West, and Werner Herzog into one post -- like I'm not gonna link to that pshit.
"Hi, we made a really successful thing on the internet and we'd like to collect our money." Includes appearances by Tay Zonday, Chris Crocker, Tron guy, Numa Numa guy, Star Wars kid, Afro ninja, sneezing panda, laughing baby, and dramatic look gopher. SPOILER ALERT! They all die in the end.
lonelygirl15 is alive! Or rather, she (Jessica Lee Rose) is going to star in another online series (hahah, you thought I was going to say movie). This time it's something called Blood Cell [trailer] reports Hollywood Reporter. [via]
My pal Pete's list of the Top 20 Videos of All Time has some fantastic hidden and forgotten finds. (The Minutemen did a video?)
Officially announced from YouTube: how to change your player settings to see higher quality videos. I know a thousand videobloggers who are freaking out at this very moment. [via]
One of the dudes from Radio Lab curates Video Digest on The Morning News. Lots of good stuff, but I'm mostly intrigued to learn that John Zorn made Japanese porn music. [via]
Alright, ALRIGHT! That new Feist video. No more emails! (I don't understand what you people hear in this, but whatevs.)
New online video ventures that want to do financial news? Let's see, we've got Scoble, CNN Money, CBS' WallStrip, Yahoo's TechTicker, Bloomberg's CEO show -- plus whatever CNET and FBN are already doing. Crowded much?
To coincide with the release of In Rainbows, Radiohead has released four new videos (warning: it's one of those annoying iTunes-launching links).
FWIW, Portfolio gave FunnyOrDie.com the full feature treatment. Still not sure if I'm thumbs-up or thumbs-down on this one in 2008.
The last thing I worked on before leaving msnbc.com was the videoplayer. Actually, it was also the first thing I worked on when I started. Sometimes, it takes a long time for change to happen. Anyway, the new player launched in Beta today. Jim anthropomorphizes the video scene.
The 10 Most Ridiculous Things About the Beyonce Experience. Update from the comments: there's also The 10 Most Ridiculous Comments Left for the 10 Most Ridiculous Things About The Beyonce Experience.
Just when you thought about giving up on Bjork, along came her new video for "Declare Independence," directed by (doy) Michel Gondry.
In case you missed it, Takeshi Murakami directed the new Kanye video for "Good Morning," complete with animated teddy bear. Those in LA shouldn't miss the Murakami show at MOCA (his Superflat exhibit at the Walker back in 2001 was stellar).
An hour after the weekend has started, I finally got around to watching this week's internet sensation: quarterlife. If you haven't been paying attention, it's a video series appearing on MySpace (profiles!) that users will supposedly be able to control the outcome of. Though it's from the creators of My So-Called Life and Thirtysomething, it reminds me more of Reality Bites than anything else (right down to the misuse of the word irony). NY Mag interviewed the lead actress (say it with me: Bitsie Tulloch -- you're gonna hear it all the time now). Karina gave the first episode a thumbs down, but rumors are still circulating that NBC might pick it up. My opinion? It kinda sucks and I love it -- both at the same time. UPDATE: In the comments, Colin links to an amazing MTV promo for something called "The Spot" from 1995. And whaddya know, NBC actually bought quarterlife in the few hours since I wrote this post.
NY Mag puts a twist on the "what are you reading?" celebrity aggregation: What Are Celebrities Watching on YouTube? Also, in case you missed it earlier this week, they also did an awesome curated tour of hot web video.
If you played Zork, you'll find pure brilliance in MC Frontalot's new video for "It's Pitch Dark".
This new Akon video is awesome. The word count on "sorry" must be near four digits -- he apologizes incessantly for... I have no idea, but he's even taking the blame for things he hasn't done yet. Does that work? Me too! (His nobility shines at the end as he apologizes for that dry-humping a 14-year-old incident. Except, if you listen closely, he blames some one else... but is very sorry, nonetheless.)
Imagine if 50 Cent used the technology in Minority Report to recreate the porn scenes of Eyes Wide Shut, and you've pretty much got the vid for "Ayo Technology", which also features Timberlake as, I guess, the voyeur who sings "Ayo, I'm tired of using technology." Indeed.
Just a random reminder of better times: video to Paula Abdul's "Cold Hearted". Those Graduate-esque between-the-legs shots are from none other than director David Fincher.
This has been one of the worst weeks in recent memory, so it seems important for us to visit the sublime weirdness that is Billy Ocean's "Loverboy" video as a reminder that things could be much.... more surreal.
Someone needs to explain to me what Kanye is saying with this video with Zach Galifianakis and Will Oldham.
I don't know what's up with all the music links here lately... maybe it's summer. Anyway, new Smashing Pumpkins video: "Tarantula."
New awesome Kanye video: "Stronger," which features a sample from Daft Punk's "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger," which you remember linked here a couple days ago. Kanye's new album, Graduation, drops mid-August.
R. Kelly and Usher do a song together in which they discover they are both dating the.... Same Girl! Favorite song of the year!
Cool-looking video by some band I've never heard of for a song I've already forgotten. Dice! (Okay, it's Fujiya & Miyagi's "Ankle Injuries." See?) [via]
Someone apparently told Poison that there's this great new invention called Facebook, but misheard it and instead made a video about a yearbook. This is like a seven layer nostalgia cake.
I caught a great set from LCD Soundsystem last night in Seattle. Best song: "All My Friends," which has a new video.
Following up to a post last month, Discover has the finalists to the "String Theory in Two Minutes or Less" video contest.
I really thought we worked in a fun office, until I saw all these crazy young hot people dancing and lip synching to a Harvey Danger song. Way better than that last sentence sounds. (It's the Busted Tees / College Humor / Vimeo kids.)
Why the hell Metric is releasing videos for songs from albums that came out three years ago... I have no idea. But I sure do love me some Emily Haines: "Empty."
The Go! Team made a video for their lyric-less song "Junior Kickstart" that was clearly inspired by PacManhattan.
The video from Low for "Breaker" is exactly like something that Thom Yorke would do in his spare time. (The new album is okay, but I can't help feeling Low is trapped in a space where ingenuity ceases to exist.)
New Hold Steady video for "Stuck Between Stations," the song about John Berryman, who, for those that don't know, was a poet who threw himself off the Washington bridge in Minneapolis. But it's also the song with the best line of last year: "She was a really good kisser, and she wasn't all that strict of a Christian. She was a damn good dancer, but not all that great of a girlfriend."
New Modest Mouse video (with Johnny Marr on axe): "Dashboard". Sound exactly like The Smiths. Kidding!
Although it's difficult to imagine a scenario where I would link to a Snow Patrol video, here we go: the new video for "Open Your Eyes" is actually footage from the 1976 cult film C'était un rendez-vous which involves director Claude Lelouch breaking all kinds of traffic laws. [via]
I've linked to most of these in the past, but here's a post that collects all the infographic music videos.
Scarlett Johansson stars in the new Justin Timberlake video, "What Goes Around Comes Around," which can only be described with one word: hot. Okay, and a little weird. (See also: NYT on Timberlake's unusual fan base: hipsters.)
Grizzly Bear's video for "Knife", which is the weirdest coolest thing I've seen this year. Sorta like David Lynch's Dune meets Yellow Submarine meets Rube Goldberg.... or not. (See also: it took over six months to make.)
Chuck Olsen has released all of Blogumentary on Google Video. If you've never seen it, check it out -- it contains interviews with Jason Kottke, Jeff Jarvis, Dan Gillmor, Joe Trippi, and others. Although it seems like I've known Chuck forever, we didn't hang out until I did a story on Blogumentary in City Pages, and our conversations ended up inspiring the launch of MNspeak. On his blog, Chuck mentions the copyright concerns that prevented him from releasing it earlier, but he hopes YouTube has ushered in a new age of thinking.
No joke this time: Viacom is demanding all its video be pulled from YouTube. Bye-bye, Daily Show. [via]
Google Video Recommendations, "based on your search history, ratings and viewing patterns." Uh-oh.
Google Video is quietly testing ads in the middle of streams. For example, in this stream of physicist Lisa Randall on Charlie Rose, you see two little blue divots in the timeline that represent short video ads. [via]
Sure, I didn't get you a Christmas present, but I'm linking to this classic video of Vanilla Ice on SNL, so do you forgive me?
I really don't know why I'm linking to a video of Michel Gondry solving a Rubiks Cube with his feet, but I certainly am.
I was just thinking that it's strange that no one is really using Flash's ability to capture webcam video to make a social video experience. Boom, then YouTube launches Quick Capture.
Some band named DEE has a music video for their song "lonelygirl15" set in an exact replica of Bree's bedroom. (Is anyone watching lg15 anymore? Anyone?)
A Nielsen study says that only 2.2% of content played on an iPod is video. And only 15.8% of all iPod users have ever played video.
Some people like this Exies cover of a classic Talking Heads song, but it sounds like Creed to me.
If you ever had any doubt about the verisimilitude of The Office, then check out the Bank One banker singing U2's "One." It hurts.
The "editor of television and video" at the New York Times (which really means NYtimes.com) fields questions from users. Many of the questions are about ads, and I don't think she understood the question about YouTube.
I've never heard of Simian Mobile Disco, but their new video for "Hustler" wins my video of the year award.
Awesome. Someone laid Dark Side of the Moon over The Wizard of Oz and tossed it onto Google Video. (Hey, pass the bowl.)
New Yorker: Video of Malcolm Gladwell talking about how to engineer hits, which is pretty much the live version of the movie hit prediction story from this week's magazine.
Slate: A Video History of YouTube. Also in Slate: How To Watch Web Video, with lines like "every video is, first and last, an advertisement for itself" and "watching YouTube is far closer to consuming Internet pornography than staring at the television."
Yahoo and Current.TV have teamed up: Yahoo Current Network. Users upload into one of four verticals: autos, travel, action sports, and buzz (a catch-all, I think).
Don't feel bad for downloading those bittorents of Lost -- they're free on iTunes now anyway.
New Tapes 'N Tapes video! New Tapes 'N Tapes video! New Tapes 'N Tapes video! "Cowbell." Corn fields, exploding cars, and a very angry Joshy.
I don't care what you say, I'm really into these lonelygirl15 vids, especially the parodies, thankyouverymuch.