LCD Soundsystem | “North American Scum” Video

Here’s the Kubrick-meets-MST3K video to Sound of Silver‘s first single, directed by Ben Dickinson.

LCD Soundsystem‘s Sound of Silver is in stores March 20.

Watching the low-tech action made me wonder… will we ever see Christmas on Mars?

Music Video of the Week | Midlake | “Young Bride”

Midlake_youngbride What with Midlake playing Mercury Lounge this Tuesday, this seemed like an obvious choise for Music Video of the Week. A deserving one too. Directorial collective Terri Timely perfectly capture the haunting swirl of their single "Young Bride" in this gorgeous video that plays like a half-remembered dream. (They did similarly magical work on Laura Veirs’ "Galaxies" and Joanna Newsom’s "The Sprout and the Bean.")

• Watch: Midlake – "Young Bride" (Quicktime)

• You can also watch the animatic (via YouTube)

I’m also happy to report that Midlake’s fantastic new album, The Trials of Van Occupanther, is finally getting a US on July 25 on Bella Union (via Caroline). It’s one of the year’s best.

Music Video of theWeek | Hot Chip – “Boy from School”

HotchipvideoHot Chip can do no wrong at the moment. Their second album, The Warning, hits stores this summer and is easily one of the best records of the year so far. Their live show, when all the members are present and the equipment’s working, is a total party. And they’re making some of the best videos today not to feature the words "Directed by Michel Gondry."

First we had the clever "Over and Over" promo clip, and now here’s "Boy From School" directed by Garth Jennings of Hammer & Tongs (and director of the somewhat successful big screen version of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy). The second single from Hot Chip’s yet to be released second album, The Warning, is the ridiculously catchy "Boy from School." I don’t think I want to give away what’s going on here, it’s best just to watch and let the video unfold in all it’s wondrous splendor. If you do, you’ll have to agree it’s a work of art.

Watch Hot Chip’s "Boy from School" video.

MVotW: The Darkness – “One Way Ticket”

DarknessI would love to sit in on the pitch meetings for Darkness videos: "Okay… so the pterodactyl has sex with the UFO, which lays eggs that turn into kids-age version of the band, but then the helicopter gets struck by lightning…"

Or, in the case of their new video, "After they break out of the snow globe, the band race on snowmobiles and have fish n’ chips delived by a penguin" … "but the Satan snorts the Darkness and the avalanche…"

I don’t want to spoil the video for you. While "Growing on Me" is still my favorite Darkness video, this one is pretty bonkers even by their standards. "One Way Ticket" is their first not to be directed by Alex Smith, instead turning to veteran helmer Tim Pope, whose credits include nearly every video made by The Cure, the The, and Siouxsie & the Banshees, as well as The Cars’ "Magic" and, more recently, Kaiser Chiefs’ "Every Day I Love You Less and Less."

Without further ado, click here to watch The Darkness – "One Way Ticket"

Music Video of the Week

North American Halloween Prevention Initiative – "Do They Know it’s Hallowe’en?"
HalloweenWhat else could the video of the week be but this swell animated clip for charity single "Do They Know it’s Hallowe’en?" whose proceeds go to support UNICEF. An homage to Band Aid (and perhaps a parody of USA for Africa’s "us too" mentality), NAHPI features a who’s who of current faves (Feist, Devandra Banhart, members of Arcade Fire and Rilo Kiley), respected alt-rock mainstays (Beck, Redd Kross’ Steve McDonald, Sloan’s Chris Murphy), plus David Cross, Malcolm McLaren and many (Thurston) Mo(o)re — but thankfully no Kool & the Gang or Dan Aykroyd.

The song’s actually not bad (though I could have done without Cross’ hammy singing), but the video is a lot of spooky fun. No credits are given on Vice Recording’s NAHPI website, but it looks like the work of Plates Animation, who did similar looking videos for The Shins’ "So Says I" and The Arcade Fire’s "Neighborhood #3 – The Power Out."

Watch the video here.

NAHPI also has a Myspace page.

Music Video of the Week

Adam Smith – "What Goes Up Must Come Down"

WhatgoesupmontageThis was one of the highlights of the RESFEST shorts program, and you can also see it on the DVD that comes with the September/October issue of RES magazine. (Do you subscribe? You really should.) Technically, "What Goes Up Must Come Down" is really more of a short film disguised as a music video — or maybe it’s the other way around — but it’s so good who really cares?

Director Adam Smith is best-know for his stylish and funny promo clips for The Streets and Goldie Lookin’ Chain (most of which you can watch from Smith’s Flatnose George website). Here, he takes a look at London’s underbelly from the viewpoint of a West Indian cabbie and the freaky fares he picks up in the course of one late night. Music and Lyrics are by actor Charlie Creed-Miles (you may know him from Nil by Mouth) who also plays all the passengers. The rhymes are quiet clever but the backing track is actually really, really good — Mike Skinner watch out.

Watch it here.

Music Video of the Week

Basement Jaxx – "Do Your Thing"

Basementjaxxmontage_1Like Fatboy Slim and The Chemical Brothers, dance duo Basement Jaxx are pretty much expected to have a cutting edge video, even if you could care less about the song itself. Which is the case for "Do Your Thing," the kind of fluffy track you fully expect to be appropriated for some sort of Burger King ad (and I’m not just saying that because one of the t-shirts riffs on BK’s ’70s logo) touting choice of toppings. It’s the sort of song your parents probably wouldn’t hate.

But the video is really clever, filmed in a park with t-shirt slogans substituting for lyric subtitles. It’s the music video directorial debut of Kim Gehrig, who previously worked for cutting-edge UK ad agency Mother. It seems like the kind of idea Michel Gondry would’ve come up with if his verbal SAT scores had been higher than his math. The idea is simple and has been executed perfectly, working great as a short film though it’s probably not going to make anyone want to go out and buy Basement Jaxx’s new singles compilation which this is from.

Watch it here.

Music Video of the Week

The Chalets – "Feel the Machine"

Chalets_feelmontage_1Here’s the case of an okay song elevated by great visual ideas. The Chalets play  synth-heavy, but still crunchy, new wave (they sound like Bis to me); "Feel The Machine" is catchy, but not especially memorable. The same cannot be said for the video, created by whiz kids D.A.D.D.Y., that basically puts them inside a 3-D computer desktop — where the cursor plays havoc with the band while they try and perform. The clip has even gotten the thumbs up from Mark Romanek, who some might consider to be the Steven Speilberg of music video directors.

The "Feel the Machine" video has been out for a while — you’ve probably seen it if you’re a regular visitor to  — and there’s a video from the D.A.D.D.Y. folks for their latest single "No Style," but it seemed like a good choice for the innagural Video of the Week.

The Chalets played CMJ this year, though I realized it too late. Did anyone go see them?