Watch Childish Gambino’s New Video For “Sober”

Spoiler alert: Gambino’s nowhere near sober

January 13th, 2015
Winnie Fan
Category: Video
Childish Gambino Sober

Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) is no stranger to, well, the strange. His recent music videos have been deliberately uncomfortable or trippy, and the release of his video for “Sober” was preceded by a now-deleted tweet that linked to a cryptic countdown.
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Play This Playlist: The Best Of Michel Gondry

One of the greatest video directors of all time!

January 12th, 2015
Gerry Doot
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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I find it pretty damn satisfying to take the occasional stroll down music video memory lane to revisit one of the best directors of all time, Michel Gondry. The French film director has created some of the most incredible pieces of art to ever be connected to music, period, and his work with artists such as Bjork, Foo Fighters, Daft Punk, Radiohead, and a slew of other notable acts reinforced the notion that the music video could be more than a promotional tool.
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Top Five Musician Cameos On Portlandia

These artists brought the funny with Fred & Carrie

January 9th, 2015
Kristin Houser
Category: Staff Pick, Video
Eddie Vedder on Portlandia

Season 5 of Portlandia premiered last night, and like so many fans of the satirical sketch comedy show, I was eager to make some new memories with Fred and Carrie. That doesn’t mean, however, that I’m ready to forget some of my favorite moments from the show’s last four years, several of which also happen to include my favorite musicians.
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Throwback Thursday Is Comeback Thursday

It’s been a while…

January 8th, 2015
Jay Chirinos
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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This month Sleater-Kinney will be releasing their first album in a decade. One of our albums of the year for 2014 was Aphex Twin’s first in 13 years. In December, we were famously treated to the glorious return of D’Angelo, whose stunning Black Messiah was his first album in 14 years.
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Play This Playlist: Relax Attack

Tracks to help you unwind after a stressful day

January 5th, 2015
Mary Bonney
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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After an all-too-brief holiday break, Los Angeles is back to work, and for yours truly, that means back on set in production. A twelve-hour workday (or longer) is fairly typical in this industry, so I often return home contemplating a to-do list twice as long as the day before’s.
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Play This Playlist: Calendar Jamz

Now you too can time travel via YouTube playlist!

December 29th, 2014
Sean Kramer
Category: Staff Pick, Video
new year

We’re just a few short days away from turning the lights off for 2014 and welcoming in its spry little successor, 2015. At this point, you’re either fondly looking back at what was an awesome year or wistfully lamenting how nothing went right these last 12 months. Perhaps you’re looking ahead, confident that this coming new year is going to be “your year.”
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Holiday Edition of Princess Rap Battle Premieres

A swaggerific Mary Poppins vs. A sassy Mrs. Claus

December 24th, 2014
Mary Bonney
Category: Video
Princess Rap Battle

In the third installment of her witty Princess Rap Battles, now Youtube star Whitney Avalon pits a swaggerific Mary Poppins against an equally sassy Mrs. Claus. As the war of words builds, the women call in their male counterparts, Bert the chimney sweep and Santa Claus, played by Jim O’Heir in a hilarious change of pace from his bumbling Parks and Recreation character Jerry/Larry Gergich.
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Top 5 Classic Electronic Albums

Prepare yourself for warm, fuzzy, nostalgic feels

December 19th, 2014
Lesley Park
Category: Staff Pick, Video
chemical brothers come with us

It’s pretty clear that electronic music has blown up in a big way in the US. What was once a subculture comprised of tunes oft listened to in a dingy warehouse has exploded into mainstream, radio-friendly hit singles played to hundreds of thousands over the course of multiple days while fireworks and lasers blast off into the sky.
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Watch St. Vincent’s Video For “Birth in Reverse”

Annie Clark in her rightful place as space-goddess

Winnie Fan
Category: Video
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St. Vincent’s self-titled album landed the top spot on our Top 50 Albums of 2014 list, but she’s not done being amazing yet. Her recently released video for “Birth in Reverse” is gorgeously mesmerizing and definitely deserves viewing even if it missed most “best of” cut-offs.
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Questlove vs. Patti LaBelle Animated Video

The Roots drummer speaks on long-standing beef

December 18th, 2014
Sean Kramer
Category: Video
questlove

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson is world-renown for his musical ability as drummer for hip-hop legends The Roots, but he’s also got a gift for gab, particularly when it comes to sharing stories of the celebrities he’s encountered throughout the 20+ years of his career.
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