Top 10 Music Videos of 2014

The videos we couldn’t take our eyes off in 2014

December 3rd, 2014
David Fisch
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A lot of attention was given to music videos in 2014, but not in the way you might think. Services such as Vevo and YouTube signed new deals with labels and other publishers to promote new and existing content, and this news kind of overshadowed the actual videos themselves. Let’s not forget, however, that several creative artists did shine through the behind-the-scenes industry dealings to release truly great visual accompaniments to their aural creations.
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Run The Jewels “Oh My Darling (Don’t Cry)” Video

Run the Jewels drops new music video off RTJ2

December 2nd, 2014
Sean Kramer
Category: Video
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At this point, can anyone deny the fact that 2014 has clearly been the Year of the Jewel Runner? Killer Mike and El-P’s hip-hop supergroup has far surpassed anyone’s wildest expectations this year and blossomed into a full-blown Real Deal.
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Play This Playlist: The Best Of Kill Rock Stars

The little indie label that could…

December 1st, 2014
Jay Chirinos
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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The recent Sleater-Kinney revival (in the form of both an entire vinyl back catalogue reissue and a new album/ reunion announcement) was a reminder of the band’s close relationship with the still-going-strong independent label Kill Rock Stars. Although that band in now on Sub Pop, it is not the only example of the way in which the Portland and Olympia-based label has shaped modern American independent music.
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Play This Playlist: Thank You Songs

Songs to get you in the Thanksgiving holiday mood

November 24th, 2014
Twila Grissom
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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The ability to express gratitude is essential to a happy life, but then again, so is the ability to give a sarcastic send off to those who’ve done you wrong. Musicians, in particular, seem to understand this as they’ve been writing about thankfulness (in both literal and not-so-literal contexts) for ages.
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Sonny and The Sunsets Endearing, Offbeat New Video

From the first single off their forthcoming album

Jillian Goldfluss
Category: Video
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Sonny and The Sunsets have a way of making me love them more with each new song they release and each quirky, bizarre new video. While I desperately want everyone to appreciate Sonny Smith’s brilliantly offbeat musical lyricism and instrumentation, I also want to selfishly keep the band to myself.
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LA Music Blog Premiere: Valley Queen – “Carnival”

LAMB faves release new video for latest single

November 17th, 2014
Angelica Corona
Category: Lead Story, Video
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Valley Queen brought ethereal bliss to our LA Music Blogcast back in August. During their visit, we not only got to know about the group’s roots, inspirations, and plans for the future, we also got an intimate, 2-song performance, and though space was tight, their soft harmonies and acoustic setup filled the room with melodious perfection that blew hosts Naomi and Mike away.
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Top Five Ska Bands From The ’90s

Break out your checkered suspenders!

November 14th, 2014
Gerry Doot
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Yes, I know…ska is not cool anymore. It may have never been legitimately cool, for that matter. But damn was it fun. It’s still fun.
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Watch Les Sins’ Music Video For “Why?”

Dancing in all dimensions!

November 13th, 2014
Winnie Fan
Category: Video
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Chaz Bundick (of Toro y Moi) recently released a solid debut album for his side project/alter-ego Les Sins. Michael is a record of Bundick’s foray into funkier, dancier songs, and one of the album’s standout tracks,”Why?,” now has an accompanying music video.
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Play This Playlist: Parlez-vous francais?

French pop/folk/electro and everything in between

November 10th, 2014
Lesley Park
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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As the LA Music Blog’s resident Francophile, it was only a matter of time before I compiled a full playlist of French songs for your listening pleasure. From Caravan Palace’s frenzied electro-swing beats to Renan Luce’s smooth and swoon-worthy folk tunes, this playlist is just a small taste of the great wide spectrum that is musique française, so sit back, savor that cup of café americain, and enjoy!

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Top Five Blonde Redhead Songs

Looking back at their best tracks before LA show

November 7th, 2014
Winnie Fan
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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Blonde Redhead is currently on tour to promote their latest album, Barragan, and this coming Wednesday, November 12th, they will be stopping by LA’s Fonda Theatre. I’m excited to hear the new songs live next week, but I’ve been a fan of the group since the release of 23 in 2007, and their storied discography is worth examining in anticipation of the upcoming show.
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