I don’t usually do this, but I have so many videos to cover this month (a good problem to have!) that I’ve listed them like I would MP3s. Instead of commenting thoroughly on them, I’ve posted the main takeaway from each video as a description. Enjoy!
1. “Modern Man” – Brian Lopez. Intergenerational friendships are cool.
2. “Ghost (feat. Patrick Baker)” – Lane 8. Love triangles affect even biker clubs.
3. “Something Good” – Dead Sara. If the dancing, the camerawork, and the song all evoke the same era, it’s gonna be a fun video.
4. “Cops Don’t Care, pt II” – Fred Thomas. Concepts as simple as “hey, pour tons of sprinkles on me in slow-motion” can work in the right conditions.
5. “Magnifying Glass” – Girlpool. Sometimes the right conditions for a simple concept is a 36-second song.
6. “Hold Up For” – The Silver Lake Chorus. There are still clever concepts that keep me watching a video to find out what’s going on.
7. “Frayed” – Waterstrider. You can make a rad dance video out of 40,000 still images stitched together.
8. “Underwood Milk” – Kieran Leonard. Self-aware, self-deprecating humor is still very funny.
9. “Secret Friend” – Grounders. You can make a trippy, abstract video really interesting (I’m not sure what the formula is, but they make it work here).
10. “Broken Bones” – Daycare for Jedi. Somewhere in my heart, there’s an small but undying flame for the exaggerated enthusiasm and adrenalized pogoing of the pop-punk performance video.
11. “Pink Blossoms” – Connecting Stars. I am a sucker for a sad, romantic song and video.
12. “Dancing Star” – Lilies on Mars. Digital modeling is way cool.
13. “Moony Eyed Walrus” – Cayucas. It is difficult to surf in a redwood forest.