Spotify is blocked on my work computer, so I spent much of the second half of this year completely dependent on YouTube to vibe out at work. As annoying as that Nivea “it creams all other creams” ad is, I ended up really appreciating how many music videos I got to see. I have learned a few lessons in covert Youtube watching at work. The most important of which is to never put on an A$AP Rocky video at work ever. I had a particularly close call with a supervisor and “Goldie”.
I enjoyed all of the Creator’s Project videos that came out this year, and Nosaj Thing’s “Eclipse/Blue” (no dates sked) topped my list for Best Music Video of the Year. It’s beautiful and exciting and I just watch it over and over again. I wouldn’t have listened to the song half as many times as I did if not for the video, and I’m glad I did because it is a truly great song. His new album Home coming out January 22, so expect a tour some time in late Spring.
Spots #2 & #3 on the list fit in with my proclivity for enjoying utterly depressing story lines (lookin’ at you Six Feet Under). Second place goes to reverse murder mystery mind-fuck that is Alt-J’s “Breezeblocks” (9:30 Club, February 5th: SOLD OUT) and third to the rough life of a transsexual prostitute with a child in Spiritualized’s “Hey Jane” (no dates sked).
Coming in at #4 is Father John Misty’s “Nancy From Now On” (no dates sked, but man can he dance), although I could have just as easily selected "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings" because I love Aubrey Plaza and watching that video inspired my fanaticism over FJM’s debut record Fear Fun.
Coming in at #5 is the heart-warming fuzzy-wuzzy video for the marriage equality anthem “Same Love” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (no dates sked). I was initially resistant to M&RL because I am always slow to trust the quality of a hip-hop artist but after seeing their Tiny Desk Concert, I’m disappointed that I didn’t see them play 9:30 Club last month.
Coming in at #6 is Danny Brown’s “Grown Up” (no dates sked) mostly because I flipping love this dude and the mini-Danny Brown is such a baller. He should win the “Best Lead Actor” Oscar and so should Quvenzhané Wallis from Beasts of the Southern Wild and then they can get married and become the next big Hollywood power couple.
Coming in at #7 is the only animated video on the list: Flying Lotus’ “Putty Boy Strut” (no dates sked, but I expect him to tour as Captain Murphy before the festival season) which depicts some kind of robot post-apocalyptic capitalistic dystopia scenario. The video for "Duality" for his Captain Murphy project was also really awesome and worth checking out if you have a half hour to kill (AND ARE NOT AT WORK).
Coming in at #8 is Grimes’ “Genesis” (no dates sked & she cancelled a european tour due to hearing loss). I know a lot of people liked the “Oblivion” video for the social commentary (or whatever) but I liked the over-the-top Excalibur-boa-desert-car-chase-steel-plated-dominatrix theme of Genesis. It’s like a fever dream ad lib.
Next, #9 is Jack White with “Freedom at 21” (no dates sked). I think Jack White is sexy. The more like a Tim Burton character, the better. And this is basically as close as you can get without being animated. Anyway, love his album Blunderbuss and liked the videos that came out for it.
Closing out the list at #10 is Nekrogoblikon “No One Survives” (No.) because my friend Kevin nominated this video to be a jackass. I am 100% certain he is aware of the fact that picking a band like Nekrogoblikon and their song “No One Survives” to put on a “Best of…” list is unhelpful and annoying, and publishing the scenario on the internet is the only recourse I have. Why you want people to hate you Kevin?
Tomorrow: Albums of the Year!
1. Nosaj Thing “Eclipse/Blue”
2. Alt-J “Breezeblocks”
3. Spiritualized “Hey Jane”
4. Father John Misty “Nancy from Now On”
5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “Same Love”
6. Danny Brown “Grown Up”
7. Flying Lotus “Putty Boy Strut”
8. Grimes “Gensis”
9. Jack White “Freedom at 21”
10. Nekrogoblikon “No One Survives”