ChairmanMeow

Did you know that music videos still exist? I had no idea. I know at some point there was this one cable channel that used to show music videos…all day and all night. It was called something TV…may have begun with an 'M' or something.

As a young kitten, I used to stay up past my bedtime to watch this one program called "120 Minutes." It featured all this totally "alternative" videos, which at the time meant British music, I guess. It was then that I saw videos for stuff like Ride's "Taste" and The Pale Saints' "Time Thief," stuff like that.

I guess they're still making "alternative" music videos, they're ust not showing them anywhere on TV. Instead, they've found a home…ON THE INTRANETT!

I've always found most videos absolutely lame, and apparently nothing has changed since the days of being a youngster. I understand hip-hop videos. Show some motherfuckin' booty and bling. I get that. I understand all those diva songstress videos. Show some tits and pretend that they have talent. I get that. I understand shitty rock videos. Long and/or no hair, tattoos, some leather. I get that.

But one thing these guys share in common is they plan their video style before they even write the songs. So it makes sense for them to make videos.

However, most of the crap I listen to seems to like the whole "music" part of being a musician. So when they make videos, it's usually some failed film director/bullshit artist behind the camera who wants to bring out the "indie" in them. Needless to say, indie music videos pretty much suck. It's a fact.

The other thing thats hurts indie vids is the fact that people who listen to the music have their own ideas of the song, and (not to sound like a piece of shit–but here goes anyway) it brings out something different in each person. Ouch, that hurt to type that. So when you see a video of a song you like, it's akin to seeing someone who has a sexy phone voice for the first time. Sometimes you wish they stayed on the phone.

So after all that… here's some indie videos! And in case you like to make videos behind your eyelids, the almost appropriate MP3s.

Broken Social Scene – Fire Eye'd Boy

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Broken Social Scene – Fire Eye'd Boy

Here's the short of it…it's some goofy high-school P.E. thing. Also, there's lots of dialogue, so if you wanted to hear the actual song, you're shit out of luck. Or I suppose you could click the link above. Smartass.

Stars – Your Ex-Lover is Dead

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Stars – Your Ex-Lover is Dead (Live on KEXP 2005)

Artsy, man. I didn't realize this song is about ice skating. Will give the director props for the back-to-back shot during the "Live through this" bit, it's spot on.

B-b-b-b-b-bonus!

Mark Gardner (of Ride) with Goldrush – Taste (Live Boston 12-4-05)
Pale Saints – Time Thief

Note: This was mostly just a test to see how Hype-Machine handles linking…wish me luck!