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Music May, 10 2013

The 5 Best New Music Videos of the Week – The National, David Bowie & More

Another week has gone by and we’re back with the latest and greatest videos from the world of music. From legends such as David Bowie to young indie rockers Smith Westerns and even the comedy rap group The Lonely Island, we span various genres to share the best combinations of sounds and visuals we’ve found in the past week.

Smith Westerns – Varsity (Dir. Alan Del Rio Ortiz)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykOK2XZ80vg
Smith Westerns explore a dream world of young love in this video for “Varsity,” off their upcoming third album, Soft Will. The washed out hues of the clip suit the colorful sound of the new track and do well to push the band forward towards a more upbeat stance.

David Bowie – The Next Day (Dir. Floria Sigismondi)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wL9NUZRZ4I
David Bowie’s video for “The Next Day” stars acting powerhouses Gary Oldman and Marion Cotillard (who also worked together in The Dark Knight Rises). Directed by Floria Sigismondi, the video showcases Bowie as a Christ-like character who leads a party until it is brought to a halt by Cotillard’s stigmata. The clip is very well done but (to no surprise) is not going over well with certain religious groups.

The Lonely Island – Spring Break Anthem
http://youtu.be/5Q9rLdxS7CE
Comedians Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer (aka The Lonely Island) have released a new video promoting The Wack Album, out June 11. The first in a series of “Wack Wednesdays” releases, “Spring Break Anthem” segues from an episode of Zach Galifianakis’ mock talk show Between Two Ferns into a spring breakers style romp. Good times.

Tycho – Ascension (Dir. Charles Bergquist)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3i8zU4FFTg
A vivid clip from Tycho, the one-man ambient/electronic project by San Francisco graphic artist Scott Hansen. Being a graphic artist, it’s no surprise that the video – which shows a woman wandering through a desert – is visually spectacular.

The National – Sea Of Love (Dir. Sophia Peer)

The first video from The National’s new album Trouble Will Find Me, out May 21, finds the American rock band crammed into a tiny room for a live performance, only to be overtaken by an air-guitaring child dressed in a suit. Effectively simple and simply amazing, this is our overall pick for best of the week.

Honorable mention: Jon Hopkins – Open Eye Signal (Dir. Aoife McArdle)

Eight minutes of a dude skateboarding through the desert. It’s over two weeks old, but it’s great, so we decided to include it anyways.

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