Tier 3

music / / poetry / / philosophy / / -ology by Nick Courtright

Best of the Best: Music Videos of 2007, pt. 1

Granted, the concept for Blonde Redhead’s “Top Ranking” video isn’t particularly striking—one second per pose—but the cachet of its sole actress makes this effort one of the year’s most intriguing. Miranda July, known for her acclaimed work in film and literature, is this video’s center of attention.

“Elephant Gun” by Beirut is one of those videos where a whole lot of stuff is going on and you can’t really assume that it’s supposed to make sense. That said, a lot of it is fun to watch, from rubber elephant noses to the ocean to euro-partying. And we all know euro-partying is video-worthy.

Interviews: Battles‘ John Stanier. or Fiery Furnaces‘ Matthew Friedberger.

Album Reviews: Random Spirit Lover by Sunset Rubdown. or Night Falls Over Kortedala by Jens Lekman. or Shelter from the Ash by Six Organs of Admittance. or Love Is Simple by Akron/Family. or Liars by Liars. or Widow City by Fiery Furnaces. or In the Vines by Castanets.

Concert Reviews: Joanna Newsom. or Of Montreal. or Cat Power. or Final Fantasy. or Explosions in the Sky. or MGMT. or Ocote Soul Sound.

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