Tier 3

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

Best of the Best: Music Videos of 2007, pt. 2

Using a slew of quick edits, neato effects, and a heaping helping of total weirdness, “Peacebone” by Animal Collective is one of the most polarizing videos of the year. Regardless of whether you love it or are repulsed by it—you’ll probably be a little of both—this video manages to catch the artistic intrigue, the storytelling tendencies, and, again, the total weirdness of Animal Collective in the year they finally broke into the mainstream.

“Atlas” by Battles isn’t necessarily the most artsy or storytelling or fantastical video—almost strangely, it actually features the band playing the song all the way through—but despite this, there’s an energy here. Maybe it’s the whole crazy rotating glass room of mirrors, or the spaciness of it, or maybe it’s just the fact that this is some ripping rock and roll, but this video can get the heart pumping.

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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