Tier 3

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

Best of the Best: Music Videos of 2007, pt. 3

Menomena’s “Evil Bee” may be the most rewatchable music video of the year, as its visual and thematic appeal are on par with each other, and the positivity of its middle provides ample setup for the inevitability of its conclusion. Although its “trapped in life/work” message isn’t terribly new, and even some of its tropes feel familiar, the artistic eye-candy of this video make it a fascinating watch.

And this might just be the worst music video of the year, and that’s why it’s so good. The incomparable Snoop Dogg and his “Sensual Seduction” lampoons the most embarrassing of 1980’s music video techniques to craft a work so wrought with irony that it’s hardly watchable. But at the same time, you have to appreciate his sense of humor, and his willingness to go all the way with something so ridiculous.

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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