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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.

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.

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.