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Awesome Music Videos

Weezer: What Happens After You?

Weezer: What Happens After You?

Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo shows off his multitude of talents in this wild music video by director Peter Quinn. The tricky visual effects shots make it appear that Rivers has cloned himself and performed all of the instruments on the track What Happens After You? from the band’s 2022 seasonal release SZNZ: Autumn.

Thriller with AI-Generated Images

Thriller with AI-Generated Images

JGVision Media used AI image-generation technology to create the haunting scenes in this video, set to the music and lyrics of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. To add to the mood, they incorporated stretching and warping effects. If you’d like to hang any of these creepy images on your wall, you can order prints from RedBubble.

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Bliss on Mushrooms: AI Music Video

Bliss on Mushrooms: AI Music Video

(Photosensitivity Warning) DoodleChaos loves to make videos that sync up with music. He created this incredibly psychedelic video for the appropriately named Bliss on Mushrooms using AI image-generating tools like Dall-E 2 and Stable Diffusion. Our favorite part was the cars and engines starting around 6:43.

JAWNY: Adios

JAWNY: Adios

Director Spencer Ford’s music video for the JAWNY track Adios is a masterpiece of drone photography. Its main subject is a muscle car being hooned about a neighborhood while its passenger sings the track in perfect time. Kudos to Jay Christensen and Grant Ridpath for the astounding aerial shots.

Google Street View Music Video

Google Street View Music Video

(Flashing Images) With COVID travel restrictions in place, filmmaker Adam Chitayat longed for the outside world. Stuck at home, he collected thousands of Google Maps Street View images, which he eventually used to complement the sounds of musicians Axel Boman, Man Tear, and Inre Frid on the track Out Sailing.

Die Antwoord: Age of Illusion

Die Antwoord: Age of Illusion

The music video for Die Antwoord’s track Age of Illusion is notable for a couple of reasons: 1) the trippy animations were created using AI technology by artist Sagans, and 2) its hypnotic electronic groove is a departure from the group’s hard-edged rave music. For a moment, we thought we were listening to Gorillaz.

Julien Fuego: Tonight on the Cross

Julien Fuego: Tonight on the Cross

Redditor AWildWilson found out that their landlord Julian Fuego is a musician in his spare time. It turns out he’s really good. His music video for the buzzworthy Tonight on the Cross is a perfect example of the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover.” We’re hoping this music video blows up.

Joey Valence and Brae: Hooligang

Joey Valence and Brae: Hooligang

Rap duo Joey Valence and Brae have a sound much like the Beastie Boys. But it’s their intentionally lo-fi music video that got our attention. Their goal was simple – shoot it from the worst camera angles. It’s mostly a 360º camera view that they didn’t convert to VR. They took a similar approach for Watch Yo Step. (Thanks, Rob!)

MTV 120 Minutes Music Video Archive

MTV 120 Minutes Music Video Archive

1980s and 1990s music fans will remember MTV’s 120 Minutes as the go-to show for the latest in alternative music. Thanks to fan Chris Reynolds, there’s now a YouTube playlist featuring the more than 2500 music videos that ran on the show between 1986 and 2003. We’re assuming he had a little help from this website.

I Like to Wear Soft Clothing

I Like to Wear Soft Clothing

Actually, the full title of musician Bill Wurtz’s latest tune is “i like to wear soft clothing (cause it makes me feel like i’m rough in comparison.)” The lyrics tell the tale of a man who finds comfort in his clothes, listens to soft music, walks his cat, and gets turned on by the news despite his television being broken.

Creating Music Video VFX

Creating Music Video VFX

Captain Disillusion is back. This time, he’s not here to debunk some video fakery but to show us how various visual effect shots are done in music videos. With the help of the J-Pop band Atarashii Gakko!, a green screen, and an office chair, he put together a sequence of cool VFX shots for three music videos.

Odesza: Light of Day

Odesza: Light of Day

Director Balázs Simon and Blinkink created this beautiful and soul-stirring music video for the Odesza and Ólafur Arnalds track Light of Day. It combines stop-motion animation and digital illustration techniques to tell the story of a lonely man seeking hope in the frigid and desolate world around him.

Subterranean Homesick Blues Revisited

Subterranean Homesick Blues Revisited

The opening of D.A. Pennebaker’s 1967 Bob Dylan doc Don’t Look Back – featuring the zeitgeist Subterranean Homesick Blues clip with lyric cue cards – has gotten a redo with contributions from dozens of artists, designers, filmmakers, and musicians including Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Jim Jarmusch, and Wim Wenders.

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The Battle of Cape Fear River

The Battle of Cape Fear River

(PG-13: Language) Want to know the true story of Blackbeard’s last stand? Look no further than the music video for Alestorm’s track The Battle of Cape Fear River. It’s just one of the pirate metal tracks off of their latest album Seventh Rum of a Seventh Rum. Turn captions on for lyrics – including the guitar solo.

Tove Lo: No One Dies from Love

Tove Lo: No One Dies from Love

In this clip from Brazilian directorial duo Alaska, musician Tove Lo falls in love with her shiny new robotic companion. But things take a turn when she upgrades to the latest model. It’s a brilliant music video which effectively combines romance and science fiction.

Cuco: Caution

Cuco: Caution

Whether or not you’re into the bedroom pop sounds of Cuco’s, the music video for his track Caution is a must-watch. Director Cole Kush and Grin Machine take us on a wild and trippy ride with the singer-songwriter through a dreamlike virtual world. It’s a face-melting good time!

Red Hot Chili Peppers: These Are the Ways

Red Hot Chili Peppers: These Are the Ways

In the music video for the RHCP’s latest single, Anthony Kiedis does his best Been Caught Stealing impression, shoplifting right in front of a cop, leading the police on a high-speed pursuit and on the best backyard foot pursuit since Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. From the album Unlimited Love. Directed by Malia James.

Take on Miku

Take on Miku

Astrophysics celebrates Valentine’s Day with a music video and cover of the overplayed but still catchy A-Ha track Take on Me. Taking on lead vocal duties is synthetic singer Hatsune Miku, one of the few musical artists capable of hitting the same high notes as A-ha’s Morten Harket.

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Black Summer

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Black Summer

“It’s been a long time since I made a new friend… waiting on another black summer to end.” The Red Hot Chili Peppers just dropped their first new song in six years. The intro track off their album Unlimited Love also marks the return of producer Rick Rubin and guitarist John Frusciante. The album drops 4.1.22.

My Sweet Lord Music Video

My Sweet Lord Music Video

It’s been 50 years since George Harrison’s solo album All Things Must Pass was released. To celebrate, Harrison’s family and director Lance Bangs created a music video for the classic My Sweet Lord, with a star-studded cast including Mark Hamill, Fred Armisen, Vanessa Bayer, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and Jon Hamm.

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A-Train: Faster

A-Train: Faster

(Flashing Lights) When you’re faster than the speed of light, you occasionally run into people and turn them into a pile of goo. The Boys’ literal and figurative speed freak A-Train just dropped his own official music video, courtesy of Vought International, with Aimée Proal lending her powerhouse pop vocals.

Salvatore Ganacci: Fight Dirty

Salvatore Ganacci: Fight Dirty

The music video for DJ/producer Salvatore Ganacci’s track Fight Dirty features an awesome anime style and storyline about a girl who befriends a gigantic hand monster and uses it to help defeat her tormentors. Fantastic work by directors Will Goodfellow, Tom Noakes and Greg Sharp, Studio Goono, and Truba Animation.

Joep Beving x Max Cooper: Hanging D

Joep Beving x Max Cooper: Hanging D

Ksawery Komputery made this captivating music video for Max Cooper’s remix of the Joep Beving track Hanging D. The colorful shapes that move across your screen were inspired by an imaginary future where visitors travel back through time via “data excavation.” The parallax scrolling effect really creates the illusion of depth.

McCartney + Beck: Find My Way

McCartney + Beck: Find My Way

Paul McCartney gets gracefully de-aged in the imaginative music video for the song Find My Way, a track which truly sounds like equal parts McCartney and Beck. We’re not sure Macca ever had those dance moves even when he was younger. Directed by Andrew Donoho, co-produced by digital avatar maker Hyperreal Digital.

Gerald V. Casale: I’m Gonna Pay You Back

Gerald V. Casale: I’m Gonna Pay You Back

DEVO’s Gerald V. Casale presents an impassioned solo track about “gaslighting and betrayal at the hands of a toxic narcissist.” Accompanying the song is a phenomenal music video by director Davy Force with a cool animation style inspired by the work of illustrator TOMO77.

The Weeknd: Save Your Tears

The Weeknd: Save Your Tears

During the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, The Weeknd performed in a live music video that must have taken weeks to plan. The sequence features the singer amid a fleet of vintage cars, as stunt drivers performed precisely choreographed maneuvers – both with the singer inside and outside the vehicles.

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