Wheatus revisits their 2000 pop-punk hit Teenage Dirtbag with this special holiday edition. Christmas Dirtbag updates the lyrics to be about a kid who doesn’t think he’s getting any presents from Santa. Though, in the animated music video, it’s a dog who feels left out. From the EP Just a Dirtbag Christmas, which also includes a string quartet version.
Awesome Music Videos
Musician Tom Rosenthal’s softly-voiced track All a Bit Too Loud is an emotive commentary on modern life and the sensory overload that all too often clutters our thoughts. For the music video, Tom was transformed into a giant ear by prop maker Jennifer Dingwall.
After collaborating on Wide Open, The Chemical Brothers and Beck have reteamed for Skipping Like a Stone. To accompany the ethereal dance track, they enlisted directorial team Pensacola and master stone-skipper Kurt Steiner for a video that starts out soothing then amps up the energy as a skipped stone takes an incredible journey.
And the court will rise, while the pillars all fall. Peter Gabriel has been creating musical masterpieces since the 1960s. The Court comes from his new album i/o. The track explores society’s need for order and the flaws of judicial systems. The video was created by Junie Lau using various AI tech, including Stable Diffusion, ChatGPT, MidJourney, and DALL·E 2.
This October, the Rolling Stones will release Hackney Diamonds, their first original album since 2005 and without Charlie Watts on most tracks. The elder statesmen of rock and roll prove they still have it with the single Angry. The music video features a leather-clad Sydney Sweeney rolling through LA, dancing to a Stones retrospective on the billboards.
The Cure’s original drummer Lol Tolhurst, Siouxsie & the Banshees’ drummer Budgie, and producer Jacknife Lee teamed up and have an album on the way. The rhythmic title track, Los Angeles, just dropped and features vocals by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy. Stream the single or pre-order the album now. Video by John Liwag. (Thanks, Christian!)
The Radiohead track Creep has been covered countless times. But we bet you’ve never heard it quite like this. Scary Pockets shared this awesomely ’80s version of the alternative classic performed by Promises and vocalist Therese Curatolo. The cyberpunk music video aesthetic is the icing on the cake.
Mike Doughty is best known for his time leading Soul Coughing in the 1990s. But he’s still making great music as both a solo artist in Ghost of Vroom with Andrew “Scrap” Livingston. Produced and mixed by Beastie Boys collaborator Mario Caldado, Jr., the alt-rap track Still Getting It Done offers a groovy electronic rhythm and a fun vertical music video by SWIVS.
(PG-13) Jack Black never plays video games anymore… except for all of them. That’s what we gleaned from this Tenacious D track and its animated music video by Oneyplays’ Chris “Oney” O’Neill and Adam Paloian. By the end, you’ll be rooting for Kyle Gass to exact his revenge. And here we thought they were friends til the end.
We’ve been following the work of animator Cyriak for more than a decade. His music video for prog rock band Light’s track Betray makes us of the artist’s surreal, kaleidoscopic collage style to tell a story of murderous mayhem bubbling beneath the surface of 1950s idealism.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.