Earlier this year, Beach House released a short film called Forever Still.  Set against different Texas desert backdrops, the film which the band co-directed with cinematographer, Max Goldman features live performances of four tracks from their latest album Bloom.

This music video mixtape is a tribute to visual minimalism.

Director: Grant Gee
Artist: Radiohead
Song: No Surprises

Director: Mike Mansfield
Artist: Grace Jones
Song: Private Life

Director: Jake Scott
Artist: The Strokes
Song: Reptilia

Director: Kevin Godley and Lol Creme
Artist: Godley and Creme
Song: Cry

Director: Spike Jonze
Artist: Wax
Song: California

Director: Roman Coppola
Artist: Sebastien Tellier
Song: L’Amour Et La Violence

Director: Marcus Soderlund
Artist: Avner
Song: Bed For Mig

Director: Johan Renck
Artist: Kent
Song: Karleken Vantar

Director: Nick Knight
Artist: Massive Attack
Song: Special Cases

Director: unknown
Artist: The Police
Song: Roxanne

Yoanne Lemoine is uniquely talented as both a film director and a musician. He combined these skill sets on the stand-out video Woodkid - Iron. Every shot in the piece feels like a picture-perfect composition from the pages of a glossy fashion magazine.

Two of my favorite music videos in some time have a few things in common. Both are filmed in black and white, and both feature some rather spastic dance performances. Lotus Flower is the first single release from Radiohead’s latest album. Control is an electro-cover of the classic Joy Division track by Spoek Matnambo.

Janelle Monae is one styling lady. The choreography and art direction in the video for her single Tight Rope are tip-top perfect. The track which features Big Boi is sonically at home with the retro-soul sounds of Gnarls Barkley and Raphael Saadiq. See her perform the track live on Letterman here.

I’ve just watched two new music videos that I like quite a bit. Both clips explore an odd and unexplained narrative of a rather dark variety. Here is director Pete Riski’s work for Husky Rescue’s track They Are Coming. And here you can see The Space In Between by How To Destroy Angels (aka Trent Reznor and wife), directed by visionary commercial director Rupert Sanders.

Making creative content that utilizes the help of crowd-sourced strangers seems to be something of a curious trend at the moment. The music video for More is Less is definitely the most impressive and most intriguing approach I’ve seen yet. Currently, almost 13,000 people have uploaded a posed photo to a site that incorporates the video into a newer version of the video every hour - clever, clever, clever.

I was barely out of my diapers when MTV launched. It was mesmerizing and afforded me an education in the music of the time. This playlist of music videos is an attempt to recount what an afternoon in front of the tube felt like.


Robert Palmer - Looking For Clues
Eddy Grant - Electric Avenue
Madness - Our House
Adam And The Ants - Goody Two Shoes
Billy Idol - White Wedding
Men At Work - Down Under
Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants To Rule The World
The Police - Don’t Stand So Close To Me
Peter Gabriel - Shock The Monkey
Musical Youth - Pass The Dutchie
Stray Cats - Rock This Town
The Clash - Rock The Casbah
Bow Wow Wow - I Want Candy
Talking Heads - Burning Down The House
Duran Duran - Girls On Film (Uncensored Full Version)
Michael Jackson - Beat It
Genesis - Land Of Confusion
Tom Petty And The Heart Breakers - Don’t Come Around Here No More
Thomas Dolby - She Blinded Me With Science
The Human League - Don’t You Want Me
Pat Benatar - Love Is A Battlefield
Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time
Thompson Twins - Hold Me Now
Steve Miller Band - Abracadabra
Huey Lewis & The News - I Want A New Drug
Don Henley - Boys of Summer
The Cars - You Might Think
Van Halen / Jump