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Video Hookup

Eet has been a long time, my video hookup fraind, but now we are back togezer. (twirls moustache)

01. MOKB has a nice link to the Lykke Li video for “Tonight.” Dodge calls her a needy chick, but I don’t think the song is needy and I don’t think she looks needy. Vulnerable, maybe, or unsure, but that’s not the same thing. I also admire the way she looks right at the camera and doesn’t tart herself up so she looks like a plastic space alien.

02. Segue! Electroqueer has video for Swedish pop singer September, who looks JUST like she belongs with the Cylons in her video for “Can’t Get Over.”

03. At Speed of Dark: Oren Lavie, playwright and singer, made this cute video for a song called “Her Morning Elegance.” I like it, it’s everyday in a Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk kind of way. And the video looks very tiring, physically, all that stop motion.

04. Fabulist has video for Lisa Hannigan’s “Lille.” Oh Lisa Hannigan! You are so adorable! I love you so much! I’m so glad your album finally came to the US instead of being only sold in Ireland.

05. From BoingBoing, awesome Thai music with accompanying awesome, phonetically-enhanced, dance-filled video: “Nhoom Tum Lao Sao Tum Thai,” sung by Jonas and Kristy.

06. Gorgeous video from French artist Fursy Teyssier: Tír na nÓg. It reminds me of part of Hamlet’s soliloquy, where he calls death “the undiscovered country from whose bourn / no traveller returns.” Which is a beautiful way of looking at it.

07. Last but not least, and having nothing to do with music: Paddy Hirsch explaining quantitative easing. Because nothing makes shifty business practices sexy like a cute guy with an accent and a whiteboard.

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Video Hookup

I am way behind on the music scene. Even more so than usual, so forgiveness please if some of these videos are way overhyped already.

01. LAist put up the trailer for “The Soloist,” Steve Lopez’s book about a street musician that he befriended a couple years ago. Lopez writes the column “Points West” for the LA Times, which I have enjoyed reading for a while now. It must be surreal for him to see Robert Downey Jr. playing him. Hee! At any rate, the beautiful cello music played in the trailer is Yo-Yo Ma’s “Suite No. 1 — Prelude” from the Cello Suites Inspired By Bach. Gorgeous, no?

02. Documentary filmmaking for freedom: Boing Boing links to a short film on the Olympics and Tibet, called “Leaving Tibet Behind.” It is riveting.

03. Sent to me through email: video for Edison Woods’s song “Last Night I Dreamt I Would Last Forever.” Edison Woods is like, the Smiths smashed up with the Real Tuesday Weld. In a word, awesome.

04. Raj from Electroqueer, he of the impeccable ear for awesome catchy pop, linked to this excessively fun little piece called “I Love the Dancefloor,” by British band Kovak. I adore all the primary colors in the video too.

05. Raj also linked to something I’m pretty sure everyone knew about but me — the new (not new) Moby song entitled “Disco Lies.” After I saw this video I must have listened to the song like, 1000000 times. And now just thinking about it makes me want to listen again. So be warned.

06. Chad at ECEU linked to a video of AC Newman and Will Sheff singing Okkervil River’s newest song, “Lost Coastlines.” I link to this not because of Okkervil River per se, but because I have a huge crush on AC Newman’s voice. I could listen to him sing, well, whatever, all day.

07. LAist put up Advanced Afrobeat for Beginners part 2. Yeah okay, so like, a month ago. I’m out of the loop, like I said.

08. MOKB linked to Empire of the Sun’s smooth new song, “Walking On A Dream.” I wouldn’t go so far as to say I’d lick toads to get it, but it is very aurally aesthetic.

09. GvsB has Lykke Li live on Conan. Man, I freaking love Youth Novels (this song is “Breaking It Up”).

10. Russell Porter at interviews Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip.

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Video Hookup

01. Via BoingBoing, it’s S.E.X.Y.R.O.B.O.T.! It’s a song by Pinker Tones, not to be confused with any other kind of r.o.b.o.t.

02. At Feministing, Nellie McKay gets on her high horse with her mandolin. It’s irony, folks! Look into it.

03. Electroqueer makes the screen sizzle by highlighting some Juvelen videos. Nice job once again, Sweden.

04. Via Gvs.B and everyone under the sun, Lykke Li’s new video for “Breaking It Up.” That coat is SO SO SO SO SO 80s. But is her bedroom, like, in a parking garage? Just wondering.

05. Also at, a nice song by Chris Blake is transmuted to a very nice video about Google users’ biggest regrets.

06. And also also from BB, Russell Porter interviews Bennie Pete, the bandleader of the New Orleans Hot 8 Brass Band. Frigging awesome, guys. I love brass band stuff, love it love it.

07. I love Amanda Palmer too (but not her eyebrows) though I never quite know what’s going on with her. Would this video at Fabulist! help? (Answer: not really.)

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Lykke Li

Browsing around this morning, I read a funny article by Joshua Allen of the Morning News. It’s not safe for delicate eyes, but it posits that the perfect length for a pop song is 2:42. Allen’s ephiphany descends when he digs up “There She Goes” by the La’s:

I listened to it and said, in my rich and sonorous timbre, in my typically concise and absolutely-nailing-it fashion: “Here is a song that has everything I need and nothing I don’t.”

2:43? Please don’t bother. 2:41? Allen mocks those short ditties:

Then over here we have “Good Morning Good Morning,” rightfully discarded by the masses as a throwaway. Why? Two minutes, 41 seconds. Hey, Beatles, maybe next time think about tacking on an extra second to give a song the grandeur and majesty it deserves.

So, if pop perfection is just a matter of time, it comes as no surprise at all that Lykke Li’s song “Let It Fall” is exactly 2:42. While I’m chair-dancing to tracks from her new album “Youth Novels,” I get the feeling that she knows exactly what I need, and has cut out everything I don’t. And the rest of the songs ain’t bad either (understatement); my absolute favorite is “I’m Good. I’m Gone.” when she sings about getting butter for her piece of bun. Mmmmm…buttered bun.

The videos are great too; she’s in a bathroom, she’s in a high school, she’s in a train station but she can’t stop moving, twitching, skipping, shimmying. It’s not to be expected that a listener could keep from it either.

Lykke Li — Site | Myspace
[ed note — tracks removed. contact me for a copy.]

Lykke Li — I’m Good. I’m Gone.
Lykke Li — Everybody But Me (Christoffer remix)

video — Lykke Li — Little Bit
video — Lykke Li — I’m Good. I’m Gone. (bathroom)
video — Lykke Li — I’m Good. I’m Gone. (official)
video — Lykke Li — Dance Dance Dance


Video hookup

1. The Music Slut leads the pack, of course, with:

A) New Ry Ry video, entitled “Follow the Lights.” Ain’t half bad either. It really sounds like Ry is getting his groove back on. “There was never anywhere to go / but home.” (Home is apparently where Donna lives.)

B) The Who on Jools Holland. Completely unironically singing “hope I die / before I get old.” Psh, I knew they were lyin’. Generation X salutes you, baby boomers! Sic transit gloria mundi, except when you can capitalize on your nostalgia. Oh well, the music is still hawt.

C) Cold War Kids in the Black Cab. I can never decide if I’m totally in love with CWK, or whether they’re just totally pretentious. I call this the Decemberists Dilemma. Haha. The violin on this song is just stunning.

D) PJ Harvey on Leno, circa 93. This is the PJ I was talking about a couple days ago. That quick slip between begging her lover not to leave, to talking about tying him up till he wishes he’d never heard of her.

E) Bjork Unplugged, 1993, “One Day” acoustic. TOTALLY AWESOME.

F) The Cure in Amsterdam, “the Forest,” 1980. Robert Smith, pre-persona. Twelve years later, this song rocked my world, I’m not even kidding. Oh Robert, I miss the days when you weren’t a caricature of yourself.

G) Tori on The Current, doing Leather. Oh Tori, I miss the days … well, whatever.

2) Via LAist, an amusing misheard lyrics video, featuring one of my favorite workout songs: Sean Paul’s “Temperature.”

3) Via Stereogum, a fun video for Bishop Allen’s “Click Click Click Click.”

4) At Fabulist, Olga takes us back to the early days of Rilo Kiley with “The Frug.”

5) Via Skatterbrain, some good old fashioned pop from Lykke Li: “Little Bit.” Feel free to chair dance.

6) Muzzle of Bees revisits last years’s #3 awesome album. “So how do you feel about being dead?” “I don’t know … my neck hurts.” I LOVE YOU BLACK KEYS.

7) Since Bodies of Water and Stereogum are BFFS, you can see clips there from BoW’s “Takeaway Shows.”

8) Awesome vid from *my* new BFF, LoveLikeFire: “I
(via Rock Insider).

9) ECEU finds one of my fave James Taylor songs, You Can Close Your Eyes, It’s Alright.

10) LAist notes that KT Tunstall turned up to support the WGA a couple weeks ago and someone took a video of her doing “I Want You Back”.

11) Idolator puts the spotlight on Melissa Auf der Maur’s “Followed the Wave.” *sigh* She’s so beautiful. If Foo Fighters had a girl twin, Auf der Maur would be it.

12) Via Electroqueer, Roisin Murphy at the Swarovski fashion awards doing “Overpowered.” I love that hair!

13) IGIF brings us back to the 10 year old video for UNKLE & Thom Yorke’s “Rabbit In Your Headlights,” which I had never seen, though I love the song. What a creepy video, but perfect for the song.

14) And last but not least, new Postmarks video via Stereogum. “Let Go,” all hazy and sunny and green, showcasing one of the best songs on a great album.

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