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Ten Greatest Music Videos Of 2010

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We’ve premiered quite a few magnificent music videos this year, and some of the best to be seen anywhere just in the past few months, if I dare say. Since there are far too many shot for any one person to see them all, inevitably, all the issues of bias and subjectivity that apply to any list of creative works are compounded here by sheer volume. But, dear reader, the very fact that we’ve been intimately in the loop with many of the finest pairings of sound and vision in recent months gives us a slight edge in preparing such a list. Admittedly, some of the following videos premiered here on IFC, but all of them earned their place in this list because they rose above the rest with noteworthy execution and immense style.


10. Rachel Goodrich, “Light Bulb”

Rachel Goodrich’s vaudeville indie pop tune “Light Bulb,” featured in “Weeds,” was the subject of a video contest held by Miami’s Sweat Records. This entry directed by Lucas Leyva, didn’t win (it came in 2nd), but it’s awesome juxtaposition of Goodrich’s whimsical song with Miami thug life easily makes it one of the best videos of the year in my book.


9. Röyksopp, “Senior Living”

At about ten minutes long and incorporating multiple tracks off of Röyksopp’s album, “Senior,” this counts as a short film as much as music video, and it won’t be the last one on this list. Still, it falls decidedly into the music camp for our purposes, lacking any real deep narrative angle. I still can’t believe this is actually the city of Detroit. Knowing that makes this dystopian vision of three babes wandering through a zombie and wolf-filled hellscape even more freaked out.


8. Die Antwoord, “Zef Side”

If this list were the Most Blown Out videos of the year, I’d have to put this one first. Everything about it is too severe, from Yo-Landi’s hair, to Ninja’s junk swinging. This video pretty much landed Die Antwoord a record deal with Interscope. They just brought “that next level shit,” and brought it hard.


7. Arcade Fire, “Suburbs”

New roads and tidy lawns can’t hide the menace lurking in Spike Jones’ take on the suburbs. What begins as good times biking around the neighborhood turns to calamity, as these kids come of age in a police state.


6. Grinderman, “Heathen Child” (NSFW?)

Director John Hillcoat (“The Road,” “The Proposition”), has Nick Cave, Warren Ellis and crew depicted as Classical Gods firing raw power out of their eyes and arses all while a girl of questionable age sucks her thumb in a bathtub waiting for the Wolfman to come. Rabid, filthy, awesome stuff.


5. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, “Game Gets Old: the Trilogy”

Director Philip Di Fiore loves the look of old Blue Note record covers and photographs and wanted to create a world that brought that look to life with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings. The result was a three-part series, which combined was the authentically vintage, “Game Gets Old: the Trilogy.” Shot on 35mm Panavision with an anamorphic lens from 1964, you’d be hard pressed to guess this was made in 2010 if you just stumbled upon it. Sharon Jones and the baddest horn section in Brooklyn more than look the part too, no one keeps it as real as they do.


4. Mark Ronson & The Business Intl, “The Bike Song”

Nice shades, hot chicks, sweet bikes. Mark Ronson has it all. I’m tempted to repeat what I wrote about this after it premiered in Fall just to remind myself how good life can be: “The ridiculous Japanese/Tron/R2D2/Knight Rider transforming bicycle routine comes out of nowhere, and then Ronson is just rolling, hooking up with his jobless friends, jacking fools, and kicking it with hot French girls. You know how it is.” Most sartorially stylish viddy of the year declaration, still stands.


3. Baths, “Lovely Bloodflow”

Never has a video made perishing in the woods look so beautiful, even appealing, as this one for Baths’ (AKA Will Wiesenfeld) “Lovely Bloodflow” during which he incongruously sings lines like “Kick up my shit, you wanna.” This is a must see by directors by Alex Takacs and Joe Nankin who together go by the moniker Young Replicant.


2. El Guincho, “Bombay” (NSFW)

Whoever said “There’s a shortage of perfect breasts in this world” (Westley did), didn’t see El Guincho’s trip into the human cosmos. You don’t want to stop and think about that any more than you would want to stop and think about what the hell is going on in this totally out of control piece called “Bombay.” Just feeling it is good enough. Perhaps all the random associations and wild fetish play will coalesce into a story in the larger film for which this is actually a trailer.


1. Kanye West, “Runaway”

“Think big, set your goals high. I mean, a 35 minute film — we did it. We so seventies right now. We rock stars, fuck y’all’s opinion.” That’s what director and emotional basket case, Kanye West, said when his short film “Runaway” premiered in New York. Over the past few months, Kanye has proven decisively that he is one of the most fragile entertainers in the world, and without question, also one of the most fascinating. It may not be playing by the rules to put the 30+ minute “Runaway” in a list with the rest of these music videos, but then, Kanye doesn’t play by any rules either. That, and because this gratuitously narcissistic musical fantasy is spectacular to behold, is why this is #1.

Honorable mentions must go to Seu Jorge & Almaz’s “The Model” — part 1 and part 2 which veers more directly into narrative territory. It’s the smoothest short I’ve watched this year. Also check out Revolver’sLeave Me Alone,Morning Benders‘, “Promises” and Broken Bells‘ “The Ghost Inside.” Lastly, for going above and beyond using forgotten, antiquated, technology to create visual effects see Neon Indian’s freshly premiered “Mind Drips.”

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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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Artfully Off

Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…

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IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.

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IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).

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IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.

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IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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Baroness For Life

Baroness von Sketch Show is available for immediate consumption.

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Baroness von Sketch Show is snowballing as people have taken note of its subtle and not-so-subtle skewering of everyday life. The New York Times, W Magazine, and Vogue have heaped on the praise, but IFC had a few more probing questions…

IFC: To varying degrees, your sketches are simply scripted examples of things that actually happen. What makes real life so messed up?

Aurora: Hubris, Ego and Selfish Desires and lack of empathy.

Carolyn: That we’re trapped together in the 3rd Dimension.

Jenn: 1. Other people 2. Other people’s problems 3. Probably something I did.

IFC: A lot of people I know have watched this show and realized, “Dear god, that’s me.” or “Dear god, that’s true.” Why do people have their blinders on?

Aurora: Because most people when you’re in the middle of a situation, you don’t have the perspective to step back and see yourself because you’re caught up in the moment. That’s the job of comedians is to step back and have a self-awareness about these things, not only saying “You’re doing this,” but also, “You’re not the only one doing this.” It’s a delicate balance of making people feel uncomfortable and comforting them at the same time.

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IFC: Unlike a lot of popular sketch comedy, your sketches often focus more on group dynamics vs iconic individual characters. Why do you think that is and why is it important?

Meredith: We consider the show to be more based around human dynamics, not so much characters. If anything we’re more attracted to the energy created by people interacting.

Jenn: So much of life is spent trying to work it out with other people, whether it’s at work, at home, trying to commute to work, or even on Facebook it’s pretty hard to escape the group.

IFC: Are there any comedians out there that you feel are just nailing it?

Aurora: I love Key and Peele. I know that their show is done and I’m in denial about it, but they are amazing because there were many times that I would imagine that Keegan Michael Key was in the scene while writing. If I could picture him saying it, I knew it would work. I also kind of have a crush on Jordan Peele and his performance in Big Mouth. Maya Rudolph also just makes everything amazing. Her puberty demon on Big Mouth is flawless. She did an ad for 7th generation tampons that my son, my husband and myself were singing around the house for weeks. If I could even get anything close to her career, I would be happy. I’m also back in love with Rick and Morty. I don’t know if I have a crush on Justin Roiland, I just really love Rick (maybe even more than Morty). I don’t have a crush on Jerry, the dad, but I have a crush on Chris Parnell because he’s so good at being Jerry.

Jenn: I LOVE ISSA RAE!

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IFC: If you could go back in time and cast yourselves in any sitcom, which would it be and how would it change?

Carolyn: I’d go back in time and cast us in The Partridge Family.  We’d make an excellent family band. We’d have a laugh, break into song and wear ruffled blouses with velvet jackets.  And of course travel to all our gigs on a Mondrian bus. I feel really confident about this choice.

Meredith: Electric Mayhem from The Muppet Show. It wouldn’t change, they were simply perfect, except… maybe a few more vaginas in the band.

Binge the entire first and second seasons of Baroness von Sketch Show now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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