I love music videos. Many of the random songs I adore are because they have great music videos. If I can relate a song back to a video it sticks with me for a long time. Here are some of my favorite rad music videos:
First video is Wishes by Beach House. This one is directed by Eric Warheim of Tim & Eric fame. I can’t stand Tim & Eric, but it seems like things Eric directs outside of that are usually pretty great. It stars Ray Wise of Twin Peaks fame as some kind of half time performer at a sporting event. The sport is completely nonsensical looking and the halftime show is even more nonsensical, but the fans love it. The etherealness of the song to go with the insanity of the video make it a rad experience.
This next video is Bombay by El Guincho. I know nothing about who made this video or the artist performing it, but it has a great sound and a very very random video. The addition of topless women doesn’t hurt, but even without it this would be on the list. There are so many interesting scenes that just keep flying past you.
This is Technicolor Dreaming by Cardiknox. They are a lesser known New York group from what I can tell, all I know for sure is they retweeted me as soon as I tweeted about how rad this video was. It is just a lyric video, but the way it uses all these classic movie posters for the lyrics is pretty cool. Being able to identify many of the posters definitely helps, if you don’t recognize any of them it might not be as great.
Knights of Cydonia by Muse. This one probably everyone knows already but man, is it cool. The space sci-fi kung-fu cowboy thing is just such a great look, it makes me wish this were an actual movie I could watch. Muse is just great by themselves but adding such fantastic visuals really brings it up a notch.
Did I Mention I Like To Dance by Flynt Flossy. I could post all of Turquoise Jeep on here because I love all their videos, but I’ll take this one. Flynt Flossy can just plain dance, and watching him go nuts while he raps about his love of dancing is great time.
This is all I’m going to post for now, but I’m sure as I see more rad videos I will post them.
No updates last week, I was out of town at the beginning of the week and working on a separate project the rest of the week, but I’m back at it today.
Today was mostly about rewriting how level selection and such works. Now you select a difficulty, then select the level in that difficulty you want to play. I have switched to only tracking a single high score for these individual levels which I think should be fine. I might add in the ability to add a name, but right now it’s just a score for each individual level. I’ll probably do something similar for continuous mode. Making all the lists interact with each other the way I wanted was a pain, but it worked out in the end after a bit of research and now it is a smooth experience.
With that put together I really need to make more levels for testing and get it out in front of some people. That will be my goal for the next few days, put together several interesting levels for testing.
No screenshot today, instead a Kids in the Hall sketch that is rad, like all of them.
Here are some of my favorite songs, for various reasons:
Bjork – Bachelorette — I don’t know why I like this one so much, I once saw an AMV using it with Adolescence of Utena and after that just adored it. I love much of Bjork’s work but this is the top for me.
Planet Smashers – Super Orgy Porno Party — I’ve always liked ska and I saw these guys on Muchmusic back in the late 90’s and thought they were rad. This song is just ridiculous and I love it.
The Rentals – Friends of P — Another one I saw the video for back in the 90’s and dug every since. It has such a smooth feeling sound.
Sambomaster – Sekai wa Sore wo Ai to Yobundaze (That’s What the World Calls Love) — These guys rock the fuck out when they get going. This song was used as the ending of a Japanese TV show called Densha Otoko and as the last song in Ouendan 2, both of which were rad. Also their bass player is like the Japanese version of my friend Nate who also plays the bass.
Lordi – Devil is a Loser — Like most people I only learned of Lordi after they won Eurovision with a bad ass performance of Hard Rock Hallelujah. While that is a good song I like Devil is a Loser more. I have 3 of their albums and dig them all, their ridiculous monster rock works for me.
Pulp – Common People — Pulp was a really rad band, another one I didn’t find out about in-depth until after they were no more. I now have most of their albums to listen to and I dig what they do. This was another song I found from the music video in the 90’s and loved it. The William Shatner version is pretty good as well.
Alright that’s all for now. Those are all rad songs, usually with rad videos.