What Killed The Video Star?

I was IMing with David this morning (as I do) and he told me about a song that he is surprised he likes (Harlem by New Politics), which led me to YouTube to check it out (I don’t like it). And then I fell into a rabbit hole of terrible music videos. It was just one after another as I searched for something that didn’t suck. I saw sex where it didn’t make sense, odd characters and costumes, weird runny gloop… I decided to put together a list so that y’all wouldn’t have to endure what I did.

Although I suppose you might get curious now. Sorry ’bout that. At least I warned you, right?

WTF? Videos

Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball (why is she making out with the sledgehammer?)Lady Gaga – Applause (creepy!)
MS MR – Hurricane (omg gloooooop!)
MGMT – Electric Feel (just BAD!)
Churchill – Change (holy headache!)
AWOLNATION – Sail (girl needs to lay off the cigarettes, clearly)
Imagine Dragons – Radioactive (is this a JOKE?)
Arcade Fire – Reflektor (um, nightmares)

I did find some passable videos. They weren’t bizarre or completely sexed up or lacking in any connection to the meaning of the actual song. They were just kinda boring, which was actually an improvement on the gloop.

SNOOZE Videos

Lana Del Rey – Summertime Sadness
Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks
Pearl Jam – Sirens
Girl on Fire – Alicia Keys
Royals – Lorde
Rihanna – Stay

 

Finally, I did find a few great music videos that captured the feeling of the song perfectly and didn’t have any WTF moments! These are actually worth linking.

I Approve! Videos

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Thrift Shop
Anna Kendrick – Cups
Tegan & Sara – Closer

 

And then I gave up because THREE, you guys. I found THREE.

I remember back in the day when music videos were the big thing. And now? They pretty much suck. Boo, I say, BOO. Bring back the video star!

Have you seen any good music videos lately?

Truthiness Day 24: My Saturn Return Playlist

Day 24 → Make a playlist to someone, and explain why you chose all the songs. (Just post the titles and artists and letter)

Dear 2008,

You were a year of change.  I was 27 and the term “Saturn Return” fit this year perfectly.  I finally began taking care of myself – attended a Managing Depression class, started taking Prozac again and going to therapy, separated from Joe, moved out on my own for the first time in my life, and fell in love with David.  It was a hard year with so many ups and downs, and yet one of the most important of my life.  I mourned losses, faced bitterness, found hope, and discovered love again in all kinds of unexpected ways.  This playlist will always remind me of you – it runs the gamut of endings, beginnings, and everything between.

  1. We’re Going to be Friends – The White Stripes
  2. O Valencia! – The Decemberists
  3. (If You’re Wondering if I Want You To) I Want You To – Weezer
  4. Young Folks – Pete Bjorn & John
  5. Let’s Never Stop Falling in Love – Pink Martini
  6. Hey Pretty – POE
  7. A Stroke of Luck – Garbage
  8. The Kill (Bury Me) – 30 Seconds to Mars
  9. Extraordinary Machine – Fiona Apple
  10. Struggle – Ringside
  11. Bleeding Love – Leona Lewis
  12. Nothing Better – The Postal Service
  13. Calling it Quits – Aimee Mann
  14. (Don’t Fear) The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult
  15. Communication – The Cardigans
  16. Island – Heather Nova
  17. The Way I Am – Ingrid Michaelson
  18. It’s Amazing – Jem
  19. Maybe Tomorrow – Stereophonics
  20. Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to be a Long Long Time) – Elton John
  21. Hanging on Too Long – Duffy

From crying in the bathroom at work to finding my safe space in my own little apartment to gaining an understanding of my capacity to live and love, it was an amazing year.  Thanks for the memories.

Sincerely,
Crystal

Truthiness Day 13: Catharsis

Warwick Avenue (song)
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Day 13 → A band or artist that has gotten you through some tough ass days. (write a letter.)

Dear Duffy,

I listened to your album Rockferry constantly in 2008 after Joe and I split up.  Not only did your album include songs that mirrored many of the things I felt while going through that break up and starting divorce proceedings (like Warwick Avenue), but there were also songs that reflected my excitement about my new beginning (i.e. Distant Dreamer).  It was an odd time for me – mourning losses while also discovering new, fulfilling experiences.  There was a lot of sadness but also I started to realize my strength and gained new respect for myself.

I haven’t listened to Rockferry in over a year and even then I didn’t hit repeat like I did two years ago.  It’s a great album, truly, and it helped me during a rough chapter of my life.  Putting the album on was nice in the sense that I found out that I had moved on and didn’t feel any need to revisit that time.  I’m a stronger, healthier person now.

Thank you,

Crystal

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Heartbreakers

I marked another goal off of my 110 in 2010 list this weekend!  Several months ago I bought tickets to the June 5th Tom Petty show at Oracle Arena.  I bought the cheapest ones because I’m cheap…even when it comes to seeing one of my absolute favorite singers in concert.  Friday before the show came and Live Nation ran a Twitter contest via @tompettydotcom giving away two tickets.  I mainly retweeted so that Sarah would see the contest and enter.  But alas – I won the contest myself! So I gave my original tickets to Sarah and her Mister.  While they watched the show using the cheap nosebleed section tickets, David and I enjoyed seats in the 10th row on the Main Floor of the arena.  It was SO AWESOME!!!

Unfortunately the camera on my new Motorola Devour “smart” phone sucks big time so the pictures I got are much worse that what we saw with our own eyes:

But let me just say – we were close enough to see opening act Joe Cocker spray spit every time he belted out a lyric.  It was pretty hilarious. (Also, if you care about phone cameras, do NOT get the Devour.)

I’m still kind of in shock.  My step-mom introduced me to Tom’s stuff when I was a kid and ever since I’ve been enthralled.  I’d never seen him in concert and started to fear he would die before I saw him.  So this year HAD to be the year I SAW TOM PETTY!!!  WOOT!

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