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Favourite Music Videos of 2011

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10. Kanye West – All of the Lights

Even though I love this video, the concept was pretty much taken from Gaspar Noé’s award-winning psycho-thriller, Enter the Void‘s opening credits. I guess to Hype Williams, copying is a form of flattery.

9. Lana Del Rey – Born to Die

8. Metronomy – The Bay

7. The Strokes – Taken for a Fool

There’s nothing to love when you see a constant clip of 5 different Julian Casablancas and Nick Valensi.

6. Rihanna Feat. Calvin Harris – We Found Love

Directed by Melina Matsoukas, who was also sued by David LaChapelle for her S&M video. I was really surprised that Rihanna went back to her for ‘We Found Love’. This video was well done in my opinion because I honestly haven’t seen this much emotion and action from Rihanna in a while. But the downside is.. I’m pretty much tired of seeing female musicians kissing some guy on top/inside/outside a car. Overdone.

5. Lady Gaga – Judas

Epic music video. Definitely my favourite one by Gaga. What’s more surprising is that her choreographer, Laurieann Gibson (Torontonian!), was also the director of this video. There was a lot of biblical/religious references, but this is nothing new to her fans. I was mostly drawn to the cast and the huge amount of work that went into the sets and wardrobe. Definitely her best one in my opinion.

4. Foster the People – Call it What You Want

This music video and song title matches each other perfectly. The reason why I probably like this video so much is because of the pan in and out shots.. and the randomness.

Directed by Ace Norton – who also worked with Death Cab for Cutie (Crooked Teeth), Steve Aoki & Armand Van Helden (BRRRAT) and Felix Cartel.

3. The Black Keys – Howlin’ for You

I couldn’t believe that the director for this music video (Chris Marrs Piliero) also directed Britney Spears’ – ‘I Wanna Go’ single. Concept and screenwriters are ESSENTIAL.

The Black Keys blew up so quickly throughout 2011, mainly because of their creative music videos. Such as Tighten Up and their most recent single off their new album, Lonely Boy. From what I know, I don’t see many music videos set as a false movie trailer with full narration of the story line. Which, in my opinion, seems to be pretty damn creative and it gets the attention easily.

2. Matt and Kim – Cameras

Directed by Jonathan Del Gatto, who also directed Block After Block for Matt and Kim.. when or even how OFTEN do you see two band members beat the shit out of each other on ‘camera’? Fun, hilarious and entertaining. Love this music video.

1. Make Some Noise – Beastie Boys

What a smart and GREAT way to get back to their fans with an ENDLESS list cameos in a 30 minute short film as their music video. I was just completely speechless when I first watched it. In a way, they took the Kanye West approach to make a film, but in this case, they made it into one big parody of themselves.

Honorable Mentions:

Robyn – Call Your Girlfriend

Major Lazer – Original Don Ft. The Partysquad

Chromeo – When The Night Falls

Sleigh Bells – Rill Rill

May Concert Recap – Childish Gambino, Sleigh Bells, CSS and Death Cab For Cutie

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Sorry for the lack of posts this week, I’ve just been swarmed with shows! But luckily for the readers here, I’ve recorded them all on video. I must say my favourite performance was probably Sleigh Bells, they definitely performed the best. I’m hoping to do more concert coverage this summer for all the Room-Noise readers. So far I’m taking the month of June off from shows to hopefully blog more and do some more research. Currently I’m in the process of getting a press pass for Osheaga, it would be amazing for me to be able to take my DSLR to record some of the performances for those who won’t be able to go this year! If you have the money and the chance to go to Osheaga, I highly suggest doing it. The line-up this year is quite insane. Death From Above 1979 is my number one reason at the moment. More info will come when the date comes closer, I might do a daily blog or a vlog of my journey to Montreal with my close friends. So for now, enjoy my review, comments and thoughts of the past three days.

CHILDISH GAMBINO:

My week began with Donald Glover/Childish Gambino at The Opera House, he started the night with a 25-30 minute set with his stand up comedy and a digital short featuring a member from LCD Soundsystem (don’t remember who because I was too short to see the screen). Afterwards he had his live band come up and Donald opened up his set with Freaks and Geeks. Let’s just say that I was really surprised at how well his live band performed, they had put so much energy into playing their part which sadly over powered Glover’s vocals. Otherwise, everyone at the show was clearly a die hard fan since I paid only $20 for my ticket, but there were people in the room who definitely paid more than $200. Overall, the show was a bit overhyped, he did a great show but it was, in lack of a better slang/word “aight”.

SLEIGH BELLS:

The next day, I missioned to The Sound Academy in the absolute crappy weather to see Princeton, Sleigh Bells and CSS. A great lineup (except for Princeton – sort of random) to be honest, I was actually really surprised that there was barely anyone when I arrived at the venue but by the time Sleigh Bells opened up with Iron Man by Ozzy, the crowd went insane. The band then appeared and the song slowly transitioned to Crown on the Ground. Their entire set was around 40-45 minutes long and I could tell the duo put in a lot of effort into their performance. My favourite part about the show was probably the lighting and the set behind them. Despite most of their music was probably air played over the speakers and not actually playing the music 100% live, it was the fans that really made it good.

CSS:

I probably waited for over 30 minutes for CSS to get on stage and it was definitely worth the wait. I’ve been a huge fan of this band, but I was actually really disappointed on their setlist and also Lovefoxxx’s vocals. I could barely hear her the entire time, nevertheless, she made it up with her crazy energy and her endless stripping! I also loved the fact that she wore a RATATAT t-shirt the entire time, really makes it work. This was probably my second favourite performance since I had the chance to see the band upfront and I could tell everyone in the band was having a great time, they were smiling non-stop and trying to get the crowd to dance. CSS will be returning to Toronto in October.

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE:

I had the chance to see Death Cab For Cutie with The Edge Intern Army. I spent four hours talking to the crowd who were lining up for the show, and let’s just say they were ALL die hard fans. DCFC hasn’t been in Toronto since 2008 I believe and tickets to this show were $50 at The Phoenix. There were fans who weren’t able to get tickets and they waited outside in the rain until the venue was nice enough to let them in. When I saw the band perform, my first thought was, what was Chris Walla playing? But also.. why was the drum set in the back corner of the stage? Those small set ups usually isn’t a concern to fans but it was just distracting for me. As for the set, the band played over 19 tracks and then an encore of 4 songs, ending with Transatlanticism. I will be seeing DCFC again in July in Osheaga, I can’t wait to compare the two shows in two completely different settings. I’m not a HUGE fan of the band, but I could tell that they were so grateful of their fans.

- Constance

Sunday Mix Tape

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This week is going to be insane! Lots of artists are beginning to stop by Toronto for their North American tour, and luckily I’ll be seeing four different bands this week. Therefore, I thought it would be right to make a playlist of the bands I’m checking out this week. Summer is almost here, so be on the lookout for concert tours, more and more dates will be announced. Check out my personal Twitter for the latest music and entertainment news.

Childish Gambino – Break (AOTL)

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Childish Gambino – The Longest Text Message

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Nicki Minaj vs. Sleigh Bells vs. Swedish House Mafia – One Kid (Diplo Remix)

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CSS – Move (Cut Copy Remix)

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Death Cab For Cutie – Some Boys

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- Constance

SKINS Playlist

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Tonight is the world premiere of the American remake of SKINS. It will air on The Movie Network tonight at 10 PM EST. Last Friday was Skins secret party in New York city with live performances by Rusko, Sleigh Bells, Drop the Lime, KLEVER and Kill the Noise. I’m telling you that this show will certainly blow the audiences away with their choice of music. Although I’m a huge fan of the UK version, we will just have to wait and see what MTV has in store for us for the first season of Skins US.

Hot Gipp – Hot (KLEVER REMIX)

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The Bravery – Slow Poison (Drop the Lime Remix)

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Sleigh Bells – A/B Machines (French Horn Rebellion Remix)

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Lady Sovereign – Pennies (Kill The Noise Remix)

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Amanda Blank – Might Like You Better (Rusko Remix)

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- Constance

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