Archive for February, 2009

From the dept of WTF…

Ron Howard

When you’re all out of ideas call in the A list party favors. 

That appears to be Hype Williams’ approach in this new – spectacularly lame and predictably bombastic – clip for Jamie Foxx and T Pain’s Blame it.

As you may know, we’re rather fond of celebrity cameos in music videos. But in this new paean to hobo’s remorse we were pretty weirded out by the appearance of Jake Gyllenhaal and Ron Howard. Forest Whitaker and Samuel L Jackson we can forgive, but Ron Howard bringing the crunk up in the club is just too much for this fragile Friday morning.

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Pimping out cool…

The Merchants of Cool

At HubsTV we’re not really nostalgic types. But as massive fans of both Frontline and music videos, we were really interested to discover the 2000 PBS documentary The Merchants of Cool, which chronicles the creators and sellers of popular culture and those who transformed teenagers into the hottest consumer demographic in the world.

Of particular interest is the exploration of MTV and its research campaigns taking us inside the machinations of the channel and its now defunct TRL brand.

A lot has changes in the last nine years. Back then Limp Bizkit were dominating TRL, Dawson’s Creek was a television phenomenon, and Cruel Intentions had everyone hot and bothered.

Watch The Merchants of Cool here

Fever Ray ‘When I Grow Up’

Fever Ray

Fever Ray is Karin Dreijer Andersson, half of Swedish duo The Knife. Branching out on her own, the Fever Ray album is dark, spine chilling, electro-pop at it’s most delicious. The awesome second video ‘When I Grow Up’ is brand new and well worthy of a watch, as is the first, ‘If I Had A Heart’.

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Classic director: Russell Mulcahy

Before he began his successful movie career (Highlander) Russell Mulcahy cut his teeth in music videos and boy did he take a bite out of the medium, amassing possibly the most prolific collection of videos. 

Mulcahy has directed some of the most recognizable videos of all time, including the first clip to air on MTV, The Buggles ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’. Riding the phenomenon that was MTV in the eighties, Mulcahy became the go-to guy for videos for the biggest acts, including the Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Bonnie Tyler and Elton John. Back then, in the days before meddling marketers and uptight label execs, Mulcahy’s video shoots often meant hiring a private jet rounding up some blow and models and heading somewhere exotic. Funnily enough, the inspiration came. As is the case with Duran Duran’s ‘Rio’, the results were often pretty outrageous and even more memorable.

Here’s a personal favorite – the campy extravaganza that is Elton John’s ‘I’m Still Standing’.

Elton John

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It’s always fashion week on HubsTV

With New York Fashion Week in full swing, we’re longing for days past when high fashion and music had a much more incestuous relationship. Who could forget Tyra Banks in ‘Too Funky’, Naomi Campbell in ‘Erotica’, and perhaps most importantly Stephanie Seymour in the rock opera that is ‘November Rain’.

While Kate Moss has tried to keep the dream alive in a few tepid MV appearances (who could forget her weirdly asexual dancing in The White Stripe’s ‘I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself’?), the days when music videos were a showcase for beautiful models and the men that loved them seems to be over.  

Let’s relive it now, with one of the best ever… George Michael’s Freedom, which features Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Tatiana Patitz.

George Michael

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Director: Ray Tintori!

We’re big fans of Ray Tintori’s work, both ‘Time to Pretend’ and ‘Electric Feel’ by MGMT were on high-rotation on HubsTV and ‘Time to Pretend’ even made our ‘Best Of’ list for 2008. Ray also collaborated with MGMT on a very cool interactive video for ‘Electric Feel’ that allows users to edit their own version

Not only does Ray make amazing music videos but this Brooklyn based director received an Honorable Mention for Short Filmmaking at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival for his undergraduate thesis “Death to the Tinman”.

His latest work can be seen in the new Killers video ‘Spaceman’. The crazy costumes and theatrical set are brilliant but does Brandon really pull off that outfit? Something tells us Bowie wouldn’t be impressed.

The Killers: Spaceman

Spaceman - The Killers

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MGMT: Time To Pretend

Time to Pretend - MGMT

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MGMT: Electric Feel

Electric Feel - MGMT

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Brand new video by Ray for Chairlift just added to Hubs.

Chairlift: Evident Utensil


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Towa Tei ‘Mind Games’

Towa Tei

Towa Tei

Here she blows, a super cute new video from perennial Japanese dance hero Towa Tei. We’ve seen enough animated videos recently to damage 1000 retinas, ‘Mind Wall’ however is perfectly executed. Directed by Takeshi Nakamura at Caviar with illustrations by Nicographics, this video is a treat indeed.

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