Archive for August, 2009

Hubs tropes… intergalactic!

Our guide to the cliches, visual iconography and historical references that make up the vernacular of modern music videos.

The recent barrage of media coverage over the 40th anniversary of the moon landing got us thinking. Where would music videos be without the old go-to reference of space travel? Whether its adopting the retro approach a.l.a. Corgan, or going for a kitsch DIY homage like the Beastie Boys’ ‘Intergalactic,’ space travel and its visual repertoire of rockets, extra terrestrials and futuristic leisure wear continues to be a major influence on the music video world.

Here’s our top 5. Any other suggestions?

Smashing Pumpkins ‘Tonight, Tonight’

David Bowie ‘Space Oddity’

Lenny Kravitz ‘Believe’

N.E.R.D. ‘She Wants to Move’

Kylie Minogue ‘Put Yourself in my Place’

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Julian Plenti is…

Julian Plenti

Paul Banks of course! The Interpol frontman recently released his first solo album ‘Julian Plenti is… Skyscraper’ and HubsTV just added the Javier Aguilera directed video for ‘Games for Days’. Shot at Toronto’s Waverly Hotel and featuring Emily Haines from Metric.

This Fall we will also see a release from another New York frontman Julian Casablancas. His official website has a trailer for the album and also an interview.

So who will win the solo wars?

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