the roundup:  our 5 favorite music videos from the week that was
    • WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2011

    • Posted by: David Pitz

    We like music videos. We like lists. We like reminiscing. The Roundup is our newly created way of celebrating such things, with She & Him, Matt & Kim, Noah and the Whale, Sims, and Strand of Oaks taking home honors for the most captivating new music visuals of the week.

    She & Him -"Dont Look Back"
    "Modern men and women are increasingly interested in what is new and beautiful and advanced." So sets up the retrofitted visuals to She & Hims "Dont Look Back". Like most things Matt and Zooey set their minds too, the video is all kinds of adorable; a yesteryear look at what the future might hold, oozing with girl group choreography and Wards cool, sun glassed stare. Man, the future is going to be far out.

    Matt and Kim - "Cameras"
    "If you do that - I'm warning you, right now! If you touch my drums, I will stab you, in the neck, with a knife!" - Dale Doback

    Nothing emits rock and roll like a good, old-fashioned dance fight. To accompany their newest album, Sidewalks, the duo Matt and Kim, have released their music video for "Cameras", the albums first single. Directed by award-winning filmmaker, Jonathan Del Gatto, the duo knuckle-up and kick the living daylights out of each other. Blood, sweat, and broken instruments spatter as they battle to the their newest, catchy beat. Maybe other bands should follow Matt and Kims example. Genius-choreographed ass kicking should settle every quarrel.

    Noah and the Whale -"L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N."
    In their latest video, Brit-rockers Noah and the Whale construct a hipster noir Happy Days concert to promote the optimistic smiles and sunshine of their new single "L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.". It's a bouncy number, and the first off their forthcoming third LP Last Night On Earth. The album is said to be heavily influenced by poets like Frank O'Hara and Charles Bukowski, both of whom probably attended couch parties where the lights flicker and the woman dance in Marilyn Monroe wigs. Bop along as the guys wear suits and look as post-modern as possible.

    Sims -"Burn It Down"
    Sims is a Minnesota based hip hop artist who calls the Doomtree collective home, and this video served as a welcome introduction to his talents. His second full-length release, Bad Time Zoo, is due February 15th, and word has it reflects his quest for solid understanding of a society on the brink of dystopia.

    Strand of Oaks -"Last To Swim"
    "I'll be the first one in the river/And the last one to swim". It's a chorus that gives you a good idea of what this song from Pennsylvanian songwriter Tim Showalter is all about. It's somber and quiet, but eventually boils over with a nice heap of emotion.

    Showalter calls his project Strand of Oaks, and he released his take on lonesome, one-man blues last year with an album called Pope Killdragon. If "Last to Swim" is any indication of the album as a whole, it's an intimate and self-confessional kind of portrait. Naturally, the first video would follow suit.

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