Quarterly Report: The 10 Best Music Videos of 2013 (So Far)
    • THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2013

    • Posted by: Matt Howard

    It's hard to believe that we're already a quarter of the way through 2013, but when we traced our steps from the past three months, we couldn't help but notice how much actually has transpired (insert cliche Ferris Bueller quote). If you think about it, it's been pretty sweet - David Bowie released a surprise album and Justin Bieber went crazy - what more could we ask for? Since we're in the business of gathering and sharing the best music videos, we thought it might be nice to get you all caught up with what you may have missed.

    Justin Timberlake - "Suit & Tie"

    Prior its release, we knew the recipe was perfect - Justin Timberlake singing and dancing with David Fincher's guidance behind the lens. And if you weren't already aware, this wasn't Fincher's first musical rodeo. He was responsible for some of the most classic music videos like Madonna's "Vogue" and Nine Inch Nails' "Only". The Gatsby-like "Suit & Tie" final product solidified our allegiance to JT (mainly because we predict he'll take over the world).

    Disclosure ft. AlunaGeorge "White Noise"

    This video inspired our dancing old men, and rightfully so as it features an older gentleman who spends his hours as a security guard breaking it down in massive, barren buildings. The song is an inflicting club tune by two of the UK's most buzzed about groups - the duos Disclosure and AlunaGeorge - which somehow beautifies the gloom of the decrepit edifices.

    Beach House - "Wishes"

    As with Beach House, when it comes to the work of Tim Heidecker, the director of their "Wishes" music video, people are incredibly polarized about his work - you're either going to love it or hate it. The joining of their eccentric forces proved to be one we wished had happened long ago. It features Ray Wise of Twin Peaks lip singing the entire song surrounded by the wackiest high school pep rally we've ever seen (probably because we've only seen them in movies).

    Atoms For Peace - "Ingenue"

    Thom Yorke keeps rhythmic hopes alive for white males everywhere. I mean who else in the world could pull this shit off?!

    ON AN ON - "The Hunter"

    One of our favorite new kids on the block in 2013, ON AN ON, bring us, as one of our writers put it: "a mix of unbridled enthusiasm and mellow bliss." After seeing them live in Brooklyn, we invited them to play our party down in Austin, which leads us to urge you to buy their debut album Give In. In the video for "The Hunter" we witness the exploits of a few 80s metal kids as they thrash to the opposing, yet perfect poppy tech tune.

    Django Django - "WOR"

    The song has a Spaghetti Western/DEVO vibe, and it tracks a bunch of crazy dudes in India that perform the most incredibly dangerous sport we've ever seen - so yeah, we kinda liked this a lot.

    Foals - "Late Night"

    In our opinion, the grim and mesmerizing "Late Night", is the greatest piece to come out of Foals' most recent album, Holy Fire. For its music video, they went exceptionally deep - capturing essences of life, death, and sex (yeah, there's some heavy nudity). It's so intense that it gives Yannis a nosebleed!

    Earl Sweatshirt - "WHOA"

    Just when you thought glam rap killed hip-hop, these kids show up and set the game straight. Earl Sweatshirt's "WHOA" music video, features Tyler, The Creator and the rest of their OFWGKTA crew, and it's as raunchy, unkempt, and outstanding as we had hoped.

    Junip - "Line Of Fire"

    When I personally listen to Junip's "Line Of Fire", which lately seems like a daily exercise, it's a very cleansing experience. It's a beautiful song, that when I'm jammed in a subway car will take me to my comfort zone. That's why this video is so profound - it completely juxtaposes my preconceived notions about the song and accompanies it with unpalatable moments of lust and betrayal (with some being downright creepy).

    Reptile Youth - "It's Easy To Lose Yourself" NSFW

    This video exemplifies one of those "I wish I was there when they planned this" moments. There was obviously someone who was like, "Why don't we just like have two people masterbate?" And thus, this awesomely inappropriate video was born.

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