Tag Archives: Music Video

Alternative Cuts – Menomena – “Evil Bee”

19 Jul

This is a video that I love so very much and one that really speaks for itself.

Menomena are one of a billion indie bands out of Portland, Oregon, and whilst I never got on with all their music, this is just a perfect mix of sound and vision. Over the past 3 or so years I’ve found myself coming back to it time and time and time again. I’ve searched high and low for a true HD version of it but to no avail, so sadly this is the best we have for now.

If you know me then I’ve either spammed this video to you on blogs or IM or email or one social networking site or another, or I’ve made you put it on at that perfect time of the night.

Menomena – Evil Bee. It’s a keeper.

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Alternative Cuts – Bad Lamps – ‘Never Know the Difference’

31 May

Alternative Cuts will be a hopefully regular series of postings presenting interesting, quirky, cool music videos or other viral shit if we think it fits what we’re trying to do here at Alternative Spotlight.

I’m struggling to put into words exactly what it is about this fan-made video that I seem to love so much, because all it really is is a montage of the clean bits of some past and present porn films set to a lovely little summery piece of indie. Whatever it is, it’s clear I’m not the only loving it one as the video has clocked up over 600k hits since appearing on Youtube less than a week ago.

Perhaps I could write something about how the music seems to subvert the meaning of these snippets of video. Or perhaps I could write something about the opposite, and it’s actually the meaning of the music that’s altered by the juxtaposition with the choice of imagery. And perhaps even there’s a broader point to make there about context, interpretation and perception of different ‘art’ in different circumstances.

But that would be to do it a disservice, I reckon, because there’s something beautiful in the abstract here that needn’t be pinned down by words. Sometimes simple enjoyment can be simple enjoyment. So, that said, enjoy a wonderful video that is peculiarly poignant somehow.

Bad Lamps’ Soultronic EP available here on Bandcamp
Bad Lamps on the F-book.