Music Video of the Day: Keep Hope Alive by The Crystal Method (1998, dir by Doug Liman)

This video was directed by the same Doug Liman who would later go on to direct Go, The Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Edge of Tomorrow, and American Made.  He also served as executive producer of The O.C., a show that definitely deserves to be revived at some point in the near future.

With its Jesse Jackson vocal samples, the song may be political in theme but the video feels more like a mini-heist film.  It’s better than Stephen Soderbergh’s last few heist films.


Music Video of the Day: One Octave Up by Adi Ulmansky (2013, dir by Ori Sinai)

My BFF Evelyn and I absolutely love the music of Adi Ulmansky.  Today’s music video of the day is the video for One Octave Up, off of her debut solo mixtape, Shit Got Real. The video finds Adi driving, getting a gun pulled on her, and eventually ending up in some sort of prison.  I’m assuming that Adi is some sort of secret agent or something like that.  She’s definitely a better driver than I am.  Me, I can’t drive and take a call at the same time.  And that’s not actually a bad thing.  Talking while driving is something that’s best avoided unless, of course, you’re Adi Ulmansky.  There’s nothing Adi can’t do.

To be honest, I’m really not sure what’s going on in this video but it doesn’t matter.  I like the look of the video.  I like the song.  Sometimes, it’s not necessary to really understand what you’re watching.  Sometimes, you just have to watch.  You just have to exist.  You just have to take it all in without asking too many questions.


Music Video of the Day: I’ll Listen by Armin van Buuren and Anna Criado (2012, dir by ????)

Yesterday, they announced the lineup of Woodstock 50.  Looking over the acts, I noticed that apparently there’s going to be absolutely no EDM at the three-day festival of peace, love, and greed.  Woodstock 50 is going to be irrelevant before it even begins.

To quote the artist behind today’s music video of the day, “The fact is that EDM is no longer just a phenomenon or hype, it’s a cultural thing. It moves a generation of people.”


Music Video of the Day: Falling Slowly by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova (2007, dir by John Carney)

On Monday night, I was on twitter and I ended up having a conversation with a number of people about how much we all loved the 2007 Irish film, Once.  Once is the touching love story between an Irish musician (Glen Hansard) and a Czech woman (Marketa Irglova).  Together, they create beautiful music.  Even though the film ends on a bittersweet note, Once is still one of those movies that makes you believe not only in love but also in music.  If you don’t cry while watching Once, you should be concerned.

It’s definitely one of my favorite films of all time.  If you asked me, off the top of my head, what film won the most Oscars that year, I wouldn’t be able to tell you.  But I do remember jumping up and down and cheering when Once won the Oscar for best song.  Glen Hansard gave an enthusiastic, likable, and very Irish acceptance speech.  When Marketa Irglova got cut off by the band, host Jon Stewart brought her back out on stage so she could give her speech.  Here’s what Irglova said:  “This song was written from a perspective of hope, and hope at the end of the day connects us all, no matter how different we are…”

The title of that Oscar-winning song is Falling Slowly and it’s today’s music video of the day!  As you can tell, the majority of the video is made up of clips from Once but that’s okay.  Beautiful song.  Beautiful film.  Beautiful world.



Music Video of the Day: Lonely Together by Avicii, featuring Rita Ora (2017, dir by Levan Tsikurishvili and Phillip R Lopez)

Today’s music video of the day is about all the fun stuff that you can do while time stands still.

You can fall in love, which is probably why time is standing still in the first place.

You can take pictures of people suspended in mid-air.  (Of course, once time starts again, she’s probably going to plunge down to the stage and injure herself so badly that she’ll never dance professionally again.  Have these people never seen Red Sparrow, not to mention The Curious Case of Benjamin Button?)

You can go to the carnival and laugh at the clowns.

You can go to the bar and ruin a stranger’s pool game.

You can get into a fight on a bridge without having to worry about any cars hitting you while you’re running back and forth.  I have to admit that the bridge scene reminded me of the ending of Lucio Fulci’s Zombi 2.  It just needed a horde of undead to show up.

You can throw paint at your partner, which is hella messy and can lead to delusions of being Jackson Pollock.

At least these two people seem to be benevolent-at-heart.  If I was in their shoes and I was moving around while everyone else was frozen in time, I’d probably start things off by robbing the bar and then I’d work my way up from there.  But that’s just me.

Anyway, enjoy!