Music Video of the Day: Baker Grace — Day I Die (2017, dir by Moses Moreno)


[Chorus]
I don’t wanna live like it’s the last night of my life
‘Cause I don’t wanna face, no, the day I die

[Verse 1]
There’s something in the way
Something in the ways that keeps me grounded
There’s something in the change
Don’t wanna leave the world the way I found it
There’s something in this place
As long as my heart keeps pounding
‘Cause everything I know
Turns out I know nothing about it

[Pre-Chorus]
All these moments
May seem hopeless
But I won’t run away

[Chorus]
I don’t wanna live like it’s the last night of my life
‘Cause I don’t wanna face, no, the day I die
I don’t wanna live like it’s the last night of my life
‘Cause I don’t wanna face, no, the day I die

[Post-Chorus]
The day I die
The day I die
The day I die
The day I die

[Verse 2]
It’s not that I’m afraid
It’s just that I don’t wanna take my chances
There’s only so much time
So I need to stay and advantage
It’s not about the fame
It’s not about the money or the mansions
The more I try to plan
The less [?] seem to understand it

[Pre-Chorus]
All these moments
May seem hopeless
But I won’t run away

[Chorus]
I don’t wanna live like it’s the last night of my life
‘Cause I don’t wanna face, no, the day I die
I don’t wanna live like it’s the last night of my life
‘Cause I don’t wanna face, no, the day I die

[Bridge]
The day I, day I, day I, day I die
Day I, day I, day I die
Day I, day I, day I die (I’m not ready to go)
Day I, day I, day I (I’m not ready to go, go, go)

Beautiful song.  Atmospheric video.  What more needs to be said?

Enjoy!

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Music Video of the Day: Wolf Bite by Owl City (2014, directed by Andrew William Ralph)


In memory of Carl Grimes…

Well, kinda.  After what happened on the latest episode of the Walking Dead, I knew that today’s music video of the day would either have to be about 1) a bite or 2) losing an eye.  I nearly went with One Headlight by the Wallflowers but I didn’t know if everyone would associate one headlight with only having one eye.  Then I nearly picked a truly bland 80s song called Once Bitten Twice Shy but oh my God, that song was so boring.

Then I remembered Wolf Bite.  Even more importantly, I remembered this wonderfully weird little video.  Of course, it doesn’t have much to do with getting bitten by a zombie or losing an eye but I still like it.  Dance, wolf, dance!

Enjoy!

 

Music Video of the Day: Bob Dylan — Must Be Santa (2009, dir by Nash Edgerton)


I just realized that it is December 10th and we have yet to share any Christmas videos here at the Shattered Lens.  That may be because there’s not really that many good Christmas music videos out there….

However, there is this video of Bob Dylan performing Must Be Santa!

Is Dylan celebrating the holiday or making fun of it in this video?  Personally, I choose to believe that he’s doing both.  If anything, Bob Dylan’s reached a point where he can pretty much do anything he wants and if that means he wants to do a polka Christmas song, we’re all the better for it!

As for the song itself, it was originally written back in 1960 and has been performed by several different singers.  The polka version was first performed by the pride of Denton, Texas, Brave Combo.  Dylan’s version can basically be considered a cover version of the Brave Combo version.  Even if you don’t like polka music (and I certainly wouldn’t consider myself to be a fan of it but then again, my personal taste in music pretty much runs the gamut from EDM to More EDM), you should always take advantage of the chance to see Brave Combo play live.  They put on a quite a show.

Anyway, enjoy!

TV Review: The Walking Dead 8.7 “Time For After” (dir by Larry Teng)


This review of the latest episode of The Walking Dead is an example of better late than never.  This episode aired nearly a week ago but I’m only now getting around to watching it.  As I sit here watching and typing this review, it is 2 a.m., Saturday morning.  I’ve just returned from attending two Christmas parties.  I was actually thinking about getting some sleep for once, but then I suddenly realized that I still had an episode of The Walking Dead to watch!

That, of course, wouldn’t have happened in the past.  When The Walking Dead first started, there would have been no way that I would have waited a week to watch the latest episode.  That was before the show settled into its current glacial pace.  At this point, it typically takes this show so long to get from point A to point B that viewers like me spend entire episodes asking, “Are we there yet?”

For example, as I sit here typing this, I am watching Daryl, Michonne, Rosita, and Tara debating about whether or not they should attack the Sanctuary or if they should wait for Rick.  (Rick is currently being held prisoner by the trash people.)  Morgan just walked up and said that he’s tired of talking and he just wants to take action.  YES, MORGAN, YES!  For God’s sake, let’s end the debate and just do something!  No, we don’t need to hear about how Michonne “believes in Rick Grimes.”  We don’t need to hear about how everyone felt when they saw Sasha in that box.  We already know all of this because we’ve spent two seasons listening to everyone have this exact same goddamn conversation over and over again!  Just do something!

The episode is now over and, in all fairness to the show, it should be noted that Daryl did finally do something.  He and Tara crashed a truck through a wall of the Sanctuary, allowing a mass of walkers to enter and chow down on a few Saviors and, even more importantly, it forced the Saviors to waste their bullets defending themselves.  However, since Daryl took this action on his own as opposed to waiting for Rick to get out of the trash prison, the show still had to present it as being some sort of mistake.  The show has too much invested in presenting Rick as being a strategic genius to actually acknowledge that anyone else could actually have a good idea.

Watching the walking dead feast on his new Savior buddies was apparently enough to convince Eugene to (once again) declare his loyalty to Negan.  Despite his recent troubles, Negan still seems to be having fun.  Fortunately, the show’s writers seem to have finally figured out that Negan is more effective the less we see of him.  As for Eugene, well — he’s Eugene.  This episode featured peak Eugene.  If Eugene’s overly convoluted syntax occasionally makes you want to rip your hair out, you were probably bald by the end of this episode.  You have to respect Josh McDermitt’s commitment to the role.  Eugene may be annoying but McDermitt plays the Hell out of him.  Eugene’s ultimate loyalties, of course, still remain questionable.  He knows that Dwight betrayed the Saviors but he still hasn’t told Negan.  He showed some sympathy to Father Gabriel (who is apparently dying because he covered himself with intestines a few episodes ago) but he still declared that he was loyal only to himself.

As for Rick, he did eventually get out of the trash prison and convinced Jadis to join him in his fight against Negan.  Jadis was impressed when Rick killed a walker gladiator.  Jadis also wants to sculpt Rick.  How are the trash people not dead yet?

(Apparently, the trash people prefer to be known as Scavangers.  However, I’m going to continue to call them trash people because they annoy da fug out of me.)

Anyway!  This episode ended with Rick and the trash people rolling up on the Sanctuary.  Oh my God!  There’s a hole in the Sanctuary!  There’s no walkers!  Uh-oh, Daryl did something on his own!  Rick’s never going to let that go…

One more episode before The Walking Dead goes on its mid-season hiatus!  Who will die this Sunday?  My prediction: Father Gabriel.  The show’s never really figured out what to do with Gabriel so now seems like a good time to let him go down as a martyr.

We’ll see what happens!

Music Video of the Day: Escape Velocity by the Chemical Brothers (2010, dir by Adam Smith and Marcus Lyal)


Hi there, everyone!

Today’s music video of the day is the video for the 2nd track off of The Chemical Brothers’s Further.  Things pick up exactly where Snow ended, with the woman swimming under water.  (The woman is played by Jenny Godding when she’s swimming and by Romola Garai when she’s not.)  When the woman emerges from the water, she is treated to a light show that should be familiar to anyone who has been lucky enough to see The Chemical Brothers perform live.

I know, I know.  This is the type of music that drives some people crazy.  I happen to love it.  It’s all about the way it makes you feel and it makes me feel like dancing.

Enjoy!

 

Music Video of the Day: Snow (2010, dir by Adam Smith and Marcus Lyall)


As I sit here writing up today’s music video of the day, the temperature outside is plunging.  When I woke up this morning, it was 40 degrees outside.  Tonight, it’s 33 degrees and getting colder.  This weather may not be good for my asthma but at least it finally feels like Christmas around here!  Best of all, it might snow tonight.  My plan is not to sleep tonight.  Instead, I’m going to sit in front of a window, write, and look for snow.

Living in Texas, I’m lucky if I get to see snow twice in one year.  It snowed back in January.  Didn’t last for long.  It looked something like this:

Photograph taken on January 8th, 2017 by Erin Nicole. This is what we consider to be a lot of snow in Texas. Stop laughing at us, Canada.

Anyway, Snow is not only what’s on my mind but it’s also the title of today’s music video of the day!  Snow was the first track off of The Chemical Brothers’ seventh studio album, Further.  All 8 of the tracks featured a video directed by Adam Smith and Marcus Lyall.  Snow‘s dreamlike video features Jenny Godding swimming.  Intentionally or not, it reminds me a good deal of Irene Miracle’s surrealistic swim in Dario Argento’s Inferno.

Jenny Godding is also featured on the cover of Further.

Enjoy!

Music Video Of The Day: There’s A Beast And We All Feed It by Jake Bugg (2014, dir by Bob Harlow)


Hi there!  Lisa here with today’s music video of the day!

Welcome to life on the Bayou!

This video is for a song by Jake Bugg.  It’s called There’s A Beast and We All Feed It.  One reason I like this song is because it’s only 99 seconds long, which is perfect for my miniscule attention span.  Despite the short running time, this video manages to include just about everything that you might expect to find living on the bayou.  Alligators.  Shoplifting.  Guns.  Drugs.  Dogs.  Bizarre religious rituals.  They’re all here.

I have admit that one reason why I like this video is because I “know” all of these people.  When I was growing up, my family lived all over the country.  We spent time in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Colorado, and, of course, Texas.  Even though I’m happy to have escaped it, I still know the world in which this video is set.

The song itself is a Dylanesque attack on conformity.  Check out the lyrics:

They grin but they don’t mean it
They sing but they don’t feel it
They’re gone but they don’t see it
They can call but they can’t heed it
They think but they don’t speak it
There’s a beast eating every bit of beauty
And they all feed it
Stop a moment, try to freeze it
Find and they don’t seek it
At the bar but they can’t meet it
Try their best but they can’t beat it
Nice car, somebody keys it
There’s a beast easting every bit of beauty
And yes they feed it
Not a finger pointer
I will not cry your name
For yeah brothers and sisters
We are one ‘n’ the same
But when my sister suffers
And when my mother cries
All I want to do
Is look in someone’s eyes and say
You sleep but you don’t dream it
You’re sly but you don’t seem it
You’re busy as a flea pit
You struggle to perceive it
Is it hard to believe it
There’s a beast eating every bit of beauty
And yes you feed it
I’m not a finger pointer
I will not cry your name
For yeah brothers and sisters
We are one ‘n’ the same
But when my sister suffers
I have my mothers job
All I want to do
Is look in someone’s eyes and say
Somehow we’d better speak it
We’re scared someone will tweet it
It’s on the wall but you won’t read it
It’s gone before you see it
We all dread to repeat it
There’s a beast eating every bit of beauty
And yes we all feed it

Anyway, enjoy!