BEST OF 2012: My favorite music videos of the year

Let me say this off the top: this is not a list of every single music video that was made in 2012. Making a video is now the norm these days, and at times the amount of videos I have a chance in posting is overwhelming. What this is is a listing of my favorites of music videos I have seen and enjoyed. It could be due to the artist, it could be due to the song, it could be a mixture of both, plus some visuals that I found pleasing to my eyes and thus the mind. I did not have a specific video I felt was the absolute best, but I felt these stood out for whatever reason.

Yinka Diz-Overnight Scenario

Prometheus Brown & Bambu-Lookin’ Up

Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis & Tyler, The Creator-Rella

Kimya Dawson-Solid and Strong

Diplo-featuring Nicky Da B-Express Yourself

Radioinactive featuring 2Mex & La Caution-Mint Tea

Eamon McGrath-Great Lakes

Sene-The Feel Reel

OFF!-Wiped Out

Shmu-House of Stares

El-P-The Full Retard

Owlbiter-Trampoline

The Spinto Band-The Living Things

Dan Deacon-True Thrush

Kool A.D.-Al Green<

Has-Lo-Inherit The Stars (Paten Locke Remix)

Hungry Ghost-Epic Sadness

Boldy James-For The Birds

Chris Cohen-Monad

Rhye-The Fall (Live)

Says She’s Ms. Blat-Violent Nudity/Ha Ha Ha

Nosaj Thing featuring Kazu Makino-Eclipse/Blue

Earl Sweatshirt-Chum

Toro Y Moi-So Many Details

Karriem Riggins-Round The Outside (Alone Together)

VIDEO: Eamon McGrath’s “Great Lakes”


Peter Dreimanis directed this great video for Eamon McGrath‘s “Great Lakes”. What I like about it is that, as you hear the music, you may fall into a few expectations. Then about half way through, a few things change and you think “oh, this is not a casual listening or viewing”. That’s good.

Young Canadians (White Whale) was released today.

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SOME STUFFS: Eamon McGrath sticks to his roots, being one of the many “Young Canadians”

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This is Eamon McGrath. His promotional photo features him in a room full of records, to appeal to vinyl junkies of all ages. What’s the connection, if there is one? Maybe McGrath is a vinyl junkie himself, or perhaps he believes in the theory that DJ Shadow once said, in that eventually, all of us who make music will end up in that pile, and the pile and room it’s in becomes an archive of lost dreams.

Either that, or McGrath smells like a musty room.

Regardless, it’s a cool photo that stands out as a way to say “this is me, and I must take a promo shot so people know what I look like” and the reason for this? He has a new album coming out next week on April 10th called Young Canadians, and it’s on White Whale Records (no relation or connection to the White Whale label of the 1960’s which was the home of The Turtles and Liz Damon.) What kind of value does McGrath have? His music has a few elements of the alternative rock of the late 80’s and early 90’s, some of which was rooted in the great garage rock of the 1960’s and hints of punk of the late 70’s. There’s also a rootsty rock’n’roll vibe, as if John Melllencamp grew up in a punk rock fashion and decided to head to Minneapolis to hang out with The Replacements or Hüsker Dü. Then he’ll turn off the electricity and reflect on a bit of solitude, not unlike his fellow Canadien, Neil Young. It’s nice to hear someone who can truly rock, then flip things and bring people to him in a different way.

Intrigued? Have a listen to a few tracks from his album, then check him out in a live setting when you can, in fact, here are some concert dates to assist you, as he moves throughout Canada
April 11 Hamilton, ON – Casbah Lounge
April 12 Collingwood, ON – The Casbah
April 13 London, ON – Nite Owl
April 14 Guelph, ON – Van Gogh’s Ear
April 16 Ottawa, ON – Zaphod’s
April 19 Thunder Bay, ON – Black Pirate’s Pub
April 20 Winnipeg, MB – The Lo Pub
April 21 Saskatoon, SK – Vangelis
April 24 Grande Prairie, AB – Better Than Fred’s
April 25 Slave Lake, AB – Slave Lake Conference Centre
April 26 Edmonton, AB – Wunderbar
April 27 Edmonton, AB – Wunderbar
April 28 Fernie, BC – The Northern Pub
May 1 Victoria, BC – Lucky Bar
May 2 Vancouver, BC – Media Club
May 3 Kelowna, BC – Habitat
May 4 Calgary, AB – Broken City
May 5 Lethbridge, AB – The Slice
May 6 Regina, SK – The Exchange
May 9 Thunder Bay, ON – Black Pirate’s Pub
May 10 Sault Ste. Marie, ON – Lop Lops

Now listen.