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: Says She’s Ms. Blat’s “Violent Nudity/Ha Ha Ha”


Three years ago, I became aware of a new duo called Says She’s Ms. Blat, and I promptly reviewed their debut EP. I had not heard from them since, but then comes an e-mail that says they have a new album and a video. I clicked play and I remembered why I loved their music in the first place.

The video actually came out in August in support of a digital single, and both songs make its way on their new album, Stinger. You can stream both below via Bandcamp, and opt to buy the album as well.

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/v=2/album=1940420734/size=venti/bgcol=A6B7BD/linkcol=A05C41/
http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/v=2/album=3095712513/size=venti/bgcol=CD9836/linkcol=88392F/

REVIEW: Says She’s Ms. Blat’s self-titled EP

Says She’s Ms. Blat is a new project featuring musician Bret Puchir, who is one half of this duo and plays drums, guitar, and bass, and also recorded, mixed, and produced this EP. The other half of the duo is vocalist/keyboardist Lottie Leymarie, whose voice is one of the more striking elements upon hearing their self-titled 8-song EP (self-released). By keeping themselves to just a duo, one tends to want to hear and/or expect more and will hear the alleged void. What I find myself doing is focusing more on Puchir’s drums backing up Leymarie’s voice, whose voice take some of the more daring elements of Bob Dylan, Pink, and Carrie Akre and ends up sounding like someone who you wouldn’t dare fuck with, in any situation. In truth, she sings with the kind of unabashed power that pulls you in to what she’s singing about. A song like “Not Sorry” plainly states she’s unapologetic about things, while “Crazy Little Eyelids” sounds as if she’s been hanging out with punk and hip-hop crowds and is better because of it.

Their MySpace page describes their own music as being “dark vaudevillian pop”, and that couldn’t be any more accurate. The music sounds like it could be unveiled as an elaborate show, as if you’re expected to show up and take part in their evil deeds. After hearing their songs, you can’t help but want to be corrupted.

It’s music you listen to and be affected by, something that sticks to you because there is some substance in what Puchir and Leymarie. It’s like a plate of ribs, but nothing is too sweet. Well, maybe there’s some sweetness in Says She’s Ms. Blat’s sound, but they’re not about to reveal where it’s coming from. This is one group I will be keeping an eye and ear out for.