Matt and Kim, “Daylight” (Green Label Sound, 2008)
It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of Matt and Kim here at Detour. Wasn’t it us that brought them to Detroit for the first time, and made all ya’ll dance your balls off to hits like “Yeah Yeah” and shit? Yeah, yeah — we thought so. Well, last week we gave you the track for their newest jam “Daylight,” so now it only makes sense that we hook you up with the video, too, right? Check it, as Matt and Kim jam in bed, in the back of a cab, and in a dumpster — which is probably a really tough show to get on the guestlist to. — Ryan Allen
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One of the more surprisingly awesome debuts of 2008 has to be Vivian Girls by, well, duh: Vivian Girls. If you’re not familiar, think of the Shaggs, but if they could actually play their instruments, and had the right mind to douse their songs in heaps of feedback, reverb, and psychedelia. There’s nods to the Jesus and Mary Chain, as well as all those precious girl groups hailing from the Motown era, but all the other blogs out there have probably told you that already. So, we’ll get out of the way here, and offer up instead the video for “Tell The World” — a sort of Fear and Loathing meets that one really scary scene in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, as the ladies sing in three-part harmony while being chased by some bats, only to finally join one of the best looking devils to ever make an appearance on film. If Hell is this rad, we’ll gonna stay bad forever. — Ryan Allen
XYZ Affair “Evening Life” (Self Released, 2008)
Yeah, it’s not as cool as the Nickelodeon-star-studded vid for “All My Friends” (featuring an angry Marc Summers and very grunge looking Budnick from “Salute Your Shorts”). And yeah, it’s a bit on the OK Go side, with all it’s synchronized dancing and shit. But, still, XYZ Affair’s new clip for “Evening Life” wins because it provides us with tight, choreographed nods to Motown greats like the Temptations, while pop ‘n locking lead singer Alex Feder sings about Minor Threat ruining his Saturdays, doing his best Timberlake impression along the way. And if you can dance better than Boyz II Men while sounding like a weird combination of Sufjan Stevens, Jellyfish, and some random, nameless emo band, well then their follow up video to the minor masterpiece “All My Friends” is surely worth a look. — Ryan Allen
The Oscillating Fan Club, “Potential Getaway Driver” (Loco Gnosis, 2007)
“A new video for an old song” reads a recent MySpace bulletin from Detroit’s surfedelic weirdos the Oscillating Fan Club. Okay, we’ll bite. And since their new album is the balls (the good kind of balls), we’re happy to showcase the clip for “Potential Getaway Driver” off of 2007’s Beatles Catting Wildly. Please observe, as time-lapse camera work shows speeding cars intermingling with kaleidoscope effects and hazy shots of the band doing what bands do…which is, ya know, rockin’ and shit. We’re not sure, but on the right kind of drugs, this is probably a whole lot better than playing “Grand Theft Auto.” — Ryan Allen
Violens, “Trance-Like Turn” (Green Owl Records, 2008)
Mincing New Romantic-era synths, 60s-pop harmonies, shoegaze guitar theatrics, and good, old fashioned indie-punk grit, Brooklyn’s Violens are one of our most beloved discoveries of the year. In fact, we’ll just say it now: Violens are the BEST new band of the year, and if their recent three-song EP is any indication, whenever these ex-Lansing-Drieden dudes decide to release a full-length, we’ll be there, palms sweating in anticipation. For now, though, we’ll take what we can get; in this case, it’s the profile-heavy video for “Trance-Like Turn,” their contribution to Green Owl Records’ A Benefit for the Energy Action Coalition compilation. Sure, it’s not much to look at — as most performance-based videos tend to be — but the song itself will swoon you enough to keep paying attention. It’s almost, trance-like, wouldn’t you say? — Ryan Allen
Electric Six, “Formula 409” (Metropolis, 2008)
So you’re chilling at Belle Isle, trying to get a tan, when all of a sudden some motherfucking lizards dressed in suits snatch you and your band mates up, throw you in a van, take you some secret location, electrocute you, and eventually jam to your new song “Formula 409.” Hm. Sounds like just another day in the dangerous, high voltage world of Dick Valentine and the members of the Electric Six. — Ryan Allen
Maybe you’ve always wondered what Lil Wayne looks like while he’s prepping for a night out. Maybe Lil Wayne was wondering — he never remembers — and that’s why this clip starts out the way it does. But the real deal here, beyond the brutal simplicity of the track, is that custom limo Lil’ Wheezy climbs into after his scalp prep.
Lil Wayne, “Lollipop” (Cash Money/Universal, 2008)
Maybe you’ve always wondered what Lil Wayne looks like while he’s prepping for a night out. Maybe Lil Wayne was wondering — he never remembers — and that’s why this clip starts out the way it does. But the real deal here, beyond the brutal simplicity of the track, is that custom limo Lil’ Wheezy climbs into after his scalp prep. It’s like a GMC TopKick gone monster and mental, a strip club on wheels and the culmination of 4000 hip-hop videos trying to one-up each other with their motor vehicle choices. It won’t last; it’ll last as long as one of Wayne’s follow-up singles, where he’ll pilot a 28-person ATV, or maybe a yacht with metal legs. In his head, he’s already polishing the chrome. — Thomas Rooker White
When Estelle blew minds on “The Late Show With David Letterman” recently, the Kanye-nnoying part of this pretty amazing song was thankfully excised.
Estelle, “American Boy” (Homeschool, 2008)
When Estelle blew minds on “The Late Show With David Letterman” awhile back, the Kanye-nnoying part of this pretty amazing song was thankfully excised. “Don’t like his baggy jeans but…” this girl’s a hit. Imagine all the fun you’re going to have to this song. — Thomas Rooker White
[tags]Estelle, American Boy, Homeschool, Late Show, David Letterman[/tags]
Dude’s Georgia jersey is balls out.
Yelle, “Je Veux Te Voir” (Caroline, 2007)
Dude’s Georgia jersey is balls out. How did that garment even make it to France? It must be hard for him to catch SEC games live. Fun fact: if you watch this clip until its finale, that’s almost how it felt/looked here. Pop music will never fault you for loving it. — Johnny Loftus
American Music Club, “All the Lost Souls Welcome You to San Francisco” (Merge, 2008)
Leave it to the embittered, but tender fellows in American Music Club to depict themselves floating in the very cocktails they drink. This classy clip for one of the numerous classy jams on AMC’s latest record features bottoms up cameos from Mark Eitzel and Vudi. But witness also the appearance of Grace Zabriskie, esteemed member of David Lynch’s usual suspects (she played Laura Palmer’s mom on “Twin Peaks,” and appeared in Inland Empire). Here she’s the queen of the barflies, or your welcoming committee. — Johnny Loftus