Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Xiu Xiu, "This Too Shall Pass" (Music Video), 2010
C. Spencer Yeh, "This Too Shall Pass" video for Xiu Xiu, 2010
Pitchfork calls this video 8-bit, but I have my doubts. It's still pretty great.
The video for Boy Soprano was also '8-bit':
Jose Perez III, "Boy Soprano" video for Xiu Xiu, 200(?)
If anyone's up for a surreal nighttime activity, you can scour YouTube for Tweens who make fanvideos for Xiu Xiu songs, like this video for Apistat Commander made from the computer game 'movie studio' which made me really uncomfortable.
Jamie Stewart's lyrics consist of self-aware, hyperbolic angst that kind of mocks itself at the same time that it's being really sincere, which I guess is also the feeling of being 15 and having access to the Internet.
Let's look at the videos kids are making for Xiu Xiu songs (If I didn't link, there's a reason):
1) "I Love the Valley (Oh!)" is set to simple cuts of different LiveJournal Icons;
2) Tweens build nuclear bombs for "Poe Poe"
3) Tween stares at a mirror real scary and mouths along between cuts of John Ashcroft and antidepressant medication,
3) Tweens with Disco Balls and glitter-soaked victorian garb stand on train tracks.
What would your YouTube Xiu Xiu video have looked like when you were 14? What experimental percussive/electronic noise band did you make music videos for in middle school?