Favorite music videos of 2011

Dec. 24, 2011 | 0 Comments

BY GARY CHUN / gchun@staradvertiser.com

In this weekend’s TGIF, I have a rundown of my favorite music of the past year in album and single-song form. In featuring my favorite videos, what better way to list them than to post them for your enjoyment. So … enjoy!

First, let’s get that booty pumpin’! “Y’all Get Back Now” from New Orleans’ Big Freedia (directed by Bob Weisz & Josh Ente):

From French musician/film director Yoann Lemoine (who did Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” music video), here’s “Iron” as his musical alter-ego WOODKID:

A great and grim cover of Joy Division’s “Control” by South African township tech pioneer Spoek Mathambo (directed by Pieter Hugo & Michael Cleary):

Bruno Mars has big fun with “The Lazy Song” (directed by Mars & Cameron Duddy, with choreography and performance by Poreotics):

Digital blood is spilled as suburban kids mimic real-world battles in the London trio Is Tropical’s “The Greeks” (directed by MEGAFORCE):

Originally from late last year, but went a bit viral in 2011, death metal lives in a banal Los Angeles with Jogger’s “Nephicide” (directed by Matthew Robinson):

A gorgeous psychodrama from Lykke Li co-starring fellow Swede Stellan Skarsgard, “Sadness is a Blessing” (directed by Tarik Saleh):

Another of my favorite choreographed videos – first, “My Time” from Minus the Bear and dancers The Beat Freaks (originally from last year, but happened on it while writing about the band’s visit to Hawaii opening for Incubus at the Kakaako Waterfront Park Amphitheatre) (directed by Michael Mohan):

… and from singer-songwriter and “The Sing-Off” judge Sara Bareilles, “Gonna Get Over You,” directed by actor Jonah Hill:

Finally, to acknowledge her banner year, Adele with “Someone Like You” (directed by Jake Nava):

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