You know that stretch of the week where you're slogging through a Thursday afternoon and the end of Friday just feels like a million hours off? Truthfully, it's only something like 24 hours off, and thankfully, you can spend that entire time watching a single music video. You didn't even know you needed that, did you? "24 Hours of Happy," Pharrell Williams's latest project, is a 24-hour loop of solo dance performances to his track "Happy." (Yes, he found a way to trump Bob Dylan.) Pharrell kicks things off at 6 a.m. and you can toggle the clock from there. [24 Hours of Happy]
Good morning! Via the AV Club, here's an exuberant, candy-store pop song from NYC duo Cardiknox and its lyric video, a tribute to '80s VHS so mesmerizing that I've watched it straight through three times and gone deep down a Fear Street Wikipedia hole (incidentally, R. L. Stine is bringing the series back next year).
Lizzo, a 20-something rapper out of Houston (she lists "Bee Yon Say" as her manager) by way of Detroit, signed with Totally Gross National Product ("curated" by no other than Bon Iver's Justin Vernon) not too long ago. Pigeons and Planes premiered the video for her single "Batches & Cookies" yesterday. The track's got a bouncy, whistling beat and Lizzo manages a deadpan stare as men eat donuts out of her hands. Salute.
Kanye West went on Ellen this morning to premiere his video for "Bound 2," Yeezus's ode to Kim Kardashian. I'm still processing the galloping horses and the overly saturated desert scenes, but the theory I like best so far is that, much like Kim Kardashian's Two-Part E! Wedding Special, this was all Kris Jenner's vision. Probably, though, it has more to do with DONDA. (Video features a lot of shots of Kim's boobs and is very likely NSFW.) [Pitchfork]
"Rihanna came into Magic City after her concert in Atlanta. I was dancing and she was throwing money, but I didn’t think nothing of it. Then a couple of weeks later, someone called me up saying that Rihanna wanted me to come to LA to dance in her video. I was like, 'This is not real life, it’s gotta be spam.'"
-The Fader talked to five of the women who danced in Rihanna's "Pour It Up" video, which we discussed here last week. A lot of the women were asked if they had found the video "empowering"; I was especially interested in dancer Asha Franklin's response: [...]
BRB, pretending I'm one of Tegan and Sara's dogs.
I started watching this music video and I thought to myself, this is nice. I'd be fine with the entire video just being an extended shot of Francis Farewell Starlite of Francis and the Lights doing his funny jig in this pretty field. And then it was exactly that.
Like a Dream, the group's new EP, is due out Nov. 25.
Welcome to "Prof. Reid's Dance Rehabilitation Clinic," the One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest riff (a play on "nervous breakdown," maybe?) that serves as the setting for Alunageorge's latest dance-heavy music video. It's the latest and surely best in a line of music videos set in mental hospitals (Feminists with Disabilities compiled a good roundup). For comparison, one of the worst examples (N*SYNC's simultaneously treacly and sarcastic video for "I Drive Myself Crazy") is here after the jump.
In the second single off of her EP, EP2, which is out today, British singer-songwriter FKA twigs patiently asks a lover to clarify things over a slow, building track while he seems to force his fingers down her throat. It's a more haunting sound—and visual—than the Solange-endorsed "Water Me," but no less alluring. (Fair warning that the video's quite intense; if you'd rather do sound only, you can listen to another new track, "Ultraviolet," here.) [Via]