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Tuesday

ADAM GREEN: Carolina

What the fuck? The ex-Moldy Peaches member has again gone over the deep end with lyrics that taunt at adolescent themes of faux innocence post-ironic irony. His solo stuff just keeps going over the edge. In comparison to the lyrics, this video is tame. Watch the video (qt).

Monday

RÓISÍN MURPHY: Sow Into You

Could the Moloko singer's solo eccentric and avant chic project be turning her in Björk-esque left of pop icon? Let's tally the score: both have distinctive vocal styles, both collaborate with cutting edge producers to manifest their unique artistic vision, both have gone solo after fronting ground breaking left of centre bands, both ooze style like bonefide fashion plates and both have strange accents in their names. My vote? The more unconformist pop innovators, the better. Directed by Simon Henwood. Watch the video (UPDATED qt) or video (win).

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Sunday

VETO: You Are A Knife

Great Danes! Not just a killer no wave howler single from the Danish 5 piece, but a stunner of a video to boot. How would I describe the track? An electrofied Hot Hot Heat with the political lyrical fury of Radio 4. A proper full length is due January 2006. Directed by FETA. Watch the video (qt). UPDATED: video (win).

Saturday

TOM VEK: C-C (You Set The Fire In Me)

Tom Vek is a one man London based singer songwriter indie star with electronic leanings and rocker attitude. His debut "We Have Sound" balances dusty beats and bluesy basslines to keep the hipster kids in check. The new Beck? Maybe not, but equally genre defying. Watch the video (real).

Friday

GOLDFRAPP: Human

Jake Scott directs the voyeuristic video from the Bath duo. Although this is an old video from their debut album, clearly I am having waiting issues as the Supernature record is tied up in North American release limbo until next year. Painfully, amid run-on sentences, I await. Download (save linked file) the video (qt).

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Thursday

ADULT.: In My Nerves

Electroclash, despite the shiny plastic metrocard to Williamsburg, has a foothold in Detroit. A town, best know musically as the soulful home of Motown Records, has a inhuman electro sound pummelling from two member band and Ersatz Records label founders, Adult. Their third long player (two if you count their first as a compilation of EPs) is entitled Gimme Trouble and is out now. This video is directed by Anthony Ernest Garth. Watch the video (qt).

Wednesday

NORTH AMERICAN HALLOWEEN PREVENTION INITIATIVE: Do They Know It's Halloween?

Take a look at this awesome line-up of contributors: Arcade Fire's Win & Regine, Redd Kross' Steve McDonald, Beck, R.E.M.'s Joey Waronker, Buck 65, Rilo Kiley's Jenny & Black, David Cross, Roky Erickson, Devendra Banhart, Sloan's Chris Murphy, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, Smoosh's Asya & Chloe, Feist, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, Gino Washington, Sparks' Russel Mael, Les Savy Fav's Syd Butler, Subtitle, Islands' J'aime, Sum 41's Stevo, Malcolm McLaren, Tagaq, Peaches, That Dog's Anna Waronker, Postal Service's Jimmy Tamborello, Wolf Parade's Dan & Spencer and Yeah Yeah Yeah's Karen O. Now listen to the song. Now remember how many copies of this single need to be shifted before they break even on this video and then actually start collecting proceeds that will go to UNICEF. Do they know charity is not meant to be ironic? Watch the video (qt).

Tuesday

CLIPTIP continues to travel....

Cliptip is currently in Parsipanny, New Jersey. There is no music in Parsipanny, New Jersey.

Monday

FEIST: Mushaboom

Brand new video for the most pop sounding track on her glistening Arts And Crafts label debut. There's something intrinsically charming about this single, akin to the imagination sparking French film Amelie. This brand new video is shot by Patrick Daughters. Is that woman in the hot pink top electro princess and former Feist Toronto roommate Peaches? Download (save linked file) the video (qt). UPDATED video (qt).

Sunday

DEPECHE MODE: Precious

New single from the iconic English synth band. Older, more mature and now beyond the troubled drug years, the single reflects a somber tone, less angular in shape and smoother in structure and pop appeal. Sort of like the latest from fellow iconic English synth bands, New Order. The new Ben Hillier produced Depeche Mode album, Playing With Angels is out today (October 18th). Watch the video (qt).

Saturday

BJÖRK: Cocoon

This is perhaps one of my favourite Björk tracks- a soothing delicate tapestry of warm electronic sounds flickering with insectlike percussion. The Japanese visual artist Eiko Ishioka, best know for her visual work on Tarsem Singh's feature debut The Cell and costume design for Bram Stoker's Dracula, directs this piecee, her first music video. It is equally stark, chilling and beautiful. Watch the video (qt).

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Friday

CLIPTIP ♥ NOAH ROBISCHON

Tech guru and Gizmodo guest editor Noah Robischon gives props to cliptip for his Tech Talk television segment for Carolina 14 News. A very hearty thank you to Mr. Robischon! Who would have thought we'd ever go broadcast! Not to pick a nit, but it's actually cliptip.blogspot.com, not cliptip.com! Read the article, watch the Broadcast.

Thursday

BATTLE: Demons

This is one hot new band from London that's been getting some good vibes on the blogosphere. It is groovy punk pop that shits indie goodness. And while the video is rather garage, poorly and unflatteringly lit, the gooey chewiness is well worth it. With some proper polish, we may find that there is more than one Party on this Bloc. Watch the video (real).

Wednesday

The TIMO MAAS Contest WINNERS!

The TIMO MAAS contest closes today and I am pleased to announce the lucky winners!

The Bling:
Delicious vinyl pressing of the first single from the Pictures album, First Day.

The Answers that scored the Bling:
  • Which country does Timo Maas call home? Answer: GERMANY
  • Pictures is Timo's new album. What was the name of his debut album? Answer: LOUD
  • Name three guest vocalists on his new Pictures album. Answer: BRIAN MOLKO (PLACEBO), NENEH CHERRY, and KELIS.

  • The Bling Winners:
    Jildaz from Vancouver
    Iovani from Los Angeles

    Congratulations! I love your names! I hope they are indeed real because otherwise the mailman will be very confused!

    Tuesday

    RÖYKSOPP: What Else Is There?

    While I liked but didn't love their last single, nor it's accompanying video, this video turns it around. The third single from their sophomore record, The Understanding, is a melancholic and eccentric vocal performance with singer Karin Dreijer Andersson from Swedish electro act The Knife. The accompanying haunting video restores my faith in all things electronic and Norwegian. Röyksopp typically presents absurdly brilliant music videos and this one bring them back to form. Watch the video (real).

    Monday

    THE HIGH SPEED SCENE: The Iroc-Z Song

    Directed Geoff Oki scribbles another doodle-icious video for LA's The High Speed Scene. Granted, I'm being beated to death by the demands of my slave job, I am currently unable to defend myself from the enthusiastic demands of the cliptip audience. This one is for you, Joe! Watch the video (qt).

    Sunday

    CLIPTIP FEAR VIPOD

    Keep free videos alive! Apple announces the video enabled iPod today. Cliptip will continue to plug ahead, encouraging promotion of brave new artist on the web via free access music videos. Hey, everything was free on Star Trek and Gene Roddenbury knew the future.

    Saturday

    RINÔÇÉRÔSE: Bitch

    The French house pachyderm is back with a spastic eighties glam rock howler. Equal parts dance floor igniter and cheese filled hair metal exciter (a la The Darkness), dog lovers will thoroughly enjoy this preeny poodle haired fabu-man prance and dance while applying the shampoo, rinse and repeat on a kennel full of cute little pups of bitches. Watch the video (win).

    Friday

    BLACK DICE: Smiling Off

    It is okay to admit you have no freaking clue what the hell is going on in this video. Sure, Black Dice may be on one of the hottest indie labels out there (DFA), but does that mean instant stardom? Does that mean they are limitlessly talented and bold visionnairies in a world of monotonous, unoriginal, mainstream bilge? In this case, I'd say yes. Geniusly experimental. Less lyrical or punk than Brooklyn's the Liars, but similarly jarring. This video, however, gives will cause you more seizures than Mary Hart's voice or Pokemon cartoons. Watch the video (qt).

    Thursday

    THE STROKES: 12:51

    While there is a brand new, leaked single (Juice Box) from the New York band, The Strokes have yet to release the accompanying video. So here's an oldie. Based on the 80's sci-fi video game movie, Tron, the hipsters get all black lit and neon. Now if only singer Julian Casablancas would stop hiding his face behind that microphone... Watch the video (qt).

    Wednesday

    AMON TOBIN: Proper Hoodidge

    Director Corine Stübi provides a stunning and stark vision of Amon Tobin's drum 'n' bass machinations. The Montreal based electronica maestro has a knack for moody, chunky dark beats that are so finely crafted, assembled and orchestrated, record after record, there is always some unexpected twist to tickle and pound your eardrums. Watch the video (qt).

    Tuesday

    CLIPTIP ♥ WIRED

    As I was wandering down at my local magazine shop, how bloody score is that to find this little cliptip website has made the Wired Magazine Playlist of the Month (October 2005)? Shout outs to the Wired gang for such a flattering node. Cliptip heartily endorses you head to Wired Magazine and subscribe yo ass off, cause them folks be some kinda awesomeness.

    THE MORNING AFTER GIRLS: Hi Skies

    I'm really quite pathetic, as this video was sitting in my inbox for quite a while and I failed to post it. This raunchy punk rock stomper from the Melbourne band has recently played CMJ and has shared the stage with cliptip favourite Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. They are angular, raw and the lead singer is one androgynous psychedelic rock chick. In other words, I'm begining to really like them. Watch the video (qt).

    Monday

    PIZAZZ: Pizazz (Gonna Give It To Ya!)

    I don't even know where to begin... This little niblet of electro pop, ultra camp, nightmare inducing effluent is... actually kinda... really good. It's so gay that it goes beyond gay into a bizarro world inhabited by neon coloured gerbils and latex hot pants. The doe-eyed singer looks as though he was offered cheese-lined, organ-grinder stardom in exchange for multiple rounds of forceful sodomy. With songs titled "Ass To Mouth", "Enna-Me, Enna-U" and "Peg Me With Ur Luv" I really don't think I'm jumping to conclusions.The video has flavour of the week written all over it, but... it's like watching a train derailing into a field of sleeping cows. Watch the video (qt).

    Sunday

    AIR: Alpha Beta Gaga

    Why do the French make such good retro futuristic music? Pop structured, culling classic Moogs and in this case, whistling and banjos. What should be a disaster becomes sublime. And look at how sexy these people are in this video? Artfully spatter with dirt, bare legged beuaties and rugged cowboy types. It's hard to believe but them macho outlaws are the two usually meek looking members of Air. Watch the video (qt).

    Saturday

    SCHNEIDER TM: Frogtoise

    Doodly mutant amphibian lizard cartoons infest this electropop gem from Berliner. I've always enjoyed ScheiderTM's brand of leftist electronica mixed with indie folk vocals and sensibilities. This is one the strand out tracks from his second album, an album mixing pops structures to his synthetic experimentations entitled Zoomer. Watch the video (qt).

    Friday

    LIVING THINGS: Bom Bom Bom

    From glam electro to glam rock, we switch gears to Living Things, a St. Louis trio of rock 'n' roll brothers named Berlin. This video, a hypercolour psychedelic pastiche of carnival imagery and narcotic pantones, is apparently directed by lead singer and androgynously named songwriter Lillian Berlin's girlfriend. Talk about keeping it in the family. UPDATE: Lillian Berlin's girlfriend is director Floria Sigismondi, a perpetual cliptip favourite. How could I be so blind? Thanks to Marc for the tip! Watch the video (qt).

    CLIPTIP QUIPS: Damn Fine Derivative edition

    Short and sweet reviews of records old and new:


    Shine On by JET
    the CTQ: Classic Rock crock pot [6/10]
    music videos

    Empire by KASABIAN
    the CTQ: Heir to the Primal Scream deserted throne [7/10]
    music videos

    The Looks by MSTRKFT
    the CTQ: Daft Canuck [7/10]
    music videos

    Thursday

    GOLDFRAPP: No. 1

    Sultry new single from the Bath duo we know and love as Goldfrapp. The constant evolution of the band, from pastoral trip hop romantics on their debut, to their burlesque electro sophomoric vamp, to the euro-pop glam sensation now presenting on their third long player Supernature, Goldfrapp are maturing (or according to DFA's James Murphy, losing their edge) in their songwriting structures but remaining vital and challenging in their visual presentation. Perhaps it's Allison Goldfrapp's conceptual art background where she once infamously yodelled on display while milking a cow. Poodle head transplant anyone? Watch the video (win).

    Wednesday

    EDITORS: Bullets

    While I rave to friends about how Editors is this year's Interpol, this little video creeped by without my noticing. The hype is that Editors will do for Birmingham what Franz Ferdinand did for Glasgow. And if they had played CMJ, I'm sure they would have been hyped as the next Arcade Fire. And while I am essentially inviting critics to say cliptip has gone insane for Editors, we should remember one thing. I am chanelling the spirit of of a 14 year old teenage blog writing fan girl at this very moment possessed by this infectious record that just gets better and better listen after listen. Cliptip *hearts* Editors 4EVER, beyotch. Watch the video (win).

    Tuesday

    BASEMENT JAXX: Do Your Thing

    Originally appearing on their second long player, Rooty, this swinging single is formally now released accompanied by this funky clip as part of the Basement Jaxx singles collection. Okay, this video concept has redeemed my faith in music videodom. Lyrics on t-shirts expertly spliced in sequence with the music? Simple, memorable and delightfully clever. Plus extra horny horns on the audio. Bravo, director Kim Gehrig, bravo. Watch the video (real).

    Monday

    M.I.A.: Galang 05

    Oh the horror. Oh the dreaded horror. This week has not been a great week for me. Recent video concepts are really boring me with trotted out "band playing in a cool looking studio" story boards that, frankly, have dampened my motivation to keep pace. But this is the latest offense. Let me preface this by saying I love M.I.A. I don't care if people think she is a faux Tamil Sri Lankan really a privaleged London art-schooled marketing confection. I can look past the fact that her live shows are DAT playbacks. That's because the music is fresh, innovative and, in my opinion, rather good. But to go as far as ca$hing in on a Honda TV commercial? Oh, Maya- we gotta talk some shit real fast. Watch the re-released for 2005 video (real).

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    Sunday

    BLOC PARTY: Two More Years

    The first new single from the London band since their Silent Alarm debut. The track is catchy and very radio friendly ensure their mainstream evolution into safer Coldplay territory. Hey, and I love Coldplay. But the experimental genre clashing sound that set Bloc Party apart from the deluge of post punk disco bands is less pronounced. The net- it's good, but relatively safe. Watch the video (qt).