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The new video from Welsh indie-pop band Los Campesinos! is a tremendous feat of acting, choreography and camerawork.  The entire clip for the No Blues track “Avocado Baby” was shot in one go, and there are enough costume changes and bombastic effects that it would’ve been difficult to film even with the time and editing offered with multiple takes.

Never mind that the video’s narrative doesn’t quite make sense, there’s enough going on and the song’s good enough that the clip is worth watching.  What viewers can take away from the story is that band member Gareth Campesinos stars as “the host of a terrible game show” called The Avocado Show, and then there are lots and lots of weird costumes, masks and other crazy things going on.

Patton Oswalt teamed up with The Coup to make one of the best comedian/rapper collabs since Zach Galifanakis and Kanye.  While the latter was mostly just something funny Zach made rather than a true collaboration, Oswalt and The Coup are in on their joke together.

The collaboration comes in the form of a music video for The Coup’s “The Magic Clap.”  Boots Riley begins by explaining that many of his fans have been telling him that they don’t understand what he’s saying on the new track.  Patton Oswalt is there to make things clearer.

“Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” surpassed “Swimming Pools” and “Backseat Freestyle” to become the signature hit off of Kendrick Lamar’s good kid m.A.A.D. city.  The song has already been rereleased in a remix format that featured a verse from non-vibe-killer Jay-Z, and the original track now has an accompanying music video.

In the clip, Kendrick and his crew attend a funeral with a tone as lively and jubilant as an Irish wake.  There’s also a brief cameo from Mike Epps, who’s dressed as a priest.  Epps mistakenly baptizes Kendrick in a pool full of liquor, which doesn’t look as pleasant as it sounds (although that was the point of the “Swimming Pools” song, I guess, right?).

A song that ends with its singer repeatedly screaming “I discovered I hate myself” is not what most consider party music.  Unless, of course, you’re throwing a sympathy party.

That’s exactly what Aspiga do in the video for one of the tracks off their 2012 album Every Last Piece (the track is called “Welcome To The Sympathy Party”).  In the clip, the band busts out the balloons, confetti and black attire necessary for such an occasion.  A small, apathetic crowd looks on as Aspiga plays their brand of early emo pop punk.  It’s not hard to figure out this group’s from New Jersey.

James Blake recently released a video for “Overgrown,” his new LP’s title track.  SPOILER ALERT: The ending reminds me of that Sigur Rós video where a group of kids runs off a cliff and start flying and there’s triumphant music— except this one ends with creepy demons dissolving into James Blake as he stares contemplatively at the vastness of the sea.  But what else can you expect from James Blake then a healthy dose of melancholy?

With Frank’s grammy nominations and Earl’s return, it’s easy to forget that Odd Future’s widespread success essentially stems from Tyler The Creator’s “Yonkers” video.  And that the album that followed, Goblin, took the artist from blog-rap darling to mainstream mastermind.  It also made him a subject of intense scrutiny, with critics chiming in with all different perspectives about him and his potty mouth posse.

Today marks the release of Wolf, Tyler The Creator’s third solo album.  And as with anything that OF’s most controversial member does, the reviews have been mixed.  Some have shrugged off the artist’s antics by now, others claim that Wolf is a step in the right direction.

One of my favorite music videos is the one for Cake’s “Short Skirt/Long Jacket,” in which the band takes to the streets and plays their song for volunteers, asking for the honest opinions of those strangers.  The people interviewed give some hilarious commentary about the song, sometimes bluntly saying things like “I really don’t like the lyrics, they’re awful.”  Others say stuff like, “I like the lyrics.”  Music is subjective, of course.  But the general consensus about the song, as one German tourist comments, is that “it rocks.”

New York City invented rap in the 80s, made some of its best music in the 90s, then was plagued by a horrific drought in the 2000s that not even 50 Cent could remedy.  Critics and fans alike failed to find the next great NYCMC.

Now, however, it seems like the city is experiencing a resurgence of rappers that are pushing the genre into new territories rather than attempting to mimic the gritty sounds of the Golden Age.

Pissed Jeans recently released their fourth album (their third with Sub Pop), entitled Honeys.  The album opens with a scathing hardcore track called “Bathroom Laughter.”

The video for that song was released today.  It was directed by Joe Stakun.  The clip consists of a man and his lap-dog, up late at night and flipping through television channels.  One particular program, a home shopping show called Cut It & Cook It, piques his interest.  The video accurately parodies these types of programs, as the show’s host attempts to sell an “Oven Knife Set.”  But right when the most horrendous screams on “Bathroom Laughter” kick on, the host slices her finger.  And the mayhem continues from there.

Local Natives new single “Heavy Feet” has been inescapable to me lately.  It’s played often on the radio and the band’s sophomore album Hummingbird reached #12 on the Billboard charts.  I haven’t even heard the song that often, but it still sneaks its way into the rotation of songs I sometimes find myself singing without really thinking what I’m doing.  It’s mostly that line “what you said I wrote it down / but wont say.” that makes me so intrigued by the track.  WHAT DID THE PERSON THAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT SAY, LEAD SINGER TAYLOR RICE?