Josh Breeden

Nicki Minaj’s Isla Bonita

April 27, 2012

The technical aspects of space-travel elude normal folk like us. Fortunately, Nicki Minaj is the opposite of normal (and, for that matter, most varieties of abnormal). In the video for “Starships,” the bombastic pop-hip-hop concoction from this month’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Minaj drops some extraterrestrial knowledge—on vacation.

Kool A.D.’s La Piñata: 51, or 6?

April 26, 2012

Kool A.D., emcee numero dos of Queens-based alt hip-hop trio Das Racist, is 51 years old. On the inside. At least that’s the impression we get from dude’s lax new video for “La Piñata,” the third track off of his latest mixtape 51—his second solo release in four months.

Axl Rose Lets ‘Em Down Easy

April 12, 2012

For those salivating over the possibility of a Guns N’ Roses reunion at Saturday’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland, stop drooling on your record collection. Axl Rose is officially not down.

Trailer Face-Off! Lockout vs. Total Recall

April 5, 2012

This week: Lockout vs. Total Recall, two films in which action stars have to fight for their identities in all-too-familiar future societies.

Trailer Face-Off! 4:44 Last Day on Earth vs. Cosmopolis

March 22, 2012

This week: 4:44 Last Day on Earth vs. Cosmopolis, two films by cult directors in which too-cool-for-school city slickers must come to terms with their imminent demises.

With ‘Vagabond,’ Beirut Brings the Party Down

February 23, 2012

Beirut’s latest video makes one thing abundantly clear: Zachary Francis Condon doesn’t really dig parties (or creepy guys who use mustache combs).

Exclusive Video Premiere: ‘Run With You,’ Baby Alpaca

February 17, 2012

The video for Baby Alpaca’s “Run With You,” which Chris Kittrell shot with the help of Yael Greenberg at artist Donald Baechler’s house in upstate New York, consists of four separate, layered scenes. In one scene, Kittrell sings straight-faced into the camera; in another he dances. Painter Kevin Baker takes care of the final two “layers,” flicking paint onto canvas to give the video a Pollock-influenced vibrance.

Exclusive Video Premiere: ‘Josie,’ The Darcys

February 9, 2012

“Josie,” a cover of Steely Dan’s 1977 hit, is re-imagined in the eyes of The Darcys and video director Aaron Miller.

Like the Deserts Missed M.I.A.

February 3, 2012

Ah, the wonders of Middle Eastern life—at least as viewed by London-bred rapper/singer M.I.A., who today released the video for her latest single, “Bad Girls.”