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First Quarter Clips, Pt. 3 (Video Mixtape)

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The fact that it’s been a great year for music videos has been stated- and subsequently reiterated- on this site multiple times over. It’s an unavoidable truth and the evidence in its favor continues to mount. While Part 3 (and the fourth collection) brings the featured 2015 music video total to an excess of 100, that number’s fully warranted by the material below. Due to a handful of these clips being Vimeo-only titles, tonight’s video mixtape is presented through a case-by-case basis. No accompanying text is given to the individual titles but most wind up saying more for themselves than I ever could. From familiar faces to determined upstarts to established entities, there’s a lot to mull over. Whether it’s Jack White temporarily negating seemingly everyone’s conflicted feelings with a masterfully-executed experimental interactive video (follow the link for the interactive clip, the animated version’s embedded in the list) or LVL UP getting hit in the face with steaks in slow motion, the 25 videos below are a testament to the creative spirit currently driving the contemporary state of this particular visual medium. Also: even more puppets. Watch all of the clips below, buy the records from the bands you like, and keep an eye on this site for the final installment of this series for the foreseeable future. Enjoy!

COLLECTION IV

1. LVL UP – DBTS

2. The Spirit of the Beehive – I Smell Bud

3. Happyness – A Whole New Shape

4. Timeshares – The Bad Parts

5. The Menzingers – Where Your Heartache Exists 


6. Spoonboy – The Dispossessed

7. Honduras – Mistake

8. Jack White – That Black Bat Licorice

9. Deerhoof – Tiny Bubbles

10. Celestial Shore – Now I Know

11. Erase Errata – History of Handclaps

12. Grooms – Doctor M

13. Swimsuit Issue – Break

14. Screaming Females – It’s Not Fair

15. Ex-Cult – Clinical Study

16. Andy Gabbard – More

17. Split Single – Fragmented World

18. Flesh Lights – Free Yourself

19. Programm – Like the Sun

20. Rule of Thirds – Fingerprints

21. Spirit Club – Still Life



22. Title Fight – Rose of Sharon

23. Drenge – We Can Do What We Want

24. Interpol – Everything Is Wrong

25. Choir Vandals – Monsters

The Dead Weather Unleash Killer New Single

The Dead Weather have been quiet as of late, with their only noteworthy news being a singles series campaign plan. As of today, the plan has come to fruition and the band has released the very first single in the ongoing series (available exclusively via Third Man’s Vault subscription) which features lead-off single “Open Up (That’s Enough)” as the A-side and “Rough Detective” as the flip. While only subscribers get the full benefit of the physical release, “Open Up (That’s Enough)” has been posted to YouTube and is currently streaming… and it’s a killer.

“Open Up (That’s Enough)” may be the band’s most accurate distillation of the band members various projects that preceded The Dead Weather to date.  There’s a familiar organ that kicks things off that owes a clear debt to The Greenhornes, a dirty bluesy riff that drives the song worthy of Icky Thump, the start/stop dynamics that litter the best work of Queens of the Stone Age, and a vocal performance from Allison Mosshart that blows most of her work with The Kills out of the water. It’s a raggedy lo-fi blast that may stand as the group’s single best offering since they came into existence. This particular song is the first of many, each song eventually culminating in a 2015 record alongside some songs the band’s reserving specifically for the album. If each song that follows the extraordinary heights of “Open Up (That’s Enough)”, 2015 may have an unlikely Album of the Year contender on its hands.

Until 2015 rears its head, there’s still a year’s worth of singles to get through. It’s already hard to wait for the next one. Listen to “Open Up (That’s Enough)” below.