Does anyone remember when music videos were really good, when you’d sit down and see something really amazing and thought provoking, something that would make you smile, and maybe cry a little? I guess it was never like that, but there’s always a few really great ones that sneak through the system and blow you away, they mostly just don’t play on the tv.
Normally I find I can take or leave Bright Eyes, but it seems like M. Oberst has been sneaking around when I wasn’t looking, producing amazing videos and not telling anybody. If you’re only going to watch a couple of videos this week make sure at least one of them is “The First Day of My Life”. If you have another three and a half minutes, check out “Lover I Don’t Have to Love”, if only because the artisanship involved in faithfully reproducing the karaoke aesthetic, in it’s unflattering entirety, is worthy of infinite respect and admiration.
Link to First Day of My Life (pictured above).
Link to Lover I Don’t Have to Love.
(both are on a site that uses embedded WMVs at 300k. If it doesn’t work google around and you should be able to find something that does.)