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MIXING 8MM WITH 8 TRACKS.
It’s time for another edition of Grindhouse Grooves, showing the latest videos who take their cues from the more dingy side of the cinematic tracks. This time we’ve got churches keeping off the zombies, tripped-out alien worlds and a nice guy minotaur, all backed by some fine tones. Also Fall Out Boy for some reason.
(Dir. Emily Kai Block)
Character vet Kenneth Walsh (“Twin Peaks”‘s Windom Earle) stars in this hauntingly beautiful B&W video as an older man whose state of mourning is slowly explored.
Dead City Radio
(Dir. Rob Zombie)
The video for Rob Zombie’s latest song is an enjoyable enough time, but I kind of wish he’d transplant some of the ideas used in his overstuffed movies into music videos again, which can handle the mania without having to be coherent. Still, chicken suit!
Do Me a Favor
(Dir. Phil Mucci)
Live-action filtered though a great-looking rotoscope-like process lends a unique look to what would have already been an impressively kick-ass tale of a zombie rampage around a church.
The Astron Shuffle vs Tommy Trash
Sunrise (Won’t Get Lost)
A planetary rescue goes wrong in a creative way, and our rescue team tries to make their way to safety.
The Flaming Lips and Bon Iver
Ashes in the Air
(Dir. Emily Kai Block)
Alien astronauts, cannibalism, nudity, shiny things — it’s pretty much what you’d expect from a Flaming Lips video, really.
Meiecundimees üks Korsakov läks eile Lätti
Guys in werewolf make-up singing high-energy power metal in gym wear. Estonia is weird.
(Dir. Bryan Barber)
Sometimes you’ve just got to point out a solidly catchy song backed by some pleasingly appropriate vintage imagery, and that’s the case with this video that captures the classic girl-group vibe perfectly, at least until you see the piercings and tattoos.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Richard Ayoade-directed video for the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s “Heads Will Roll” is a great piece of work, and this video for the band’s “Sacrilege” is a worthy follow-up, as the storyline unfolds IRREVERSIBLE-style, starting with the tragic conclusion and slowly building backwards to the good times that led to the inevitable ending.
The Black Dahlia Murder
The metal sounds of The Black Dahlia Murder may not seem like they match up with the look of a ’70s-lensed flcik about victorian werewolves, but what the hell. It kinda works, and looks damned badass.
Thee Oh Sees
(Dir. John Dwyer and John Harlow)
A pair of knights set out to rescue a girl from a brooding Minotaur who just wants to hang out on the beach in this video that reminds me of the Beastie Boys’ “Body Movin” video, as it features a decapitation, general goofiness and “period style” on an Andy Milligan budget.
Scary Cherry and the Bang Bangs
Lezlie (976-EVIL) Deane’s glam-punk band returns with another entertaining track hitting a fair share of exploitation staples in a vibrant, T.Rex style.
Fall Out Boy
Yeah, I know, Fall Out Boy, and I’m not much for the song, but the video, involving the band slowly getting dragged into a bloody underground torture ring led by some attractive ladies, isn’t bad.
Be back when the jukebox has been restocked,
– Paul Freitag-Fey