Devendra Banhart: Carmensita (music video)


36 Responses to “Devendra Banhart: Carmensita (music video)”

  1. MrGone1980 says:

    that video was glorious. i am officially turned on to the new ish.

  2. Jack Hynes says:

    Does anyone know where the dance at 3.36 – 3.42 is from? It’s used during a Kanye West song in Dave Chappelle’s Block Party as well.

  3. Nin Harris says:


  4. badinia says:

    And here I thought I’d have to go to bed without seeing Devendra’s pubic area!

    This is lovely and I’m glad to see it!

  5. jamie says:

    This clip really reminds me of Blubber Boy by Regurgitator. Low-fi retelling of appropriated stories from other culture with sub-titles and such. Not that they’re the same or they’ve ripped the idea – it’s just similar.

    (lower-case warning: Blubber Boy contains repeated use of the c-bomb, but having said that it received significant radio and tv play in Australia at the time, so your delicate little ears and sensibilities will probably survive intact.)

  6. TEKNA2007 says:

    #14: the cultural expropriation thing is deeply irritating

    Isn’t there a saying along the lines of “all art is a mash-up”? No, wait. “All art is a complicated financial instrument”? Err something like that.

    Natalie and Kat (if that’s who it was) were especially nice.

    The next time I get trolled, I’m going to say “Love your dress – who made it?” And then I will deploy crystal bubbles to cremate out troubles! Can’t wait!

  7. TEKNA2007 says:

    @#25, I said:

    Kat (if that’s who it was)

    Not to question the person who said it was Kat Dennings, I’m just saying I can’t personally tell, with the the make-up.

    Anyway, fantastic video! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Susan Oliver says:

    Ah, the very definition of wonderfulness! Crush the cripple crow into mashed bananas!!

  9. Xeni Jardin says:


  10. SimeonW says:

    at least he is Jewish.

  11. Takuan says:

    yah! goodnitudity!

  12. Chocolatey Shatner says:

    How many letters are in the alphabet of desire?

  13. lightmeup says:

    I actually just ran into Devendra and Natalie in a bar in LA last night. Adorable ass people.

  14. Chris the Tiki guy says:

    This video has convinced me to overcome my inherent dislike for Devendra for stealing Natalie away from me (not that we’d ever met, mind you…). Between this and his cover of “Little Boxes” on the “Song of America” compilation album, I can almost bring myself to like the guy.

  15. shutz says:

    I watched the video, laughed, liked the tune, sent the youtube link to a buddy, who watched it, laughed, and liked the tune so much he went and bought it on iTunes.

    Only reason I didn’t buy it then and there was that I’d rather buy a physical CD, at some point. I’m old-fashioned, that way.

  16. noen says:

    “I will release the fire of pain trapped within my body and immolate myself.”

    Been there.

  17. Little John says:

    Well, I’d like to teach Natalie Portman the ways of riding the Homunculus Wingding, but now I’m thinking it looks a little dangerous, and mebbe I just oughta wait a little longer.

  18. patricio says:

    Garantizada Xeni, happiness is femenine ;-)

  19. Xeni Jardin says:







  20. frankp says:

    Any other Katamari fans notice the royal rainbow at 3:00? First time I saw this, I was singing, “I want to roll you up into my life” to myself for the rest of the day.

  21. los ninos says:

    the most funny thing about the song, is the lyric… he is singing about drinking rum (ron pampero) and getting drunk with his cousin Bernardo (from venezuela) in Caracas. thats why in the chorus sings BERNA!!

    Saludos desde Venezuela.

    el niño.

  22. Antinous says:

    Hmm. I would have guessed a hundred and eight.

  23. Xeni Jardin says:

    @#9 d’oh! of course it is, it is late and i am sloppy.

  24. AGF says:

    Yeah!!!!!!! happy dance!

  25. Ahoj says:

    This pretty much pushed me to overload for joy.

    devendra, natalie, katamari. I can rest happily.

  26. zikman says:

    oh man, I love this song. great video

  27. Steven says:

    i actually like the song a great deal. which is saying a lot, as the cultural expropriation thing is deeply irritating, and banhart’s voice and delivery usually make me want to throw him down a well.

    i’ll call it a draw.

  28. Tom Neff says:

    I am sending this one down to my wife in Mexico City at the Intl AIDS conference, with the hope that they’ll adopt it as the official video of the conference. बहुत हास्यास्पद है!

  29. JakeTheSnake says:

    @14 – but when “they” borrow “our” culture that’s more ok?

    No, it was awesome.

    I do agree that there is something about Banhart’s delivery, but for me it’s a sort of acquired taste. Like Dylan.


  30. padster123 says:

    It’s a wonderful thing.

  31. craig1st says:

    Finally some artistic appreciation for octopus-human love.

  32. error404 says:

    It’s a music video that is entirely informedf by the Indian TV show The Mahabarata.

    Though the effects here are superior to the show.

    Cult viewing…not that Hinduism is a cult I hasten to add.

  33. spazzm says:

    the cultural expropriation thing is deeply irritating

    So culture is a form of physical property that is diminished through sharing? Please, do elaborate.

  34. Gustav Bertram says:

    Natalie Portman? Pfft.

    If you look closely, you may recognize the fabulous Kat Dennings as the beautiful blue babe Kali. We love you Kat!

  35. BrotherPower says:

    Y’know, I’ve been grooving on Devendra Banhart a lot lately, and I love him, but I can’t seem to shake the sensation that there’s just something … Satanic about that dude. And I’m not religious by any means, so it’s not like I go around calling people dark-sided or nothin’, but still…

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