David Pescovitz at 5:09 am Mon, Apr 5, 2010
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where’s the lovecraft? this video is too busy and incoherent to be lovecraft.
I agree – this was a nice imaginative video, but I prefer films with shots that last more than 800 milliseconds on average. The cuts synced up a bit too much with the music cues for my taste too. Thanks wood29 for the youtube link – I could enjoy it even though it’s blocked here (Japan) too. Curse you, Vevo, whoever you are.
no nod to black hole for neck mouth?
ah the video is gone
A “tentacle” does not make a story/video/painting “Lovecraft” any more than gluing a watch gear to something makes it “steampunk”. Now, if the whole FAMILY had also revealed that they had throat-mouths, then yeah, hints of H.P. Lovecraft and the Deep Ones and Innsmouth and all that…but one hipster with an eel in his throat does not make a Lovecraft video.
Perhaps “Cronenbergian” is the proper descriptor. But I liked it!
Exactly the term I was trying to find. Maybe with a little bit of Lynch thrown in as well.
The music is very reminiscent of The Boomtown Rats. It put me in the mood for some “fine art of surfacing”.
This consumer was previously unaware of “Vevo”, but has now added it to his blacklist of brands from whom he will never purchase products/services.
Try this link to watch the video:
“This video contains content from Vevo, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.”
from http://www.whoismgmt.com :
“Hey everybody, the album leaked, and we wanted you to be able to hear it from us. We wanted to offer it as a free download but that didn’t make sense to anyone but us.”
So, the album leaked, the band wanted to release it for free (according to them) and now their label (presumably) is copyright region-locking the PROMOTIONAL video!
In the UK we have ther Digital Economy Bill designed to prop up these bat-ass-insane copyright cartels at the expense of everyone else.
Greed will ruin everything, because it doesn’t care about the consequences, only that it posesses and accumulates and grows obese in pursuit of its ever-elusive satisfaction.(!)
ps. this album reminds me of the Pixies’ Bossanova/Trompe le Monde era.
I’d recommend anyone with an interest in Lovecraft and anime check out a strange little series of comedic shorts called Haiyoru! Nyaru-Ani.
Cthulhu and Nyarlothotep as you’ve never seen them before.
That was absolutely awful. Like, really bad. Hella-lame.
You Tube (viewed from Chile at least) sez the user has suppressed the video… Â¿?
I saw it @ the MGMT site and it made me think of Naked Lunch and David Lynch… About the music, that kind of bands are not my cup of tea these days… tho is not bad.
the video is in quick time (high quality) on andreas nilsson’s website: http://www.nixonnoxin.com/
the youtube video was removed.
“This video contains content from Vevo, who has blocked it from display on this website.”
This time the country I’m in isn’t the problem (Canada). It appears Vevo doesn’t like Boing Boing.
The video was weird enough to be engaging and was sort of vaguely Lovecraftian. I think Lynchian or Cronenbergesque would of been more accurate descriptors.
I was only vaguely aware of MGMT, their song Kids is unavoidable to anyone who has been inside a hipster bar within the past few years. This song/video inspired me to seek out more from them, I’ve found they have a few other quirky videos…
That looked expensive. And the throat eel and iron lung sphincter were positively Cronenbergian. Not so sure about the Boomtown Rats comparison, but I do know that as I tired as I am of bands pillaging the ’80s for inspiration, it’s way better than the inevitable wave of bands that look to the ’90s for their sound.
Am I the only one here who thinks Lovecraft was an awful writer?
HP Lovecraft may not have liked this song, but I think he would have gotten a kick out of the neck mouth, the eel parasite, and how it held the obviously insane family in thrall. If you don’t think so, that’s your opinion. But I’ve read a lot of his stories, as well as much from the genre of Lovecraftian horror, and it’s not that much of a stretch to include this video under that label. It’s all in how you choose to interpret it. I assumed that the eel parasite was just some sort of spawn of a greater being whose intention remains unknown. The song is boring, and the video is a bit frenetic for my taste, but Lovecraftian? Sure, why not?
Lame. Nilsson is Swedish, and we can’t even view it in his own country. When will distributors learn?!
“Positively” Lovecraftian? So everyone goes tentacularly mad and does a little happy jig? Are there COOKIES? WHAT DOES THAT MEAN.
Mmmmm, Lovecraftian cookies. Lovingly crafted by the Great Old Ones.
Reminded me of “Naked Lunch” more than Lovecraft.
Eels up inside ya, finding an entrance where they can
“This video contains content from Vevo, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.”. I’m in Europe/France.
I, for one, welcome our new copyright… Aaah fuck it.
@AceJohnny: the spread of restrictive copyright, overzealous censorship and mindless DRM is horrible to see, but I’m happy it’s not keeping pace with the web’s prodigious growth.
This might be the Cronenberg-ish video you’re looking for:
This video contains content from Vevo, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.
- Europe, Ukraine
If you’re in the UK, you can view the video on http://www.whoismgmt.com. Agreed. Another prime example of how music publishers need to wake up and smell the silicon.
Interesting video, but I should have watched it with the sound turned off. What a tuneless mess that song is.
Also: Dude with boobs!
It’s just a jump to the left,
and then a step to the right!
Terrible song and video. It has one shot at redemption — literal video. Someone please.
What a bunch of whiners! Jeez… it’s a music video, get over it.
I can’t watch it either, Europe, The Netherlands. Very Frustrating!
“This video is not available on this website.” Very zen.
I am approaching the point where I simply won’t even click on youtube videos anymore, because the odds they’ll actually play are so slim.
Oooh… music videos relevant to the IO Psychic TV project! http://idealorder.org/ :)
The new neck-mouth is also directly reminiscent of Burns’s Black Hole.
Great job copyright-walling your own music promos, Vevo.
I agree with cronenbergian, disagree with lovecraftian. The story could be lovecraftian, but the feel of it isn’t.
United Kingdom, here.
Surely there’s enough wonderful things on the internet that your readership can, y’know, actually *see*.
Too good for Canada as well.
(Et tu, Youtube?)
Here is a version that you can view from France :
the cuts synced too much with the music cues? it’s a frickin music video. it’s supposed to do that.
i mean – as music, i was a tad disappointed with their new album because, haters be damned, i really liked Oracular… but the new album had less electric edge too it and a bit more.. sixties/70′s harmonies…
o yeah, i liked the video too.