Trippy and relaxing animated insects move to a hypnotic beat

Felix Colgrave animated this wonderful video for Nitai Hershkovits' Flyin' Bamboo. Read the rest

Listen to Prince's original 'Nothing Compares 2 U' for the first time (and see him rehearsing in 1984)

On Saturday, it'll be two years since we lost Prince.

In remembrance of the "Purple One," his estate has released a video of long-lost footage of him rehearsing with his band in his Minnesota studio in 1984, coupled with his original recording of "Nothing Compares 2 U."

It's magnificent.

The Prince Estate writes:

The following is previously unseen rehearsal footage of Prince & The Revolution from the summer of 1984.

It was in this very room at Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse in Eden Prairie, Minnesota that Prince created and committed to tape one of his most beloved and iconic compositions, which six years later would become a worldwide hit for Sinead O’Connor.

Prince’s original studio version of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ is presented here for the first time.

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'Mother' - Amanda Palmer and Jherek Bischoff (music video)

Mother should I run for president? Mother should I trust the government? Read the rest

Music video shows increasingly bizarre photoshops of the band's singer

In their new video, the band Spoon pays homage to the designers who slave away on Photoshop all day manipulating images. Read the rest

Air-horn version of a-ha's 'Take on Me'

"Take on horn" is YouTuber Kyrne's humorous take on a-ha's 1985 hit "Take on Me" and it's pretty funny.

And who remembers this gem? If 2008 was the last time you watched the literal version of the "Take on Me" music video, it's high time you give it a look again. I had forgotten how good it is!

Now my face hurts from smiling so much.

(Nerdist)

Previously: a-ha played 'Take On Me' live on 'MTV Unplugged,' will tour and With no music, A-Ha's "Take On Me" video is dark and disturbing Read the rest

Velcro doesn't want you to call it 'velcro' anymore

The Velcro company has some news for us: they don't want us to call velcro, well, velcro anymore. It's important enough to them that their "legal team" made an amusing music video about it to tell us why.

Our Velcro Brand Companies legal team decided to clear a few things up about using the VELCRO® trademark correctly – because they’re lawyers and that’s what they do. When you use “velcro” as a noun or a verb (e.g., velcro shoes), you diminish the importance of our brand and our lawyers lose their *insert fastening sound.* So please, do not say “velcro shoes” (or “velcro wallet” or “velcro gloves”) - we repeat “velcro” is not a noun or a verb. VELCRO® is our brand. #dontsayvelcro

What do they want you to call velcro now? "Hook and loop."

I wish you luck with that, VELCRO®.

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Watch an astonishing demonstration of face-mapping art

INORI (Prayer) is a proof of concept inspired by a call for artists and technologists to collaborate on works that push boundaries. Read the rest

Watch a mesmerizing stop-motion video using wood grain

"WoodSwimmer" is a single from Bedtimes with a remarkable video by Brett Foxwell. In it, Foxwell laboriously sanded and sliced thin pieces of wood from large logs to create hypnotic patterns from the wood grain. Read the rest

"Little Bugs" video features this quirky animated figure

Ori Toor created this delightful animation for "Little Bugs," a new single by Marias. Read the rest

Sabine Volkert's vibrant animations of delightful creatures

Musician Max Cooper collaborated with artist Sabine Volkert to create the accompanying video, which features symmetrical delightful creatures morphing and overlapping. Volkert's hand-drawn style makes it a fine complement to the music. Read the rest

The National: brand new song from forthcoming album

"The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness" is the first single from The National's forthcoming album Sleep Well Beast, out September 8. What a stunner. Four months is a mighty long time.

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Trippy music video tears down the Barbie façade

In the music video for her first EP “Intertwined,” British YouTuber and musician Dodie Clark pairs her melodic song with some darkly surreal Barbie-centric imagery. Read the rest

Watch mesmerizing forms complement the music of Symmetry

Symmetry is a single by Max Cooper and Tom Hodge from Max's EP Emergence. Designer Kevin McGloughlin created a stunning video of teal and copper concentric circles morphing and meshing in surprising and hypnotic ways. Read the rest

Music: 'Busted,' Johnny Cash and Ray Charles (live duet)

This one goes out to Attorney General and volunteer Russia envoy Jeff Sessions. Read the rest

Music Video: Jenny O., 'Cheer Up Free Your Mind' (Back her next album!)

Enjoy the wonderful new music video from the recording artist Jenny O., co-directed by Jenny O. with Mariana Blanco. Read the rest

A brilliantly executed, extremely NSFW reversed music video

Russian band Leningrad's "Kolshik" is a reversed video of multiple disasters in and around a circus.

Someone reversed the reverse:

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Watch this insightful look at Radiohead's "Daydreaming" video

In a great example of crowdsourced criticism, Rishi Kaneria gathered up the most compelling fan theories he could find and synthesized them into Radiohead: The Secrets Of Daydreaming. Read the rest

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