VIDEO: “We Can Go Blind” – The Flavr Blue (dir. by Jon Jon Augustavo)


The Flavr Blue get moody on their latest single and video, “We Can Go Blind”, directed by Jon Jon Augustavo. Here the trio remain still — relatively for them if you’ve ever seen one of their live performances — and allow ballerina Kate Chamberlain to interpret the electronic ballad.

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VIDEO: “Tomorrow” – Sol (feat. Shayhan; dir. by Jon Jon Augustavo)


Today has been a good day for Town music videos with emotive, well-developed narratives. Check below or here for the latest from Grieves (“Shreds”); and up at the moment is Sol’s “Tomorrow” (directed by Grammy nominee Jon Jon Augustavo) which follows a day in the lives of Sol and his crew of childhood friends. It’s something a little warm and fuzzy for this cold February afternoon.

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VIDEO: “Can’t Hold Us” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (feat. Ray Dalton)

So this just dropped. Pretty epic from the minds of Ryan Lewis, Jason Koenig and Jon Augustavo (credited as co-directors, though Ryan cites the importance of other parties’ influence in the video write-up). Also Macklemore wrote some raps for it. I hear these guys are pretty popular these days.

[Update: 4.17.13, 2pm PST]

A few more stream of conscious thoughts I had while watching this video:

  • “Magical brown people” all over the place. John Coffey, Bagger Vance, et al.
  • Macklemore stunting wildly on a “pirate ship” / “Can’t Hold Us”‘s re-appropriation of soul music. Hmm… (Editor’s note: This thought credited to my friend; name withheld.)
  • The Space Needle as Mack’s metaphorical penis.
  • This some bullshit, fam.

And…

  • I know hella white dudes who “planted their flag” on the tops of really tall shit — whether that means proposing to their girlfriends, or just summit-ing a damn mountain because it’s really big. (And yeah, this is a masculine thing not unique to the color of one’s skin, but still…)
  • I don’t think there was menace behind any of the stuff in this video, but that doesn’t change the fact that this kind of imagery is pervasive. (And often damaging.)
  • Yeah, I’m grinding axes. Deal with it.
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