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Music Video Week in Review 4/8/12 - McCartney, Van Halen, and more!

Written by Nightfly on Monday, April 16 2012 and posted in Features

Nightfly lists his preferred picks among last week's newly released music videos.

Chasing The Matrix:
Music Video Week in Review  (week of 4/8/12)

In this column there's a little bit of drop-off in total number of videos linked but the overall quality of videos is strong as ever and serendipitously this edition boasts more "bonus" videos than usual. Spotlit in my Late Pass Zone are two titillating clips from talented, edgy 'Jersey Girl' Justina, one from February and one from late March.

Among the videos that could've been featured as bonus clips this week were Florence and The Machine's appearance on MTV Unplugged (read about it and see a couple excerpted songs here), the trailer for Wyclef Jean's Trayvon Martin tribute song titled, "Justice" (free to download now with a video debuting 4/20), as well as the BTS Making of Hot Chelle Rae's "Honestly" (guest starring Ashley Benson).

Teasers reaching the web last week included another brief preview of Justin Bieber's upcoming "Boyfriend" video with an interesting new set of images compared with his previous teaser.

Teen girl-band Cherri Bomb grabbed my attention last week (thanks to actress Madison McLaughlin tweeting a link to their song, "Let It Go"). Her tweet led me to discover the VEVO original series webisode (released last week), Teenage Rock Diaries: Entry #1 - Nia, starring CB's feisty scarlet-haired drummer Nia Lovelis. Watch Nia's diary entry below.

My last two bonus videos before sharing the latest crop of new releases come from rock legends Carlos Santana and Canadian super-group Rush. Santana's upcoming album, Shape Shifter, hits shelves May 15th. Go Inside the making of Shape Shifter (below). Last week Rush released a thirty second teaser trailer for their first studio album in five years, Clockwork Angels, you can see and read about here and here.

It begins  (in alphabetical order, except for the winners)....
* Warning: videos below may contain mature content not suitable for all ages *

"1939" by Deumeuseth  {posted 4/11 via YouTube}
* Read about it here.

"Alone" by Trampled by Turtles  {posted 4/10 via CMT}

"Hulk Hogan & Crack" by Mickey Factz (a.k.a. Mickey MauSe)  {posted 4/10 via YouTube}

* Read about it here.

"Laserlight" by Jessie J (ft. David Guetta)  {posted 4/8 via VEVO}

* Read about it here.

"Lies" by Marina and the Diamonds  {posted 4/12 via YouTube}

* Read about it here.

"Locked Down" by Dr. John & Dan Auerbach  {posted 4/12 via Telegraph}
* Read about it here.

"No Faith In Brooklyn" by Hoodie Allen (ft. Jhameel)  {posted 4/9 via YouTube}

* Read about it here.

Cherish Alexander

Fave *New* Video of the Week:
"My Valentine" by Paul McCartney (Starring Johnny Depp & Natalie Portman)  {posted 4/14 via YouTube}

* Read about the Johnny Depp solo video here.

Runners Up: [tie]
"Bittersweet Melodies" by Feist  {posted 4/9 via RollingStone}

* Read about it here.

"Stay Useless" by Cloud Nothing  {posted 4/13 via MTV}

Get More:

* Read about it here.

Is Our Music

"Only Human" by Wiley & Cashtastic (ft. Tereza)  {posted 4/12 via YouTube}

"Outta My Head" by Daughtry (Guest Starring Kelly Hu)  {posted 4/10 via VH1}

"Passenger Side" by Kofi Black  [posted 4/9 via YouTube}
* Read about it here.

"Rock 'n' Roll Is the Answer" by Joey Ramone  {posted 4/9 via RollingStone}

* Read about it here.

"She's The Woman" by Van Halen  {posted 4/13 via VEVO}

"Sideline Story" by J. Cole  {posted 4/11 via VEVO}  [TV-MA; NSFW]
* Read about it here.

"Strange Attractor" by Animal Kingdom  {posted via VEVO}

"This Paige Is You" by From Joyce (ft. Jeremiah James Korfe & Paige Duke)  {posted 4/10 via YouTube}

Beavis & Butt-Head Category: [showcased for various humorous values]

"Bright Whites" by Kishi Bashi  {posted 4/9 via SPIN}

"The Succubus" by Tribune  {posted 4/9 via YouTube}
* Read about it here.
Late Pass Zone

"All The Rowboats" by Regina Spektor  {posted 3/28 via YouTube}

* Read about it here.

"Brace for Impact" by Gun Barrel
  {posted 4/7 via YouTube}
* Read about it here.

"Bubble Gum" by Justina  {posted 3/28 via YouTube}

* Read about it here.

"Reputation" by Justina  {posted 2/4 via YouTube}

"R.I.P." (Live) by Rita Ora  {posted 4/6 via YouTube}

* Read about it here and watch the official video for this song here.

"Right Down the Line" by Bonnie Raitt  {posted 4/6 via YouTube}

* Read about it here.
Bonus Videos

Before getting to my last couple bonus (live) videos I wanted to share this fun auto-tuned song based on the wisdom and words of Carl Sagan (with a brief cameo from Stephen Hawking). This clip came to my attention thanks to longtime twitter friend Tara Platt tweeting about it.
"A Glorious Dawn" by Carl Sagan (ft. Stephen Hawking)  {originally posted 9/17/09 via YouTube}

The following are a couple cool live tracks that just hit the net last week. First up, from Living Colour, a 2008 performance that got posted last Friday.
"Auslander" (Live from Stain, at Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL - November 1, 2008) by Living Colour {posted 4/13 via LivingColour}

Next up and the last video of this Week in Review installment is an interview and acoustic performance from Georgia native and adopted Angelino Meiko. Last week her newest song, "Leave The Lights On" hit iTunes, preview the tasty tune and purchase it here.
Singer Meiko Performs "Stuck On You" Live in the Studio!  [Runtime 5.23]  {posted 4/9 via YHN}

* Follow Meiko on twitter.

The only two musically oriented GetGlue stickers I came across last week were for Monica's latest album titled, New Life and James Durbin's most recent single, "Stand Up." Unlock them if you're a fan of either artist.

Thanks for joining the chase this edition and please consider perusing my other two columns. Have a Great Week & Keep Your Groove On!

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About the Author - Nightfly

A proud member of NBCUniversal's and A+E Television Networks’ Digital Media Teams, Nightfly routinely interviews producers, creators and stars of various network programs and films with a concentrated emphasis on the Syfy channel. Formally educated in Communications, Computer Science and Music, his résumé reflects more than a decade broadcasting in the fields of television and radio. With pieces routinely published at ScreenFad and Press Pass L.A., his primary areas of interest include TV, film, music, web series, comic books, fashion, pen 'n paper RPG gaming as well as various other pop-culture topics. An avid Twitter user, Nightfly supports the arts, the entertainment community, numerous charities and crowdfunding projects through his journalistic netizenship and non-partisan, multicultural-centric activism.

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