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Nightfly's Music Video Week in Review 12/18/11 - AWOLNATION, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna and more!

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






Chasing The Matrix:

Nightfly's Music Video Week in Review  (week of 12/18/11)

I had no idea what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised at the ample amount of new music videos released last week. This column features multiple holiday videos and runner-up honorees, one make-up clip that should've appeared in my previous column, a derivative but successful Video of the Week winner, and two bonus vids from my own VEVO playlist as my personal Christmas gifts to you.

I'm only spotlighting one out-of-competition video in this entry, a typically poignant track from legendary songwriting poet Leonard Cohen.
"Show Me The Place" by Leonard Cohen  {released 12/23 via VEVO}


It's Christmas today and we all have stuff to do so I'll get right to it.

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

"Anna Calvi" by Anna Calvi  {released 12/20 via VEVO}


"Blow Up" by Sammy Adams  {released 12/22 via VEVO}


"Cannonball" by Little Mix  {released 12/20 via VEVO}

"Common Knowledge" by Asher Roth  {released 12/21 via VEVO}

"Dancing in a Minefield" by Plushgun  {released 12/21 via VEVO}

Shakira

Favorite *New* Music Video of the Week:
"Not Your Fault" by AWOLNATION  {released 12/22 via VEVO}


Runners Up: [tie]
"Face To The Floor" by Chevelle  {released 12/23 via VEVO}


"Unified Tribes" by Thievery Corporation (ft. Mr. Lif)  {released 12/19 via VEVO}


Explicit Honorable Mention: *Warning* - this is essentially a mini Rated R action movie - Strange Days style.
"Antidote" by Swedish House Mafia vs. Knife Party  {released 12/19 via VEVO} [TV-MA]

Animated Honorable Mention:
"Gathering Stories" (From We Bought A Zoo) by Jónsi  {released 12/23 via VEVO}

Dream Out Loud

"Mr. Wrong" by Mary J. Blige  {released 12/19 via VEVO}


"Pixelated People" by Jess Mills  {released 12/20 via VEVO}


"Shot Caller" by French Montana (ft. Charlie Rock)  {released 12/22 via VEVO}


"Stand Behind The Music" by Anjulie  {released 12/21 via VEVO} [TV-MA]


"Who Knows?" by Youngman  {released 12/20 via VEVO}


"You Da One" by Rihanna  {released 12/23 via VEVO}

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Make-up Section: Just one to catch up with from last week...
"A Case Of You" by James Blake  {released 12/11 via VEVO}

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New Holiday Video Releases:
"Chestnuts" by Ariana Grande & Elizabeth Gillies  {released 12/23 via YouTube}


"Merry Christmas Wherever You Are" by Tanya Tucker  {released 12/20 via VEVO}


"Santa Baby" by Naya Rivera (for Glee)  {released 12/21 via VEVO}


"Shake Up Christmas 2011" (Live) by Natasha Bedingfield - (Official Coca-Cola Christmas Song)

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Bonus Videos:
To close out this column I want to celebrate a victory for "Weird Al" Yankovic and leave you with a personal message from me about the holidays.

Firstly, fans of Chris Hardwick surely caught his The Nerdist: Year in Review show last nite on BBC-America, on which "Weird Al" won Chris' highly coveted Nerdist of the Year Award. To help commemorate that righteous victory (yes, I'm a "Weird Al" nerd myself) I'm re-spotlighting the last Yankovic video I featured in a Week in Review column, back before I even had a weekly Music Video column. As a longtime "Weird Al" fan, his mashups were always my favorites and this one showcases particularly comedic instrumentation (gotta love the Tuba-Banjo combination).
"Polka Face" by "Weird Al" Yankovic


And lastly, on a less comedic note, time with family can be precious but some family can also delight in pushing uncomfortable buttons or turning what should be a time of joy into a time of personal criticism. Maybe it's because this year you don't have bangs, or a job, or someone doesn't dig your tattoo, or significant other... whatever the case may be, those are the types of people that drive up the annual holiday statistics for suicide, drug abuse, and the like. If, like me, you come from a family that makes you crazy, please remember that no one knows your heart or inner-self better than you. There will always be folks ready to criticize and condemn the rare few that stand out or dare stick their heads up, but there will also always be those, like me and the following artist, that make it their priority to remind you you're perfect just the way you are right now.
"Who Says" by Selena Gomez & The Scene


Merry Christmas, Have a Great Holiday 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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