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There has been a noticeable return to the good old music video, some say thanks to Lady Gaga, we say thanks to increasing internet access and bandwidth. Interestingly enough, more and more bands visualise not only one or two singles, but an entire album, with examples ranging as usual from good – think Massive Attack’s ongoing project for Heligoland – to bad – think TV on the Radio’s pretty disappointing latest 60-minute-romp Nine Types of Light.

Enter R.E.M. who of course have always taken great care with their videos, more or less successfully, and who have commissioned each track of their latest album Collapse Into Now to various directors, including the likes of Sophie Calle, James Franco and Sam Taylor-Wood. Mediocre music, but often great videos that are still on display until today at Clocktower Gallery in New York.

Video: Überlin by R.E.M., directed by Sam Taylor-Wood

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  1. here & now › YOUNG SOULS on Friday, August 5, 2011 at 03:56

    [...] Continuing on the theme of peculiar dancing, have a look at Dean Chalkey’s short film on the phenomenon of Northern Soul, as commissioned by the rather great 125 Magazine. And if you’re based in London, you still have a few days left to catch the accompanying photography exhibition at Youth Club Gallery, which should be well worth your time. This was written by kvr. Posted on Friday, August 5, 2011, at 03:56. Filed under dance, exhibitions, music, society. Bookmark the permalink. Follow comments here with the RSS feed. Post a comment or leave a trackback. [...]