Videos We Love is our semi-weekly video-loving blogpost. Today's video is something a little different: But there are other ignorant boobs out there like me, who deserve to know about bands like xbxrx and video series like Chic-A-Go-Go. Enjoy this masterpiece and dig your toes into both ASAP.



Videos We Love is our weekly video-loving blogpost. Today's is AAN's "Wet & Dripping" video. Where to start? This is a music video (great start!) by the band Aan for their song "Wet and Dripping." Like many of my favorite music videos, I enjoy this on an undigested, insightless level. I don’t care about the potential symbolism, the nods to depression and suicide, the “meaning.” I enjoy “Wet and Dripping” because I love the song, the visuals and the little details that fill out its character. Aan (acronymized from Amor Ad Nauseum, also the name of their debut full-length) is a band from Portland, OR. On paper, they’re an indie-rock band with lovely, impressive guitar compositions and a lead singer with a phenomenal, dynamic voice. If Autolux wrote in major keys, they’d sound something like Aan. Or if Grizzly Bear eased up on the reverb and whatever makes them "baroque." But that’s top level,, boring stuff. There’s more going on. Aan’s songs are cohesive and well-constructed, yup, but there’s something twisted/haunted/fucked up going on, buried under the pop-structures and Bud Wilson’s voice. “Haunted” is usually a misnomer in music reviews and it is here too, but the point is that what makes Aan great is hard to describe. Whatever it is, they have lots of it and I like it. Onto the video. Here’s what I love: -Bud’s eyes and ghoulish expression throughout the video. -The colors of the apartment. -The food he's eating. -The way the video coils around the song-structure, the way it careens to the dip at 3:00 without going into that extended-skit territory that music videos sometimes do. -The underwater shots and ALL the bubbles. -Everything from 3:17 on… Like it? Check out the music of Aan and the videos of director Rodrigo Melgarejo. Get Amor Ad Nauseum via Party Damage Records. I was going to call this a “shameless plug” but fuck it, it’s our website, ya know? Check out these performances from Aan (mostly one of them) we recorded at SXSW. They are beautiful. Check back for more Videos We Love blogs soon, or read up on old ones from Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Wavves, Justice, M83, Yo La Tengo, Anamanaguchi, No Age and Tune-Yards.



Videos We Love is our weekly video-loving blogpost. Today's is tUnE-yArDs' "My Country." tUnE-yArDs, the musical product of artist Merrill Garbus, is hard to put into words. As evidenced by the unconventional capitalization of the group's title, Garbus often does not play by the rules, creating musical universes full of intrigue and whimsy, even using dissonance as a way to force listeners to take something new in. Not surprisingly, her videos also use this challenging, charming weirdness to express them. I had a hard time picking which video I loved the most, but "My Country" off of W H O K I L L was the winner. The video utilizes a troupe of highly expressive youngins in a mod setting and color scheme, making for a aesthetically pleasing video (and a pretty adorable one too.) Kicking off some of the first few frames is a beating heart on a white table, pounding along to the driving, primal percussion of the song. Interchanged with varying shots of the heart are abstractly panned images of the kids with face paint marching in place, a grey room dripping water into a tub, a young girl whose hair is tied in knots that are connected to the walls, and a wonderful young dancer in a room full of hanging paper airplanes. Unsettling? Strange? Absolutely. Intriguing? Heck yes! The lyrical context of the song describes Garbus' discomfort and displeasure in the lie of the American dream, and the children's silly faces, spastic movements and various uncomfortable settings are representations of those discomforts. Each bizarre room featured causes the viewer to question their own discomforts; it's pretty cool that pure youthful expressiveness can cause this kind of critical awakening. It's also just super fun. The bizarre facial expressions of Garbus and the troupe of kiddos is entertaining and spunky, and sometimes downright silly. But this level of fun evens out the darkness of the lyrics, and there's nothing quite as cute as watching small children feign some pretty wild saxophone solos. It's three minutes of dance-inducing music paired with MoMA style visual art; what's not fun about that? Read more Videos We Love.



Videos We Love is our weekly video-loving blogpost. Today's is St. Vincent's "Digital Witness." Annie Clark, known as her stage moniker St. Vincent, is an artistic genius. Her complex musicianship and challenging lyricism should indicate that well enough. That art reaches a whole new level in the video for "Digital Witness," in which every single element sucks you right into its haunting world. The video is set in a sharply geometric world full of a few bold colors. It honestly looks as if the "Digital Witness" was shot on another planet. The industrial environment and the actors' matching jumpsuits set the stage for a strange dystopian vibe--almost as if you're witnessing some weird cult stuff going down. This cult-like atmosphere suits the unbelievably catchy and dancy-meets-eerie horn melody. Lyrically, Clark is commenting on society's sick obsession with making its digital presence known through constant outlets such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, these outlets creating a weird Internet cult in and of itself. The actors' blank stares and rigid motions match the emptiness in Clark's eyes as she sings, "If I can't show it, you can't see me. What's the point of doing anything?" Besides just rocking some heavy social commentary over funky saxes, the color scheme and costuming in this video is out of this world. The teals, blues, and yellows in such stark, sterile environments look super sharp, and Clark's clothing may be made by a tailor to the gods. To match this cleanliness, each move from shot to shot is meticulously placed, crisp and flawless. The seamless cuts, some pans even matching Clark's eye movements in the previous shot, are easy to get lost in. And you'll get lost in it. One piece of the video that strings it all together is Clark's head nodding to the beat in a majority of the shots, and this motion is matched by actor's marching in time, rolling clay in time, etc. It's freaky to notice that you yourself have probably started nodding your head along subconsciously. St. Vincent pulls off some high-brow art through her music and her videos, and "Digital Witness" is certainly no exception. Go watch it and try not to nod your head along all day. Read more Videos We Love.




So, what is AltarTV?

AltarTV makes videos about music. We use multiple cameras to shoot live concerts, unplugged sessions, documentary features, interviews and other pieces about music and those who create it. And we’re always developing new show ideas for the future. We also like to promote interesting, worthwhile new bands on our blog and keep our audience in tune with whatever music news is going on.

Who works at AltarTV?

Musicians mostly. We’re also photographers, video editors, journalists and industry people. But we’re musicians mostly, which we think makes sense for the sort of thing we do.

Where are you?

The AltarTV HQ is in Pittsburgh, PA with a second office in Los Angeles. This means we capture a lot of our content in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey and Detroit. But we also travel for things like festivals and conferences.

How long has this been going on?

AltarTV was founded in the Spring of 2011. We started releasing series that summer and our first version website debuted in August 2011.

Do you have internships?

We have internships for Video Editing and Marketing. We’ll make it clear when those applications have to be in, but you can always ask us stuff at that info email (



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