The directing duo of Juan Monasterio and Arya Senboutara, who go by the smashing name of Rainbows & Vampires, knocks us flat with this Le Tigre clip. The song has a totally B-52's feel; in fact, the band, with the strong female front presence of Kathleen Hanna and Johanna Fateman, is redolent of the B-52's sans the big hair, and that's just fine with us. The middle-aged, by rock standards, Hanna looks snarlingly mahvelous and the band shots, interspersed with inventive retro-flavored animations, make for a perfect, fluid groove-gestalt.
Director/Effects: Rainbows & Vampires, Oil Factory
Editor: Rob Auten, Kroma
Pete Miser, "Scent of a Robot"
Rapper Pete Miser, who makes a point of noting on his website that he's "half-Chinese and half-White," has made a clip that, in the world of hip-hop, is as exotic as the man himself. It's about an office drone of a robot who's programmed to believe he's a man, until he accidentally discovers he's a robot when he gets an errant e-mail with a schematic of his particular model. This puts his life into an existential tailspin. Excellent track with great lyrics, and equally fine direction and CG animation by New York's UVphactory.
Regina Spektor, "Us"
Russian-born, New York-bred singer/pianist anti-folkie Regina Spektor, who once opened for the Strokes, oddly enough, makes a bold stroke of her own with this fabulous track, which has a slightly Kurt Weill-ish cabaret feel. The superb video, which plays with film speeds, stop motion and other animation, all the while the camera loving Spektor, who exudes a sort of '40s glamour, is directed by Adria Petty, daughter of Tom-great clips must run in the family.
Director: Adria Petty, The Film Co.
Editor: Holle Singer, Consulate Effects: The Cracker Farm