Media Guy's Pop Pick: Ray Tintori

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It takes a lot these days for me to really notice a music video. But the trippy visual-riot director Ray Tintori created for the single "Time to Pretend" by the new band MGMT (pronounced "management") is, well, totally awesome.
MGMT's 'Oracular Spectacular'
MGMT's 'Oracular Spectacular'
It's a fun-house-mirror head-rush starring a tribe of warrior-shamans that surfs (sometimes literally) through a post-apocalyptic landscape of stampeding zebras, giant cats, cartoon monsters and so on.

Partizan, which reps fellow directorial genius Michel Gondry, signed 24-year-old Tintori after spotting this mind-warping video. Skip the grainy, compressed version on YouTube and instead view the (slow-loading) high-res one. (PG-13/NSFW warning: the lyrics include swears and, inevitably, drug references.) Tintori's sensibility works perfectly with MGMT's gorgeously trancey neo-psychedelic alterna-pop. Thus this week's Pop Pick freebie: I'm randomly giving away a copy of MGMT's excellent debut CD, "Oracular Spectacular." To be eligible, send me an e-mail with "MGMT" in the subject line on or before March 25.
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