Michel Gondry


Spike Jonze, what’s-not-to-like Jonze. Last time I mentioned the good Mr. Jonze, it was in praise of his amazing short film, I’m Here. Spike has had a pretty notable career so far and has worked with many an acclaimed band. Now, as if on cue with their Grammy win, Arcade Fire can be added to that list. Win and Will Butler co-wrote Scenes From The Suburbs with Spike and say it was meant as a companion piece to their album, “The Suburbs”. It had it’s official debut at the Berlin Film Festival, but also just played at SXSW. I’m always interested in Spike’s work, so since I’m not with the über elite in Austin, this trailer will have to do.

Speaking of Spike, his buddy Michel Gondry directed a pretty spectacular video for The Living Sisters. This trio of ladies features The Bird & The Bee‘s Inara George, as well as Eleni Mandell and Becky Stark. (You might recognize Stark from her other group, Lavender Diamond or her contributions on The Decemberists Hazards of Love album.) This video is classic Gondry with his use of models and seamless intersecting of multiple storylines, just like he did in the video for “Sugar Water”, way back in the mid-90’s. He is such an adorably charming Frenchman and a damn dazzling director and creative mind.

Here is a video where the visuals completely overshadow the music but in this case, I am a-ok with it. Orelha Negra‘s video for “M.I.R.I.A.M.” features the art of Alexandre Farto and it is pretty mind-blowing stuff, (no pun intended). Music is alright, but the video is A+.