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Rian Johnson and Edgar Wright are the latest in a long line of famous directors to cross over the musical field, adding their signature visual styles to music videos for LCD Soundsystem and Beck, respectively.

But for Wright, that crossover is old news. The Baby Driver director famously honed his distinct visual style in the early days of his career by directing music videos like Mint Royale’s “Blue Song,” which went on to inspire Wright’s 2017 heist film. Now he’s returned to the music video realm for Beck’s “Colors,” which — like LCD Soundsystem was for Johnson — is perfectly suited to his directorial style.

Not only do these music videos boast esteemed directors, they also feature high-profile Hollywood stars, with Sissy Spacek and David Straithairn working with Johnson in LCD Soundsystem’s “oh baby,” and Alison Brie dancing her socks off with Beck in the Wright-directed music video for “Colors.”

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For ten years, from 2001 to 2011, producer James Murphy wrote, recorded and performed music as LCD Soundsystem. The band, nearly a one-man show in the studio but fronted by Murphy as a more traditional rock group on stage, played an almost-familiar dance/rock hybrid that could hit euphoric highs even as the lyrics were characterized by a bitter self-awareness. They were pretty big by the time Murphy called it quits last year, capping off his career as a Big Rock Star with a four-hour show at Madison Square Garden that featured a host of indie luminaries as guests.

That final show will soon be released in full on DVD, but there is also a documentary about Murphy, the last days of LCD Soundsystem, and the aftermath of Murphy’s career as a minor rock star. Called Shut Up and Play the Hits, directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace, the film will premiere at Sundance, and the trailer is below. Read More »

Looks like MTV likes music videos once more — the company is finally producing them. MEAN Magazine founders have teamed with MTV to create a series of clips called Supervideo that will ” tap buzzworthy music, filmmakers and talent in a high voltage expression of art and music.” The first effort stars Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air, Scott Pilgrim vs the World) in a video for ‘Pow Pow’ by LCD Soundsystem. Check it out after the break. Read More »