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Vote or Die: The Last VJ's Top Five Videos of the Week

Welcome back to The Last VJ, music fans. Fresh off the heels of our week-long celebration of the best music videos of 2013 we're back to active competition. More and more tremendous works in the medium come screaming out at us through the wonder of the Internet, and we're here to make sure you see them. It's the start of a whole new year, and fine things are a-coming.

Vote at the end for your favorite.

Erasure, "Make It Wonderful" Erasure is entering an amazing period of their career with these stop-motion masterpieces to compliment their 2013 holiday album, Snow Globe. Last time this heartwarming tale of humanity in the cold of winter easily took home the win. Andy and Vince have never been better, and it is my fondest wish that in the end all these videos form some sort of long-form music film. Even if not, they're still some of the best video work ever.

Adam Bricks, "Kristmas" We get a local music video this week from our own Adam Bricks. It's another holiday tune, but don't let that stop you because I can honestly say I've never seen Houston's particularly temperate version of the holiday portrayed in a music video. It's deliciously down and depressing, dark and soulful with just a hint of suicidal malaise. That's what I like best... a celebration of Christmas that feels like a funeral.

REWIND: Last Week's Music Video Roundup

Blastranauts, "Primal" Normally, a video like "Primal" would earn my scorn. Women catfighting and masturbating is generally a bait-and-switch to try and cover up a lack of artistic direction. However, this time there is a definite feeling of trying to explore people when they turn the lizard brain back on and everything goes to hell. There is something to be said about primitive urges onscreen when they serve to contrast buttoned-up suburban repression, and Blastranauts pulls that off swimmingly.

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Luke Bond feat. Roxanne Emery, "On Fire" Yet another pull from the darker side of the music world, Luke Bond and Roxanne Emery show us how a broken home can break people. It's terrible to witness the inevitable entropy of our young heroine's life and home, even as she struggles to fight her way out of a spiritual hole by burning her path out. There's not much hope... there never really is, but there's always a little bit riding the ashes up into the night sky.

REWIND: Music Video Roundup From Two Weeks Ago

Temporary, "Good Year, Bad Year" Finally, I have no idea what this is, but I can't stop watching it. Vampires playing piano in low-budget animation is enough of a selling point for me.

Jef has a new story, a tale of headless strippers and The Rolling Stones, available now in Broken Mirrors, Fractured Minds. You can also connect with him on Facebook.


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