November 23, 2010

If You Lived In Blackwater Estates, You'd Be Under House Arrest Now!

Wow, that TSA security theater sheeple post was depressing! How about a nice, thoughtful music video from NAFTA's reigning quirk champs, Arcade Fire and Spike Jonze? It's being described as "excerpts" from a Jonze short film, Scenes From The Suburbs, which may be true, though it's not on Jonze's IMDb. Or it could actually just be a music video.

Either way, it--hey look, a verse about wanting a kid!

So can you understand?
Why I want a daughter while I'm still young
I wanna hold her hand
And show her some beauty
Before this damage is done

But if it's too much to ask, it's too much to ask
Then send me a son

Then everyone who doesn't get beaten down in the fast food restaurant gets shipped off to death camps. Did I say death camps? I meant happy camps! Happy Thanksgiving! [via kottke]


Arcade Fire are just as American as Canadian. The Butler brothers grew up in the Woodlands, a gated suburb outside Houston. It's obviously the place referenced in the video. They used a bunch of that footage behind them when they played live this summer (or at least it was very similar footage of youths riding aimlessly through suburbia). Much cooler is their video for We Used to Wait, which uses google maps to include your childhood home as the centerpiece of the video. It is super processor intensive, but it's one of the cooler explorations of the possibilities for the music video in the age of Web 2.0 interactivity.

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