This week for videos just fucking absolutely ruled, so before we get into what made this list, let’s take a moment for all the videos that missed the cut. Among the casualties: Two eye-grabbing clips for A-list indie anthems, a mind-warping and visually sumptuous CocoRosie clip, a great bare-bones performance video, a legitimately funny minute-long sketch, a fun-to-watch fantasy/empowerment thing, a typically-engrossing ASAP Rocky video, a visually gorgeous and kinda-racist treatment of a massive pop-star duet, and a Willie Nelson video that treats its father/son relationship so simply and tenderly that I found myself moved watching it. Now here’s what did make it.
5. Big Bang – “Monster” (Dir. ?)
Big Bang are obviously the greatest boy band in the known universe, and though their “Monster” video doesn’t approach the hallucinatory future-pop visions of “Fantastic Baby,” it still has explosions and high-kicks and inexplicable fashion decisions and a great beast’s-eye-view shot of a mad dash through a prison minefield, or something. Delightfully confusing, in the grandest K-pop tradition.