Commodities of the Abstract Sort

a hopefully-less-pretentious-than-other-pretentious-music-blogs music blog

New Andrew Bird Video Wednesday August 22, 2007

Filed under: misc. good non-local music,music videos — Kayla @ 12:07 am

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Oh man, this video is so adorable and so…Andrew Bird.  It also involves stoichiometry, which I’d say is a first for a music video.


Here are some music videos Sunday April 15, 2007

Filed under: local-ish,misc. good non-local music,music videos — Kayla @ 5:48 pm

This is the video for The Thermals “Pillar of Salt.” I’m not a huge Thermals fan, but I love this video, it is just a simple “band playing song” video but they have managed to spruce it up with lots cuts to the band wearing ridiculous costumes and random guest appearances by members of other Portland bands (Colin Meloy is in there for like 3 seconds and I’m told that “that one girl from Wet Confetti” is too). I also love the contrast of the stark white box set with the crazy stuff happening in it. Here’s a fun interactive blogging experience: spot the arrested development reference and win…well nothing actually, maybe like some indie cred or something.

This is the video for Wolf Parade’s “Modern World.” I love everything about this video, the song is one of my favorite songs of all time and the video fits it perfectly. It is stop-motion animation and therefore must have taken a ridiculously long time to make, but the results are amazing.

I’ve linked to this before, but now that I’ve figured out how to imbed things here it is again. This is the video for All-Time Quarterback’s “Plans Get Complex.” All-Time Quarterback is Ben Gibbard of Death Cab circa 1999 and this video is overwhelming evidence that he should not quit his day job. Awkward fondling of tranny posters? Check. shifty eyes? Check. Awkward dancing/swaying like a nervous little girl? Check. Umbrella in the subway? Check. This one’s got it all, folks.

This isn’t so much a music video as using MS Paint as a weapon in the war against emo kids. It’s a subtitled version of Fall Out Boy’s “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” with accompanying visuals. Warning: may not be suitable for people who are uptight slash at work. Also, this may not be funny to people who didn’t go to Emo Kid High (aka Mountain View Craphole, Bend, OR, USA, The World) or maybe it will be…only the omnipotent Pete Wentz knows….

And now we come to the obligatory cameo-appearances-by-indie-musicians-who-virtually-no-one-watching-the-show-will-actually-recognize

portion of the program.

First up: Britt Daniel of Spoon on Veronica Mars

I can just imagine the conversation that led to this happening: “hey, we should do a cameo of someone from one of those (finger quotes) ‘indie bands.'” Britt Daniel wouldn’t have been my first choice because he’s not recognizable enough (I didn’t recognize him the first time I saw this episode) but whatev….

Next up: Andrew Bird on a children’s show as “Dr. Stringz”

This one is without a doubt my favorite video in this post. The fact that Andrew Bird agreed to do this makes me love him even more than I already did. As someone in the youtube comments put it, “think of the indie cred those kids are going to have when they grow up.”


PS: Real content coming soon, I promise. School is kind of ruining my life again.



Possibly the most ridiculous thing to ever happen on Conan Saturday April 14, 2007

Filed under: misc. good non-local music,music videos,Uncategorized — Kayla @ 9:07 am

Here is a video of Of Montreal on Conan. This is pretty much exactly like an Of Montreal concert, except condensed into 2 minutes and with less partial nudity. Their show at the Showbox in Seattle a few months ago was second only to The Flaming Lips in terms of energy and ridiculousness. It was totally worth the $153 speeding ticket and uncalled for sobriety test that I got while driving home at 2 am. No, seriously, it was….


Oh How I Love Menomena Saturday March 10, 2007

Filed under: local-ish,music videos — Kayla @ 1:14 am


I know, I know, it’s kind of a cop out to just post another video…but cut me some slack: this week I took 2 midterms, wrote 3 papers, did a presentation, played the same concert 7 times, and spent 4 days on a bus WITH BAND KIDS. Plus, this is a good’n.

I didn’t think I liked Menomena until my friend/neighbor Caitlin called and requested them during my radio show every single day for like 3 weeks. After hearing “Wet and Rusting” approximately 12,000 times they kind of grew on me. For those of you living under a rock, Menomena are a trio out of Portland which has recently been getting a lot of attention. Their music regularly involves a bari sax and piano and that’s pretty much all you need to know. Their latest album Friend and Foe has the most ridiculous cover art I’ve ever seen. There is no track listing anywhere on the packaging and there are cryptic numbers and song titles on the actual CD. Only after much annoyance about having to look up title information on the obscenely slow radio station computer did I figure out that if you put the CD in the case and close the cover the song number and title show up through holes in the cover artwork. Genius.

Anyway, This video, for the aforementioned “Wet and Rusting”, is el oh el funny and it involves lots and lots of typewriters, so you really can’t go wrong.

“Wet and Rusting” video

Official Website | Myspace | Buy Friend and Foe


This is why I want to be Colin Meloy when I grow up Wednesday February 21, 2007

Filed under: local-ish,music videos — Kayla @ 12:05 pm


The Decemberists have done it again: come up with a truly amazing, well thought out, and well performed music video. This one is for O Valencia! off of their most recent album The Crane Wife. It is more of a short movie than a music video (it’s 9 minutes long, the song is only 4 minutes of that) and definitely reflects the fact that they are now on a major label and thus have more money to make ridiculously awesome videos. It goes through an involved story with Colin Meloy and Lisa Molinaro as lovers on the run from something which is revealed throughout the course of the video. Here is just a small sample of what this video involves:

a) Colin Meloy sans trademark glasses and looking disheveled

b) Nate Query in a track suit and loading an AK-47

c) chimney sweeps

d) multiple murder scenes

Talking about it really can’t do it justice, you just have to see it.

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Decemberists official site | Myspace | Buy The Crane Wife | Fresh Air interview with Colin Meloy