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New LCD Soundsystem Video - "All My Friends" dir. Tom Kuntz

familiar, May 2, 2007 at 8:32:05 PM CEST

I thought that was damn good.

mva, May 2, 2007 at 8:35:31 PM CEST

wish i could get past that first minute

sod_off, May 2, 2007 at 8:38:49 PM CEST

Tom Kuntz directed it.

toddyokoh, May 2, 2007 at 8:55:05 PM CEST

That certainly is a lot of looking at that guys face for the payoff. Did it need that much set up? Maybe they could have held on his face for a third as long and then introduced boxes of crickets and bunnies at the end there to fill up the time.

I don't know, it just took too long for the interesting bits to happen.

The Village Voice says that guy is an Ultimate Fighting aficionado. Maybe they could have filled up some face time with grappling moves.

good soul department, May 2, 2007 at 9:51:12 PM CEST

^Agreed... but interesting nonetheless.

setanor, May 2, 2007 at 9:53:37 PM CEST

i really think some of you people need to have a little fucking patience sometimes

bkandrew, May 2, 2007 at 11:28:31 PM CEST

Just released today is a great new video for LCD Soundsystem for “All My Friends” from the acclaimed Sound of Silver record. The video was directed by Tom Kuntz for MJZ and features James Murphy in an elaborate one-shot video with Klaus Nomi makeup, pyrotechnics, a lizard, rain and some crazy mirrors. The behind-the-scenes was produced by Greencard Pictures who produced Ben Dickinson’s video for “North American Scum”. The video was shot in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on one long rainy day in April. There were only two complete takes for elaborate single-shot video. People moving mirrors, firing pyrotechnics, placing a lizard on James Murphy’s shoulder and triggering a rain-maker was all part of the fun for “All of My Friends.”

captainmarc22, May 2, 2007 at 11:35:53 PM CEST

back in the days of MTV, people would flip channels when a video came on they didn't like. They'd flip back and if it caught their eye, keep watching it. I remember there were so many videos where I only saw the 2nd half; and was so curious how it opened.

In the era of youtube; it's ALL about the opening. I usually give a video 15 before I seriously consider closing it.

I'm surprised directors don't give us the money shot the first 15 seconds, and then let the video play out.

bkandrew, May 2, 2007 at 11:36:53 PM CEST

found the link to the 'making of':

toddyokoh, May 3, 2007 at 12:09:39 AM CEST

One of my favorite directors is Ming-liang Tsai. I have plenty of patience. There were some visually interesting things that finally popped up. I simply hit the scroll bar too early for my tastes.

familiar, May 3, 2007 at 12:13:57 AM CEST

I like the song so much I didn't touch the scroll bar once. That's the point of a truly good video for me -- to marry the song and the image. Often I find people disconnect the two, and simply use the music as some kind of vehicle for their obtuse concepts.

toddyokoh, May 3, 2007 at 12:23:23 AM CEST

Often a good video will make me like a song or band that I had not liked before. It is less often that a good song overcomes a bad video. Not to say this is a bad video. But it didn't marry the song as well as it could have for me.
Ok, I have officially posted too much on one vid.

vs, May 3, 2007 at 12:27:34 AM CEST

once again, kuntz for president.

mookie, May 3, 2007 at 1:48:07 AM CEST

the beginning did drag a little for me, but the payoff was interesting down the line and redeemed it for me. i dont mind being patient as long as there is a payoff.

obtusity, May 3, 2007 at 2:03:51 AM CEST

it's such a brilliant song, and the video does well to let it breathe.

progosk, May 3, 2007 at 2:47:04 AM CEST

reminded me of this.

antiville, May 3, 2007 at 9:36:28 AM CEST

I Never scrolled through because i, like so many others, eagerly await every new track from LCD. Would have watched the entire video if it was a blank screen just to hear it, and i wish people would admit that too.

Kuntz does allow you to enjoy the track rather than distract

notthatnima, May 3, 2007 at 11:02:30 AM CEST

Ok fine, I be the one to say what everyone is tip-toeing around: this video is not good. The mirrored/duplicate images were a great idea about 3 years ago and I think most of the comments above has started to cover what's wrong with the beginning-middle of the promo. The song is brilliant.

loz, May 3, 2007 at 3:48:49 PM CEST

naaaaaah. it's all about the colour - fugging gorgeous colour, he holds the performance, and looks like a super-villain! who needs more struff to look at? i agree wi setanor - grow some patience. the song deserves breathing space, and it gets it.

familiar, May 3, 2007 at 10:58:36 PM CEST

toddyokoh: That's just the problem these days, isn't it? "The video made me like the song." "The song made me like the video." To me, the two are intrinsically one, and should be assessed as such. In so many cases, we have what some directors see as a virtual blank canvas, on which to paint whatever vague ideas they have -- music be damned.

Electronic music is one of the most frequently abused outlets in this case, with what results as little more than a personal demo piece -- indulgent and forgettable.

Does this video capture the nature of the music? I think it does... it gives it life, and Murphy's performance gives it emotion.

mva, May 4, 2007 at 12:27:55 AM CEST

i tried watching it again. i still don't think it's worthy of all this attention. maybe it's because i don't fancy the song all that much. that first minute still drags and drags

hassinator, May 4, 2007 at 12:53:16 AM CEST

jesus if anville people aren't going to give an lcd video time to breathe where have we got to?

killer vid - watch this punch out of super bland overprogrammed pap

good work tommy


toddyokoh, May 4, 2007 at 4:46:45 AM CEST

familiar: There are loads of vids where the music doesn't suit me at all, but obviously the video was made with such attention to detail, such symbiosis of intent and such shear gusto that the whole thing comes off. There is no lack of appreciation for that. I agree with you there: the kind marriage of the sonic and the visual, that is certainly the point (besides advertising) and is probably the subconscious criteria even for the most mindless enjoyment. It is just at those times when a song theretofore unliked, becomes likeable based on a brand new relationship.

But the risk is run when getting too literal on criteria. The risk is run when overthinking the feeling.
So, as far as electronica being the playpen of overvague creativity: sure, its ripe for it but maybe that fact ought to be part of the critical process itself, not something to be simply dismissed. "Did this video pull off the right kind of vagueness for this vague song? Did it do it with gusto?" Maybe something like that.

As far as Kuntz goes, I have shown everyone I know that Bumblebeez vid and people sit in rapt enjoyment everytime.

You've dragged me back in this. I saw my name in red and I bit. Nice job.

spreech, May 4, 2007 at 11:04:59 AM CEST

reminded me of this:

confusionists, May 8, 2007 at 6:28:08 AM CEST

18 MB QT Mov here at 'Boards

first, it appeared the failure to download directly. so i went to

using Flashgot now and it's working.

kayser_sauze, May 11, 2007 at 10:50:29 AM CEST

27.8 MB mov, making of mov, continuing


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