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Kanye West "Can't Tell Me Nothing" (version two) dir. Michael Blieden

Features Will Oldham and Zach Galifianakis

Quicktime - link - flv (via pitchfork)

familiar, July 25, 2007 at 7:03:31 PM CEST

Caught the first showing by Zach Galifianakis at Hiro in New York a few weeks ago as he headed up a hilarious "bad art auction". This is great.

kevathens, July 25, 2007 at 7:15:41 PM CEST

hey fam: Did Zach direct it?

thinkmad, July 25, 2007 at 7:42:49 PM CEST

Pretty Genius.

30f, July 25, 2007 at 7:48:51 PM CEST

Man, Kanye sure loves making alternate versions of his videos. At first I thought it was a remix with that Iron and Wine guy.

robodrug, July 25, 2007 at 9:51:02 PM CEST

Fiona dain't put in an appearance then?

familiar, July 25, 2007 at 10:10:43 PM CEST

kev: Yes he did. Kanye asked Zach to make it, so when Will was at his farm, they put it together. Took a couple days.

blancs, July 25, 2007 at 11:15:51 PM CEST

yep bloody genius. dancing amish girls - bugger, been sitting on that visual for too long. if only one of my past 12 treatments had come through i would have got there first i tells ya.

vs, July 26, 2007 at 12:39:03 AM CEST

a. men.

hiconcept, July 26, 2007 at 1:12:49 AM CEST

Like a rainbow of sunshine up my ass on a day with previously naught but rusty screwdrivers.


tekwrekfury, July 26, 2007 at 1:53:52 AM CEST

awesome.... is it just me or does dude no2 look like will oldham

fungible, July 26, 2007 at 3:08:58 AM CEST

that was amazing.... high wtf factor

tekwrekfury, July 26, 2007 at 4:04:22 AM CEST

ok so i clearly watched the vid but didnt read the intro where it says the bloke is will oldham. whats the chance of that?

lex halaby, July 26, 2007 at 7:06:51 AM CEST

When I saw Zach in LA, Kanye was there and they were talking about this collaboration. I thought they were joking, thankfully they weren't because that was awesome. If you remember, Zach was the bearded gentleman in the Fiona videos as well.

progosk, July 26, 2007 at 1:41:16 PM CEST

good god this is sublime in so many ways. obtusy, where's your essay? (and it was kanye's idea? cred.)

shatner, July 26, 2007 at 5:16:36 PM CEST

Its really great, funny, i watched it from start to finish etc...

but when are we going to stop finding white/country/old people rapping funny?

Never? Oh, ok!

wedgedkc, July 27, 2007 at 3:04:00 PM CEST

It's directed by Michael Blieden And I love this video too, I work at a farm during the summers so this is totally relateable to me. Nothing beats driving around in a big tractor listening to hiphop.

kayser_sauze, July 28, 2007 at 7:26:59 PM CEST


«Sometime in June Zach sent me a one line email that said "This is going to sound like a joke, but Kanye West wants us to do a video for him." For all the ridiculousness you see here, I have to say we took the song very seriously. We asked ourselves, "What if two farmers from North Carolina set out to make their own Kanye West video...and succeeded?" Special thanks to Will Oldham for his inspired turn as the comic relief in a comedy video, and to Inman Young the most capable producer on the planet. I'll even send a shout out to Canon for the great job their little XH A1 did on this video. If you ever got to see it in HD you'd be impressed. Kanye is in the video, by the way. Briefly.» dixit Michael Blieden.

«On June 1, 2007 I got a one line email from Zach that said, "this sounds like a joke but it is true. Kayne West wants me to lip sync his new video. can you fly to nc to shoot it? " There was very little discussion in advance other than that. Hiring the cloggers was Zach's idea, and Inman was able to track them down. For all the ridiculousness you see here, I have to say we took the song very seriously. We asked ourselves, "What if two farmers from North Carolina set out to make their own Kanye West music video...and succeeded?" Special thanks to singer/actor Will Oldham (Bonnie Prince Billy) for his inspired turn as the inbred cousin. This was my first real use of slow motion lip syncing, which is a common trope in music videos, but reliably neat. Special thanks to the rowdy group of 12 year olds hanging out in front of the library in downtown Sparta who started yelling "Whacha filming NERD!" while I was all alone with the production gear.» dixit Michael Blieden.

kevathens, July 28, 2007 at 10:28:23 PM CEST

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