Thursday, August 20, 2009

Video Hits:: Classified, The Danks, The Novaks & Bonus Bastid

It's Thursday, and that means one thing here on the hill: videos. Well, at least it does on weeks like this when we get ourselves organized and manage to compile a few of the best clips we're sent into post format. I think it's appropriate that on the week it was announced that the hill will be crashing the Polaris Prize this year and bringing some Maritime flavour to the festivities (Ack as a Grand Jury member, myself as the Ack's Weed Carrier), that we give you an all east coast edition of Video Hits. With videos from Classified, The Danks, The Novaks, and a little bonus footage from DJ Skratch Bastid, we've got a little something for everyone, so lets get to it.

It seems like Classified has been putting out quality videos for years now, and that's all the more impressive when you consider this latest record is his first with any kind of major label support. That kind of hustle likely explains why Classified is one of the most successful hip hop artists Canada has produced. This is a simple video, for a fairly straightforward, but very catchy, autobiographical song, and it works quite well. Class is in the studio pulling an all-nighter, and the maintenance man is kind enough to hang around to sing the song's hook. Class's dad sings the hook on the record, but I have no idea if that's him in the video.

Classified - Up All Night

MP3:: Classified - Up All Night

Watching The Danks new video for Planet Beach made me realize that we haven't posted a review for their debut full-length, Are You Afraid of the Danks, which is unfortunate, as it is summer-ready indie pop at its finest. So we'll see if we can't do something about that (and they will certainly be on our PEI mixtape when that drops in the hopefully not to distant future), so for now you should watch their rather sharp looking video, and then go check out their album.

The Danks - Planet Beach

MP3:: The Danks - Die Young

From one east coast island to another, The Novaks rep St. John's to the fullest, and they check in for a rather stylish effort for There Goes The Night, which was one of my favourite songs from their latest release. I have to say, although I like the look of this video, I have no idea what to make of it. I think perhaps it's some kind of commentary on corporate greed, but then again I could be completely wrong. Doesn't much matter really, so just enjoy the sights and sounds.

The Novaks - There Goes The Night

MP3:: The Novaks - There Goes The Night

** Bonus Time **
There aren't too many more enjoyable hip hop-ish things I can think of than an awesome DJ driving a crowd crazy and having a ball whilst doing it. Well this here video is exactly that, as Halifax native Skratch Bastid does the "Out Here Grindin'" rountine from his new %110 mix, and the folks at the Paragon are very appreciative of his efforts. Perhaps you feel the same.

Skratch Bastid - "Out Here Grindin" Live - from 110% mix

MP3:: Skratch Bastid - Out Here Grindin'

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