Category Archives: Music Video

Tom Hanks Rap. YES.

In this internet era, there are many things that get passed about – especially videos. And when it comes to videos, there’s literally everything you can imagine: pandas sneezing, people getting hurt, people doing really weird things with their faces, people ranting, etc.. etc… But the undisputed king of viral videos HAS to be old celebrity videos.

For some reason the video below has yet to do major footwork around the internet, but holy crap – is it deserving of some SERIOUS air time. It’s Tom Hanks and Dan Akroyd, from the movie Dragnet, performing a rap about how they’re policemen and how badly they wanna lock up these bad guys.

I mean, i don’t think much needs to be said here. this literally speaks for itself (notice how long the verses are!). Tom Hanks Dan Akroyd rapping and dancing (btw this was choreographed by Paula fucking Abdul). Speechless.

Johnny & Mary

I know what you’re thinking: “holy crap, robert palmer is cool”. And you’d be pretty on point. From his hit single “Addicted to Love”, to his work with the legendary Duran Duran, dude was pretty on point.

But of course my favorites, Kisses, had to come along and totally blow one of his lesser known tracks, Johnny and Mary, out of the water. Below is their version of the tune, and after the jump is the video for the original.

Palmer was dope, but nothing is as cool as 80′s chic 2011 style. get used to it!

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I used to know….

Not many great musicians slip past our radar, and Gotye (a Belgian/Australian) is definitely not an exception. We first honed in on him back in 2007, a bit after he dropped 2 massive tracks: “Learnalilgivinanlovin” and “Heart’s a Mess”. Both have received numerous remixes by some of the best underground and popular (but not for remixing) artists. From Ocelot to Passion Pit.

But somehow, Gotye escaped our close gaze all these years – that is, until this summer.

In August Gotye put out his 3rd full length album titled Making Mirrors, and boy is it a doozy. Chock full of brilliant and dizzying melodies, some of the saddest (in an uplifting way) lyrics i’ve heard in awhile and a production quality that is unrivaled by most self-produced albums.

The video above is for the second single off this effort, “Somebody That I Used to Know”. This was the first hit that hooked us, and here in the HG offices, we haven’t stopped dropping this tune daily. It’s dripping in sweat, while it stays cool to the touch. The sad disdain, the challenging vocals and the interplay between Gotye and Kimbra all combine to create a stunning tune, and an arresting video.

Gotye is firmly on our radar, and he should be on yours as well. With 3 solid albums behind him, he’s ready to fully take over.

Reel to Reel Mixtape?

The man, Rex the Dog, is killing it again. Coming back to the UK with a hard night of dancing called, BREED, Rex has been putting out mixtapes as promotion for the nights. This is the 3rd of Three mixes he’s doing for BREED 2.

But this time, Rex stepped up and stepped up big! Recording this entire mix using the technology of a Reel to Reel tape machine. Yeah, let that sit in your mind for a second. HE USES ANALOG REEL TO REEL TO MAKE A MIXTAPE!

I really shouldn’t have to say more than the video above. And if you want to cop the whole mix (which is amazingly polished for how analog and vintage it sounds) you can do so below.

Analog just refuses to die. And in a time when everyone is a DJ or Designer, or Developer – physical hand work may be the only thing to set the Best apart from the Rest.

See & Hear it after the jump

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Muppets & OK GO

Those brilliant guys in Ok Go are back with another video. This time they’ve teamed up with The Muppets to put together a music video for their version of the Muppets theme song! Haha, I wonder who came up with this idea – but it doesn’t matter. This straight silliness is way too much fun.

Check out the video. My favorite part is when the puppets become the puppet masters!

Pumped Up… Cellos?

I know I know, Foster The People’s hit summer tune, Pumped Up Kicks, has been all over the airwaves and by now you’re probably tired of hearing it. But trust me, this cover by Oak & Gorski, is really beautiful and refreshing.

Jensen Sportag

No words. Just amazing.

What You Need

The Weeknd has been putting out some really amazing Washed out, Filtered and Haunting 90′s style RnB. The sound has been catching on, with acts like How To Dress Well forging the way, and I can’t say I’m upset about it. “What You Need” is chock full of dreamy nastiness, and the music video delivers, with a beautiful mix of late-night haze with a dirty sexy love story. Pitch perfect.

Yeah, Yeah and I’m Alright

If nothing else, this riveting video from pop-darlings Foster The People, must have been one hell of a fun shoot. Everyone on the internet keeps calling this a “Mad Max meets Lord of the Flies” music video. But I reject such stereotypes – this video is more like “The Hills Have Eyes meets Hook”. Yeah, sure, why not.

Silver City

Chi-Town sweethearts, Hey Champ, have put out a great little love-tribute to their city. Silver City plays out as a big love song to the windy city. Don’t believe me? The chorus lyrics are: “Chi-town never Brooklyn, Chi-town never sold, Chi-town never Californicationed, Chi-town is our home”. And if that isn’t enough, you guessed it, the entire video was filmed in Chicago. Hitting up the bands favorite spots and hometown favorite locales, the video is dripping with windy sweat. Either way, Hey Champ’s got my love and this video, while being typical and generic, still manages to be fun and not seem like a “hey fuck all you other cities!”.

Is Tropical

Ahead of their full album release, the hot new trio of Is Tropical, have dropped this arresting video for their hyped and insanely catchy tune, South Pacific.

Is Tropical are proving themselves as a young band, and they’re doing so in a big way. South Pacific is a mysterious yet catchy and powerful tune. The melodies are pitch perfect, and the overall tone has such a gloomy heaviness to it. Their sound reminds me of the flip-side to sunny music – gloomtune. It’s still very uplifting, fun and playful, but it’s got a shroud over it – a thick layer of fog hiding the fun the children are having.

Check out the video for South Pacific below, and check out some of the other tunes they knock out. I’m expecting their tune The Greeks to be this summers banging anthem.

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We are Humble Giants; a creative faction working in Advertising, Design & Film. With two multi-skilled principles, Mark Powell & Daniel Lucas, we employ a wide range of partners and collaborators that gives us the strength of a massive team. This flexibility allows us to adjust in size dependent on the given scope and budget of any project.

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