Welcome to SPMV06, where we distribute awards for the best music videos of the year.

I personally have never given up on music videos. I used to watch them in the iTunes store when they were free. Then came YouTube, which I consider to be more of a hindrance than helper to the artform. Shit video and shit audio does not a quality audio-video make. Luckily we have devotees like Cliptip to helps us get our hands on hi-fi versions of videos. Makes me almost wish I had bought a full-fledged iPod instead of a Nano. Anyways, I have uploaded all of the clips on the list except one for your viewing pleasure. Let's begin.

10. Phoenix, Consolation Prizes (live on Conan)

This is the only video I do not have a copy of for download. I can't find it on YouTube either. You'll just have to take my word for it that it was very, very good. I think there is a such thing as a quality late-night performance, though it is a hard thing to pull off. Phoenix passed with flying colors. The whole band stopped on cue at one point so the singer could take off his jacket. The guitarist had a mask on... but for only half of the performance. Don't know why, don't care. It was cool. And it made me like this single about ten times more. Quality stuff, Frenchies.

9. Justice vs. Simian - We Are Your Friends

Along with its reissue this year, this single got a video to accompany it. My only issue here is that the edit of the song they use is rather hastily done and not long enough. But this video is hilarious. Setting up the pranks must have been hella fun. Yeah, hella fun. The best YouTube fodder out there. I feel like they really are my friends! Tee hee. I won't get sick of saying that.

8. The Rapture - W.A.Y.U.H (People Don't Dance No More)

Ah yes. Who would have thought that Mattie Safer's rapping would have gone from booze infested Sister Saviours, complete with drinking mantras tattooed on their foreheads, to School House Rock slash Sesame Street inspired super happy fun time BBQs, dissing parties with free drinks. Not me. This vid is the sh*t. Plus Luke Jenner wears a cape... a CAPE, people... for the whole video. Can't argue with that. Also, Safer wears a grill, flops around in a kiddie pool, rides in the back of a pick-up, and does a choreographed dance. Props.

7. Hot Chip - Over and Over

The thing I like about this video is that I really can't tell what it's about. I think it's sort of discussing originality and realism in the music business, and popping big balloons and the resulting winds, and making a music video, and optometry, and funny sunglasses, and being white and funky, and skeletons, and various types of hand percussion. And the pasted in backgrounds remind me of guitar hero. But I still don't know what it's really about. And I think it's about something. You win this round, Hot Chip.

6. Kasabian - Shoot the Runner

This is essentially the same video as Queen of the Stone Age's "Go with the Flow." But that might be the best music video ever, so this one is good by default. Paint never seemed so edgy! or something. Anyone I show this to likes it (as long as they don't know who Kasabian is).

To be continued...

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