Thursday, November 19

The CDP's Top 10 Video Games Of The Decade.



"This was a triumph. I'm making a note, here: HUGE SUCCESS."

-
Portal

A child of the 80's, I not only grew up on video games, but I'm also from a generation that video games have always been marketed to. Honestly, there's never been a time in my life when someone wasn't trying to sell me a video game. From the childhood days of the NES, to the teen years with SNES and Sega, to the college years of PS and PS2, to the adult gamer days of the XBOX 360, PS3 and Wii, it seems as if I've always represented the demographic of a video game fan.

And I was, for awhile, at least. In my late teen years, I was too busy with my band to play a lot of games, but now that I'm older, I play almost exclusively 'Family' or 'Party' games. I cannot remember the last time I played a video game by myself; nowadays I only play if I can play with all of my friends, and the following list will probably reflect that somewhat.

Instead of counting down my favorite games of the decade (which would probably consist of at least 10 rhythm-based games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero), I decided to list my favorite game for each year, based on release date. It was as good of a way as any to keep the list as varied as possible. Let's go.



2000 - The Sims (PC)



2001 - Grand Theft Auto III (PS2)



2002 - Kingdom Hearts (PS2)



2003 - Mario Kart: Double Dash! (NGC)



2004 - Doom 3 (PC)



2005 - Resident Evil 4 (NGC)



2006 - Guitar Hero II (PS2)



2007 - Rock Band (PS2)



2008 - MarioKart Wii (Wii)



2009 - Guitar Hero V (Wii)

Thanks much for checking out the CDP Decade In Review today. I'm taking tomorrow off and coming back Monday with the start of the Top 250 Albums Of The Decade(!). Sound off in the comments section and enjoy your weekend.

Wednesday, November 18

The CDP's Top 20 Concerts Of The Decade.



"Hi, we're The Impossibles from Austin, Texas!"
- The Impossibles, 'Eightball'



#20

ALL/Mighty Mighty Bosstones/Leftover Crack/The Casualties/Jay Reatard
Congress Theater - Chicago, IL
10/2008

Favorite Moment - I run into Kris Roe from The Ataris, who later gets thrown out of ALL's set for trying to jump the barricade. Cops shut down the show, punks spill out into the street and a mini-riot occurs on the streets of Chicago. We buzz over to the Double Door in Wicker Park, where I proceeded to get hammered during Jay Reatard's set. Meet Scott Reynolds and Stephen Egerton. RiotFest 2008 lives up to its name.



#19
Communique (w/Tegan & Sara)
The Annex - Madison, WI
07/26/05

Favorite Moment - When you see a show at the Annex, it's just nice to see that your car is still around when the show is over. I had interviewed Communique earlier in the week for a local paper, and when I got to chat with Ruari afterward, he told me he read it and dug it. That made me feel good, even if he was lying to me.



#18
Goldfinger/Showoff/The Hippos
The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
09/08/00

Favorite Moment - Showoff and The Hippos weren't around for very long, so I was very happy to see them both rock a stage in the same night. Saw a dude completely shatter his nose; hemorrhaging blood everywhere. Goldfinger always puts on an energetic show.



#17
Smoking Popes
High Noon Saloon - Madison, WI
06/22/08

Favorite Moment - 'Megan.' And the fact that these guys are mind-bogglingly nice.



#16
The Hold Steady
Majestic Theater - Madison, WI
07/10/09

Favorite Moment - It takes a band like the Hold Steady to make you realize how much you love Miller High Life. Crowd went apeshit during 'Constructive Summer,' raising a toast to Saint Joe Strummer. One of those live bands that can change your life if they hit you at the right time.



#15
Less Than Jake/Reel Big Fish/Against All Authority/Streetlight Manifesto
The Myth - Minneapolis, MN
08/14/07

Favorite Moment - AAA is the most hardcore ska band ever. Streetlight is the most musically-inclined. RBF is the most cynical and underrated. LTJ is the straight-up best. End of story. Their Price Is Right-themed show had audience members come on up, spin the wheel and determine the setlist.



#14
The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players
Luther's Blues - Madison, WI
04/06/03

Favorite Moment - 'Look At Me.' That, or the fact that their drummer was a 9-year-old girl.



#13
The Gadjits/RX Bandits/Edna's Goldfish
The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
06/11/00

Favorite Moment - The last time I saw The Gadjits, I was standing behind the Missus as she gallivanted and shook her booty...with her boyfriend. Hurt. Like. Hell. This time, she was all mine.



#12
P.O.S./The Velvet Teen/Minus The Bear
The Loft - Madison, WI
10/06/06

Favorite Moment - P.O.S. can work and win over a crowd like nobody's business, and Minus The Bear can lull them to sleep just as fast. But The Velvet Teen and supremely amazing drummer Casey Dietz brought the place to their knees. Honest to God, I'm a drummer that's been to hundreds of shows, and I've never seen anyone like Casey behind the kit.



#11
Ozma/Nada Surf/Rilo Kiley
Miramar Theatre - Milwaukee, WI
08/22/01

Favorite Moment - Lurching through Rilo Kiley (seriously, get over Jenny Lewis already) to see Nada Surf begin their transformation from one-hit-wonder to New Millennium Indie Powerhouse. And Ozma...where to begin with these geniuses? 'Domino Effect' or 'Natalie Portman' is a damn good start. In the 00's, nobody wrote a better pop-rock song than these guys.



#10
The Weakerthans
High Noon Saloon - Madison, WI
03/27/08

Favorite Moment - 'Aside.' That, and that euphoric feeling you get just before your favorite band takes the stage that whispers, "Yes, this is finally going to happen." Couldn't have seen them at a better venue, either; the High Noon is as good as it gets.



#9
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists/The Dismemberment Plan/The Benjamins
Mirimar Theatre - Milwaukee, WI
11/26/00

Favorite Moment - Every second that Ted Leo is behind a microphone is magic. Touring on The Tyranny Of Distance (easily their best album), they even overshadowed The Dismemberment Plan, who were all but on the verge of permanent breakup.



#8
Teenage Fanclub
The Metro - Chicago, IL
07/17/01

Favorite Moment - Knowing that the Missus was experiencing her favorite concert ever.



#7
Ash/Saves The Day
Congress Theater - Chicago, IL
12/01/02

Favorite Moment - We got to meet Ash, which was pretty rad, but I think my favorite part was me and the Missus waking up the Emo kids during Ash's monster set, shoving and moshing them out of their collective coma. We followed the Saves The Day/Ash tour from Madison to Milwaukee to Chicago, and Ash had canceled the first two shows, so just the fact that they showed up caused us to lose our collective shizzle.



#6
Saves The Day/Alkaline Trio/Dashboard Confessional
The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
09/16/00

Favorite Moment - See the above photo? This was the Saves The Day that we saw. Pre-Stay What You Are, pre-lineup changes, pre-neutered Chris Conley playing lead guitar. The Dream Lineup. And it was absolutely, positively fantastic. I've probably seen Saves The Day live more than any band ever, and while they are always great, nothing could match this night. When they played 'The Choke,' it was a release that reminded you of what 'Emo' was before it became such a revolting word.



#5
Polysics
The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
10/22/07

Favorite Moment - I got into a fight with a hipster douchebag, threw a cup of ice at a security guard, got thrown out (but let back in), saw the Greatest Band In The World, drank and drove a little, and pretty much did whatever the hell I wanted. The only drawback? This was the first concert I ever saw all by myself.



#4
Green Day/The Get Up Kids
The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
01/24/01

Favorite Moment - When you see Green Day, every second is your favorite moment. But for my money, when they unexpectedly jumped into 'Only Of You,' I hit the goddamn roof. Mark my words; Green Day are Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame-bound, and Billie Jo Armstrong will be remembered as one of music's greatest frontmen.



#3
Weezer/Ozma/The Get Up Kids
The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
03/10/01

Favorite Moment - They hit the stage to the tune of the Monday Night Football theme, play the opening notes to 'My Name Is Jonas,' and I seriously started crying. A near-religious experience for yours truly.



#2
Arcade Fire/Wolf Parade
First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
09/29/05

Favorite Moment - When Arcade Fire descended onto the stage, the collective air was let out of the room as damn near everyone gasped with excitement at the same time. Then Richard Reed Parry hit that floor tom, the band launched into 'Wake Up' and the place just freaking erupted. Since that day, I've honestly turned down chances to see Arcade Fire again, as I know that no repeat concert would match the emotions swelling through First Avenue that night. It's a moment I refuse to tarnish, and yes, I'm being completely serious. Forget it, man.



#1
The Impossibles/Ultimate Fakebook
The Globe East - Milwaukee, WI
06/10/00

"If we never say goodbye, there'll be no end."

It happens all the time. You stumble across a band that changes your life. Changes the way you think. Changes the way you listen to music. Changes the way you dress. Actually influences you to the point of starting your own band. Recording your own album. Even doing an entire tribute show as the very band that had influenced you so. Once, maybe twice in a lifetime, a band like that comes your way.

Only problem is that they broke up years before you discovered them, so there's no chance you'll ever see them live. Ever. Operation Ivy. At The Drive-In. Husker Du. Think of all the bands that you wished would reunite, especially in this decade of prominent 80's and 90's bands reuniting for fun and profit.

By the time I discovered The Impossibles and instantly converted all of my friends into their discipleship (and did all the obsessive stuff I explained to you earlier), they were long broken up. But alas, a miracle occurred and they got back together to record Return in 2000. The idea that we'd see them was more or less like that one awesome dream where your favorite band plays in your living room. This is what happened with me and The Impossibles. The Globe was packed to capacity; it had to have been 150 degrees in there.

Had I ran into The Impossibles at any other age than 17, they probably wouldn't have amounted to more than a blip on the radar, I'll totally admit that. But in the grand scheme of things, it's when a band strikes a chord with you (not how) that typically makes the most impact in your life. It's why I still defend Green Day. It's why I still crank Less Than Jake and Weezer. It's why I continue to follow Saves The Day across the nation, and it's why The Impossibles were responsible for the greatest concert I've seen this decade.

Sound off in the comments section and enjoy your day. More CDP Decade In Review is on the way.

Tuesday, November 17

The CDP's Top 10 Books Of The Decade.



"We all have the potential to fall in love a thousand times in our lifetime. It's easy. The first girl I ever loved was someone I knew in sixth grade. Her name was Missy; we talked about horses. The last girl I love will be someone I haven't even met yet, probably. They all count. But there are certain people you love who do something else; they define how you classify what love is supposed to feel like. These are the most important people in your life, and you'll meet maybe four or five of these people over the span of 80 years.

But there's still one more tier to all this; there is always one person who you love who becomes that definition. It usually happens retrospectively, but it always happens eventually. This is the person who unknowingly sets the template for what you will always love about other people, even if some of those lovable qualities are self-destructive and unreasonable. You will remember having conversations with this person that never actually happened. You will recall sexual trysts with this person that never technically occurred. This is because the individual who embodies your personal definition of love does not really exist. The person is real, and the feelings are real--but you create the context. And context is everything.


The person who defines your understanding of love is not inherently different than anyone else, and they're often just the person you happen to meet the first time you really, really want to love someone. But that person still wins. They win, and you lose. Because for the rest of your life, they will control how you feel about everyone else."


- Chuck Klosterman, 'Killing Yourself To Live'


I'll be honest with you. From a grandiose standpoint, I have little-to-no business doing a 'Top Books' countdown, for a number of reasons. For one, I don't read fiction (ie: No Harry Potter, DiVinci Code, Bible, etc.). Secondly, I read two, maybe three books a year (and typically not from this decade, either.). If this strikes you as sort of ironic, considering I'm somewhat of a writer and author, that would make two of us.

I do, however, enjoy reading books when I get the chance and/or patience, and this decade I was introduced to what I now consider my personal Holy Trinity of non-fiction: Malcolm Gladwell, David Sedaris and Chuck Klosterman.

These three individuals rose to prominence in this decade for similar-yet-different reasons. They all dissect very specific moments down to their minutiae (Personal Reminiscence, Pop Culture and Social Science, respectively). They're all intelligent and possess strengths in their unique fields (Interviewing folks, remembering tons of seemingly useless facts, copious drug use). They're all great public speakers. They also represent the Holy Trinity of what I find interesting: Great storytelling, pop culture and why the world works the way that it does, all broken down to its finest and most dissectable particles. This is truly all I need. Let's go.



#10
- 65 Poor Life Decisions - Ryan J. Zeinert

If you thought I was going to overlook my own, personal writing achievement this decade, you obviously don't know how sad of a person I really am. If you don't have it yet, could you buy it, please? I'm very cold and hungry.



#9 - Mind Over Matters - Michael J. Nelson

65 Poof Life Decisions could not have existed without the genius of Michael J. Nelson. For his work on MST3K, comedic prowess and Midwestern voice, but more specifically, because of Mind Over Matters. This was the book I read that said: "You know, you could probably do something like this." Although I'm sure that Matters is sharper and funnier, I think you'll see the similarities almost immediately. As my own little 'Thank You' to Mike, I've placed my personal copy of Life Decisions right next to Matters on my bookshelf.



#8 - Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell

With every new Malcolm Gladwell book, you get the feeling that he's somehow stumbled upon the Meaning Of Life by mistake, and has no idea what to take from the information he has mined. With Outliers, he finds striking similarities between the wealthy, powerful, famous and respected, and seems to say that it might actually be pre-determined by something other than natural talent and social status upon birth.



#7 - Sex, Drugs & Cocoa Puffs - Chuck Klosterman

The first time I read Sex, Drugs & Cocoa Puffs, I didn't really like it. I then realized that it was due to my intense jealousy at Klosterman's Pop Culture prowess and ability to seamlessly interweave Low Culture aesthetics into masterful theories about why we are the way we are (and what it all says about our tribe). The way he ties things together is about as perfect as an episode of Seinfeld.



#6 - Dress Your Family In Corduroy & Denim - David Sedaris

Whenever I go to Barnes & Noble or Borders, I always check out the non-fiction Essay section before I leave, and two things never cease to amaze me:

One, the section is always criminally small. You would think that writing stories about oneself would be the easiest*, and therefore largest, section of the store. Perhaps this is just wishful thinking; most people would rather read erotic fiction or shit about Vampires, but I digress.

(*For me, at least. All of my attempts at fiction have been truly embarrassing.)

Secondly, David Sedaris books always account for at least half of said section. Considering that the man has written no more than six collections so far, this tells you that he's 1) Alone at the top of his genre, and 2) Spectacularly popular within the circle of people that actually read stuff like this. Dude deserves it, even if he has admitted to making some of it up.



#5 - The Tipping Point - Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell seems to take all of the little things I used to obsess about (that weren't metal bands or Matchbox cars) and make brilliantly comprehensive and curious books about them. With The Tipping Point, Gladwell may have accidentally created a Marketing and Advertising Bible, by attempting to understand why things 'get over' in mainstream culture. By nature, I'm a terrible self-promoter (due to my hatred of it, mainly), but the concept of understanding how the Machine works is a brilliant insight into our culture at large.



#4 - Fargo Rock City - Chuck Klosterman

For approximately 80-90% of the population, this book will not resonate: A personal document about Klosterman's upbringing in rural North Dakota, and how the upswing of metal and hard rock shaped his life, mixed liberally with how it shaped all of our lives. But for that remaining 10-20% of us who experienced exactly this sort of upbringing, it will become your Bible.

It shows that, no matter how alienated and removed you felt from the world at an early age, chances are that millions of kids were living the same way; creating a brethren that you don't realize you were a part of until much later in life. Like Chuck says, when he moved from the country to the city as an adult, he wasn't blown away by all the people that were different than him, he was blown away by those who were exactly the same.



#3 - Blink - Malcolm Gladwell

Blink is one of those books that should probably be mandatory reading for any Social or Psychological class from High School onward. A fascinating dissection about the decisions we make and the perceptions by which we make them; we learn a lot about ourselves (some interesting, some fairly terrifying), and we learn a lot about what may be completely out of our control. More often than not, your split-second hunch might be more accurate than a decision made after weeks of obsession.



#2 - Me Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris

"For the first twenty years of my life I rocked myself to sleep. It was a harmless enough hobby, but eventually I had to give it up. Throughout the next twenty-two years I lay still and discovered that after a few minutes I could drop off with no problem. Follow seven beers with a couple of scotches and a thimble of good marijuana, and it's funny how sleep just sort of comes on its own.

Often I never even make it to bed. I'd squat down to pet the cat and wake up on the floor eight hours later, having lost a perfectly good excuse to change my clothes. I'm now told that this is not called "going to sleep" but rather "passing out," a phrase that carries a distinct hint of judgment."

Maybe the non-fiction Essay section at Barnes & Noble and Borders would be a lot bigger had Sedaris never existed. It's just that he became so damn good at his art form, that everyone else got pushed aside.



#1 - Killing Yourself To Live - Chuck Klosterman

Klosterman's 'road novel,' Killing Yourself follows Chuck as he hits locations across the country where famous musicians lost their lives. The book itself doesn't pay much attention to the situations themselves (the research was for a magazine article he wrote), but more towards Klosterman's solitary travels across the nation, the folks he meets and what he learns about himself and his current relationships. Easily Klosterman's most 'personal' novel, and endlessly readable.

There you have it, kids; my ten favorite books from the last ten years. Sound off in the comments section and enjoy your day, more CDP Decade In Review goodness to follow tomorrow.

Monday, November 16

The CDP's Top 20 Music Videos Of The Decade.



'This is entertainment.
Lives are entertainment.
You are down on your knees,
Begging me for more.'

- Innerpartysystem, 'Don't Stop'

If I have any sort of say as to how you read/watch/enjoy today's essay, I would suggest you give yourself an hour or so, a quiet place where you can listen and read without being bothered, and give yourself a good opportunity to enjoy and reflect upon 21 of the best music videos of the decade.

Or, you know, just skim over it during your lunch break. What's important is that you're here. Let's go.



Honorable Mention
- 'Tidal Wave' - Longwave

Why?
- This song is unarguably beautiful; so warm, nostalgic and longing. Clearly made on the cheap but capturing the bliss and wonder of new love, this video introduced me to Longwave and I've been a fan ever since.



#20
- 'Existentialism On Prom Night' - Straylight Run

Why?
- I don't know if Straylight Run was going for the 'Prom Theme/Graduation Song' when they recorded this track (although evidence points heavily in that direction), but it succeeded in every facet. A powerful video for a very pretty, life-affirming tune.



#19
- 'Drumroll' - P.O.S.

Why?
- The Apocalypse is going to be a bitch; I think we're all well aware of this. P.O.S.' frantic and schizophrenic 'Drumroll' captures the Road Warrior/Walking Dead landscape quite well. In a word, awesome.



#18
- 'Special' - Mew

Why?
- I sometimes dream in 'Foreign Film;' transcendent French women, black-and-white beachscapes, dudes slow-motion dancing in huge, white suits. Mew are geniuses for sure, and this video, although confusing and arguably lame in any other presentation, fits perfectly with such a beautiful, dreamy song.



#17
- 'Here It Goes Again' - OK Go

Why?
- OK Go write fun, poppy, bouncy music and refuse to apologize for it. In my opinion, their first two albums are criminally underrated and overshadowed by their supreme ability to create Viral Video sensations. And even though 'Here It Goes Again' might have lost its lustre after the first hundred or so viewings, experience it again and try not to have your day brightened.



#16
- 'Hey Ya!' - OutKast

Why?
- For my money, 'Hey Ya!' is the biggest, best and most universally-adored single of the last 10 years. For our introduction to this masterpiece jam (and to Andre 3000's solo career), we get an Ed Sullivan-esque atmosphere (complete with screaming audience throughout), an entire band full of Andre 3000's, and a permanent piece of Pop Culture history.



#15
- 'Lazy Eye' - Silversun Pickups

Why?
- Well, first and foremost, I'm unbelievably attracted to the female lead in this video (who is she?). But more importantly, the video feels very real. In fact, I think we've all experienced it a time or two. The song accentuates the mood, the dim, smoky atmosphere and that feeling that maybe, just maybe, we'll end up a little less lonelier than when we arrived.



#14
- 'Move Your Feet' - Junior Senior

Why?
- Why not? One of the feel-goodiest tracks of the year is perfectly backed up by an Atari 2600 video from outer space. Singing squirrels, call-and-response, it has it all. I see no other concept that would have matched this tune any better.



#13
- 'Fell In Love With A Girl' - The White Stripes

Why?
- For a lot of folks, this is their #1 choice. It introduced Mainstream America to The White Stripes, it was groundbreaking in its Lego-infused stop-motion, and the song absolutely shreds (still their best song?). I dig it (I'm not enamored with it), and it more or less stands the test of time in the ever-changing landscape of cheap, impactful indie videos.



#12
- 'Dressed To Kill' - New Found Glory

Why?
- I'm a sucker for pop punk songs about girls, Say Anything-esque attempts to remedy unrequited love, bands playing in their garage, and pretty much anything that takes place in a cul-de-sac (ABC Family cranks out movies like this every week). This has been the template for any solid pop punk video since the beginning of time.

But what 'Dressed To Kill' has that sets them apart is Rachel Leigh Cook.

End of story.



#11
- 'After Hours' - We Are Scientists

Why?
- We Are Scientists cranked out a handful of hilarious videos following the releases of their first two albums (I think they're friends with The Lonely Island dudes). This one, I think is their best. The overt ridiculousness makes you laugh, but only because it's all coming from a very real place. Guys have problems.



#10
- 'The Funeral' - Band Of Horses

Why?
- Goddamn. I distinctly remember the first time me and the Missus saw this video for the first time. It was our introduction to Band Of Horses, and more importantly, our introduction to 'The Funeral.' For a couple minutes after the video had ended, we sort of just sat there in silence, taking in the emotional battering we had just received. A truly beautiful and heartwrenching song, set to a fever-dream of a clip from decades ago. A befitting video for a song you need to hear.



#9
- 'Evil' - Interpol

Why?
- When you watch this clip for the first time, you'll probably have the same reaction as I did. "What the...? Why the...? How the...?" For some reason, this video wasn't aired very much at all on the 1 or 2 networks that still air videos, but it's really something that should be shared and seen to be believed.



#8
- 'Weapon Of Choice' - Fatboy Slim

Why?
- As 2009 winds down, we are forced to say goodbye to the little, funny things that we ran completely into the ground over the course of the decade. LOLcats. Chuck Norris facts. Christopher Walken mania. I mean, we all love Walken, but the only reason he ever became a comedic figure was due to his unparalleled weirdness; dude never told a joke in his life. That being said, Fatboy Slim (who is no stranger to being privy to memorable videos) capured the height and essence of WalkenMania when 'Weapon Of Choice' collectively blew the minds of millions upon release.

And yeah, it's still awesome.



#7
- 'Bones' - The Killers

Why?
- When I first saw the video for 'Bones,' two things instantly came to mind.

1) "Holy crap, this is easily the best Killers song I've ever heard, and that's actually saying a lot. Say what you want, but dudes know how to write a single."

2) "This had to have been directed by Tim Burton, but he doesn't direct music videos, does he?"

Well, as I found out about five seconds after the video ended, 'Bones' is the first (and so far, only) music video every directed by Mr. Tim Burton. And it has everything you ever liked about Burton within; vintage movie clips, skeletons by the truckload, creepy desert theaters and...man, there's about a hundred things I uniquely love about this video, and not a lot of people got to see it when it was released, so do yourself a favor and check out this slice of overlooked and amazing video direction, set to a truly worthy song.



#6
- 'DVNO' - Justice

Why?
- One thing I love about the Internet is that anything and everything you could possibly obsess about already has a huge community of folks, dedicated to obsessing about that one thing until the end of time. As a child, I was always interested in production bumpers that followed my favorite television shows; those 2-3 second cards or simple animations that almost subliminally entered your headspace and stuck there.

Then, 20 years later, some dude creates an entire music video around these bumpers, and boy is it amazing. Any TV obsessed child of the 80's and 90's will flip their collective wigs upon viewing this endlessly clever and fun video for an endlessly clever and fun track.



#5
- 'Impossible' - Shout Out Louds

Why?
- Easily the most beautifully-shot video I've seen this decade, perfectly capturing the conveyed moodiness, solitude and existentialism of this lonely, sprawling track. Everyone is going to take away their own, personal feelings from this clip, so I'll leave it at that. Great stuff.



#4
- 'At Your Funeral' - Saves The Day

Why?
- Life is short, random and as permanent and memorable as dust sometimes. 'At Your Funeral' is the opening track to one of my favorite albums of all-time, and this video has a tendency to stick hard to whomever takes the time to view it. Amazing.



#3
- 'Don't Stop' - innerpartysystem

Why?
- I've got a secret for you. This video, innerpartysystem's 'Dont Stop,' was the unofficial soundtrack for the CDP for the last few years. The look, the message, the attitude. Clearly, the CDP isn't nearly as psychotic and brain-melting as this video, but when I started kicking around new design and merch ideas, I always had this track and video in mind. Seriously, if I had any skills whatsoever concerning film editing, this is how every clip I shot would look like. I love, love, love this video, and I love, love, love this song. 'Lives are entertainment.'



#2
- 'Hurt' - Johnny Cash

Why?
- An elderly Johnny Cash covering Nine Inch Nails' 'Hurt' made absolutely perfect and heartbreaking sense once this clip came out. The video, shot shortly before the death of the Man In Black, and frantically edited with hundreds of clips of his glory days by Mark Romanek, is startling, haunting and more than enough to make a grown man cry. I know I did. As moving as a music video can be, you will always remember 'Hurt' after watching this timeless video.



#1
- 'First Day Of My Life' - Bright Eyes

Why?
- Why? Because it's the most beautiful music video I've ever watched.

Take a cue from the listeners in the video and think about the one you love (or want to love) when listening to 'First Day Of My Life,' and try not to be moved to tears. Accentuating the song, visually enhancing the message and bringing an entirely new layer of emotion to an already-beautiful song. This is exactly why music videos should exist.

Thanks much for reading and watching. Sound off in the comments section and enjoy your day; more awesome stuff tomorrow as the CDP Decade In Review rolls along.