There is still time in space, and the gravity of political unrest still weighs heavy, as A Tribe Called Quest take a final bow and end at the beginning in this star-studded sci-fi mindbender that's got all the complexity of chess and the resonance of The Seventh Seal (and Star Wars).
You're watching Phoenix performing "JBoy" on a TiAmo Speciale on Televisione Italiana Canale Quatro. Just make sure you stay tuned into the 4x3 majesty so you catch the post-show vino break with the host... that is, until the VCR stopped recording.
What begins as a blown video shoot for "OBLIVIUS" — complete with a cameo by director Warren Fu and a mysterious Agent who shuts it all down right quick — segues into an equally off-kilter video that starts as a straight-up performance piece but soon evolves into something far bigger and stranger.
Julian Casablancas and Savages singer Jehnny Beth remake the Sort Sol and Lydia Lynch collabo "Boy/Girl" with director Warren Fu adding some green screen elements, but otherwise staying true to the original lo-fi video.
Dreams comes true in this super slomo (or, very fast, depending on your perspective) retelling of Jeff Lynne's life from childhood to success with ELO, working with fellow music legends on the Traveling Wilburys and on into the present tense.
Do you watch "November Rain" and lament that they don't make 'em like that anymore? This magnum opus from Julian Casablancas + The Voidz might be a bit too grimey and odd for you GNR fans, but even Saint Axl should recognize that this is about as audacious and indulgent as a rock video there ever was.
So, put your lighters up (or put em to other use) and settle in for a 13+ minute rumination about the meaning of life, or, at least the meaning of rock.
There's not a Snoopland amusement park (yet), but this blast into the past and the faux-future takes a 1946 audience on an experiential ride through an LA that's more informed by ancient Egypt than mid-century modern. So, buckle up, enjoy the ride and hope you have popcorn nearby in case the weed smellovision causes the munchies.