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Dopest Videos of 2013

posted by Oscar December 6, 2013

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2013 has been a good one for us and we’ve decided to close out the year a little differently from now on… We’ve compiled our lists of the dopest things that came out these last 12 months and we’re sharing with you all what we liked the most in 2013, including lists for the best albums and our favorite live shows we attended. We’re not ranking these things, this is just a simple compilation of what we like the most and because we were founded in 2012, “12” is now our go-to number and limit for these lists.

We’re starting with our favorite videos of ’13; find those by hitting the jump.

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Video: The Orwells – “Who Needs You”

posted by Oscar July 31, 2013

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My favorite new band is, without a doubt, The Orwells. This band of teens from the Chicago suburbs are doing big things and seem destined for success. Now, just days before performing at Lolla 2013, The Orwells have released their new video (directed by Eddie O’Keefe) for their latest single “Who Needs You.” The video features the band performing with a screen in the background that features historical images projected, including images of the Chicago flag (as seen above), Elvis, Nixon and Frederick Douglas.

This excerpt from the original post on NPR (on which it premiered) is pretty cool:

Speaking of the history shown in the historic images flashing behind the band in the “Who Needs You” video, guitarist Matt O’Keefe admits that his education on the subject matter is limited: “Our political knowledge ranges from what we were taught in junior-year U.S. history class — meaning that all we are really sure of is that Abraham Lincoln was a good guy, and that Bill Clinton got head in the Oval Office.”

But he also says the song captures a much more innate feeling, and that it doesn’t take history books to understand what “Who Needs You” is about: “The millions of people who had their history written for them, and how they felt they couldn’t escape it. It’s about being told what to do, about being told what to believe in — which is, in a nutshell, the story of America’s youth.”