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Thom Yorke "Harrowdown Hill"

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Bent Image Lab goes miniature for Radiohead frontman's "most political" song.

Thom Yorke describes "Harrowdown Hill," from the 2006 album "Eraser," as his most political work. After coming across some of Chel White's short films, Yorke asked the director and partner at Bent Image Lab to make the video. Using Bent's "Smallgantics" technique -- a variation on tilt-shift photography, in which objects in images are made to appear......read more

Burn It Down

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Watch Arbor Skateboards' insane downhill video starring James Kelly

Longboarders are the red-headed stepchildren of the skate world. Often disparaged, almost never respected, the longboard enthusiast is barely a step above the rollerblader on the action sports hierarchy. If you're one of the types who holds that opinion, take a few moments to watch this clip and prepare to have your mind changed. The video, a promo for Arbor's new James Kelly Pro model, stars the......read more

Tweedy "Summer Noon"

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First-time director Allison House created this chill animated complement to standout from 'Boyhood' soundtrack

Tweedy, the new project from Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer, is making internet waves this week for its hilarious, star-studded "Low Key" video. The newly released video led us to this earlier video for "Summer Noon," a supremely infectious tune featured on the Boyhood soundtrack. In the animated clip, created by first-time director Allison House, a lone red balloon drifts through......read more

Heslet Honey: From Scratch

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Lovely short vid by Eric Wolfinger documents honey harvesting in San Francisco's Telegraph Hill

Founded by Kate McGee along with her two young boys, Heslet Honey harvests sweet, golden honey from a few wooden beehives located on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco. Part of a San Francisco pilot program that provides public space for urban ag projects, Heslet Honey takes its name from Valetta Heslet, who transformed the area from garbage dump to garden starting in the late '40s. From March......read more

Arbor Skateboards: James Kelly, Unbound

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Top pro returns to Southern California to ride his home hills

Our bros at Arbor Skateboards in Venice Beach have released an excellent new video that promptly took up a position on Vimeo's list of Staff Picks. The clip finds team rider James Kelly back in Southern California after a demanding year on the downhill circuit. Back on his favorite hills, Kelly lets loose for the love of the sport: What's captured here is James completely unbound; a freeride......read more

Wild Nothing, "A Dancing Shell"

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Chilled-out cut from forthcoming EP gets a fun animated vid, starring colorful geometric humanoids

Jack Tatum's Wild Nothing project is back and set to release a 7-song EP, Empty Estate, May 14th on Captured Tracks. "A Dancing Shell," our first taste of the EP, goes straight into 80s pop territory, all warm synths, funky basslines, and laid back vocals. The chilled-out track comes complete with a colorful animated video courtesy of London-based illustrator and animator Hayley Akins.......read more

Bombing Hills

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SF cyclists take a thrilling rip down the Marin Headlands

There's nothing quite like the pure, simple joy of bombing a hill on a bike or skateboard. Add some stunning scenery and a solid soundtrack to the occasion, and you have yourself all the makings of a viral hit. San Francisco production crew Werehaus prove it with this great short vid, which follows a couple of guys on BMX bikes tearing down Hunt Hill in SF's Marin Headlands. The......read more

Earth Day Mashup: Beach Boys vs. Phillip Glass

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Stirring short featuring footage from "There Once Was an Island"

SHFT compadre and Honey Brothers member Ari Gold (no not the Entourage one) just sent over this moving bit of video based on an idea that came to him in a dream. While sleeping, Ari's unconscious mind offered up the idea of combining the harmonious pop of Beach Boys with the classical avant-garde of Philip Glass. Inspiration in hand, Ari mashed up the 1962 Beach Boys ballad "The Lonely Sea" with......read more

The Wooden Sky, "Grace On A Hill Part 3"

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Exquisitely shot video for Toronto's alt-country darlings

There's no sense denying the fact that live performance music videos are generally hum-drum affairs. In fact, many of them are straight B-O-R-I-N-G. Oh neat, you're playing your instruments. Cool. I think I'll press stop now. Toronto outfit The Wooden Sky breaks the mold with Grace On A Hill, a five-part video series shot in the city's Grace On A Hill Church. Like the first couple episodes, the......read more

Sustainable Soiree (music by NewVillager)

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SHFT celebrates its Webby victories in the Hollywood Hills

SHFT threw a little soirée last weekend in celebration of our double Webby win (the awards are next Monday in NYC) and as a thank you to all the people who have lent their support to the SHFT mission. Hosted at the beautiful LEED home of Robert Green and Jill Greenberg, the night featured live music by Ferraby Lionheart and sustainable, farm-to-table catering by Michael Reed of Root......read more

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