Reel Cool #2: Five Music Videos Trying to Change the World

Below are five amazing music videos that will change your view of the world. Heck, with your help they may even change the world. The artists involved include: Muse, Radiohead, The Killers, David Bowie, Queen, Bloc Party, Broken Social Scene, Grizzly Bear, The National and Conor Oberst… the list goes on. Just watch.

The First two in this list were just released in the last couple of weeks.

1. Conor Oberst “Coyote Song”

Conor Oberst and his band Bright Eyes have just released “Coyote Song”, the first official song from the community of Sound Strike artists. You can purchase the song and music video for $2.

Proceeds from the sale for this song online will benefit The Florence Project. The Florence Project is a nonprofit organization that provides free legal help to immigrants caught in the detention and deportation system in Arizona.

In an open letter to Artists Conor Oberst said, American ideals of democracy and liberty are built on the foundation that all people, regardless of race or country of origin, deserve fair and equal treatment by the government . . . We’ve all seen the power music has to spread messages of solidarity and hope.”

2. Sky Soleil “Under Pressure”

While not actually homeless, comedian Sky Soleil does draw a lot of much needed attention to the issue of homelessness, with a very entertaining and theatrical performance set to David Bowie and Queen’s rock anthem “Under Pressure”.

3. Muse “MK Ultra”

The “MK Ultra” music video is the latest collaboration between MTV Exit and Muse. I first heard of MTV Exit a few years back when my good friend, Matt Love moved to Bangkok to start work as their East Asia Campaign Director. While in Mumbai, I also met Nirmala Nair (South Asia Campaign Director). Nirmala is currently working on a feature, Hindi film for MTV Exit. It’s an incredible story.

MTV Exit has collaborated on music videos with Radiohead, The Killers and Muse, to highlight the dangers of and impact of human trafficking.

4. The Tallest Man on Earth “A Field of Birds”

A very cute and colourful stop-motion clip was put together for The Yellow Bird Project, by The Tallest Man on Earth and directed by Jonathan Lindley. “A Field of Birds” is a beautiful fable that sounds like it was recorded live from TTMOE’s bathroom.

[Yellow Bird Project] are a Montreal-based nonprofit called Yellow Bird Project. We work with an amazing range of indie rock musicians to create unique t-shirt designs that benefit an array of charities, each chosen by the musicians.

Devendra Banhart was the first artist to sign on. Since then YBP has produced shirts designed by musicians like Andrew Bird, Bloc Party, Bon Iver, Broken Social Scene, Grizzly Bear, Of Montreal, Ra Ra Riot, The National, The Shins, TV on the Radio and Wolf Parade.

5. La Blogotheque “Take Away Film Uganda”

It’s not strictly a “music video”. But the extremely powerful trailer for “Take Away Film Uganda” fits the bill in ever other way. La Blogotheque teamed up with the Invisible Children organisation to raise awareness of the child soldiers being abducted to fight in Uganda’s 23-year civil war and help rebuild the some of the communities devastated by the violence. The documentary film will feature performances in unique locations across Uganda, from The Polyphonic Spree, Yaesayer and Lykke Li –of course, filmed in La Blogotheque’s signature “Take Away Show” style

Special mention also has to be made here of the “Pyaasi” music video by Swarathma (India), made for Global Water Challenge. You can watch it in Part 2 of my Indie India series.