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OK Go’s New Music Video for “I Won’t Let You Down” Won’t Let You Down

As long as you’re into mesmerizing umbrella choreography

OK Go’s approach to music videos has been nothing short of pioneering, often generating visuals that are even more memorable than the songs they accompany. The band’s latest effort, for the single “I Won’t Let You Down” off their recently released album Hungry Ghosts, is brought to life by umbrella-wielding dancers and aerial videography. While they may never top their creation of the world’s largest Rube Goldberg machine, the results here are nonetheless impressive.

Some shots conjure Busby Berkeley, the Hollywood choreographer known for his mesmerizing bird’s-eye-view shots of synchronized swimmers and dancers. Others look like a life-sized Lite-Brite, using the opening and closing of colorful umbrellas to generate images and spell out words. The four band members cavort through the shots riding Honda UNI-CUBs, which are kind of like seated Segways that look uncannily like robotic penguins. Honda also contributed the “multi-copter” camera used to shoot the video.

The song itself is synth-heavy and dance-worthy, though ultimately less likely to stick with listeners than the video’s images. OK Go’s commitment to arresting visuals and feats of choreography is perhaps more responsible for their continued relevance than their songwriting. And as long as they keep up the creative videos—staying true to their promise not to let us down—then there’s nothing wrong with that.

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Someone Set the Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer to Celine Dion

"My Ultron Will Go On"

Near, far, wherever you are, this mashup of the new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer with Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” will send chills down your spine — though that’s probably true of any video you slap the famous Titanic love song onto. There’s something about the contrast between Dion’s epic vocals and the images of destruction in the clip that make this version even more ominous than the original. And since children creepily sing songs in movie trailers is an established practice (Avengers included), perhaps Hollywood studios can take note and start making Celine Dion songs the go-to soundtrack for all their movie trailer needs.

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Watch Aziz Ansari Get Ridiculous With Grover on Sesame Street

Silliness is very educational.

Over the years, stars like Benedict Cumberbatch, Katy Perry and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor have all stopped by Sesame Street to help educate the children who tune in to the PBS mainstay, but none of the celebrities have been as flat out ridiculous as Aziz Ansari.

The “cute and fuzzy” Parks and Recreation star stopped by Sesame Street to help Grover announce the Word of the Day. While Ansari tries to figure out the word, Grover wants him to do all sorts of incredibly silly things, like wear a chicken suit and a stovepipe hat so bright even The Cat in the Hat would think twice. Grover even proposes that they announce the word while dangling upside down, but don’t let’s be silly. What’s the word of the day? Watch the video to find out.

 

 

 

 

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Marcel the Shell (With Shoes On) Is Back

Comedy on the half shell.

Marcel the Shell has put his shoes back on and marched on over to YouTube to take the Internet by storm — again.

The adorable mollusk is the brainchild of comedian Jenny Slate, who tweeted about the surprise third installment of his YouTube series this morning.

In the video, Slate’s earnest little shell with shoes is joined by her husband, Dean Fleischer-Camp, who plays Marcel’s exceedingly patient off-camera interviewer. Fleischer-Camp keeps the camera rolling as Marcel talks about how shrimp “are the idiots of the sea,” explains that his “shell gets tight” when he gets worked up, sings a sweetly sad song and announces his favorite saying, which is, of course, “life’s a party, rock your body.”

It’s Marcel’s first video since 2011 and it seems that the happy little univalve was brought out of retirement to help promote his latest children’s book, Marcel the Shell: The Most Surprised I’ve Ever Been.

 

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Sixpence None The Richer’s ‘Kiss Me’ Sounds Even Better In Klingon

So romantic.

Space may be the final frontier, but this Klingon cover of Sixpence None the Richer’s “Kiss Me” makes getting to first base in your dad’s barley field sound out of this world .

Back in 1998, Texas Christian pop band Sixpence None the Richer hit the mainstream with their sweetly schmaltzy track. Last year, the song was (finally!) translated into Klingon. Of course, “kiss me” isn’t a phrase that is particularly common in the Klingon tongue, so they substituted something equally romantic for a Klingon — Dah Hlchop, or bite me.

While the moving musical tribute came out last year, it’s one trip down memory lane you’ll want to walk down again and again. Luckily, it’s Flashback Friday, so you can spend the day watching this video over and over again and if anyone dares complain, tell them Dah Hlchop.

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Erykah Badu Makes $3.60 Singing in Times Square

Just enough for a hot dog!

It has been a while since Erykah Badu released a new album, so in an effort to make a couple of dollars the R&B singer hit the streets of New York to… panhandle.

In a iPhone video released Wednesday by Badu, who has become a bit of a social media maven with her quirky vines and tweets, the soulful artist stands in the middle of Time Square, holding out a hat and singing to passersby. Throughout the video, Badu goes largely unnoticed, though she’s able to collect a couple of dollars ($3.60 to be exact) as a result of her efforts.

Badu even quips that with “some initiative, you can make money.” To finish things off, the ever-political songstress reminds viewers that, “in reality, life is a lot harder than this.”

TIME viral

Watch a Bulldog Puppy Try to Howl in an Adorable Video

Puppy love.

In Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself,” the poet wrote about letting loose with a “barbaric yawp.” This little bulldog puppy is doing its best to live up to Whitman’s edict and sound its own barbaric yawp from the rooftops. But there’s one little problem— it doesn’t quite know how to do it. (Maybe it should take a page from the Dead Poets Society playbook?)

Drop everything you are doing, and watch this little bundle of joy try its best to master that whole howling thing now. Once this adorably wrinkly ball figures out how to let loose, it will undoubtedly be sounding it yawp from the rooftops and driving the neighbors batty. For now, though, the clip is 100% adorable.

 

 

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Watch a Tiny Chipmunk Try Really Hard to Finish a Slice of Pizza

Watching it might make you hungry

What’s cuter than a tiny hamster eating a tiny slice of pizza or for that matter, a tiny hamster eating a tiny burrito? A chipmunk eating a honking huge piece of pizza, of course.

In some adorable footage captured by YouTube user Gary Johnson, the wild beastie manages to best a slice of pizza that’s at least twice as big as he is. One thing that is clear about the chipmunk: He is committed to the task, and common sense, stomach capacity and just being full, won’t stop him from downing that whole slice. We’ve all been there, furry friend.

“I think this little fella gained about 6 pounds in the 3 days we were in Vermont,” Johnson said in the description of the YouTube video. Looks like at least one chipmunk will be ready for winter.

 

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