BUG 36 & BUG 36 - The Director's Cut

01 Apr 2013 05:28 - posted by David Knight

BUG took place at BFI Southbank on Weds 27th March at 8.45pm, with the Director's Cut shows on Thurs 28th at 6.30pm and 8.45pm.


For the first show on the 27th Adam welcomed special guest Patrick Daughters to the stage. One of the best directors of music videos of the past decade, we've been wanting to invite Patrick as our guest since BUG started (now six years ago!). 


After a few near misses, we finally got him to take to Adam, shortly after the release of his new video for Phoenix. And it was another great BUG night! 


BUG 36 programme notes.pdf



KAMP! – Melt

We begin with the video for Polish electro-pop trio KAMP!’s Nineties- tastic track Melt by Warsaw-based commercials and promos director Tomek Goldbaum-Wlazinski.

Darwin Deez – You Can’t Be My Girl

The latest from perennial BUG favourite artist Darwin Deez. His collaboration with super-talented director Keith Schofield promised great things and it duly delivers: Darwin’s song You Can’t Be My Girl is all about the unattainability of a certain type of female.

Atoms For Peace – Ingenue

Atoms For Peace’s Ingenue sees the return of a successful team – with an important addition. Having created an overnight YouTube phenomenon with Radiohead’s Lotus Flower in 2011, Garth Jennings has reunited Thom Yorke with acclaimed choreographer Wayne McGregor for Yorke’s side project and encouraged the collaboration into something more polished.

David Bowie – The Stars (Are Out Tonight)

The unexpected release of Where Are We Now? and its disarmingly lo-fi video, the second music video to accompany David Bowie’s smash hit new album The Next Day springs another surprise. It’s a big glamorous affair of the old school for The Stars (Are Out Tonight) by A-list director Floria Sigismondi, a warped surreal drama featuring Bowie and acclaimed actress Tilda Swinton.

Black Books – Favorite Place

A recent development in what we at BUG would call the evolution of music video (that’s our subtitle, after all) has been the rise of the lyric video. It’s probably unfair to describe Christophe Thockler’s video for US indie band Black Books’ Favorite in terms of this sub-genre, but it’s certainly all about the lyrics. In fact, it could be described as the first ever embroidered lyric video, as they have all been painstakingly sown and stitched into cloth, then filmed. Christophe’s efforts involves some fairly mind-boggling stats: 10,000 photos, 1 km (or 350 reels) of thread, 73,000 embroidery stitches, 6 kg of scraps of fabric, 100 needles and sewing pins and two months of singlehanded work.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Swim and Sleep

Darkly comic tale from British directing team Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling (aka Becky & Joe) for New Zealand band Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark) – featuring unsavoury acts of voyeurism and accompanying masturbatory activity, (and the efforts of one culprit to reform himself) all through the medium of puppetry.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps

Special guest Patrick Daughters emerged from New York University making videos for his friend Karen O’s new band called the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Phoenix – Entertainment

This months special guest Patrick Daughters has returned from a year-long sabbatical from directing with a surprising comeback, for Phoenix’s Entertainment. His trademark cinematic style has been ditched in order to faithfully recreate the aesthetic of a South Korean soap opera, in all its shiny and supremely dramatic glory.

The Leisure Society – Fight for Everyone

Acts of God suddenly make sense in the video for Leisure Society’s Fight for Everyone by the Brighton-based animation team called Persistent Peril – that’s Garth Jones, Ginny Jones and Sam Bourner.

Yo La Tengo – I’ll Be Around

Venerable American indie-rock band Yo La Tengo and director Phil Morrison go back a long way, with Phil directing the video for The Summer from YLT’s 1989 album Fakebook, and then several more before the band wrote the soundtrack for Phil’s debut movie Junebug. Now comes the video for I’ll Be Around from the latest album Fade.

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