Arcade Fire, "The Wilderness Downtown"/"We Used to Wait"
Music videos are watched exclusively on Web browsers these days, so Arcade Fire eschewed the medium of television entirely for this multimedia project designed for Google Chrome. "The Wilderness Downtown" begins when you type the address of your childhood home into thewildernessdowntown.com. A faceless kid running down a street, a flock of opaque birds, and Google Maps shots from around the designated vicinity pop up in synchronization with their respectably schmaltzy smash hit "We Used to Wait." After that, you're invited to write a postcard to your past self. At the end, the birds swoop into your old neighborhood and blow it up with instant tree bombs. Unfortunately, if Google doesn't have enough stored pictures of your initial dwellings, you experience empty black squares instead of a gooey rush of nostalgia. Then again, perhaps a vacant abyss makes a fitting metaphor for your childhood.
2. LCD Soundsystem, "Drunk Girls"
3. Vampire Weekend, "Giving Up the Gun"
4. M.I.A., "Born Free"