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For those who don't follow me on twitter, I lost my phone last week, which is why I'm not taking any of my turns in words with friends.

New phone is ordered (and coming up from Memphis), but I don't know when it's going to actually arrive, and once it does, how long it will take me to get it activated.  But, uh, just letting everyone know why I've stopped checking my phone every ten minutes...

The other side effect of me losing my phone is that I can no longer compulsively check the time.  The way I have been for the past, oh, say, ten to twelve years.  My brain feels weird, guys.


Anyway, the actual reason for this post: Festivids Recs! I really wish I paid more attention to vidding year-round; I just don't seem to have the time or the patience than I used to to find good vids. But Festivids not only typically has high quality work, it has high quality work with material I love but don't see all the time, which makes it even more fantastic.  Here's some recs, though I should note-I mostly watched series I was familiar with, and haven't gotten to many of the download-only vids yet.

Papa's Got a Brand New Bag by [personal profile] absolutedestiny  Source:  Maru, Song by James Brown.  
OH MY GOD THEY MADE MARU CUTER HOW CAN YOU MAKE MARU CUTER YOU SHOULDN'T BE ABLE TO MAKE MARU CUTER BUT THEN YOU ADD JAMES BROWN AND THERE'S THE HORN SECTION AS HE JUMPS AND AWWWWWWW.  (Also:  hee! to the song choice!)

A Message For You by [personal profile] kaydeefalls  Source: Big Fish Song by Tom McRae (A Day Like Today)
Dear god, this is pretty. I'm going to be saying that a lot. Lyrically, I might not have picked this song for the source, but aurally-just the melody and especially the xylophone, it works so well.  And the editing choices in this are superb, switching back between the father's 'story' and reality seamlessly.

The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny by amathela  Source:  The Middleman, Song by Lemon Demon.  
I can't even pretend to be judging this impartially, because OMG MIDDLEMAN VID, but they do a pretty good job of showcasing why exactly I love Middleman so much in a short period of time.  And that answer is:  Kung Fu Masters in Lucha Libre masks.

The Fear by [personal profile] laurashapiro Source: Misfits, song by Lilly Allen
I don't know if I've seen an Alisha vid to this song before, or if I just associate the song so much with Alisha that I assume I have.  Anyway, this vid does a good job at getting to the heart of what is both compelling and completely terrifying about Alisha's (first) power.  It's the sort of thing that everyone should want, right?

New in Town by [personal profile] bop_radar Source:  Whip It, song by Little Boots
Well edited, and the song matches the feel of the movie perfectly.  Also, it's on roller skates, so I'm destined to love it.

Hot in Herre by [personal profile] sweetestdrain Source: Cabaret, song by Nelly
My thought process in watching this:  ooh, this is really well edited, I love the way the dancing works with the music.  About halfway through:  It's getting a little repetitive...  Ten seconds later:  HOLY SHIT IT JUST GOT REAL

Fixing a Hole by [personal profile] legoline Source:  The Kings Speech, song by the Beatles
This is another one where the source material is just beautiful.  It can be weird to get the right song for a period piece, but, well, the Beatles isn't the right era, it's the right choice for this vid.  I love the way that this vid showcases the friendship, too.

I Feel it All by [personal profile] mlyn Source: Mad Men, song by feist
I honestly don't know if the vidder did any recoloring on this, but every single time I watch something with the first season of Mad Men, I'm struck at how pretty it is.  This is a Peggy vid, covering the first two seasons, and does an amazing job with her arc.

As I Call You Down by [personal profile] sisabet   Source:  The Wire, song by Fistful of Mercy
It's funny, watching this I'm struck at how little sense it'd probably make to someone who hasn't watched the wire yet.  But goddamn, Bubbles breaks my heart (in a good way) every time.


Edited to add:  I normally don't do much for valentine's day, but I found these and love them all.  Most especially:   Your love is like the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation... It supports me;   I gave you my heart and all you gave me was a tote bag;  and I want you like I want Carl Kasell's voice on my home answering machine. 


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