1) "Ride" - Mostly I enjoy this video because the song seems to have stood the test of time, and I have crazy memories of the shoot. We did it with basically no budget. Director Tyler Shields (who is now a very successful photographer) risked life and limb to get shots, everyone became good friends to this day because of the rigors of shooting, and there may or may not have been an incident with the police that we avoided by, well... running from the police :) I also like that there is mystery to it - "What's in the trunk?" - and to this day people still write and tell me their theories.
2) "Ghost Town" - An instance where creativity beat everything else. I was being approached with so many awful, generic ideas, and then this brilliant novice video director named Kyle Eaton came along with a great idea involving lots of effects work and risk. I put so much trust in him, and he delivered a video that blew me away, despite my having to be in it.
3 Recent Favorites of Cary Brothers
1) Leagues - "Spotlight" - Nashville band that is one of the best live acts in the US. This song gets across the energy of the shows and the perfect rock 'n roll tone of thad cockrell's voice. It's so much fun, but there are also some lyrical nuggets in there. It was directed by rock photographer genius Allister Ann.
2) Among Savages - "Start at the Beginning" - Peter Barbee (aka Among Savages) is the best thing I've seen live this year. He can write in so many styles (singer/songwriter, rock, electro-pop, etc), and this is a pretty good idea of the lushly orchestrated side of his personality. Buckley-esque vocals that hit you live just as hard as on record. And a gorgeous video.
3) Andrew Belle - "Pieces" - This chorus has been stuck in my head recently. It's like an industrial strength love song. He's really stepped up from his (previously great) singer/songwriter status and delivered something very modern and yet just as emotionally affecting as his past work.