Jeremy and Claire Weiss Photography
Saturday, May 29, 2010 | 9:52 p.m.
OK Go-This Too Shall Pass
- What: OK Go, with The Cab
- When: 8 p.m., Sunday, May 30
- Where: Red Rock Resort and Casino; 797-7777
"The record industry in general is kind of crumbling, and networks like MTV have announced they're not even going to play videos anymore. [So] there's no need to make a music video that fits into the old-fashioned ideas of what a music video is.
"It used to be that labels looked at videos as advertisements ... We look at making videos like we look at making records — it's part of the art of what we do. We like to direct them ourselves so we can come up with a concept and work with our friends on concepts, and go out of the Hollywood system to make these things. We make them because they're fun and we like to do it."
Why did you make two separate videos for the single "This Too Shall Pass?"
We had two concepts that we really liked a lot, and when we listened through the record to try to figure out what songs fit best for the visual concept, both times "This Too Shall Pass" fit the bill. The marching band video was like, "What song do we have that is simple enough that it will translate when arranged with a 200 person marching band?" ... With the Rube Goldberg machine, I remember sitting around one day watching other people's Rube Goldberg machines on YouTube, and we played our album sort of watching models go down tracks and dominoes fall. ... We listened to every song on the record, and some songs made the machine feel too slow and some songs made the machine feel too goofy. "This Too Shall Pass" made it majestic and epic.
What's the worst injury you guys have had doing your music videos without stunt doubles?
Luckily, there's never been any hospitalization involved. Most of the damage is emotional. [Laughs.} The treadmills [from "Here It Goes Again"] are a lot of scrapes and bruises and treadmill marks on people's backs and stuff like that. At one point we had to stop the shoot on "This Too Shall Pass" because I got shot with paint and for about a minute and a half I thought my nose was broken because I got hit so hard. We had to have the onset medic stop everything and look at my nose. It was really hard to tell whether or not I was bleeding because I got shot with red paint and my face was covered in red.
Situated at the entrance to Red Rock Canyon and minutes from the world-renowned Las Vegas Strip, Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa offers five-star luxury in a modern property, built in 2006.
The casino features features 3,000 slot and video poker machines, 60 table games including blackjack, baccarat, craps, poker, roulette, a 206-seat Race and Sports Book with a 96-foot video wall a 20-table smoke-free poker room open 24 hours a day, a 600-seat bingo hall with separate smoking and non-smoking sections, open 7 days a week with sessions running every other hour from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., a 20-seat keno lounge and a private high-limit room.
A recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award since opening and named one of the world's best new hotels by Conde Nast Traveler magazine, Red Rock redefines casino resort architecture by incorporating natural light, a convenient layout and the comforts of a modern lifestyle.
The centerpiece of the property is the three-acre pool complex with 19 cabanas and swim-up gaming. Its location allows for balcony views from several of the property's restaurants and Cherry Nightclub. Aside from Cherry, guests can grab a drink at Onyx or Lucky or listen to live music in Rocks Lounge.
Dining spans the globe at Red Rock with more than 10 restaurants, including the Italian food of Terra Rossa, the Japanese fusion of Hachi, the Mexican spices at Cabo Cantina or a bit of everything at the Feast Buffet.
Unlike some resorts in town, Red Rock has activities for the whole family, such as a 16-screen movie theater and an arcade. The 72-lane bowling center features a VIP area and carpet that glows in the dark for after hours at Cosmic Bowling.
— Originally published in Las Vegas Weekly