OK GO Rocks Out With the Muppets, Muppets Hold Their Own

Plus: Tom Waits is back, and as difficult as ever

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We realize here's only so much time one can spend in a day watching new trailers, viral video clips, and shaky cell phone footage of people arguing on live television. This is why The Atlantic Wire is unveiling a new late afternoon feature highlighting the day's video clips that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention. Today: The Muppets meet OK GO, a first look at Martin Scorsese's George Harrison documentary, and Tom Waits stubbornly refuses to unveil the video for his single.

  • We're vulnerable to the musical stylings of the Muppets, even when they take a back seat like they do here for OK GO's reinterpretation of the original theme from The Muppet Show. The music video is part of the marketing buildup for the November's Jason Segel-scripted The Muppets, which marks the gang's first big-screen appearance since 1999, and the regrettable Muppets From Space. We wish the two joined forces much earlier. Statler and Waldorf would have been full of opinions about the band's video for "Here It Goes Again." [Wired]
  • Every few years Martin Scorsese ducks away to make a documentary or concert film filled to the brim with popular music. In 2003, it was The Blues, in 2005 it was his Bob Dylan documentary No Direction Home, and in 2008 it was the Rolling Stones concert film Shine a Light. This October, Scorsese's documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World premieres over two nights on HBO. The trailer looks fantastic, to the point that we wonder if his recent glut of period features (Gangs of New York, The Aviator and Shutter Island) has him has him jonesing to make a feature that's wall-to-wall pop hits. [Vulture]

  • Tom Wait's new album "Bad As Me" doesn't drop until October, but he's already showing that special blend of defiance and not quite seeming to grasp the point that makes him one of the more frustrating and oddly endearing songwriters we have. In a video posted to his Web site and to YouTube, Waits teases the title track, already available for purchase as a single, but refuses to play it (even though the clips are touted as a "listening party") because, as he puts it, "what if you had a root canal and I asked you to gargle with raw sewage. Would you be OK with that? Or would it be safe to jump rope with a live electrical wire? No." It's hard to believe it's been seven years since this guy released an album. [Tom Waits via The Huffington Post ]
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