I’ve seen a lot of interesting/not-so-interesting glitched out, cut up videos in my life. What I have not seen is one entirely devoted to the Cosby Show, a childhood favorite of mine. Bill, Claire, Theo, Samantha,Vanessa, Sondra, and Rudy all have a place in my heart. And now, in this video (directed by Louis Fried) for Cassorla‘s “broke down” they get dismantled, re-animated, posterized, and generally psyched out. It’s bizarre in every way and completely engrossing.
Equally as mesmerizing is the song the video is tracked by. Cassorla is a rock band fronted by Ben Cassorla and pretty much defined by the charm and swagger he brings to his vocal delivery and guitar streaks. “broke down” is the first tune from the upcoming album, plastic (their ode to the Plastic Ono Band), due out in the fall. It’s about love and pain and can pretty much be defined best by Cosby’s narration, “Matters of the heart. Proceed with caution.”
Meanwhile, in the very near future they have an EP entitled friend benefits. As the name suggests, it’s a collaborative release featuring friends of Cassorla on each track (Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper, Angel Deradoorian, Christopher Richard of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Krystle Warren, Henry Wolfe, and Aubrey Plaza on sax).