Director's Cut is a Pitchfork News feature in which we chat with music video directors about their creations. The men and women behind the camera are often overlooked in today's YouTube era, but this feature aims to highlight their hard work while showcasing the best videos currently banging around the internet. A little behind-the-scenes dirt couldn't hurt, too. For this edition, we focus on Matt and Kim 's indecent exposure extravaganza for Grand single "Lessons Learned", which finds the indie-pop duo baring it all in the middle of Times Square. Without warning. In the middle of winter. It's incredible. We talked with co-directors Taylor Cohen and Otto Arsenault, along with the stars of the video, to find out how they barely got away with streaking in front of tourists and small children in one of the world's most famous neighborhoods. Watch the video and read the interview after the jump:.
Matt and Kim are no strangers to showing a little skin in their music videos. Fittingly, this all takes place in front of the building that made famous the music video tricks of the trade mentioned above. Were they really getting arrested?
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We watch videos and TV performances—the good, the bad, the hilariously dated and the brand new—with musicians to find out what they were thinking. Johnson: I came up with the idea for the video. I just had to convince Kim to do the video.
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