Granted, none of the videos provides the slightest inkling of what the music sounds like. If you're interested, you can hear a new track called "Monsters & Animals" here. But these absurd little clips do seem like a productive way to fend off road boredom (drummer Marc Riordan claims in an e-mail that they're "based on true events that have happened on tour"), and their comic sensibility ought to feel familiar if you know anything about the quintet's bizarre, freewheeling musical aesthetic, which can absorb any style or idea that Ajemian's cracked imagination produces.
So far the HighLife have made four episodes, the first of which is below. The rest can be found on the band's Web site.
photo: Vendela Grundell
Haco, Stereo Bugscope 00 (Improvised Music From Japan)
Lisa Moore, Don Byron: Seven (Cantaloupe)
Mike Pride, Scrambler (Not Two)
Little Anthony & the Imperials, The Best of Little Anthony & the Imperials (Rhino)
SJOB Movement, A Move in the Right Direction (Academy)