Local Frames: New videos from Bob Mould, Atmosphere, The Color Pharmacy, and more
As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of distinct skills that generates more locally connected music videos than ever before.
While it's impossible to shine a spotlight on all of the great music video work going on around the area, Gimme Noise has created a regular segment, Local Frames, which will help bring some much deserved attention to a few of the standout videos of the moment from local bands or those filmed by local directors.
Here's our eighteenth installment of Local Frames, featuring ten recent video selections for your viewing pleasure.
Bob Mould - "Star Machine"
Laughs are plentiful in this hilarious (if a bit heartbreaking) clip for Bob Mould's "Star Machine," a clear standout to the former Hüsker Dü/Sugar frontman's recent solo record, Silver Age. The video, shot in New York City's legendary Cake Shop, was directed by humorous comedic actor/writer Jon Glaser, and features one uproarious moment after another from drummer Jon Wurster. Whether it's Wurster's ridiculous perm or him continually drinking a Bloody Mary straight out of a water bottle, the Superchuck skinsman is unquestionably the star of the show, even though his character is going through some truly difficult times at home.
Atmosphere - "Millennium Dodo 1 & 2"
There are plenty of instantly recognizable Minneapolis spots spread throughout Atmosphere's new video for "Millennium Dodo 1 & 2," taken from the group's recent record, The Family Sign. The smooth, laid back track is given an equally chill video treatment by Jake Handegard from Morningside Films. In the second half of the clip, the guys loosen up and go bowling at Memory Lanes, with special appearances by Kevin Beacham and Prof. All in all, it was a pretty good day in Minneapolis for the Atmosphere crew.
The Color Pharmacy - "Aperture"
Minneapolis indie rock trio the Color Pharmacy are set to release their self-titled new album at the Triple Rock on Saturday, March 2, and to promote their upcoming big night they have put out a sparkling new video for "Aperture." The striking clip, directed and edited by Jake Dilley and Jimmy Morrison, captures the elegant beauty of fall in the Twin Cities, and perfectly compliments the impassioned, soaring song itself. The Color Pharmacy are set to make their fifth trip down to Austin for SXSW, and with songs as spirited as this one, they should get plenty of attention from music fans here at home as well as throughout the country.
The Faint - "Agenda Suicide/Glass Danse (Live At First Avenue)"
Back in December, Omaha electro-rock stalwarts the Faint rolled through First Avenue for a mesmerizing run-through of their classic record, Danse Macabre. The fine folks at MPLS.TV's City of Music, led by director Ryan Thompson and producer/editor Dan Huiting, captured the moody performance as well as the spellbinding light show, focusing on the dynamic one-two punch of "Agenda Suicide" and "Glass Danse," which clearly got the First Ave crowd dancing along to their infectious beats.
White Arrows - "Fireworks Of The Sea"
This lovely, tranquil video for "Fireworks Of The Sea" by the L.A. electro-pop quintet White Arrows, was done by local director/producer Daniel Cummings, who works with Minneapolis's Picture Machine Productions. That talented company has been behind stellar videos for Bon Iver, Now, Now, the Pines, and Lucy Michelle, to name just a few. This clip comes from White Arrows' new record, Dry Land Is Not A Myth, and should bring the group plenty of extra attention as they set their sights on a big Coachella appearance in April.
Solid Gold - "The Pendulum (Live on MN Original)"
Back in November, the guys in Solid Gold dropped by tpt's Studio A in St. Paul to film a couple of live performances for MN Original. We've already featured their intoxicating rendition of "Elephants," and now the second clip from their session has been made available, featuring a live performance of Eat Your Young standout "The Pendulum." The mercurial neon lighting only adds to the atmospherics of the song, which clearly shows how potent the band has become with the addition of the Hanson brothers to their live set up.
Strange Names - "Once An Ocean (Live on Radio K)"
Just a few hours before winning over the First Avenue crowd at this year's Best New Bands showcase, Strange Names (our #7 band in this year's Picked To Click poll) dropped by the Radio K studios to play a fresh live set. "Once An Ocean" is the strongest from their session, and finds the band locking into a hypnotic groove. The emerging group has a big headlining show planned at the Empty Bottle in Chicage on February 20, with Howler's Jordan Gatesmith opening the show with a solo set. And surely, we will all be hearing plenty more from Strange Names (maybe even a full-length?) as 2013 moves briskly along.
On An On - "The Hunter"
This jubilant clip for "The Hunter," from the Chicago (by way of Minneapolis) trio On An On was directed by the local dream team duo Dan Huiting and Isaac Gale. The track comes from the group's just released debut, 'Give In,' an enchanting batch of songs that should garner the group some well deserved attention in 2013. If you've ever wanted to see a couple of metalheads headband to a soaring electro-clash ditty (in addition to a bunch of other bizarre sights), then this video is most definitely for you.
Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps - "Half About Being A Woman (Live in St. Cloud)"
After recently charming a sold-out Cedar Cultural Center with songs both new and old, Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps have plans to head into the studio to record a new album. And this live clip of "Half About Being A Woman," taken from a performance at the Paramount Theater in St. Cloud (as part of the Current's Caravan Du Nord tour), shines a tender spotlight on one of the new songs that the band should be committing to record in the very near future. Caroline's many fans surely can't wait to hear the eventual studio version of this track, especially after being easily won over by this stirring live rendition.
American Hipster Profiles Secret Stash Records
The local vinyl heads at Secret Stash Records get a well-deserved profile from the roving YouTube video series, American Hipster. They get up close and personal with the Secret Stash crew, including co-founder Eric Foss, finding out what the label is up to, checking out a live performance, and even helping stuff records. It's a great behind-the-scenes look at the retro label, who we've been championing here for quite a while, and hopefully this feature will help spread the word about all the fine musical work that Secret Stash does.
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