Local Frames: New videos from Bon Iver, P.O.S., Craig Finn, the Blind Shake, and more
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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 new 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 fourth installment of Local Frames featuring ten recent video selections for your viewing pleasure.
Bon Iver - "Towers (Live On Austin City Limits)"
Justin Vernon and his robust band took to the Austin City Limits stage earlier this year for a celebratory, stirring live set which will be aired on PBS on October 13. This tender version of "Towers" from the Grammy winning Bon Iver, Bon Iver, is the first clip to be shared from the forthcoming broadcast, and Vernon's poignant ode to the two recognizable college dorms on the Eau Claire campus rings triumphant and true with the help of the brassy flourishes of his talented group.
P.O.S. - "Bumper (Live at the MN State Fair on the Current)"
P.O.S. has kept his fans waiting long enough for his forthcoming solo record, We Don't Even Live Here, and now he's finally locked in October 23 as the official release date for his long-awaited new album, as well as a sure to be raucous Record Release Party scheduled at First Avenue on October 26. In this live clip from the State Fair on Monday, P.O.S. is tackling his new track, "Bumper," with the help of Ander Other providing the beats behind him. Stef is obviously still working out the kinks on how to properly bring this spirited new song to a live audience, while also being careful not to curse on air, but this is still a rousing performance of what should prove to be one of the many musical highlights on We Don't Even Live Here.
Craig Finn - "Meserole"
The Hold Steady frontman takes a stroll through McGorlick Park in Brooklyn on this restrained acoustic take on "Messerole," a B-side from Finn's debut solo record, Clear Heart Full Eyes. In addition to a few upcoming Hold Steady shows (including a celebration of 5 years of the Majestic in Madison on September 28), Finn has a string of solo European dates coming up in November along with Patterson Hood and Will Johnson. And while these somewhat muted new songs have divided longtime Hold Steady fans, the raw vulnerability of this version of "Messerole" clearly resonates.
The Blind Shake - "I'm Not An Animal"
While "I'm Not An Animal" is not technically a brand new video, it's included here simply because the Blind Shake rule, and they don't get nearly enough attention within the local music circles. The storming track is featured on the fiery Seriousness, and the somewhat twisted video is every bit as dark and menacing as the song itself. The blistering Minneapolis trio are set to hit the road on an extensive U.S. and Canadian tour this fall after a local show at the Ritz Theater on September 22, and hopefully the band wins over plenty of new fans in the process because these guys definitely deserve a bigger audience.
Poliça - "Dark Star (Live on Jimmy Kimmel)"
Poliça's second high-profile late night TV performance (after playing Fallon in April) found them heading to California to play on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The version of "Dark Star" that the band performed is a bit more soulful than the recorded version, with Channy adding a bit more atmospheric vocals to the track as well. The sound in the performance is crisp and clean, which isn't always the case on live TV broadcasts, and the hypnotic rhythms generated by Chris Bierdan, Drew Christopherson and Ben Ivascu simply soar along with Channy's intoxicating vocals. Kimmel should really hold up the vinyl of the band like Letterman and Fallon do, though--CDs lack dignity.
Mark Mallman - Road Rogue Marathon 4 Video Preview
Mark Mallman never ceases to amaze. After entertaining Twin Cities music fans with a 78-hour song during his Marathon 3 over the course of one long weekend at the Turf Club in 2010, he's upped the ante for Marathon 4, and is planning a 7-day drive across the country from New York to Los Angeles where he will be performing the entire time, even in his sleep. Mallman is set to release his new album, Double Silhouette, on October 9, and in this candid promo vid for Marathon 4, Mark talks about what he has planned for his week-long road trip, and shares some special sound effects he's bringing in the van with him, including a modified Duck Hunt game cartridge. This is going to be so awesome.
Mankwe - "Penny Saver (Live in the Current studio)"
Mankwe is a soul singer from Minneapolis who weaves her world music influences into the ornate tapestry of her stirring songs. Her sophomore album, Science And Spirit, was just released, and features production from Big Quarters' Medium Zach. Zach also lends his talents to this recent live performance of "Penny Saver" from the Current's studios, which features Mankwe's golden, impassioned vocals carrying the gorgeous song heavenward.
Muja Messiah - "Gary Coleman"
After getting a fresh shave at the barber, Muja Messiah and his crew hang out on the corner while the assertive local MC lays down his raw, vehement rhymes over the track's vibrant, retro beats. The stark black & white clip was directed by Hi-Def Photo, and produced by Benzilla, and highlights the emphatic lyrical skills of Messiah, who tears it up during his all-too-brief verses on this short track.
The Miami Dolphins - a Band
This video features a few live performances from the Minneapolis punk band the Miami Dolphins, as well as a brief interview with the quartet as well. The ferocious live clips are taken from a rousing performance at the Kitty Cat Klub as well as the band's own studio, while the short interview portion finds the band playfully hoping that they would be sued by their NFL namesake, because that would show that they have finally made it. For local music fans who want their music strident and full of energy, the Miami Dolphins are definitely the band for you.
The Silver Lake Chorus - "From The Snow Tipped Hills"
Bon Iver's Justin Vernon composed "From The Snow Tipped Hills" specifically for the Silver Lake Chorus, the 25-member Californian choral group who have been grabbing the attention of much of the indie world as of late. They have a two-song EP titled Wreckage coming out on September 18, which will feature this Vernon-penned number as well as the title track written by the New Pornographers' AC Newman. Their full-length is due out sometime in 2013, and features planned musical contributions from Beck, Aimee mann, Tegan & Sarah, Zooey Deschanel and others, and is being produced by Ben Lee. Indeed, the indie music world clearly is smitten with the Silver Lake Chorus. Find out what the hype is all about by checking out their moving performance of "From The Snow Tipped Hills."
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