Local Frames: New videos from Brother Ali, Howler, Communist Daughter, Cloud Cult, 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 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 sixth installment of Local Frames, featuring ten recent video selections for your viewing pleasure.
Brother Ali - "Only Life I Know"
Our current City Pages cover story, Brother Ali, just dropped a brand new video for "Only Life I Know," a inspiring, soulful banger from his hotly anticipated forthcoming album, Mourning In America and Dreaming In Color. The clip, directed by Dave Wilson, features plenty of shots of Minneapolis, with Ali doing his thing amidst rather stark surroundings mixed with vivid glimpses of regular folk just trying to get by in the tough times.
Howler - "Told You Once"
After we featured Howler's Bands In Transit version of "This One's Different" in the first installment of Local Frames, the young Minneapolis band are back with a proper (and borderline NSFW) video for their raucous hit, "Told You Once." The voyeuristic clip, directed by Minneapolis's own Robert Semmer, features a blend of webcams and Chatroulette rooms, with all the scantily clad participants (who Semmer found on various "adult" websites) singing along to the lyrics. It's a playful video, but certainly isn't one to show the kids.
Communist Daughter - "Oceans"
This shimmering, blue-hued video for "Oceans" is actually a new clip for an old Communist Daughter song, taken from their 2010 record, Soundtrack To The End. The sterling video is directed by Jeremy Hosterman & Karl Warnke from Shiny Thunder Films, with the water set constructed in frontman Johnny Solomon's backyard on a mosquito-filled night in St. Paul. The group has a free gig tonight at Mears Park in St. Paul before they head out West for an expansive tour which will find them on the road straight through October. On November 10 they make their live local return with a grand homecoming gig at Amsterdam Bar & Hall with Quiet Corral and American Youth.
Cloud Cult - "That Man Jumped Out The Window (Backstage at Sasquatch Music Festival)"
Before their set at the Sasquatch Music Festival, Cloud Cult took a free moment to deliver a stunning acoustic rendition of "That Man Jumped Out The Window" for KEXP and NPR amidst the scenic backdrop of the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington. It's a wonderful performance, made even more impressive by the majestic surroundings and the relaxed, unguarded vibe of the band.
Bob Mould - Pitchfork Weekly Interview
In anticipation of Bob Mould's triumphant return to First Avenue on Saturday, here's a short but quite revealing interview that Pitchfork did with the legendary musician. Bob opens up about the lasting power of the Sugar album, Copper Blue, which he will be performing in full at First Ave, the pains he went through writing his memoir, See A Little Light, as well as the motivation for him to start up his gay nightclub DJ act, Blowoff.
The high school quartet Bomba De Luz made a stop by the Current's studios to deliver a rousing, inspired set of songs, highlighted by this riveting performance of "Howl At The Moon." The polished and powerful track belies the young age of the band, and suggests that these talented musicians will only get better as their spotlight deservedly continues to grow. Catch them live for free this Saturday at the Electric Fetus Garage Sale and Fall Festival.
Teenage Moods - "You Make Stars (Live on Radio K)"
The sugary garage rock quintet Teenage Moods dropped by the Radio K studios to deliver a bouncy rendition of "You Make Stars" from their catchy new record, Grow. It's an assured, accomplished collection from the group, perfectly blending their blissful pop sensibilities with their edgy, Ramones-like guitar riffs.
Dark Pony - "Dog"
Minneapolis singer/songwriter/producer Jon Herchert proves to be pretty deft with his iPhone as well, as he shot this entire video for "Dog," on his iPhone, and edited the clip in iMovie. Anyone who loves French bulldogs will adore this video, as Jon's little Beatrice makes a prominent appearance. The frolicsome song is from Dark Pony's recent record, Suburban Serenade, and the lighthearted clip features Jon and Beatrice just trying to get their chores done so that they can go back inside and relax.
50 Tyson & DollaDook - "MN Born MN Raised"
Local hip-hop luminary 50 Tyson is an autistic MC who has captured the attention of rap fans all over the country. In this clip, Tyson teams up with 13-year-old rapper DollaDook to profess their love for all things Minnesota, especially their beloved Northside of Minneapolis. The clip is directed by KCP, and features plenty of recognizable local shots along West Broadway, along with the two emphatic MCs telling everyone why they love it here in Minnesota.
Bora York - Teaser vid
Bora York is the new band from Minneapolis singer/songwriter Chris Bartels, and judging by the evocative, stirring tones of this teaser video, he and his new group have hit on something pretty special here. The sextet have also just released their debut single, "Close Your Eyes," which you can download for free on their Bandcamp page. It is taken from their forthcoming debut record, Dreaming Free, which hopefully will be released sometime soon so we can all here more from this promising group.
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