Local Frames: New videos from STNNNG, The Chalice, Dirty Baby, 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 thirteenth installment of Local Frames, featuring ten recent video selections for your viewing pleasure.
STNNNG - "Brain-Dumb"
Hot on the heels of their memorable set at Shellac's curated ATP Festival in the UK, local rockers STNNNG have dropped a new, Jake Rapp-crafted video for the blistering "Brain-Dumb." The song is from their forthcoming new record, Empire Inward, which is set to drop sometime early in 2013. The fiery quintet have one last local show left in 2012, an Xmas Blowout at the Turf Club on December 22 along with fellow ATP participants Arcwelder, which should keep local music fans rocking long into the New Year.
The Chalice - "Crown On The Rocks (Live on Radio K)"
Picked To Click trio the Chalice continue their big, breakout year with an intoxicating in-studio performance at Radio K. The spirited ladies deliver a playful version of "Crown On The Rocks" while even managing a shout out to mom in the process. The song even features a soulful nod to the Fugees "Ready Or Not" tagged at the end, as the girls tip their collective caps to one of their musical influences.
Dirty Baby - Live at the Walker Art Center's McGuire Theater
The creative artistic trio of Nels Cline, David Breskin, and Ed Ruscha recently captivated Gimme Noise with their performance at the Walker. And now, thanks to the Walker's new online video channel which archives performances at the Art Center, those who weren't able to make the show can witness the entire engaging performance in this professionally shot video. The Walker was lucky to host this one-of-a-kind event, and fans of all three talented artists are now fortunate to be able to either relive the evening or witness the captivating show for the first time.
The New Standards - "Call Your Boyfriend"
In addition to charming local audiences with their recent holiday shows and a lovely new album, Sunday Morning Coming Down, the New Standards also released a video for their cover of Robyn's "Call Your Boyfriend." The theatrical clip was shot at the Woman's Club Theater, and was directed by Wyatt McDill. The wintry theme of the video is perfect for this time of year, even though it was shot during the summer on one of the hottest days of the year.
The Pinsch - "Wanna Gotta Gonna"
The exuberant rock quartet the Pinsch have just came out with a jocular, lighthearted video for the ultra-catchy, Ramones-like jam, "Wanna Gotta Gonna." Kids' dolls and various other toys play a major role in setting the charming scene of this video, which only adds to the high-octane song's effortless appeal.
Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles - "Million Things"
The spare, evocative video for Lucy Michelle's "Million Things" was directed by her father, the distinguished filmmaker Rich Michell, and represents the first time that Lucy and her dad collaborated together. The gorgeous track comes from the band's recent record, Heat, and boldly reminds us all what it feels and looks like to run free in the summer months.
Mousey McGlynn - "Faith+1 (Sunday)"
North Dakota-based musician Mousey McGlynn turned to the Minneapolis crew Whiteout Media to handle the video for her jubilant new electro-pop number, "Faith+1 (Sunday)," which she just debuted at a show at Republic over the past weekend. Gimme Noise just had a brief chat with the talented artist shortly before her big local show, and based on the warm reception this song and video have been receiving around the local scene, McGlynn is definitely an artist you will be hearing plenty more from in 2013.
Food Pyramid - "Birthday Money"
You would expect nothing but a strange video (and equally unusual story behind it) for a song from the experimental local outfit, Food Pyramid. It turns out that the band has no idea who created the bizarre animated clip for "Birthday Money," which the video's creator, Casina777, titled 'End Of The World 2012.' If you ever wondered what it might look like to see Wonder Woman getting down seductively to the music of Food Pyramid with the skyline of Minneapolis looming in the distance, than this video is for you. Just be sure to watch it before the world ends on December 21 when the Mayan calendar draws to a close.
Zach Sobiech - "Clouds"
The touching, emotional story of Zach Sobiech was recently brought to light on the Local Current blog. The 17-year-old Sobiech has been diagnosed with bone cancer and only has months to live, and has turned to music as both therapy and as a way for him to confront his situation. The heartrending "Clouds" features Sobiech's plaintive vocals and sprightly guitar melody, all combining in a deeply-affecting statement that will stay with all of us long after Zach is gone.
Kara Laudon - "If I Could"
Kara Laudon's "If I Could" is another heartwarming video, which was inspired by the young singer/songwriter asking her Facebook friends, "If you could do anything, what would you do?!" and using their answers in her simple but stirring video. The bouncy acoustic number perfectly compliments their genuine responses (with a subtle nod to Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" in the process), and adds up to a sincerely moving clip.
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