They don't make 'em harder to lose than Prince Rogers Nelson.
This past week was one of shock and melancholy following the Purple One's sudden departure from this planet, but I think what the world will remember when they look at how the Twin Cities eulogized Prince is the celebration.
It's strange being in the Minnesota music scene without Prince. But we're gonna continue to exist, with or without the velvet sex magic that was The Artist. We ford on, never forgetting but also never ceasing progress.
In honor of the late Prince, Local Frames this week is a unique celebration. We have, for the first time in my tenure as host, four premieres from local artists, all of whom are still with us making these cities' names stand up as the musical mecca Prince helped build in his 57 years on this planet.
Spooky Ghost — "Dreamy"
We start with the only non-premiere this week, a jangly cut from Spooky Ghost's Dreamy EP, which was released in March. The title track, which is featured below and was released late last week, opens a window into how much fun the foursome of Jesse Pedersen, Will Burnton, Cayle Wendorf, and Max Ostenso can have with their own music as the soundtrack.
With plenty of whimsy and Vampire Weekend-esque silliness, the band have a night out bowling and playing a collegiate basement. Snowballs are thrown and Natural Light is spilled, all in service to the song's upbeat and persistent guitar lines. The Minneapolis indie pop quartet are currently in the U.K. touring, but they'll be back in the States before long, so keep your eyes peeled.
The New Granadas — "Ghost" (PREMIERE)
The departed family of a haunted man is the focus of the newest video from the New Granadas. As the Minneapolis four piece play their forlorn strummer "Ghost", the sad spirits watch roller derby and lust for arson. It's not exactly a happy vision, but the sub-three-minute video directed by Phil Harder leaves an impact that outlives the song's runtime.
The song itself is almost an homage to '90s rock 'n' roll, with a chantable chorus and an unbreaking guitar line that carries the song — however depressing the theme — well into the shanty category. Think Semisonic with much more reverb. The New Granadas will be releasing an EP that includes "Ghost" on May 12, and they'll be headlining a gig at the Turf to celebrate it.
Luke Redfield — "At Home with Luke Redfield" (PREMIERE)
The latest from Luke Redfield isn't a music video per se. In the video entitled "At Home with Luke Redfield," filmmaker Seth McGaha interviews the Duluth-born singer-songwriter about his process while offering glimpses of the space he lives and works in.
For anyone familiar with the indie folk artist and his carefully wrought work — take, for instance, 2015's The Cartographer — the video is a thoughtful look at how the music is made, but for anyone who's never given Redfield a listen, it's an invitation to hear the sparse acoustic songs he strums in the background. If you're intrigued, you can see Redfield on May 27 at the Warming House.
Carnage the Executioner — "How to Get Away with Murder" (PREMIERE)
OK, so technically Carnage the Executioner premiered the video for "How to Get Away with Murder" at his MN Mean Movement show at 7th St. Entry, but here it is for the first time on the internet. The single from The MN Mean Movement (his second thus far after "Minnesota Mean") will celebrate its official album release on May 6 at Fifth Element.
Killing Joke Films pride themselves on making "brutally honest videos," so the fit with the dyed-in-the-wool straight shooter Carnage is a natural one. Of all the punch-ups on The MN Mean Movement, "How to Get Away with Murder" is the least opaque. On the song, Carnage challenges those who've forgotten his two decades of service to Minnesota's hip-hop scene, reminding all listeners that he's been here longer — and been rapping better — than the Picked 2 Clicked come-ups and trendy flavors of the week.
Katana Da Don — "Snow" (PREMIERE)
Like Carnage, Katana Da Don looked to Killing Joke to get the visuals for her new song "Snow" done. The song is unseasonably early given the way Katana uses the Minnesota winter to threaten all who come against her. But before you go making references to Fargo, give "Snow" a listen.
With a beat that samples the theme from Requiem for a Dream, "Snow" is a fucking menacing turn for the hard-hitting Minneapolis rapper. Never has a parka inspired so much heart-sinking dread. Makes sense why Carnage has recruited her for his album release gig on May 6 at Fifth Element.