Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties.
A premiere of the cool new animated video from recent Picked To Click star Breakaway launches this week. We've also got new clips from the Blind Shake and Swami John Ries, BNLX, the Joe Fessler Band, Verskotzi, Secret Wonder, Louie P, and Mousey McGlynn covering P.O.S. We're also featuring a smoking live video from Black Market Brass, and an album teaser from Red Daughters. Enjoy!
Breakaway - "The Crashers and the Snappers"
After nabbing the 10th spot on our recent Picked to Click poll, Winona's Breakaway -- the musical project of Joe Kujawa -- just released a slick animated video that is as captivating as his music. The clip was made in Minneapolis by artist/animator/director Matt Semke, who does a stylish job capturing the poignant spirit of "The Crashers and the Snappers" with his striking artistic renderings. The track is lifted off of Breakaway's stellar recent album, Postcarious, which is garnering Kujawa some well-deserved acclaim that is rightfully stretching throughout the state of Minnesota and (hopefully) beyond our borders.
Swami John Ries and the Blind Shake - "Brown Room"
The Blind Shake are hardly resting on the laurels of their blistering brand new LP, Breakfast of Failures. The raucous Minneapolis trio has teamed up with John Ries (Rocket from the Crypt, Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes) to form a potent surf-rock instrumental band called Swami John Ries and the Blind Shake. Yeah, it's as cool as it sounds. Their collaborative album, Modern Surf Classics, isn't due out until January 27 (via Swami Records), but to tide you over until then, they've shared the first single/video from that record for the sterling jam, "Brown Room." The surf-themed clip was put together by Bryan Johnson, and the thrilling glimpse of waves coupled with the golden tones of the group is enough to transport those of us who are gripped by the cold of the winter to much warmer climes.
BNLX - "Flextime"
BNLX are set to celebrate the release of their 9th EP, Flextime, at the Live Transmission event at the Varsity Theater on Saturday night. In addition to their boisterous tunes -- both new and old -- the indie veterans will be joined by the Ocean Blue, Two Harbors, Frankie Teardrop, the Rope, and Gloss, along with Transmission ringleader, DJ Jake Rudh, who will be spinning indelible jams throughout the night. To get everyone even more psyched for the show, BNLX just released the video for the title track to their new collection, which features the adorable new addition to the Ackerson family, Beep, who steals the show a bit from his older cohort Wiggy, but ultimately it's the catchy new song that carries the clip home.
Joe Fessler Band - "Honey Drips"
Minneapolis indie trio the Joe Fessler Band teamed up with talented local director Andrew Jay, who shot/directed this stylish clip for Fessler's new single, "Honey Drips." The sun-dappled, summery clip augments the breezy, buoyant number, which should help you fight off gloom of our icy surroundings. The track is lifted off of the group's debut record, Worth It, but Fessler and his band are already hitting the studio to record a follow-up. You can catch the group live a few times over the coming months to check out how their new material is progressing, as they have sets scheduled at the Nether Bar on December 13 and Amsterdam on January 9.
Verskotzi - "Sleepless One"
Talented local musician Joey Verskotzi is set to release a glorious new collection of songs from his Waving EP at the Turf Club on December 18. Joey and his band will be joined for the big occasion by their cohorts in American Scarecrows and Rudegirl, who all should set a distinctive mood in St. Paul that evening. Verskotzi is already in the midst of recording a full-length follow-up to 2013's entrancing Lemon Heart, and their sound is clearly in the process of evolving and coalescing as their career blossoms. The first glimpse into the sonic direction of the new EP is the haunting, "Sleepless One," whose video was artfully directed by Tony Franklin, who captures the mood of the number perfectly with his atmospheric visuals.
Secret Wonder - "There's Love In You"
Secret Wonder are a new modern electro-pop group out of Minneapolis/L.A. comprised of Danny Burke and Lizzie Brown. Their entrancing first single, "There's Love In You," is given an equally enthralling video treatment, as the spacey deconstruction of the stark, computerized flower augments the ghostly, poignant tones of the duo. Not too much else is known about Secret Wonder at this point -- a fact that is alluded to in their mystery-laden name -- and that inscrutable quality only adds to the appeal of their distinctive and memorable debut track.
Black Market Brass - "Chuck Wu (Live at the Triple Rock)"
Black Market Brass brings the fresh, thunderous funk wherever they go, and this live clip taken from a rousing recent performance by the 12-piece at the Triple Rock proves that fact and then some. The dynamic Afrobeat crew is locked in and loaded during this spirited number, which was thankfully caught by some professional cameras so that those of us who weren't there to witness it can still get down to their grooves. The Black Market crew is in the process of recording their debut full-length, which they are aiming to release sometime in 2015, but until then you can swing along live with the big band at the Cabooze on January 31 when they play with More Than Lights and Nooky Jones.
Mousey McGlynn - "Fuck Your Stuff (P.O.S. Cover)"
Idiosyncratic artist/musician Mousey McGlynn is currently living in North Dakota, but has strong regional ties to Minnesota, and proves it by covering one of the Twin Cities' most beloved musical sons, P.O.S. This ultra-cool cover of "Fuck Your Stuff" is given a unique treatment that is all Mousey, as she combines her own cool artistic twists on the track with Stef's incendiary, anti-commercialism lyrics. McGlynn even manages to give a subtle nod to another local musician, Hastings 3000, by sporting a gas mask throughout the stylized video, which was expertly captured by cinematographer Damian Winter.
Red Daughters - Dealer Album Teaser
Minneapolis rock quintet Red Daughters are set to release their new album, Dealer, at Icehouse on Saturday, November 29 as part of the Dave King Take-over. If the highly anticipated Love-Cars reunion doesn't entice you enough to come out to the show, than the stellar new batch of tunes from Red Daughters certainly will. This album teaser features their new track, "Heavenly," which is complimented by equally celestial images that grow darker in tone as the video and song progresses down a dark, expansive path. Red Daughters' brilliant new record should hold the attention of local music fans throughout the winter and well into the new year.
Louie P - "Run (feat. Roderice Cardel)"
Rising local MC Louie P has just hooked up with the folks at Pledge Empire Records, run by Prince Carlton and Ced Linus, and his first single for them is for the spirited track "Run." The cinematic, domestic-squabble filled video was directed by Andrew Swenson, who adds to the frustrated urgency of Louie's rhymes with his locally-shot visuals. Louie P is a young rapper who grew up in Inver Grove Heights, and he is set to build on the success of "Run" by releasing his full-length solo debut, Take Off, on Pledge Empire sometime in 2015.
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