Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties.
Barbara Jean's new video starts this week on a good note. We've also got new clips from Garrison Grouse, Hardcore Crayons, Nicholas David, Harbor and Home, and a lighthearted vid from General B & the Wiz. We're also featuring live performance videos from Sarah Krueger, the Naymes, a North Shore Sessions from Bahamas (filmed at Harriet Brewing), and the trailer for Flood Tide, with a soundtrack by Dark Dark Dark. Enjoy!
Barbara Jean - "Wishing Well (Feat. Mason Jennings and Chastity Brown)"
Grand Marais singer-songwriter Barbara Jean is set to celebrate the release of her new album, Darker Than Blue, with a show at Icehouse on Saturday night. Ahead of that performance, the talented multi-instrumentalist just released a video for one of the standout tracks on that album, "Wishing Well," which was done by the Current's photographer/multimedia producer Nate Ryan -- along with some footage captured by North Star Aerials. Jean gets some notable assistance on the track from prominent locals Mason Jennings and Chastity Brown.
Garrison Grouse - "The Things We Do"
You may recognize Garrison Grouse as the bassist for the hotly tipped local act Black Diet (or from What Tyrants and PRSMS). The talented musician strikes out on his own on the first official single from new solo project under his own name, "The Things We Do." The vibrant, electro-R&B number features a catchy and clever vocal sample from "I Hate Stripping" by Loany G, but it's the smooth undertones crafted by Grouse (and mastered by Ryan Olcott) that ultimately carry the song. The celebratory, party-fueled clip was directed and edited by Joshua Lieske and Efren Maldonado, who add spirited, night-out-on-the-town visuals.
Nicholas David - "Fresh"
After garnering plenty of worldwide recognition for his performance on The Voice, the soulful St. Paul singer-songwriter Nicholas David is set to return with a new EP called Make Hope, which was inspired by David's deep connection with the Midwest. The first single drawn from that new collection is for "Fresh," which is given a lovely video treatment by local filmmaker Dan Huiting, who shot and directed the striking, nature-filled clip. David is bringing these deeply personal new songs and more to a special hometown holiday show at the Fitzgerald Theater on December 6. David's "Christmas at the Fitzgerald" will help kick off the holiday season in St. Paul, and will also feature special performances from Alison Scott, Esera Tuaolo, Eric Gordon, and Phil Thompson.
Hardcore Crayons - "WGYW"
Hardcore Crayons are back raising some hell again with their rousing new album on Doubleplusgood Records, Zozzled. And the trio will be celebrating in a major way with a release show at the Triple Rock this Friday night, where they will be joined by their friends in Damage Controller (featuring Mike Lewis, Jeremy Ylvisaker, and Martin Dosh), Madison's Czarbles, and Tender Meat. On their first video drawn from the new collection, "WGYW," the trio and their rowdy pals get into an underground hug fight, with the indelible images shot by Alexander Stevens, and directed/edited by Dominic Hanft. The Fight Club-with-a-twist clip only adds to the churning nature of the song, which should sound immense ringing through the Triple Rock on Friday.
Bahamas - "Bitter Memories (North Shore Sessions filmed at Harriet Brewing)"
The good folks at North Shore Sessions wrangled this solo performance from Afie Jurvanen when Bahamas were in Minnesota to play the Triple Rock back in October. The Canadian singer-songwriter went to the cozy environs of Harriet Brewing to perform this aching version of "Bitter Memories," which was artfully shot by Davin Haukebo-Bol and Trent Waterman, who also directed, edited, and captured audio for the clip. It all amounts to a poignant, moving performance by Bahamas in a spare setting that is very Minnesotan and adds to the solitary nature of the song itself.
Sarah Krueger - "Ships and Trees (Live at A Prairie Home Companion)"
Duluth folk singer-songwriter Sarah Krueger is set to release her new album, Lustrous, on December 2. In advance of her sophomore release, she lent her golden vocals to a recent performance/broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion from Duluth. Krueger was accompanied by the North Shore Orchestra during this performance of her song, "Ships and Trees," and that collaboration proved to be a poignant one. On December 6, Krueger brings her songs down from the North Country to celebrate her record release with a show at Icehouse, along with her musical cohorts in BBGUN.
Harbor and Home - "I'll Be Around"
Minneapolis Americana quintet Harbor and Home just released a cinematic new video for their single "I"ll Be Around." The track is lifted off of their debut album, Dark Days, a great collection of folksy, harmony-drenched songs that has rightfully put the band on the local music radar. The video for "I'll Be Around" -- the band's first -- was done by Amanda Johnson, who captures the fragile quality of the song with images that hit close to home both visually and emotionally. You can catch Harbor and Home live at the Acadia Cafe on Friday, November 21.
Dark Dark Dark - Flood Tide trailer
The indie-film Flood Tide was recently part of the Sound Unseen Film Festival, and had its local premiere at Amsterdam, where Dark Dark Dark were on hand to score some short films by director Todd Chandler. The trailer for the film -- which also features appearances by members of the band -- is now out, and Dark Dark Dark just released the soundtrack to the film, which contains original music and arrangements that they created specifically for the film. Both the film and the soundtrack are hauntingly gorgeous in their own right, as Chandler and Dark Dark Dark have both created works that compliment each other as well as cause us all to stop and think amid the constant chaos coming at us from all angles.
General B and the Wiz - "All I Want"
Minneapolis blues-rock quintet General B and the Wiz took to their garage for their jovial new video, which finds the band having a bit of a laugh while delivering a stripped-down version of their rarely played number "All I Want." The personal nature of the video, combined with the acoustic, pared-back performance, all amounts to a spare but stirring clip that captures many of the unguarded qualities of the band that has earned them a solid fanbase throughout the Midwest. The group is currently on a brief run through these parts, tour dates that will wind down with a celebratory hometown show at the Cabooze on December 10, where they will be supporting Circle of Heat.
The Naymes - North Coast Productions Artist Spotlight
North Coast Productions is a live music video web series based out of Rochester directed and produced by Jim Fricker II. In this episode, they focus on the young Rochester rock trio, the Naymes, who deliver a sprightly, retro-tinged live set from Rochester Community and Technical College, filled with their unique sounds and catchy riffs. There is also an engaging interview portion of the spotlight, which shows even more of the band's buoyant personality as well as the fresh and original work being done by North Coast Productions.
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