Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties.
Maria Isa gets things started this week with a fresh new video. New clips are here also from Bob Mould, Trampled By Turtles, What Tyrants, the Cavalier Crooks, Suzie, and a new project from Food Pyramid's Chris Farstad called 555. We're also featuring live performance videos from Mark Mallman at Target Field, Howler on KEXP, and a cool recap of some of the festivities that went down at Soundset last weekend. Enjoy!
Maria Isa - "Sabotage"
Maria Isa is set to make a grand return with her forthcoming new album, Valley of the Dolls, and she has just released a cinematic video for the record's first single, "Sabotage." The clip, directed by Tomas Aksamit, alternates between a live performance and a forbidden love affair storyline, with plenty of familiar local sights filling the video (including El Burrito Mercado). As for the song itself, the sultry track is propelled by Isa's rich, resonant vocals atop a dynamic, soulful beat provided by producers Bobby Raps and Andrew Bergen. With hot, catchy numbers like this, there is little doubt that this summer is shaping up to belong to Maria Isa.
Bob Mould - "I Don't Know You Anymore"
Hometown hero Bob Mould has been on a creative roll as of late, and that momentum continues on his just released new album, Beauty & Ruin. This hilarious clip -- directed by Alicia J. Rose -- for the album's upbeat first single, "I Don't Know You Anymore," features a mustachioed Colin Meloy comically advising Mould on how to move his product in the modern age. Mould is set to bring these raucous new songs to the Twin Cities quite a bit over the coming months, including a Wits session at the Fitzgerald Theater tomorrow night with Jen Kirkman, and a set at the State Fair as part of this summer's excellent MN Music on a Stick lineup. Hopefull, Mould and his ace band will return to his old stomping grounds of First Avenue for a proper headlining set at some point, because -- let's be honest -- we all just can't get enough of Bob Mould.
Trampled By Turtles - "Are You Behind The Shining Star?"
Another local band who is set to make some big waves with their forthcoming album is Duluth's Trampled By Turtles, who are set to release Wild Animals on July 15. NPR Music just premiered the video for the first single from that new record, "Are You Behind The Shining Star?" which is directed by Philip Harder. The artfully stylized clip features the band in archival black and white with bursts of bright colors adding subtle flourishes as the song swells. Trampled By Turtles are playing Bayfront Park in their hometown on June 28 as part of a great all Minnesota bill with Doomtree, Low, and Haley Bonar, and have also curated their own Festival Palomino at Canterbury Park on September 20, where they will no doubt share plenty of new songs and old classics for their dedicated local fans.
Soundset 2014 Wrap Up
Speaking of Canterbury Park, that venue just finished hosting the most successful iteration of Soundset yet, as over 30,000 hip-hop fans sold-out the festival for the first time. As a thank you to the fans -- and a way to look back on the many festivities of the day -- Rhymesayers released this sweet wrap up video that shows some of the event's many highlights. The video really gives you a glimpse of just how many damn people there were at Soundset, as well as a look at some of the antics that took place throughout the grounds, as well as on stage and backstage antics of the artists themselves. A great time indeed -- see you next year, Soundset!
Mark Mallman - "Knockout on 22nd St (Live at Target Field)"
Mark Mallman brought his effervescent personality and spirited songs to Target Field on May 28, entertaining the Twins fans with a small set before the game as well as between inning song breaks. This dynamic version of "Knockout on 22nd St." is drawn from Mallman's stellar album, Between the Devil and Middle C, and it sounds and looks great on the deck at Target Field. Mallman's band for the grand occasion was Mike Geronsin on guitar, Scott McVeigh on bass, and Aaron Lemay on drums, with the video footage of the lively performance captured by Wilson Webb, Sam Thompson, and Ian Rans. You can catch Mallman and a bunch of other great local acts at the Pizza Lucé Block Party on August 9.
What Tyrants - "Hangin' Out In Havana"
The young Minneapolis garage rock trio What Tyrants are set to release their debut 7" later this summer, and they just released their first video for the lively single, "Hangin' Out In Havana." Drummer Kyle Schultz directed the clip, which features the band rocking out to a rather immobile, judgemental audience who slowly get won over by the untamed sounds of the group as the staid original setting switches over to a far more raucous beach party. I really dig what these guys are doing, and can't wait to hear more from the group in the future.
Howler - "Drip (Live on KEXP)"
Local boys made good Howler recently dropped by the hallowed halls of KEXP while on tour in the Pacific Northwest before a gig at Seattle's Barboza. The guys delivered this spunky version of "Drip," a standout from their recent record, World of Joy. The clip perfectly captures the raw exuberance of the band and their rowdy sound. KEXP has the entire fiery live session archived as well, with the full performance -- hosted by Stevie Zoom -- consisting of "Al's Corral," "Don't Wanna," "Indictment" along with "Drip." Their set absolutely slays -- if you need a boost today, just set aside 20 minutes and watch their boisterous studio session.
555 - "Som Hassel"
Chris Farstad of Food Pyramid started a solo project called 555, and has shared a small but intoxicating taste of his adventurous new direction with this wild video for "Som Hassel." 555's new album, Nine Gates, is out on cassette on Moon Glyph. "Som Hassel" has a sprawling, futuristic appeal to it, floating out of your speakers while letting the listener chase down the sonic rabbit hole where it leads you. The visually arresting video was created by Nnnic Wilson, who provides an equally adventurous artistic accompaniment to the innovative track itself.
The Cavalier Crooks - "Black Widow"
The Cavalier Crooks have just released a new EP, Mojo, earlier this week, and this live video for "Black Widow" is drawn from that new collection. The quartet will be celebrating the release of their new EP with a show at Cause on Friday, June 27, where they will be joined by Dan Mariska & the Boys Choir (and some sneaky secret special guests, apparently). Videography for this rousing clip was done by Dustin West and Ryan Alexander, with West also handling the editing. The boisterous track does a great job blending rock and blues, and this accomplished new collection should certainly garner the Cavalier Crooks a larger local following.
Suzie - "Coffin In Houston"
Suzie is the side project of Night Moves multi-instrumentalist Mark Ritsema, and this video is for one of the two tracks he has shared from his new sonic venture, "Coffin In Houston." The clip, done by Ritsema himself, features old, archival parade footage and plenty of classic good times, which perfectly compliments the buoyant, hypnotic nature of the track itself. Who knows when we are going to get more new material from Night Moves, but until then, why not just get lost in the shimmering sounds of Suzie while the summer heats up around us.
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