Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties.
We start 2014 off right here at Local Frames with a deeply moving new video from Martin Devaney, drawn from Vol. 2 of the Rock for the Rules benefit album. We've also new clips from Bad Bad Hats, Cedar, Hot Date, the Starfolk, and Bollywood. In addition, we're featuring some spirited live performance videos from Prince, Nicholas David, Ben Kyle, and Glow Mechanics. Enjoy!
Martin Devaney - "Over My Shoulder"
Martin Devaney pays a tender tribute to Leah Rule in his new video for "Over My Shoulder," a track that is lifted from the new benefit compilation, Rock for the Rules, Vol. 2. The star-studded, 57-track (!) album serves as both a celebration of the life of Leah Rule, one time manager of the Turf Club and local music staple, as well as a benefit album for her memorial fund. Devaney's stirring video was directed, shot, and edited by Eric Kassel, who captures Martin revisiting many of the places that are drenched in memories of Leah, as he reminisces about the good times that he shared with the Rules and how those memories will always live in, both in the hearts of the local music community, and the songs they continue to write.
Prince & the New Power Generation - "Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)"
Prince and the New Power Generation were in fine form during their string of shows at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut, and the Purple One himself must have been especially pleased with this smoking version of "Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)," because he personally shared the clip with his fans. Prince indeed delivers a scorching guitar solo, that finds him wailing away while also instructing the band to try and keep up with him. So, while you wait for Prince's sure-to-be-memorable guest spot on the New Girl's Super Bowl episode, you can watch the Purple One do what he does best in this video -- play the guitar like a M.F.
Ben Kyle - The Naked Songwriter Ep. 1
Romantic frontman Ben Kyle delivers a wonderful solo set in this first episode of the Naked Songwriter, a new video series from DEMO that provides "An intimate look at some of Minnesota's most prominent musicians as they explain the stories behind their songs and shed light onto their songwriting process." The producer of Ben Kyle's lovely session is Ozzy Dahlstrom, while Corey Gagner directed, edited, and did the graphic design work for the episode. Kyle plays a splendid three-song set, while also sharing some insight into the inspiration behind his material as well as how his songs come together.
Bollywood - "Loot"
The local experimental art-rock trio Bollywood recently released their new single, "Loot," which now gets the video treatment from Will Schoen and the group themselves. The song blends a menacing guitar riff with jazzy undertones, while the fuzzy visual collage featured in the clip only adds to the spacey, expansive nature of the track itself.
Bad Bad Hats - "Last Christmas"
We officially put the holiday season behind us with Bad Bad Hats acoustic cover of Wham's anthem, "Last Christmas." The group decided to share this as a belated Christmas gift to their fans when they reached 300 likes on Facebook, and their understated but still affecting cover comes from their playfully-lit bedroom directly to their growing fan base. The group already has some big shows planned to launch 2014, playing with Jeremy Messersmith at Lincoln Hall in Chicago on January 15 as part of the Tomorrow Never Knows festival, followed up with a gig in Madison on January 16 with Caroline Smith and Lizzo at the High Noon Saloon as part of Frzn Fest. This year is definitely shaping up to be a big one for Bad Bad Hats, and hopefully the group shares some more new music with us sometime soon.
Nicholas David - "Lonely (Live on the Current)"
In addition to his wonderful recent show at First Avenue, Nicholas David also stopped by the Current studios for a lovely session. This spare but striking rendition of "Lonely" shows off the strong vocals of the onetime contestant on The Voice, as well as the charm that got him into the finals of that TV competition. Nicholas has been working on material for his forthcoming new album, and that should be released sometime in early 2014.
The Starfolk - "Winterwalk"
After charming local music fans with their recent set at the Cedar as part of the Korda Records showcase, the Starfolk also put together this seasonally appropriate video for "Winterwalk." The spare song is given a lovely video treatment featuring the photo animations of Allison LaBonne, which perfectly compliments the song's delicate melody and harmony. 2013 was a great year for the Starfolk and Korda Records, and hopefully the musical collective will have an equally prosperous new year, providing their fans with more indelible material from their talented roster of bands.
Cedar - "Irishman"
Minneapolis quintet Cedar have dropped the Avenue from their name, and have also changed up their sound a bit on their new album, Human/Nature. The first single from the new record is "Irishman," and local filmmaker Nate Maydole created this beautiful video for the evocative new track, which gives fans an idea as to the new direction the band is taking their sound. Cedar are celebrating the release of their new album with a big show at Amsterdam on Saturday, January 11, which will also feature performances by Verskotzi and Silverback Colony. Based on the expressive strength of "Irishman," 2014 should be a good year for Cedar.
Hot Date - "See?"
Hot Date are a refined pop duo out of St. Paul comprised of Nora O'Brien and Batteryboy's Eric Carranza. This clip for one of their redolent new songs, "See?," features plenty of archival footage which only adds to the moving nature of the track itself. Hot Date have a show coming up on January 9th at the Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar, followed by their Valentine's Day Dance gig at Amsterdam Bar and Hall featuring the Person and the People.
Glow Mechanics - "Aloft (Live on Radio K)"
Minneapolis hip-hop trio Glow Mechanics recently dropped by the Radio K studios for a lively session, which featured this rousing performance of their new single, "Aloft." The track is lifted from the group's new full-length album, Schmo Mechanics, a vibrant collection featuring the rhymes of Ghostmeat and BEV, and the inventive beats of SomethingLegitimate. Glow Mechanics have a fun show planned for this Saturday at the Nomad with Dan Mariska and the Boys Choir, See Through Dresses, and Wrestling With Wolves, which should keep the 2014 party vibes going.