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.
On this week's installment we're featuring the brand new video and single from Actual Wolf, the blossoming acoustic project from Eric Pollard. There's also new clips from Southside Desire, Beat Detectives, Ernest Rhodes, and the first glimpse of the new collaboration between Guante, Dem Atlas and Rube called SIFU HOTMAN. We also have a blistering live video from recent Sub Pop signees, Condominium, as well as professionally shot Rock the Garden performances from Dan Deacon, Low, Bob Mould, and Metric from the talented folks at MN Original. Enjoy!
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Actual Wolf - "Kerosene and Spark"
Eric Pollard has confidently stepped out of the sideman shadows of Retribution Gospel Choir and Low while leading his acoustic driven musical project, Actual Wolf, on its own distinctive path. After catching the Twin Cities attention with two delicately assured EPs, Pollard is now putting the finishing touches on a forthcoming full-band Actual Wolf album (with Steve Garrington and Jake and Jeremy Hanson). "Kerosene and Spark" is the first offering from those new batch of tunes. The catchy, evocative number is reminiscent of the Band's "The Weight," with Pollard's plaintive vocals telling a journeyman's tale of searching for something that always proves to be elusive.
Southside Desire - "Casualty Of Love"
This vibrant new single from Southside Desire is drawn from their split 7" with Black Diet, and "Casualty Of Love" once again finds the band blissfully delivering their smooth take on classic doo-wop with a modern twist. The playful video was shot and edited by Gordon Byrd at the band's own Piñata Records Headquarters, and finds the lively group not only changing outfits but also trading instruments before things really get wild. Catch the band this Saturday at Mondo Tiki-A-Go-Go at Lee's along with L'Assassins.
SIFU HOTMAN - "Outnumbered, Outgunned, Outmaneuvered and Winning"
We have featured the enlightened spoken word efforts from Guante on Local Frames before (along with his collaborations with Big Cats!), and now the insightful MC has joined up with Dem Atlas and the producer Rube for this exciting new group called SIFU HOTMAN. Over some decidedly old-school beats and scratches, both Guante and Dem Atlas drop some serious knowledge on those who actually hear the lyrics in hip-hop. This project is still in its infancy, which gives this performance (shot at Bellows Studio in St. Paul and directed by PCP for Unique Techniques) a raw urgency that only adds to its appeal. The group has a planned three-song suite set for vinyl and digital release sometime later this summer.
Beat Detectives - "Picture Of A Picture"
This brief but hilarious clip from Food Pyramid-offshoot Beat Detectives is drawn from the group's Moon Glyph cassette release, Casual Encounters Of The Third Kind. The slightly-twisted animated video for "Pictures Of A Picture" was done by Geoffrey Hamerlinck and Katie Collier, and perfectly captures the hypnotic irreverence of both the track and the band themselves.
Ernest Rhodes - "Finding Number One"
This spirited new single from Ernest Rhodes, "Finding Number One," is taken from the local MC's forthcoming EP, The Ernest Project-Part 2. The clip was directed by Jake Handegard, and finds Rhodes delivering his searching, slow-burning rhymes while friends do shots around him. The deft production on the track is by Wesley Opus, with Rhodes' delivering a catchy chorus that strongly unifies the rousing message of the song.
Condominium - "Carl"
The St. Paul punk trio Condominium recently released a stellar 7" for the legendary Seattle label, Sub Pop, and hit the road for a long West Coast tour in support of it. Before they left, they played a raucous release show at the Hack Factory, and this live clip of "Carl" was shot at that explosive performance. The guys are back home now, and hopefully they will be planning some upcoming local shows for their growing fan base in the area.
Rock The Garden 2013
Rock The Garden 2013 certainly got people talking, whether it was the unplanned but unforgettable parking garage performance from Dan Deacon while a rainstorm erupted outside, or Low's divisive but momentous one-song set, along with Bob Mould's rocking, retro-fueled performance, and Metric's triumphant headlining set.
Thankfully, the good folks at MN Original were there to capture the festivities, and they have just released their professionally shot and perfect sounding videos for those fans who were there and want to relive the music from the day, or for those who weren't able to make it but are curious as to what really went down at RTG. A full half-hour recap show of the Current's Rock The Garden 2013 will be broadcast on an MN Original special on TPT 2 in the very near future, but until then enjoy these stellar live clips from the day.
Dan Deacon - ""Konono Ripoff N° 1 (Live at Rock The Garden)"
Low - "Do You Know How To Waltz? (Live at Rock The Garden)"
Bob Mould - "The Descent (Live at Rock The Garden)"
Metric - "Youth Without Youth (Live at Rock The Garden)"
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