Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week
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Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties.
A lovely new video from Cloud Cult, shot within the intimate confines of the Southern Theater, launches this week's collection. Stay tuned for new clips from Mac Irv, Dan Mariska & the Boys Choir, and Diatonic. We're also featuring some live performance videos from Dan Wilson, Bora York, Orchyd, and Southside Desire, along with two more stellar MN Original features on Rock The Garden and Secret Stash Records. Enjoy!
Cloud Cult - "Breakfast With My Shadow"
Cloud Cult recently played a few intimate, memorable shows at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis. For those who didn't get tickets to these sold-out gigs, thankfully the band's production manager Jeff Johnson and the talented folks at Motion 117 Productions were there to capture the wonderful performances, including this stirring take on "Breakfast With My Shadow." The hushed, banjo-laden arrangement gradually swells to include the rest of the sprawling band, who augment Craig Minowa's plaintive vocals with their lush, emotive sounds. The theater itself is also one of the clear stars of this video, with many stately shots of the venue and backstage glimpses of the band all adding to the allure of this clip.
Bora York - "Waterfall (Live at the 7th Street Entry)"
Bora York's Chris and Rebekah Bartels managed to fit in one last live show before she gave birth to the couple's first child. This lovely performance of "Waterfall" is drawn from that recent Entry show, and the underlying sweetness of the song is only amplified by Rebekah's very pregnant radiance. The video was directed and edited by Taylor Lewin, who perfectly captures the subtle poignancy of the performance. Bora York are taking a bit of a break from the live scene following their new addition, but will be releasing a new track in May which is from a forthcoming album that the group is working on.
Diatonic - "Space Goat"
Diatonic is a young producer currently based in Minneapolis, and this is a video for his hypnotic new single, "Space Goat," on L.A.'s Filthy Fortune Records. The clip was directed by Scott Welsch, and features some live footage blended with some artistic shots of Manhattan. While Diatonic (Matt Mulheran) has been mostly producing tracks for hip-hop artists over the past four years, he is now devoting more time to his solo efforts, and if this inventive, beat-driven track is any indication, he'll certainly find an audience amongst electronic fans of Flying Lotus and Zomby. Diatonic has a show in Duluth on Saturday night, and some upcoming local shows at the end of the month, and if you like this track you should be sure to check out his live show.
Dan Wilson - "Disappearing (Live on the Current)"
Dan Wilson recently dropped by the Current studios for an intimate live session and interview, which featured this wonderful performance of his new single, "Disappearing." The track is lifted off of Wilson's new record, Love Without Fear, his third solo album. The Grammy-winning songwriter has finally returned to focusing on his own material after years of penning hits for other musicians, and these warm, revealing songs take on an added emotional resonance from an artist who has certainly seen it all over the years. And Wilson's new material is clearly finding an audience here in the Twin Cities, as evidenced by his string of sold-out shows coming up at the Cedar this June.
Rock The Garden 2013 MN Original Feature
Rock The Garden has become an annual rite of Summer, and to coincide with the announcement of this year's awesome lineup of bands (Spoon! Guided By Voices! Kurt Vile!), the folks at MN Original have just released a wonderful compendium of footage from last year's mini-festival. The rain, Dan Deacon's garage performance, Low's divisive drone set, Bob Mould's outdoor homecoming, Silversun Pickups, and Metric's memorable headlining set -- it's all captured by MN Original's wide array of cameras and other on-site media. You get backstage interviews, behind-the-scenes glimpses, and rocking performance clips. So, get psyched for this year's festivities by reliving some of the fun from 2013's Rock The Garden.
Secret Stash Records MN Original Feature
Secret Stash Records has been reissuing forgotten relics from music's past since 2009, and this engaging profile of the label shares the story of Secret Stash founders Eric Foss and Cory Wong and their longtime cohort Will Gilbert , as well as their benevolent mission of saving songs and artists from the dustbins of history. This feature also shares some studio footage of Sonny Knight and the Secret Stash houseband the Lakers, working through some hot cuts from their forthcoming album, I'm Still Here, which they are celebrating with a big release show at First Avenue on May 3. If you like soul, funk, R&B, and listening to music on vinyl, this record label (and Sonny Knight and the Lakers) are definitely for you.
Orchyd - "Pork (Live on Radio K)"
The mercurial Minneapolis rock band Orchyd recently dropped by the Radio K studios for a drone-fueled session, which features this mesmerizing performance of "Pork." The track starts with a thumping bass line reminiscent of Les Claypool (perhaps the song is a subtle homage to Pork Soda) before the rest of the band brings the full spirit of the song to life behind the entrancing vocals of Shanna Carl.
Southside Desire - Live at Hymie's Record Store Day
Part of the appeal of Record Store Day, besides the limited-edition releases and supporting local shops, is the live performances that area stores arrange for the big day. Hymie's once again went all out with their lineup, both inside and outside (which is why they won our Best Record Store Day Location) and this live clip of Southside Desire captures a bit of the magic from that day. The big band packed their way into Hymie's intimate confines, and delivered an uplifting, soulful set that got record lovers moving to their dynamic sounds. Southside Desire are opening Sonny Knight's record release show at First Avenue, and set to play one of their biggest shows yet in the Mainroom.
Mac Irv - "No Place Like Home (Feat. Salimah Bryant)"
Fresh off of being selected to perform at this year's Soundset festival, Northside Minneapolis MC Mac Irv delivers this spirited love letter to his hometown, "There Is No Place Like Home." The video for the track was directed by Will Harris, who captures plenty of striking imagery of various landmarks and recognizable locations throughout the city. Salimah Bryant's haunting vocals augment Irv's smooth, imaginative rhymes, with the whole track coming together in a way that honors where we come from and the places we all call home.
Dan Mariska & the Boys Choir - "Getting Down With The Frown"
Dan Mariska and the Boys Choir have just hit the road for a brief Midwest tour. But before they headed out on the road, they released a new music video for "Getting Down With the Frown," which is drawn from their 2013 album, Bummer Songs. The clip was directed by Kurt Benson, and shot in the Five Watt coffee shop, whose under-construction setting adds to the track's rousing charms. After the tour, Mariska and the band will be back in town for a big local show at the 331 Club on May 9th, along with Sleep Study and Van Stee.
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