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.
This week we get things going with a new video from P.O.S., for a track from the Marijuana Deathsquads' remix of Stef's album, We Don't Even Live Here, which came out this week. We're also featuring new clips from No Bird Sing, the Starfolk, Brian Laidlaw, Botzy, and Umbrella Bed. There's a rousing live video taken from the forthcoming Trampled By Turtles live album/DVD shot at First Avenue, hot live clips from both Marijuana Deathsquads and Sonny Knight and the Lakers, and an intimate in-studio performance from Adam Levy's new band, And the Professors, shot live at the Pearl Studio. Enjoy!
P.O.S. - "Lockpicks, Knives, Bricks and Bats (WDELH/MDS/RMX)"
As if P.O.S.'s phenomenal recent record, We Don't Even Live Here, wasn't brilliant enough on its own, now the album gets the twisted Marijuana Deathsquads remix treatment. The experimental noise crew reworked the entire record, and just made that available this week, and to get a taste of just what MDS did to those tracks, Adam Dunn put out a Lights and a Backdrop video for the restyled take on "Lockpicks, Knives, Bricks and Bats," one of the songs that P.O.S. nailed at his recent Four Fists performance at the Triple Rock with Astronautalis. Download this banging remix album -- it's free, you have no excuse -- and turn it up and drown out the din of the day.
Marijuana Deathsquads - "HAL/Blood (Live at the Totally Gross National Party 2013)"
Speaking of Marijuana Deathsquads, that discordant crew just released their untamed new album, Oh My Sexy Lord, and are currently touring the country with Poliça (who also released an excellent new album of their own this week), and are surely blowing the minds of music fans all over the U.S. That tour hits Mill City Nights for a two-night stand on November 29-30, and to tide us over until those shows, MDS just released a brilliant new video for "HAL/Blood" that was shot at their recent Totally Gross National Party at Icehouse. The psychedelic clip was recorded, mixed, and effected live by Playatta, who turned the already wild performance into something even more stylish and surreal.
No Bird Sing - "And War"
No Bird Sing are in the process of blowing up in a major way and getting themselves a much wider (and well deserved) audience with their forthcoming new record, The Definition Sickness, which will be released on Sage Francis' renowned Strange Famous Records on November 12. This striking new video for "And War," directed by Andre Durand, is the first track lifted from the new album, and features the vocal stylings of Molly Dean. The clip just debuted on Village Voice yesterday, which should garner the local trio even more national attention. The crew has a highly-anticipated record release show planned at the Cedar on November 14, and they are bringing along Alpha Consumer and Dem Atlas to add to the festive vibes of the sure-to-be special night.
The Starfolk - "Into the Clouds"
The Starfolk will be taking part in their own special show at the Cedar on November 30 as part of the Korda Records Showcase. And to build anticipation for their big gig, the group just released an arty new video for "Into The Clouds," which was directed by Philip Harder. The track is lifted from the group's enchanting self-titled debut record, a catchy collection of tunes put together by the Hang Ups' Brian Tighe, Allison LaBonne, Jacqueline Ultan, and Stephen Ittner. Do yourself a musical favor and familiarize yourself with this lovely record then make plans to check out the Korda Records Showcase in November.
Brian Laidlaw - "Dark Sides (Humboldt Live Sessions)"
Brian Laidlaw is set to release a brand new EP, Echolalia, tomorrow night (October 25) at Icehouse, and this clip of the talented singer/songwriter performing "Dark Sides" should give fans a good idea what to expect from his new batch of tunes. In addition to Laidlaw's set with the Family Trade, the Farewell Circuit will headline what should be a wonderful night at Icehouse. This new EP, which Brian recorded at San Francisco's venerable Tiny Telephone Studio, represents the first installment in a planned trilogy of releases which was funded by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.
Sonny Knight & the Lakers - "Hey Girl (Live at Icehouse)"
Sonny Knight and his trusty Lakers have been setting local stages on fire for a while now, and this swinging live clip of "Hey Girl," shot at Icehouse, captures the crew doing their funky thing in a big way. Area fans will get plenty of chances to see Sonny and the Lakers next month, as they begin a Wednesday night residency throughout November at the Eagles Club, with plenty of special guests planned to help them keep things nice and lively. Sonny and the Lakers will also be part of a soulful double-bill with Lee Fields and the Expressions at the Cedar on November 3, which will most assuredly be a smoking show. So heat things up for yourself as the temperature drops and head out to see Sonny Knight and the Lakers in November.
Trampled By Turtles - "Wait So Long (Live at First Avenue)"
Trampled By Turtles have played plenty of memorable shows at First Avenue, so it makes perfect sense that the Duluth bluegrass band captured one of those spirited gigs for an official live release. Live At First Avenue, a concert album and DVD (and limited-edition picture book), is set to be released on November 12, and this rousing clip of the group tearing through "Wait So Long" should let everyone know just how special this night was for the band and their fans. The DVD portion of the release was directed by Dan Huiting, who also edited the concert film along with Lauren Josephine.
Botzy - "Ride the Beat"
Minneapolis rapper Botzy has a new EP, Past Tense, which he is releasing as a free download on October 29, and "Ride The Beat" is the first single lifted from that new collection. The track has a laid-back, retro-tinged beat to it, with Botzy's pensive rhymes and Sophia Eris' soaring, melodic vocals only adding to the song's relaxed vibe. The video was directed and shot by Adam Dunn, and captures the chill, summertime spirit of the song.
And the Professors - "We Are (Featuring Bethany Larson)"
Adam Levy's sprawling, lush new band, And the Professors, just released their debut album, Our Postmortem, and are set to celebrate that record with a release party tonight at the Cedar, along with their friends Farewell Continental and Ben Rosenbush & the Brighton. The album represents a three-year collaboration between Levy and a host of talented local musicians, including string players from the Minnesota Opera lead by Rebecca Arons, as well as deVon Gray, Van Phillips, Trent Norton, Bethany Larson (who sings on this clip of "We Are") and Aby Wolf. The combination might seem unlikely on first glance, but it just works, as evidenced in this lovely video for "We Are," which was shot live by Travis Carte at the Pearl Studio in Minneapolis.
Umbrella Bed - "Wish That It Would Stop"
The veteran Minneapolis ska-collective, Umbrella Bed, recently shot a live video at the Triple Rock, with 14 Go Pro cameras and one roving live camera, all of which helped capture the energy on stage and in the club that night. "Wish That It Would Stop" is lifted off of the band's new EP, Refill, which the band are giving away for free tomorrow night (October 25) at Memory Lanes' Skalloween Celebration, as long as you are wearing a costume. The group will also be performing before a Northstar Roller Girls match on November 23, but for now just dance along with the infectious beat of "Wish That It Would Stop," and if you are ska-inclined, get a costume together for the party tomorrow night at Memory Lanes.
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