Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties.
We get things going this week with a new video from Dan Wilson, who returns with a catchy new song after taking some time away from the music scene. We've also got new vids from Step Rockets, Ecid, Buffalo Moon, and a teaser clip for Haley Bonar's forthcoming new album. This week gathers live performance clips from Caroline Smith, Psymun & K Raydio, Okkervil River, and Rogue Valley playing in a car wash, as well as an MN Original feature on local producer/musician Spencer "Big Cats" Wirth-Davis. Enjoy!
Dan Wilson - "Disappearing"
Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Dan Wilson is back with a lovely new song, "Disappearing," and, in addition to writing, playing, and singing the new number, the multi-talented musician also crafted the illustrations and lettering for the video. It all gorgeously fits together in a striking artistic statement from Wilson, who is also set to play a benefit concert to fight child hunger at the Sheridan School Auditorium on Saturday night. The clip for "Disappearing" was directed by Noah Lamberth, with Photoshop work done by Peter Dawson, with the simple but splendid video complimenting the plaintive nature of the song perfectly.
Caroline Smith - "Half About Being A Woman (Audiotree Live Session)"
Caroline Smith recently dropped by the Audiotree studios in Chicago for this vibrant live session, which is exquisitely captured professionally by the talented folks behind the cameras at Audiotree. The band played a six-song set drawn from their new album, Half About Being A Woman, including this soulful take on the title-track. Caroline and the band's entire live session (and all other Audiotree in-studio performances) can be purchased and viewed in its entirety on the Audiotree site, with high-resolution audio files and HD video of the set as well.
Buffalo Moon - "Machista"
Buffalo Moon are back with a catchy new track, "Machista," which is drawn from a forthcoming full-length that the Minneapolis quintet is planning on putting out in January, with a tentative record release show planned for January 11. The lively video was directed by Kevin Horn, and the vibrant dance segments suit the spirited tone of the song perfectly. If this dynamic new track is any indication, Buffalo Moon should have all of the Twin Cities getting down this winter.
Step Rockets - "Kisser"
Minneapolis indie rock quartet Step Rockets went to the Sea Life aquarium at the Mall of America to film their video for their new single, "Kisser," which was directed by Alex Bowes. The catchy, buoyant number has been getting some radio play as of late, and has caught the attention of national audiences as well, all while the band continues to strengthen the connection to their local fans. Step Rockets are hitting the road in December for a few high-profile shows on the East Coast, before returning back to the Twin Cities to play at the Entry on January 18.
Spencer "Big Cats" Wirth-Davis - MN Original Feature
This MN Original feature on Spencer "Big Cats" Wirth-Davis provides a revealing look at the inspiration and talents of one of the Twin Cities best producers. Through candid interviews with Spencer himself, as well as frequent collaborator Guante, you not only recognize what makes Big Cats work so fresh and original, but also how much soul and feelings he puts into his music, especially on his deeply moving recent album, For My Mother. Once again, the good folks at MN Original does justice to one of the most talented and interesting musicians the area has to offer.
Rogue Valley - "New Frontier (Afterhours Session)"
A car wash doesn't necessarily lend itself well to live music performances, but Rogue Valley recently played a sweet Afterhours Session at a local self-service car wash on Lyndale and it totally works. The intimate performance was captured by Ben Handler, and this version of "New Frontier" soars in the unique environment. Rogue Valley are set to play a New Century Sessions show at the lovely New Century Theatre in Minneapolis this Friday, November 8th, along with special guests the Starfolk.
Okkervil River - "Down, Down the Deep River (Live on the Current)"
While Okkervil River were recently in town to play an electrifying show at First Avenue, the band also dropped by the Current studios to play a few songs and have an insightful chat with Mac Wilson. This stripped-down take on "Down, Down the Deep River" from their terrific new record, The Silver Gymnasium, is a perfect autumnal song, with references to fallen leaves and putting things behind you. During their First Ave performance, the band paid tribute to Lou Reed with a tender cover of "Satellite of Love," and you should definitely give a listen to their take on Reed's "Cremation" which they played in this recent Current in-studio session. It's truly lovely.
Psymun & K Raydio - "Jupiter (Live on Radio K)"
Psymun & K Raydio recently dropped by the Radio K studios to play a mesmerizing live session, which features this soaring take on "Jupiter." The duo are set to release their highly-anticipated new LP, LucidDreamingSkylines, and this live performance should certainly stoke the fires of those local fans waiting to hear what the talented pair of musicians have worked up together.
Haley Bonar - Last War Preview
Speaking of highly-anticipated local releases, Haley Bonar is putting the finishing touches on her new album, Last War, and has just released this all-too-short teaser clip for the album, which was directed by Dan Huiting. She promises that there is more on the way soon, with a new single ready to be released later this month, along with a full-length video to accompany it, all building up to the release of her forthcoming full-length early next spring. Until then, get lost in this brief but moving teaser video for Last War, and head to the Chapel in Northfield to see Haley play on November 21.
Ecid - "Grungehotel"
Ecid is back with a new release, Post Euphoria EP (Vol. 2), and this video for the synth-heavy lead-off track to the new collection, "Grungehotel," was directed by the seemingly ubiquitous Adam J. Dunn. The track features plenty of fresh beats, as well as Ecid's smooth, playful flow, with Dunn adding some colorful, psychedelic visual flourishes that compliment the dynamic pulse and tone of the catchy track.