Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties.
This week begins with a "reel" lovely new video from John Mark Nelson. We've also got clips from Teenage Strangler, Matt Hires, Gospel Machine, Freddy Fresh, and Forest Haze. We're also featuring live performances from Tickle Torture, Coastal Cabins, Fury Things, and Wolf Blood. Enjoy!
John Mark Nelson - "Boy"
Local singer/songwriter John Mark Nelson returns with another video drawn from his new album, Sings the Moon, this time out for the record's emotional centerpiece, "Boy." The stirring video was shot in the stunning mountain regions of California, and follows two disparate guys out into the woods on their unmentioned outdoor adventure. The song plays a key role in describing the action unfolding on the screen, before taking on a more poignant significance at the very end. The video and the song are both quite beautiful and moving. You can catch Nelson at the Turf Club on November 22, as he and his band open for Horse Feathers.
Matt Hires - "Hold You Up"
Rock the Cause have just released another song and video that highlights the benevolent Ronald McDonald House. The local connections permeate the recording and video of Matt Hires' new single, "Hold You Up," as Kevin Bowe recorded and engineered the track (as well as playing guitar on the number, along with the drums and bass of Steve Price and Peter Anderson), while a slew of talented folks from around the Twin Cities -- from both Wayfarer Entertainment and Olson Creative -- helped conceptualize, film, and edit the video. The uplifting clip was shot throughout the area, and perfectly compliments the positive number. All proceeds for the sale of the single benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities Upper Midwest. A good song for a great cause.
Teenage Strangler - "Kicking and Screaming"
Dylan Lee Ritchie's Teenage Strangler just released a glitchy new video for "Kicking and Screaming," a distortion-drenched track featured on a new split-12" with Tea Life 3, a band fronted by Dylan's uncle Brian Ritchie, founder of the Violent Femmes. A. Bill Miller filmed the video at the Wisco in Madison over the past summer, and the hallucinatory nature of the clip fitfully compliments the glorious swell of guitars and discord.
Fury Things - "Fake (Live at the Hexagon)"
Fury Things, have been tearing up Twin Cities stages as they put the finishing touches to their long-awaited full-length debut. In addition to opening up for Bob Mould's now legendary return to the Entry earlier this summer (after they were hand-picked for the gig by Mould himself), the band recently rocked the Hex. And thankfully the folks at UnderCurrentMPLS were there to capture some of the fun, including this boisterous run through of the Fury's new track, "Fake." The trio recorded their new batch of songs at Flowers Studio with Ed Ackerson, and hopefully the band shares the raucous results of those sessions with us all sometime soon. But for now, turn up this live performance of "Fake" and enjoy the best autumn that the Twin Cities has ever experienced.
Tickle Torture - "Ready For Love (TV Takeover MPLS TV)"
Tickle Torture's Elliott Kozel keeps his clothes (mostly) on during this TV Takeover performance for MPLS TV, but his effervescent personality comes through. "Ready For Love" is drawn from Tickle Torture's stellar EP, Spectrophilia, a collection that has -- along with his glorious spectacle of a live show -- earned Kozel some highly warrented national praise. Tickle Torture is currently hitting New York as part of the CMJ Music Marathon, before Kozel and his crew return home for a sure-to-be wild I Am MPLS showcase at First Avenue on December 4.
Gospel Machine - "Reunion Day"
Gospel Machine, a Minneapolis garage-gospel quintet, offer up a splendid new song and video for "Reunion Day." The track is lifted off of their forthcoming new album, Your Holy Ghost, which should arrive at some point in 2015. The moving clip features vocalist Jayanthi Kyle singing the stirring number alone, with iconic images from the March on Washington superimposed over the top of her, driving home the significance of the song as well as the lasting influence and impact of the Civil Rights Movement. You can catch Gospel Machine live this Saturday night at the Dakota.
Forest Haze - "Confess"
Forest Haze are a Berlin/Minneapolis R&B duo (formerly known as Forsthays), and this video is for their intoxicating new single, "Confess." Dominique represents the Minneapolis side of the group, and he revealed that "Confess" will be the first of a series of three singles the group is set to release in the coming weeks, all building towards the release of their debut full-length, Fool's Paradise, sometime next year. While Forest Haze represents the two far-flung musicians collaborative creative efforts across continents, hopefully once the album is released, the pair will find themselves both in Minneapolis in order to bring their beguiling songs to life on stage.
Wolf Blood - "Dancing On Your Grave (Live on Radio K)"
Wolf Blood bring a strong Duluth presence to this week's installment of Local Frames, as the metal quintet from the North Country recently dropped by the Radio K studios to rattle their walls with a blistering live set. The menacingly-titled "Dancing On Your Grave" is drawn from the group's recent self-titled EP, which they released back in February. If you are looking for a doom metal act to support in Minnesota, look no further than Wolf Blood -- they have more than enough rock for you to handle. You can catch their thunderous live show at Povs Sports Bar on December 5, as they open up for Eldergaad.
Coastal Cabins - "Green Aisles (Real Estate Cover)"
I've been a big supporter of Coastal Cabins since I first came across their self-titled debut EP. Now, the Luther College students pay homage to a song and a band whom they both admire, Real Estate, as Jack Ross and Robert Marston affectionately cover their Days hit, "Green Aisles." Since the duo didn't feature at all in their first two videos, you now can get a glimpse of the two young musicians behind the music of Coastal Cabins, while also hearing a clear modern influence on the pair's songwriting and sound. Hopefully, in between their college studies, Ross and Marston can find the time to play a live show when they return to Minneapolis at some point in the future.
Freddy Fresh & Andy Ictus - "Hardcore Rocka"
Freddy Fresh is a celebrated old-school DJ born in Minneapolis who had a major hit a few years ago with his collaboration with Fat Boy Slim, "Badder Badder Schwing." He's now back on the scene with a new single and video for "Hardcore Rocka," which is featured on his forthcoming new album, Play The Music. The new record will feature a series of different singers from four separate continents, and on this collaborative number with Andy Ictus, the guests are Tanto Metro and Devonte. The backyard fun clip was directed by J Maki Films, and shot by Matt Myers, who all manage to capture the boundless enjoyment of a summertime cookout as well as the buoyant spirit of Freddy's hot new single.
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