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.
We get things going at Local Frames this week with an intimate Spaces Session from John Mark Nelson, featuring three new songs from his forthcoming album. We've also got new videos from Toki Wright & Big Cats, EMOT, Disasteratti, American Youth, Enemy Planes, and a new clip from Atmosphere to promote the upcoming Welcome to MN tour. We're also featuring an intoxicating in-studio performance from Buffalo Moon, an intimate Naked Songwriter session from Martin Devaney, and a promo clip for an upcoming reissue of classic gospel interpretations of the music of Bob Dylan. Enjoy!
John Mark Nelson - Spaces Ep. 3 (at the Library Recording Studio)
Local singer/songwriter John Mark Nelson certainly captivated the Twin Cities music scene with a couple of stirring, plaintive albums that were works that contained unvarnished, vulnerable delights. He and his band have been hard at work on his highly-anticipated (and Kickstarter funded) new album, and here he gets together with the creative folks behind Spaces for an intimate session at the Library Recording Studio. Nelson and his talented group perform two brand new songs, "Boy" and "Shorebird," as well as a lovely take on the previously released gem, "Moon and the Stars." All of these wonderful versions should get you even more excited about Nelson's forthcoming record, as well as the great work that producer Nate Matson and his Spaces crew are doing capturing these fantastic performances. You can catch John Mark Nelson live at the Are You Local? show at First Avenue on March 6.
Toki Wright & Big Cats - "A Future For the Present"
Toki Wright and Big Cats have recently joined forces for a smooth sounding collaborative project. And the first sample of their work together is this cool video for "A Future For the Present," which was filmed on location in Tokyo, Japan. Spencer Wirth-Davis directed the video himself, while also handling the chill production while Toki Wright provided the laid-back rhymes, all of it sounding like a modern interpretation of Massive Attack. The group will be releasing their first full-length, Pangaea, at some point this year, but until then, you can catch them as part of Atmosphere's Welcome to MN tour, which hits First Avenue this Monday night.
EMOT - "Garbage Tones"
Saint Paul's EMOT are set to release their Brian Moen-produced third record at the Cedar Cultural Center on March 6, and to give their fans a taste of what to expect from their new album, the group released this enthralling video for "Garbage Tones." The clip was done by Jason P. Schumacher and Riley Lester, and perfectly captures the leisurely elegance of the track itself. EMOT is comprised of members of No Bird Sing, Chastity Brown, Coloring Time, and Sleep Study, so their local ties and talents run deep. They will be supported at their release show by We Are The Willows and the Cairo Gang, which should ensure a lovely night of music at the Cedar.
Atmosphere - "Bob Seger"
To get local fans even more psyched for the long sold-out Welcome to MN show at First Avenue on Monday, Atmosphere just released a new video for "Bob Seger," a track inspired by the legend of Paul Bunyan, and appropriately filmed in the Iron Range of northern Minnesota. The theatrical clip was directed by Andrew Melby, who captures the rough side of life on the plains in the early years of this country. Slug also manages to reference Seger's "Night Moves" in his lyrics, joining Night Moves themselves as local artists who have been influenced in some capacity by the classic rocker.
Disasteratti - "Rolling Blackouts"
Minneapolis noise-rock trio Disasteratti are set to release their new album, Cerebral Hack Artist, on Learning Curve Records on March 1. The first track lifted from that forthcoming collection is "Rolling Blackouts," a potent, tempestuous number that is given an equally raucous video treatment by Voice of Pizza. The band's sound carries on the volatile underground rock history of the Twin Cities, while also breathing new life into a scene that needs more loud, unruly guitars at the moment.
Buffalo Moon - "Summer Tears (Live on Radio K)"
Buffalo Moon recently dropped by the Radio K studios for an enthralling live session, and the moving, impassioned take on "Summer Tears" was one of the clear standouts of their all-too-brief performance. The track is lifted from the group's wonderful new record, Machista, and this version highlights not only the intoxicating nature of the track itself, but the flourishing talents of the band as well, who have combined to create one of the best, and most distinctive, Minnesota records of 2014.
American Youth - "Sojourner"
Minneapolis indie-folk group American Youth recently took part in an ambitious video project created by Adam Jacobs called Captain's Project. Jacobs and his talented crew of fellow directors have aspired to release one new music video every day of the entire month of February, and so far their results are quite impressive. This video for American Youth's "Sojourner" was shot throughout downtown Minneapolis, both on the streets and in the skyways, and captures the band delivering a lively performance of their catchy title track to their recent EP.
Enemy Planes - "No Strings"
Enemy Planes are back with "No Strings," their second video to promote their forthcoming debut album, Beta Lowdown. The indie electro-rock outfit enlisted Jeff Pryor to direct the fire and whiskey-fueled clip, which was all filmed in one continuous shot with no editing. The video only adds to the hypnotic, pulsating churn of the track itself, which is yet another promising track from the band's highly anticipated record, which they hopefully won't keep us waiting for that much longer.
Martin Devaney - The Naked Songwriter Ep. 10
Vernerable St. Paul singer/songwriter Martin Devaney recently released a new record, House of Rust, and took part in DEMO's excellent Naked Songwriter series to play a few of his solo songs as well as work from his other group, Crossing Guards. Devaney's stark performance only heightens the impact of his vulnerable, affecting lyrics as well as his simple but stirring song constructs, which easily charmed the audience gathered to see him perform -- as well as all those who check out the video.
The Brothers and Sisters: The Making of Dylan's Gospel
The music of Bob Dylan has a spiritual quality to it that fans have been tapping into for inspiration and guidance since the '60s. And, in 1969, the Brothers and Sisters, a California choir collective (including Ruby Johnson, Shirley Matthews, Clydie King, Patrice Holloway, Julia Tillman and more) gathered with legendary producer Lou Adler to record gospel versions of some of Dylan's best known songs at the time. The album disappeared from the scene soon after its release, but the good folks at Light in the Attic Records are reissuing this stirring, soulful collection on April 1 in a remastered format, with liner notes by Lou Adler, Merry Clayton and Edna Wright, as well as archival photos documenting the uplifting sessions. This video gives you a glimpse of the sights and sounds of the sessions themselves, along with commentary from Adler and others involved. If you like what you hear, you can pre-order the CD/LP of Dylan's Gospel here.
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