Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties.
To start, here's a brand new video from the Purple One himself, Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL. We've also got new clips from Dem Atlas, Trampled by Turtles, Hyperslob and the Goat Meat Explosion, Chokecherry, and a hilarious and helpful drum tutorial video series featuring Dave King. We're also featuring a new Spaces episode with Sun Gods to Gamma Rays, a performance clip at Hymie's by Reina del Cid, a Sofar Session by Me As a Pilot, and Part 1 of an informative video series on Rhymesayers honoring their 20th anniversary and illustrious past. Enjoy!
Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL - "MARZ"
In addition to his recent surprise appearance at the Golden Globes, Prince continues to keep a high profile (for him, at least) with an official video for "MARZ," one of the standouts on his new record with 3RDEYEGIRL, PLECTRUMELECTRUM. The psychedelic live clip features Prince and his band tearing through the brief, spirited number, as the vibrant colors swirl around them. The clip was produced by JPA Entertainment, who tweaked the band's recent performance on Saturday Night Live and added a hallucinogenic, colorful twist, with Prince striking curious poses while getting down with his new supporting band during their memorable set.
Dem Atlas - "Drive North"
This is shaping up to be a big year for Dem Atlas. The recent Rhymesayers signee has just released an inventive, intense EP, DWNR, and our recent profile on the MC revealed an artist ready to take the next step creatively. And his dynamic release show for his new EP in the Entry solidified his growing status on one of the most talented rappers in the current hip hop scene. This video for "Drive North" was created by Peter Jamus, who captures Dem Atlas lost amid the theater crowds, while the bright neon swirl of the city envelops him. The video also focuses on a lone blank star on the iconic walls of First Avenue, where his name could end up someday.
Trampled by Turtles - "Repetition"
Trampled by Turtles have just released a stylish new animated video for "Repetition," one of the standout tracks on their most recent record, Wild Animals. The clip was directed and animated by Matteo Crinelli, while it was illustrated and art directed by Roger Haus -- who both teamed up to create a lovely visual interpretation of the song while also giving an artful nod to a-ha's legendary clip "Take On Me." Trampled by Turtles just announced a return trip to Colorado's picturesque Red Rocks on August 29 (which they sold out last year), where they will be joined by Elephant Revival and Shakey Graves.
Sun Gods to Gamma Rays - Spaces Ep. 8
The talented Spaces crew just released their eighth episode of their stellar live music performance series, this time out featuring Sun Gods to Gamma Rays. The enthralling group played an intimate two-song set featuring "Enough" and the glorious title track to their recent album, A Ghost to Find. The footage was shot at the Railroad Hippie Hideout, a former Polish school in northeast Minneapolis that has been converted over the years to a practice space/art studio. Sadly, this underground hangout for music/arty types has been condemned, but not before Sun Gods and the Spaces crew captured this lovely live set that was augmented by the location's intimate surroundings.
A Moment In Rhymesayers - Episode 1: The Beginning
Rhymesayers has played a prominent role in shaping the Twin Cities hip-hop scene over the last two decades. The independent but highly influential record label is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and to commemorate the grand occasion, they are taking a look back in a series of videos entitled A Moment in Rhymesayers. The first installment in the series concentrates on the visionary people and opportunities that gave Rhymesayers their humble but inspired origins. This highly informative episode illuminates the early years of Brent "Siddiq" Sayers (Rhymesayers CEO), Musab "Beyond" Saad, and Atmosphere's Slug and Ant. It also features some rousing live clips from 1995's Microphone Check Showcase that features the Abstract Pack and the Urban Mind Dwellers. Right from the jump, the innovative Rhymesayers crew were on their own other level, and have taken their music and their distinctive brand to new heights ever since.
Hyperslob and the Goat Meat Explosion - "Little Claus"
The name is clearly what gets your attention first when it comes to Hyperslob and the Goat Meat Explosion. They are memorable long before you hear a note of their music. But the raucous, untamed energy of "Little Claus" solidifies the group's indelible quality. Hyperslob have a record release party for their punkish, noisey new album, Infectious Yarn, at the Kitty Cat Klub this Saturday, January 24, where they will be joined by fellow rabble-rousers Kitten Forever, Teenage Moods, and Les Deux Magots. In fact, Teenage Moods' Gordon Byrd (Lord Gord) did the video for "Little Claus" along with the band, and the fiery, celebratory nature of the clip is fueled by the ominous sonic potency of the track itself.
Dave King - Rational Funk Ep. 1
I've been a big fan of Dave King ever since the first time I saw Happy Apple back in the '90s. I even sang his praises for the Current around Thanksgiving ahead of his takeover of the Icehouse. But for those of you who STILL don't know who Dave King is or what the hell he does that is so interesting, I suggest you take a look at the first episode of King's new video series, Rational Funk. The series, shot and edited by Joe Johnson, claims to be a "drum instruction series," but it also serves as an obscenity-laced comedic exercise from the hilarious King himself. "I knew there was more I could do with YouTube than just watching old SCTV clips on tour," says King. "Unless I get better at Minecraft, makeup tutorials, or un-boxing a Samsung Galaxy, I feel like sharing what I've learned about a life in music is the best way for me to 'give back' while also hopefully making some gas money off pre-roll trailers for Michael Bay movies."
Chokecherry - "Salt and Ice"
Minneapolis folk-rock quartet Chokecherry are back with a lovely new album, The Future Was a Long Time Ago, and the first single/video drawn from that new collection is for the sprightly number, "Salt and Ice." The clip draws from archival animated movies to augment the rollicking sounds of the track, with the salt and ice theme resonating with any Minnesotan who has made it through a winter here. The group is set to celebrate the release of their new album with a couple of shows this weekend -- first up is the Seward Cafe on Saturday night, along with Whiskey Jeff and the Beer Back Band, Diver Dress, and Up the Mountain Down the Mountain, and on Sunday they are playing Hymie's Vintage Records at 4 p.m., along with Jake Duda. These songs are special ones that the group has clearly spent some quality time on, and 2015 should be a big year for Chokecherry.
Reina del Cid - "The Cooling (Live at Hymie's Vintage Records)"
Speaking of Hymie's, here's another great live video shot at one of the best record stores in Minneapolis, this time out featuring Reina del Cid. The group, featuring a resplendent string section, ease their way into a gorgeous rendition of "The Cooling," which is captured elegantly by Dan Huiting and his talented crew. The intimate performance swells with emotion, as the achingly beautiful string arrangements augment Reina del Cid's poignant, moving number. You can catch Reina del Cid and Sarah Morris in a stellar double-bill at Hopkins Center for the Arts on Tuesday, January 27.
Me As A Pilot - "New York City (Sofar Minneapolis Session)"
This lovely performance by Me As a Pilot (Nick Costa from the Person and the People's solo project) is part of a recent Sofar Sounds session in Minneapolis. The intimate clip, filmed and edited by Xander Grzywinski, captures Costa's stirring stripped-down rendition of "New York City," a slightly reworked version of his other band's "NYC Freakout." This vulnerable and endearing performance is made even more special by the warm surroundings, as music fans from the area gather in a living room stripped of pretense in order to hear songs unfiltered and immediately personal, and this clip captures some of that magic.
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