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 lead off with an Alice In Wonderland nightmare clip from the atmospheric Minneapolis garage rock quartet, Crimes, taken from their new record, Thin Sunlight, which is coming out in May. There's also a new Brother Ali video relased in support of the Occupy Homes movement (featuring Tom Morello, Jackson Browne, Slug, P.O.S. I Self Devine, and others), a trailer for a forthcoming documentary on Grant Hart, an MN Original preview of their upcoming Rock The Garden special, an intimate Live Letters performance from Fathom Lane, as well as a host of recent radio in-studio sessions from Why?, Django Django, Aby Wolf & Grant Cutler, and Frightened Rabbit. Enjoy!
Crimes - "Poison"
The mercurial Minneapolis quartet Crimes are back with a new video for "Poison," which takes some eerie, black and white footage from an archival version of Alice In Wonderland and combines it with the fitful rock featured on their new song. The clip, produced by Garrett D. Tiedemann, gives the already combustible number even more of a moody edge, and certainly bodes well for the rest of their new album, Thin Sunlight, which you can currently stream via Crimes' bandcamp page, and pick up at their record release show at Icehouse on May 10. In between, the band has one last show before their record release, on April 5 at the Turf Club with the always awesome Leisure Birds and Strange Relations.
Brother Ali - "Work Everyday"
Brother Ali's tireless work for the disenfranchised here in the Twin Cities have been well documented both in our pages and online. His new video for "Work Everyday" is dedicated to the struggle of giving people everywhere a voice as well as some hope. The clip features some pretty heavy hitters in the local and national music scene as well, with Tom Morello, Jackson Browne, BK-One, Slug of Atmosphere, P.O.S, I Self Devine, and a host Ali's close activist friends all lending their voices and energy to the struggle. The stirring clip was directed by Andrew Melby, and Ali describes the meaning and movement behind the clip best himself, "This video is a glimpse into the incredible work that's being done by common people who have decided to work together to demand justice."
Django Django - "Love's Dart (Live on the Current)
Shortly before the London-based quartet Django Django recently performed in front of a sold-out First Avenue, getting a Twin Cities crowd dancing away to their infectious rhythms, no less, the ebullient group dropped by the Current for an intimate, stripped-down in-studio session which includes this striking version of "Love's Dart." This acoustic version features drummer David Maclean playing a cardboard box but still managing to give the song a driving back beat. "Love's Dart" is definitely one of the quieter moments on the young group's self-titled debut, but it certainly one of most indelible moments as well, as this gorgeous version attests to.
Fathom Lane - "Sweet Sept"
The captivating Minneapolis sextet Fathom Lane recently put on an intimate Live Letters performance featuring plenty of tracks from their debut album, Down By Half, including this poignant rendition of "Sweet Sept." Frontman Michael Ferrier and his vocal partner Ashleigh Still have a much more high profile gig lined up this Saturday as they will be opening for Freedy Johnston at the Aster Cafe. It's only a matter of time until Fathom Lane's moving brand of elegant, countrified rock 'n' roll wins over the majority of music fans here in the Twin Cities, and this stirring clip, featuring the photography, editing, and FX work of Jeremy Krzmarzick, should give everyone an affecting glimpse of just what the band's about.
MN Original - Rock The Garden 2012 Special
Rock The Garden is typically one of the best outdoor musical parties to happen in Minnesota, and last year's iteration was no exception. Great weather, combined with fantastic (mostly) local acts, and a crowd that was clearly there to have a good time, all amounted to a memorable concert experience that area music fans will remember for quite a while. The good folks over at MN Original were there documenting the whole wonderful event, and this Sunday on tpt2, they are airing their Rock The Garden 2012 music special in order to get you psyched for the Current's upcoming announcement of the acts that will perform at RTG 2013. The special is airing twice this Sunday, at 6 p.m. and later that night at 10 p.m. Tune in and relive the special moments that took place, and who knows, maybe you'll see yourself in the crowd.
Why? - "Shag Carpet (Live on Radio K)"
The eclectic, indie hip-hop/rock outfit Why? recently dropped by the Radio K studios for a lively take on "Shag Carpet," featuring Yoni Wolf's wistful verses over his talented band's infectious, hypnotic rhythms. The track is lifted from Why?'s recent EP, Sod In The Seed, which finds Wolf getting even more personal and vulnerable than he has on past releases. Why? just finished up a lengthy U.S. tour supported by the local MC Astronautalis, which brought the skills of both artists from one corner of the country to the other (including a memorable show at the Fine Line). The video was shot by the talented K team of Jack Buckholz, Ross Koeberl, and Alex Breyfogle, and was edited by Buckholz as well. And the fine audio recording and mastering was done by Tanner Uselmann.
Every Everything, the music, life & times of Grant Hart -- official trailer
Based on this spirited trailer for Every Everything, this upcoming documentary on the life and music of Hüsker Dü's Grant Hart appears to be a fantastic look back at a seminal time in Twin Cities music history, as well as a great glimpse into where Hart's head is at now. The director, Gordan Bechard, also put together the Replacements documentary, Color Me Obsessed, which didn't have the archival footage and access that this new documentary has, and hopefully that makes all the difference. Hart has a double-album coming out entitled The Argument which is apparently based on Milton's Paradise Lost -- definitely sounds intriguing. Every Everything is apparently finished, with a few minor adjustments yet to be made. To find out more info about the documentary, and to contribute to a kickstarter campaign to fund the film's sound mix, head to the Every Everything website.
Frightened Rabbit - "The Woodpile (Live on the Current)
Shortly before their stirring, sold-out show at the Varsity Theater, Scotland's Frightened Rabbit dropped by the Current studios for an acoustic set of songs from their brilliant new album, Pedestrian Verse. Frontman Scott Hutchison was in fine spirits throughout the engaging interview portion of their session, but it was ultimately their performances which made the in-studio so special. This moving, acoustic rendition of their new number, "The Woodpile," gives a stark, stirring glimpse of a band that is currently at the top of their game.
The Farewell Circuit - We Were Wolves Preview
The rousing indie rock quintet the Farewell Circuit have a new EP forthcoming in May called We Were Wolves, and to get their local fans excited about it the group has released a teaser-trailer for the collection featuring snippets of their new songs. This EP is the long-awaited follow-up to their well-received 2011 album, In Our Bones, and from the short bursts we get of the new tracks, it seems that the band is expanding and experimenting with their sound as their career moves forward. The band has a show at the 7th Street Entry on April 26 playing with the On and On, and you'll probably be able to get a better idea of how their new songs sound at that show.
Aby Wolf & Grant Cutler - "Permission (Live on Radio K)"
Aby Wolf & Grant Cutler continue to deliver enthralling in-studios around town. This clip is taken from a recent stop by the Radio K studios, and finds Wolf and Cutler getting comfortable and cozy while delivering this gorgeous take on "Permission," which is the lead-off track from the duo's transfixing recent record, Wolf Lords. In addition to Wolf's steady vocal work alongside her friend Dessa, Cutler is also staying busy on the music scene with another soaring new collaboration, this time with Zoo Animal's Holly Newsom, entitled Weird Visions, which you should all go and listen to (and surely fall in love with) right this very second.
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