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 get things going with a cell-phone sourced new video from Sleep Study for the group's catchy current single. We've also got brand new clips from Literati, Patches and Gretchen, Mike Dreams with some help from Moving Parts' Adam Paulus, Jonathan Rundman, and a teaser trailer for a whopping three forthcoming new videos from Crankshaft. We're also spotlighting a live clip from Prince shot at a recent surprise late-night performance by the Purple One and the New Power Generation at an intimate venue in New York, an insightful video interview with Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner, and a Radio K in-studio performance from Some Pulp as well as a live performance at the Current booth at the State Fair from Bomba De Luz. Enjoy!
Sleep Study - "Peace & Letting Go"
In order to capture the immediate appeal of their live show as well as the catchy quality of their new single, "Peace & Letting Go," Sleep Study turned to camera shot clips of recent performances at the Entry, Cause, and the Triple Rock for their new video. These live shots are intertwined with grainy, faded war clips, which gives the track some slightly ominous undertones while also reinforcing the need for harmonious release embodied in the title. The Twin Cities group has a big East Coast tour planned for the fall, with plans to hit the studio once they return in order to start working on their second full-length, which they plan to release sometime next year.
Literati - "Parade"
To celebrate the release of their new record, Fait Accompli, earlier this week, Twin Cities hip-hop crew Literati have just released a video for one of the standout tracks on that new collection, "Parade." Mercies May and Chris Caesar have combined their lyrical and production talents to create a record that pulses with unrest and disillusionment, while still providing plenty of indelible hooks that draw the listener in. May directed the foreboding video for "Parade," which belies the typical celebratory aspect of the word in favor of something with a much darker edge.
Dave Pirner Interview
This revealing interview with Dave Pirner was conducted for Rust Magazine backstage before an LP Tour gig in Atlanta, and finds the Soul Asylum frontman opening up on many different aspects of the current state of the band and music in general. He talks about their new covers EP, No Fun Intended, and the motivation behind the song choices and what they are going to come up with in the future. He also sings the praises of his tight-knit crew, Dolly Parton, and pleads for fans to share a good joke with him. Soul Asylum have another local show planned at First Avenue on October 19 with Fountains of Wayne and Evan Dando, with plans to record a new record soon.
Some Pulp - "Blue Pout/Pizza Pop & Cigarettes (Live on Radio K)"
Minneapolis garage rock duo Some Pulp dropped by the Radio K studios recently to deliver a short set packed with their potent, irresistible tracks. This clip captures the surf-rock charm of the bristling "Blue Pout," before the band switches things up a bit on the hard-driving "Pizza Pop & Cigarettes," which eventually dissolves spiritedly into a '50s sounding love song. Some Pulp are playing the Entry on September 11 along with Radkey and Blue Ruin.
Prince and the New Power Generation - Live at City Winery, New York City
Prince made sure his surprise show at New York's 500-capacity City Winery was worth the wait, as his set didn't start until 3 a.m., but after a lengthy run through of hits and jams with the New Power Generation (as well as guest appearances from Shelby J., Larry Graham, Doug E. Fresh, and Cee-Lo Green), the Purple One officially closed things down at 6 a.m., telling this dedicated (and surely exhausted fans), "You gotta go to work tomorrow. This is my job. This is where I work." And judging by the montage that Prince's crew put together to recap the night, and the absolutely insane setlist, this memorable performance was certainly one for the ages. Hopefully, no one left early and missed out on all the fun.
Mike Dreams - "Songs on the Radio (Feat. Adam Paulus of Moving Parts)"
Southside Minneapolis MC Mike Dreams is back with another video from his recent album, Millennial, this time for a wistful number called "Songs On The Radio." He's assisted on the track by Adam Paulus from Moving Parts, who helps give the song a guitar-laden hook as well as making the chorus even more catchy. The video, which captures a beautiful day by the lake in Minneapolis, was directed and edited by Alan Tracy for Colliding Pictures, with the clip perfectly augmenting the relaxed summertime vibe of the track.
Crankshaft - Triple Music Video Trailer
Alex "Crankshaft" Larson always seems to be perpetually busy, with upcoming gigs and recording new albums. But releasing three new videos in one night is ambitious even for him and his band. On September 21 at Famous Dave's in Uptown, Crankshaft will premiere all three music videos that he produced, directed, and edited within the past three months. The night is free, and all ages, and will represent the fulfillment of a promise Larson made to himself to release three music videos (including one where a Cadillac is filled with concrete) after winning a $25,000 from Artist Signal last year. So check out the teaser clip for the three different videos, and drop by Famous Dave's for the release party on September 21.
Bomba de Luz - "Starting To Choke II (Live on the Current)"
After her dream gig opening for Jake Bugg at the Fine Line, Bomba de Luz frontwoman Lydia Hoglund took the full band to the Minnesota State Fair to play an engaging live session for the Current. This loungey, keyboard-laden clip of the lovely "Starting To Choke II" captures the young band in fine form, and certainly kept the Fair crowd entertained. Bomba de Luz are set to play the Midway Music Mixtape release party at Amsterdam on September 1.
Jonathan Rundman - "Flying On A Plane"
In the midst of touring with his Finnish folk band Kaivama, Jonathan Rundman was also able to record and release a digital single for a song called "Flying On A Plane." Here, he documents the creation and tracking of the song all the way through the final mixing process, which was done by BNLX's Ed Ackerson at his Flowers Studio. This intimate clip not only shows different stages of the creative process, but also captures the formation of a truly lovely song in the process.
Patches and Gretchen - "The Heavy Wool Coats of Bums"
Patches and Gretchen are back with a theatrical new video for "The Heavy Wool Coats of Bums," a track lifted from their recent record, Even Breaks. The clip perfectly captures the boundless freedom as well as the endless boredom of small town life, with a sweet picture of a mustachioed Bob Dylan thrown into the mix as well. The buoyant guitar riff that permeates the track augments Gretchen Seichrist's yearning lyrics, with the playful video complimenting the underlying spirit of the song.
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