Va va va voom, it's Video Vriday!
Here's Portugal. The Man's video for "Purple Yellow Red & Blue," the new track which was recorded with members of Haim, from the Evil Friends album (out June 4). In this video, frontman John Gourley embraces his inner street person and walks around with a ratty blanket. (Or is it a technicolor dreamcoat?) A bunch of other strange stuff happens. This video is like a metaphysical version of shining the blacklight on some motel sheets to see all the jizz stains. Final assessment = ??
Aan performed a secret house show in LA for Songs from a Room (SOFAR) during which they played this stripped-down rundown of "Spiritual Provisions," the B-side of their excellent new single "Mystery Life." This is a great, gentle version of the track, proving that frontman Bud Wilson doesn't require a mic. Aan are opening for Smashing Pumpkins for a couple shows in Florida and North Carolina in the coming days.
Videos from Radiation City, the We Shared Milk, Dresses, the Vandies, and Donnie Blossoms after the jump!
Here's video number three in the Tender Loving Empire/Fort George collaborative series meant to celebrate the brewery's new Tender Loving Empire Northwest Pale Ale. (Videos one and two.) Shot by Into the Woods, this captures Radiation City performing near the Astoria-Megler Bridge at the mouth of the Columbia River. They perform "Foreign Bodies" from their upcoming album Animals in the Median and if you know anything about Radiation City, you know that this is a magnificent sounding performance, even as the band looks a little battered by those northern Pacific winds. Radiation City plays a release show for the new album on June 28 at the Wonder; meanwhile, the TLE beer gets its own release show, too: Sunday, May 5 at Bunk Bar with music from Heavy Handles, the Family Crest, Holiday Friends, and Jared Mees.
Another clip from the We Shared Milk's show at the Banana Stand last year is up, so take a look. "Blake" was a song the group wrote for their very first show at the Banana Stand in '08, and it stood the test of time to be played again four years later. Video by Collective-47.
We posted a video from Portland duo Dresses a couple months back, and now here's their new one. It's called "Sun Shy" and it's deliriously poppy, cuddly, and catchy. The video here's pretty straightforward, as Jared Ryan Maldonado and Timothy Heller—that's the girl, her name is indeed Timothy—join a house party where everyone is drinking... tea? Not sure what they're drinking, but it's in mugs. Dresses play the Doug Fir on May 9 opening for Laura Stevenson, and then hit the road for a few dates with Kate Nash.
The Vandies are a local all-female rock group who recently released their self-titled EP. Here's the video for one of those tracks, an upbeat party-ready track called "Chinatown." Not sure if this refers to the Old Town neighborhood of Portland, now characterized by fratty dance clubs more than its Chinese restaurants, but even if not, there's a late-night, party-crazy vibe to this one. The Vandies recently played the Slabtown Grrrl Front Fest and are going to play Backspace on Wednesday, May 1.
Last up! This is Donnie Blossoms' video for a track called "Who Am I Too" from his Gnar tape High-Chew/Windows, and it celebrates the magical transformative powers of weed (the video was reportedly shot on 4/20). With Blossoms' hazy electronic musical backing, there's all kinds of fun pot-fueled shenanigans (personal favorite moment: when a copy of the WW turns into Street Roots.) This is all pretty dumb and druggy, but it's over in two minutes and is amusing, to say the least. You need to lighten up anyway, bra.