Veruca Salt, it's Video Vriday! This week's super-sized**, so let's get right to it.
Alameda have a gorgeous new video for "Little Lives," a song off their upcoming 7-inch Frozen Architecture. In inky black-and-white, Croation animator Sanda Anderlon depicts the adventures of an insectoid creature across landscapes both massive and miniscule. (Check out more of the Zagreb-based animator here). Of course, a perhaps symbolic transformation happens at the end, resulting in something that brushes up against mythology. Alameda release Frozen Architecture on November 25 and they're playing a release party/show that evening at the White Eagle.
Newly minted Portland band Wooden Shjips (half the band now lives here) have a slightly creepy clip for "Back to Land," the title track from their just-released album on Thrill Jockey. That album was also written and recorded here, and our city's proximity to nature found the band kindling their inner hippie, picking up acoustic guitars and writing earthier material than some of their space-bound psychedelia of the past. If you have a fear of clowns, do not watch this video. And just what is that private investigator smoking, anyway?
Shy Girls did this session for Yours Truly, performing "When I Say I Love U" in San Francisco on what looks like a cool, dark day. It's just Dan Vidmar on this one, playing guitar and singing to the beat, and creating an almost claustrophobic sense of romantic loss. Shy Girls have a West Coast tour that begins later this month, although no hometown dates are currently on the schedule. "When I Say I Love U" comes from the new Timeshare EP.
A lot more Vriday after the jump, including Barna Howard, Dust, Focus Troup, Young Turks, Love Cop, Don and the Quixotes, and Black Prairie.
Here's Portland songwriter Barna Howard performing "Turns Around the Bottle" from a show at the Portland Playhouse back in May (opening for Alela Diane). This song was featured in the movie Drinking Buddies and appears in the scene where Ron Livingston puts the needle down on the record and begins making out with Olivia Wilde. She's wearing a bra. Yeah, you remember it. The song originated on Howard's self-titled debut, which came out last year on Mama Bird Recording Co.
Local emcee Dust just released this video for his "Playing God" cut (a theme Kanye has also recently handled, although with substantially less modesty). This comes from Dust's recent album Dust Raps the Blues, an inventive take that makes sense of classic blues records in a current hiphop context. (Read a little more about it here.) The video, directed by Drew Martin, shows Dust and crew uniting different religious under the roof of one church for something rousing and celebratory. That is, until someone brings out the Kool-Aid...
Here's a soothing, amniotic clip for "To," a hushed, slightly shoegazing track from Focus Troup, the project of John Rau, who has also been in bands like XDS, Regular Music, and Eternal Tapestry. (Not to mention Leisure LLC, Royal Baths, Edibles, and Lady Shapes.) Rau has some recording work for Focus Troup coming up shortly, and he'll be entering a handful of local studios with Jeff Simmons for future Focus Troup releases.
Portland hardcore band Young Turks have a video for their "Roe vs. Wade vs. Westbrook." Clad in black and plaid and denim and backwards baseball caps, we see the band in their natural habitat—the crowded, cramped practice space. All the better for the song's spittle-flecked rage and surprising elements of empathy. (When was the last time you heard a hardcore band play a song with the lyrics "I'm sorry,"—even if they're immediately followed by "but..."?)
Gnar Tapes outfit Love Cop have a video for "Hey, May," a tune from their upcoming album Pop Magick Is Real, out in December. This tenderly romantic but unsettling clip was directed by Brian Wakefield and depicts a long-distance online romance fueled by bong resin and perhaps stronger stuff. The love slowly curdles as the distance grows between May and her two Love Cop lovermen.
Here's a faux infomercial for local surf rockers Don and the Quixotes, and their latest album Teflon Don. This was directed by Adam Cornelius and reminds me of nothing so much as "Heavy Metal Memories." Can anyone tell me who picks up when you dial 1-800-BUY-SURF? (Or 1-800-BYE-SERF, for that matter?) I am too afraid to do it myself.
I'll end with Black Prairie, who visited Relix and performed a rendition of their song "Nowhere, Massachusetts." The band is currently in the studio, so hopefully we'll hear some new stuff before long. Right now, though, be sure to check out photographer Jason Quigley's photo series that juxtaposes the two big shows they played in October: one for the Oregon Symphony, and one Halloween-flavored goof at the Laurelthirst under the alias White Tundra.