Video Vriday took the past couple Vridays off for some well-deserved vracation, but let's jump back into the swing! Lots of really good ones today.
Here's the crazyballz new video from Psychic Rites, a tour-de-force from local production company Pleasure Kill. It tells the story of a 1986 Ford Tempo that becomes obsessed with its owner, and let's just say things get a little Christine-y. (Note: If this week's Game of Thrones episode squicked you out, uh, heads up!) Mike Wilson wrote and directed this, with a cast that includes Annie Rimmer-Weeks and Toki the cat (see the full credits on Vimeo)—the video took four months' of weekends and hard work with virtually no budget. Meanwhile, the song "Singularity" comes from Psychic Rites' upcoming debut album, which is due out next month.
Meanwhile, Bob Mould came to town to shoot this great video for "I Don't Know You Anymore," directed by Alicia J. Rose and featuring cameos from Portlanders like Colin Meloy, Bunk's Tommy Habetz, and Music Millennium's Terry Currier (who, god love him, is more excited by some signed Hüsker Dü records than a big wad of cash). The song comes from Mould's brand-new album Beauty and Ruin which came out this week, and I think Mould, Rose, & Co. really cracked the record biz problems with this one. (Bonus points for whoever designed that Apple/time-bomb logo. Brilliant.) Bob Mould will be rolling through town again with a show on September 24 at the Wonder Ballroom. (Also? Apparently, Bob loves Sudoku!)
Here's one from Small Skies, in a special Video Vriday premiere: Small Skies is the work of Benjamin Tyler, who previously recorded under the name Stepkid (and who's also played with Secret Drum Band, Onuinu, and Stay Calm). "Coma" is the first single, and it's a moody collection of images drained and discolored by time, giving the impression of rickety old cannisters of film being projected onto a bedsheet-cum-makeshift-movie-screen. Dustin Dybvig directed, with appearances by Angela McIlvain and Lauren Vidal. Meanwhile, Small Skies will release its first album on July 10 with a show at the Doug Fir that night.
Click the jump for more Vriday, with videos from Blue Skies for Black Hearts, Myke Bogan, and Ural Thomas and the Pain.
Local pop maestros Blue Skies for Black Hearts have a new record coming out shortly—the self-titled Blue Skies for Black Hearts, due July 15, is their sixth album and follows up 2011's excellent Embracing the Modern Age. In the video for "It's Gone on Too Long," a group of house painters steals frontman Pat Kearns' musical mojo and then skyrocket to fame and success. (As everyone knows, all you need to make it in the music biz is a magical lute.) That's Sons of Huns guitarist Peter Hughes as the OSPIRG volunteer at the end of the video, continuing the chain. Blue Skies for Black Hearts perform next Saturday, June 14 as part of Slabtown's annual Nuggets Night, and will play a hometown record release show on Wednesday, July 9 at the Doug Fir.
Portland emcee Myke Bogan has always injected a healthy dose of the strange into his dope, doped hiphop, and the first single from his upcoming release Silk Jockstrap is no exception. The video for "Pool Balls" makes use of our naturally psychedelic surroundings, with the striking image of Bogan's hoodied figure subsumed by digital-prism wonder. Bogan is opening for Murs at the Hawthorne Theatre on Friday, June 13.
We'll end today with this wonderful video from KMHD, part of their neighborhood series. This one focuses on Ural Thomas and the Pain—they've got an interview with the amazing Mr. Thomas (the man is truly a special presence, if you haven't ever had the chance to meet him), plus a red-hot clip of Thomas and backing band the Pain performing Ural's '60s soul gem "Pain Is the Name of Your Game" at the Doug Fir. Carry this one with you all weekend long.