Vikesh Kapoor stood in an old carriage route in the Echo Park neighborhood of LA, while the Bluegrass Situation filmed this stunning take of "Bottom of the Ladder," a song that appears on Kapoor's album The Ballad of Willy Robbins, one of the best local releases of 2013. The video's simple, but it's really something. Kapoor performs this weekend at PDX Pop Now!, playing the outdoor stage on Sunday at 7:45 pm.
Portugal's André Allen Anjos lives in Portland, and he's been making super-duper catchy electronic pop under the name RAC (short for Remix Artist Collective). Here's a tune called "Cheap Sunglasses" and it sounds nothing like ZZ Top; it comes from the recent Strangers album, and features RAC's live vocalist Matthew Koma. Whether intentionally or not, the video spotlights the manufactured, clotheshorse nature of the music by pairing the band with some well-dressed mannequins. Either that, or I'm missing the irony.
In their video for "Bender," Animal Eyes tell the oft-told tale of a man driving in his car in Alaska, seeing a dark figure (I assume it's a bear), then waking up in a diaper in Oregon as part of a body-painting cult. It's happened to all of us! The new video was directed by the Dean Brothers and it's NSFW, if you work for prudes. Animal Eyes are heading up to Seattle to play a show with the great Mike Sempert (who plays Rontoms on Sunday; read about his great new record here), and they'll next play a Portland show on Wednesday, July 30 at Mississippi Studios as part of Eidolons' record release.
More VV after the jump, with vids from Just Lions, Aan, and EDJ!
Just Lions recently participated in OPB's Stagepass series, and here's the performance and interview video that resulted from their May 10 show at Mississippi Studios. Weren't there? Watch it now! Oh, the magic of technology. This is a good up-close glimpse at the Portland band and their oddball, catchy rock.
Here's another live clip, of Aan's Bud Wilson performing the song "Daylight" from their album Amor Ad Nauseum. This was filmed in March as part of the Ballroom Sessions in Austin, and Wilson also performed "Somewhere's Sunshine" which you can watch here. Next week Aan embarks on a tour of the Western US, traveling to Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and California.
I don't usually post album trailers (I don't understand why they are), but I'm making an exception for this very funny, offbeat video for EDJ's upcoming album. EDJ of course is short for Eric D. Johnson, formerly of Fruit Bats, and this conversation, of Johnson trying to explain the new project to a record exec, epitomizes the sort of confusion, indifference, and smarm that happens when art and biz collide. EDJ comes out on the new, actually very cool Easy Sound Label—who have nothing in common with the label depicted in the video—on August 5, but prior to that, Johnson performs as EDJ at Pickathon, August 1-3.