It wouldn't be Vriday without some vrideos!
First up is a video for the opening track of Novosti's excellent new record Love & Lashes, which will see its release tomorrow night at the Doug Fir, when the band opens for Just People and Violet Isle as part of the Soul'd Out Music Festival. You can read a little bit more about Novosti in this week's paper, but this clip for "Drown" was assembled from 8mm footage that family friends of Jov Novosti compiled over several years. The footage captures a family on their assorted vacations, and it walks a nostalgic, affecting balance between the mundane and the exotically surreal.
Next is the newest video from Tender Loving Empire and Ft. George Brewing, to celebrate the release of TLE Northwest Pale Ale. This is the second video in the series and comes from Y La Bamba (the first was from Typhoon; see it here), who performed the title track from their brand-new EP Oh February at the confluence of where the Willamette and the Columbia Rivers meet. Perhaps appropriately for a beer, the band seems to be getting pretty wet during this one (watch how quickly they pull their hoods back on when the song is done). Still, from the warm and dry comfort of the computer screen, this video, courtesy of the Into the Woods folks, looks beautiful and very Northwest-y.
Speaking of Into the Woods, here's another one from the prolific videographers—the third installment in their excellent series with Parenthetical Girls, in which band and crew went around to odd or offbeat places in the Portland area to perform. (Previous installments: here and here.) For this one, they went to the Oaks Park for a ride on the carousel (which is named the "Herschell-Spillman Carousel," in case you were wondering; doesn't "Spillman" seem an unfortunate name for a carousel?) after being inspired by Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train. I'm not entirely sure how they pulled this off from a cable/cord perspective without any serious tangles, but I will say that I have never seen anyone more in his element than the way frontman Zac Pennington looks, as he weaves in and out of the painted animals on the speedily moving merry-go-round.
Here's another video from Myke Bogan, for the track "Kush" from his new mixtape Monkeys on the Beach. You can download that over here, but take a look at the clip above, which was directed by Tim Slusarczyk. It's a pretty straightforward clip, with Bogan addressing the camera and some visuals sprinkled here and there. The song's title "Kush" refers to those rubber-string balls that were super easy to catch for slow and/or untalented children. Remember? They were popular back in the '80s? Hang on... I'm being told that "Kush" means something very, very different.
Last up: This live performance video from Morning Ritual, the new slo-jam band from prolific local keyboardist Ben Darwish. The Shook Twins take the lead on this one, letting their linen-like folk harmonies cut the way for an organ-drenched ballad, finding something in between folk and R&B and almost funeral-like church music. This track appears on Morning Ritual's first song-cycle, The Clear Blue Pearl, which'll be out next month; the ensemble plays a release show at the Doug Fir on May 16.