Veesus Christ, it's Video Vriday!
Premiere! The good folks at Banana Stand Media sent over this video of And And And performing in Banana Stand's basement hidey-hole last December. The show was recently released as one of BS's many live albums (pick it up here), and now you can watch them perform "Holy Fucking Matrimony" (such language, boys) courtesy of videographers Collective-47. And And And perform next Saturday, June 29, at the Star Theater as part of a ridiculously stacked bill that also includes Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Grandparents, and Summer Cannibals. That will be nuts.
It's Boom! The Portland punk trio has a shiny new video for their song "Stop Look Listen" (they are just outright botching the opening words to "Ice Ice Baby"), directed by JAH. This was shot at a location near you—there's the Hawthorne Burgerville, the Avalon Wunderland arcade, the Clinton Street Theater, the Skidmore Bluffs and more. The three members of Boom! all strike out with Annalise Holly—there's a frisbee-to-the-nuts shot that will be the best thing you see today—before a twist ending with an appearance from another regular of the Gnar Tapes clan. Apparently they had to sneak a camera into the Avalon, which even turned down Portlandia's request to shoot there. Boom! play tonight (hey, that's, like, tonight!) at the Commonwealth Skateboarding at 1425 SE 20th. That's part of their Go Skate Day fundraiser, which kicks off at 5 pm tonight. Boom! plays at 7:30 pm.
All right, settle down. Changing gears entirely, here is a video from Alela Diane, shot at the remarkable Les Bouffes du Nord theater in Paris. Playing to an eerily quiet hall, empty except for the gigantic shadow looming over her (look out, Alela!), this is both ominous and calm—a beautiful and compelling combination. The song, "Lost Land," comes from her excellent, intimate new album About Farewell, which comes out Tuesday, and Diane plays Wednesday, June 26 at the Old Church. Tickets here. Read more about Diane and About Farewell in next week's Mercury.
Videos from the Cabin Project, Adam Brock, Beyondadoubt, and Electric iLL after the jump!
This one's from the Cabin Project, for their new song "The Lining." This track will appear on a new Cabin Project album due out in the fall, and the video was directed by Dawn Jones of Heart + Sparks Productions. This was shot on the beautiful farmland of Sauvie Island, allowing the cast to travel back in time for an old-timey sort of vibe that has never before been done in Portland. (Just kidding.) The Cabin Project plays the Secret Society next Friday, June 28 with Ozarks and Supercrow.
Here's another hand-drawn video from Adam Brock, who just released a new EP, Headphones (download it for free, yo). This is the title track, an appealing song that's about teenage anxiety. Brock says, "'Headphones' was partially inspired by J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, and combines plot elements from this story with my own middle school method of dealing with the traumas of adolescence. Our hero in this video encounters some serious stuff, but he finds solace in the music streaming through his earbuds and a good book."
Earlier this week, we premiered the first single from Beyondadoubt—a staple of Portland's DJ scene—and here is the video. You won't forget this one anytime soon. Starring Isaiah Allure Esquire, it takes the title "9Inch Heels" quite literally. This isn't exactly NSFW, but it probably isn't good for your career, either. The song features vocals from Niyi, and the video was directed by Judah Switzer and Eric Mast. Beyonda will be spinning at the show of multi-gendered performance artist Mykki Blanco; that's at Holocene on Sunday, June 30.
Let's end the week with the first video from Electric iLL feat. Bukue One. Electric iLL is the futuresoul alter ego of Viva Voce's Kevin Robinson (that's KayleeRob to you) and he recently helped organize this community gathering to paint the intersection at NE 8th and Holland in the Woodlawn neighborhood. I know that intersection well, and yeah, it was pretty dangerous—a huge expanse of pavement with no logical traffic flow. On June 1, local kids and grownups painted the intersection, not only to beautify the neighborhood, but to make the intersection much safer. Electric iLL's first video documents the event. Heart, get ready to be warmed.