Vincent Van Gogh, it's the last Video Vriday of the year!
It's time to give thanks for Thanks, the Portland band that's releasing their first full-length, Blood Sounds, early next year. This is the video for their dynamite single "The Weight, the Worry," an ear-catching single with menace and soul (and the video includes some sweet bass-face, too). Singer Jimi Hendrix—not sure if that is a stage name, because what a co-inky-dink, eh?—drives this one home with an incredibly strong vocal, aligned perfectly with the slamming backbeat. Thanks play the release show for Blood Sounds on Saturday, January 4 at Mississippi Studios.
Portland band Norman just released Into the Eventyr earlier this year, around the same time Calapooia Brewing's Norman Ale entered into the world. Here's the video for "Younger," a simple but appealing performance video that shows the band playing to a bundled-up audience of the band's friends and family. And Mike Coykendall is in this for some reason, bookending the video in closeup. No complaints—always good to see Mike.
Valley Floor hails from Salem, and here's the charming homespun video for the song "Fable Moon." It's an indelibly catchy pop gem with a slightly serrated edge, coming from the recent Shelters EP (give a listen on Bandcamp). Valley Floor is more or less a one-man band fronted by Aaron Schmidt; it's part of Salem's Squared Recordings Collective. The next Valley Floor show in Portland will be part of the Big Ass Boombox festival on January 24 and 25.
Future Historians just played the Doug Fir last night, so consider this posting a day late and a dollar short. Still, this captures the Portland band's winsome, affecting "Golden Age," in which footage of the band is interspersed with old film of vocalist/guitarist Dave Shur's grandparents on their 1951 honeymoon in Mexico City. They're planning to release their third album in early summer 2014.
Here's the video for Mistah Fab and Cool Nutz's "Know God," from the new Cool Nutz project (do they not call them albums anymore?) Elegant Thuggin, which is streaming over on Soundcloud. (Note: Elegant Thuggin is not to be confused with my new solo hiphop project Elephant Puggin'.) If your thoughts lean that way, "Know God" is sort of a timely track for the holidays. If not, there's some appealing B&W photography of Portland.
Video Vriday ends 2013 with a video for a song from one of my favorite albums of the year: Vikesh Kapoor's The Ballad of Willy Robbins. This is a "field recording" done by 50 Feet of Song, with Kapoor performing alongside the Passenger String Quartet, as captured in this unadorned, vintage-looking clip. Despite the intentional murk, it looks like a nice, warm day without a cloud in the sky. 2014 will be here soon, folks, and summer will be back before you know it.