Vroom vroom, it's another Video Vriday!
Subterranean Howl didn't just record an album—their upcoming full-length West of Zanzibar also accompanies the 1928 silent Tod Browning film of the same name, starring Lon Cheney. They originally performed the material as a live soundtrack for the Organ Grinders series, but now it's a full-fledged album, and they're celebrating its release next week with a show at the Alberta Rose Theatre on Saturday, March 8. That should be a real extravaganza, as they'll be joined by Billygoat and Musée Mécanique. Meanwhile, take a look at this video for "Flatlining on a Beggar's Grave," which naturally incorporates footage from the film.
Harlowe's new video, for the song "Hollows" (from their recent album The Swell) is just dang beautiful. Over Harlowe's gracefully rippling music, director Kevin Freeny offers striking footage of river life shot from unusual points-of-view. This one's great for anglers and bird lovers alike. Meanwhile, The Swell is available on Sleepy Volcano Records.
Click the jump for more Video Vriday, with Dust, the Moonshine, and Sun Angle!
Portland-based emcee Dust recently took a trip to Israel, and there, with Yoav Peled, he shot this video for "Travelin' Blues," from his recent release Dust Raps the Blues. The clip takes them from the beach of Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and the border of Palestine. The Israel footage makes for an exotic blend with Dust's very American music, adding to the feeling of being an alien in a strange place.
Here's "Flood," from the Moonshine, the new bluegrass band from songwriter Michael the Blind. The video, written during Hurricane Katrina, serves as an elegy for the band's homebase, Al Forno Ferruzza, the pizzeria on NE Alberta. The restaurant's pipes burst during Snowpacalypse Y2K14, with a foot of standing water in the place, resulting in serious damage as the water had live currents running through it and the building could not be accessed until after the thaw. Al Forno Ferruzza is closed and the business has been evicted, effective March 3, but it will reopen somewhere else. The Moonshine shot this video in a treehouse at Ujima Center, where the band's fiddle player Susanna Low-Beers lives.
Let's end with this brand new video from Into the Woods—which was actually shot nearly a year ago, at Boise's excellent Treefort Music Fest. Sun Angle went to the disused Idaho State Penitentiary for this one; apparently it was a pretty creepy place, which you can tell from looking at the video. It opened in 1872, housed 13,000 inmates, and closed in 1973—and has been just sitting there ever since. Sun Angle play at Bunk Bar next week, on Friday, March 7. Treefort, meanwhile, kicks off in Boise, Idaho on March 20 (continuing through the 23rd) and is super great and you should join the umpteen Portland bands that are making the trip out. It's the anti-SXSW (and everything that implies).