The Body released this unsettling video for "To Carry the Seeds of Death Within Me," directed by Richard Rankin. This one gets pretty nutty, so "heads" up. The Portland two-piece make terrifying noises of dread, which pairs well to grainy video of a man doing, um, odd things to his own skull. "To Carry the Seeds of Death Within Me" comes from I Shall Die Here, which comes out next week on RVNG Intl., and they're about to kick off a European tour in April.
This one's from bed., for their song "Bother." Why go outside into the rain when you can experience it right on your laptop screen? This contains a good bit of Northwest mood and weather, even down to the vintage indie rock sound (whatever the hell that means—hopefully you'll know what I mean when you listen to it). I don't know too much more about bed. other than what I wrote when I posted this track as part of Music Monday, but I love the sound of this and very much hope they change their name to something a little more... Google-able, I guess. bed. is scheduled to play at Holocene on May 18.
Although this video was shot in Vegas, Anael Jeannis and guest emcee Cassow are both Portland strong. Actually, the producer of "Get It," Trox, is from Portland as well. This comes from Jeannis' upcoming mixtape Voodoo Child, which incorporates his Haitian roots into Northwest hiphop.
More Vriday after the jump! With videos from the Hague, Ross Beach, Yaquina Bay, TxE, and Ages and Ages.
Here's the Hague's video for "Neverwell," which they shot during Portland's Blizzzzardocalypse Y2K14. The song comes from the Hague's brand-new album Samsara—give it a whirl over on Bandcamp; a physical release may come later this spring. The video was directed by Tim Slusarczyk and stars Tony Meuser (no word if that's a stunt bong at the end). The Hague are currently on a seven-week US tour that will take them to the East Coast and back.
Here's another snow day video, this one from Ross Beach, for his tune "Pack Up Your Longings," from his recent album Ascension Parish. This is mostly a shotgun-seat view of Portland during the 2014 snow, a kind of time capsule (it was actually shot from a Tri-met bus). Count the local landmarks! Beach plays at the White Eagle on April 15.
This one's from Salem band Yaquina Bay, for their song "Old Foes." The group is part of the Squared Recordings collective, and they shot this simple but appealing video in their practice space just outside of Salem. They'll be in Portland on April 3, playing at Al's Den as guests of James Dean Kindle during his weeklong residency.
Here's TxE and "PTTLN," which premiered on Oregonlive earlier this week. The Noah Porter-directed clip finds our rascally crew of emcees donning wigs and partying hard, complete with some reverse drinking courtesy of Epp. This track comes from TxE's recent Vs. Prtlnd album which mines the city's indie-rock scene for samples and beats—this one is built off a tune from Tyler Keene (Log Across the Washer).
We'll end today with a charming video from Ages and Ages, from their recent trip to SXSW, where they shot this stripped-down take of "I See More" for WFUV in the courtyard of the Hotel San Jose. Ages and Ages are also on a US tour, currently playing shows with the wonderful Lake Street Dive, who apparently love the Portland band as much as we do.