Video Vriday has also been keeping summer hours lately, but we've got a heaping crop of cool new local music videos to look at today. Draw the blinds and hunch yourself over that laptop!
Think you've got moves? Check out these dancers in Sleeptalker's new video for "Gotcha," which was directed by Justin Koleszar. A group of well known Portland faces (members of Old Growth, Science of Yabra, Nasalrod, and others) all take their turn busting a move for the camera. Like beautiful snowflakes, no two are alike. This is hilarious and great, and has me looking forward to the rainier months ahead, believe it or not. Sleeptalker has an album coming out next month, but you can (and should) see them TONIGHT at Slim's in St. Johns.
Aan has a video for "Wet and Dripping," and it's a collection of images—often intensely intimate—that convey a mood of isolation. There's also a fancy hat that you probably wouldn't wear to the Derby. The video was directed by Rodrigo Melgarejo and Emily Yurek, and stars Tyler Day and Meghan Howell, along with Aan's Bud Wilson singing from a bathtub. Aan's got a big weekend on tap: They're playing a free show tonight at Firkin Tavern to close out the PALS Fest, then they're at the Star Theater tomorrow (Saturday) on the bill with Com Truise and Hustle & Drone. Then on Sunday, they're also playing a show here in town, but that doesn't get announced until Sunday.
Sean Flinn and the Royal We recently released their second album, The Lost Weekend, and here's the video for the title track, in which a group of young people (and their companions) go camping. If you've ever seen a horror movie, you know what comes next. Actually, there's no splatter here, just a sense of dread and mystery—and lots for those who love Nancy Drew book covers. Sean Flinn and the Royal We play a release show for The Lost Weekend next week, on Thursday, August 21 at the Doug Fir.
Lots more videos after the jump! Red Fang, Run On Sentence, A Year Afar, Castanets, and more!
If you're hungry, you might not want to watch the new Red Fang video, which depicts our four gentlemen having a delicious meal at the Woodsman Tavern, then another delicious meal—seafood, steak, and Sizzle Pie, in that order. I hope this video was as much fun to shoot as it looks; now excuse me as I go and guzzle a dozen oysters that I can't afford. "The Meadows" appears on Red Fang's new two-song EP, which you can check out here. Red Fang also have a new acoustic EP for you to chow down on; that's here.
Here's a charming video from Run On Sentence, for the song "Run to You." The video, directed by the Dark Academy (whatever that is) is actually quite sunny, telling the tale of a boy and his dog. Boy loses dog, boy looks for dog, and... I won't spoil the ending. Let's just say the dog looks like he's having the best day of his life. Run On Sentence, meanwhile, is offering their new album Feelings (from which this song comes, and for which the canine star of the video was a cover model) for free for the next 24 hours over on Bandcamp. So go get it while the getting's good.
A Year Afar have a video for "Lucy," the opening track on their new album Better Life, which hits stores next Tuesday. Shot at Oaks Park, the video is full of color, while the song details a brutal kissoff, as Suzanne Tufan sings lines like, "All I've got is this wooden spoon, and now I want to hit you with it." Damn, Lucy, better watch your back! A Year Afar plays a release show for the album this Sunday night (August 17) at Mississippi Studios.
Fans of foliage will enjoy Castanets' new one, a simple shot of some blooming trees that take on psychedelic qualities. That's basically it, until some skaters come down the hill—but it's a hypnotic image. "Tell Them Memphis," a song that finds equal room for banjo and Auto-tune, comes from Castanets' new album Decimation Blues, which will be released by Asthmatic Kitty on Tuesday. Castanets—the recording name of Ray Raposa—plays a record release show at the Doug Fir on September 4.
We'll end today with this oddball video featuring Blitzen Trapper's Eric Earley. It's a promo video for local amp maker Benson Amps, made with tongue firmly planted in check—either that, or he's got Doc Brown's DeLorean—by Robbie Augsburger. Hear the difference between American and British guitar tones, or just enjoy the hilariously chintzy production values.