Happy Friday! A bunch of local music videos for you. We did this last Friday. We're doing it this Friday. I have no idea if we'll do it next Friday.
First up is one that just landed in my inbox moments ago, from Cloudy October, for the song "4play," or just "Play," as it was titled on his 2011 album The Metal Jerk. As he says, "new video, old song." The emcee and director Wordsmithjr. put it together last year, and it's a frenetic, frenzied clip full of energy and momentum. The message, or story, or whatever you want to call it, is pretty straightforward, but October deals with it smartly, for a video that is heavy, hard, and hilarious. This is outstanding.
Lots more after the jumpity-jump.
Slang—the duo of Drew Grow and Janet Weiss—have played a few sets of covers around town lately, and here's their video of another cover, the Traveling Wilburys' "Handle with Care." This a great take on that all-star chestnut; actually I think it's significantly better than the original*, as it emphasizes the song's immaculate pop structure and romantic urgency. This adorable homemade video, shot all over the country from what it looks like, drives that home.
*somewhere, Jeff Lynne sheds a single tear
I mentioned Ryan Francesconi and Mirabai Peart's new collaborative album earlier, and here's the eye-grabbing clip for "Parallel Flights." Featuring two magical bicycles that requires neither pedaling nor steering, this colorful video, shot by Matt Kresling, is a charming, lovely counterpart to the music's austerity. Lots of fun, beautiful things happen to these bikes.
Here the Splash-y new clip from Sara Jackson-Holman, for her song "For Albert," which she wrote in remembrance of her grandfather, incorporating a riff (riff?) from Beethoven's "FÜr Elise." As you'll see, Jackson-Holman plays a mermaid hanging out in a carpeted dive bar with a Boston terrier (a very relatable situation), before getting further sucked into the world of us two-leggers. Directed by Aubree Bernier-Clarke, the video turns the song's message of "get over it"—a preferred saying of her grandfather's—into something that incorporates Jackson-Holman's childhood obsession with The Little Mermaid.
Going in an altogether different gear is this NSFW video from new Portland outfit Love Cop, directed by the band and Brian Echon. The duo of Duffy Rongiiland and Phil Salina have a brand-new debut out on Gnar Tapes filled with drippy, stoned-out sex jams, and they're playing a release show tonight in the City Sign building next to Rotture. The sleazy, seamy video "features Unkle Funkle being dominated by three sexy ladies in undies," so have at it.
This one's from Calvin Valentine, the emcee who also goes under the producer moniker of G_Force. He shot this last month in Houston during downtime from his work on a Bun B video. Directed by Artistic Outlet Media, "Mangos" features plenty of leopards and antelope heads; Valentine says it's his birthday today as well. Happy birthday!
Last one! This one just came in seconds ago, as I was preparing this post. It's from Aranya, the prog-folk-metal band that features Witch Mountain singer Uta Plotkin. This features lots of Pacific Northwest imagery (including plenty of green) along with unconventional, intriguing animation. If you've ever taken mushrooms in the Oregon forest, this trippy clip—from Video Gnome Productions—will ring true.