Velma Dinkley, it's Video Vriday!
Just Lions' fine track "Monsters" has a fine video now; this is the title track of their EP that came out in January. (The band has since released another EP, Paper Cage.) Filmed by Eric and Vanessa Mortinson, the video features Paige McKenzie, AKA Sunshine—she's the star of the popular Haunting of Sunshine Girl YouTube channel that collects videos of paranormal activity. Just Lions frontman Chandler Strutz tells me, "The song looks at my personal experience through the lens of Mary Shelley's classic novel Frankenstein. So for the video, we used elements of the novel as well as the classic German silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari." Just Lions plays the Doug Fir next week, on Friday, November 8 opening for Alexander Tragedy.
In Quiet Life's new video for "Record Time" (which turned up on Rolling Stone this week), director Ben Fee puts frontman Sean Spellman's tale of heartache and woe into the mouth of a female protagonist. When she gets her revenge on her wayward fellow, he—like all cheating men—turns into Powder from Powder. Quiet Life's new album, Wild Pack, came out on Tuesday on Mama Bird Recording Co. They're touring the East Coast through November.
The new Honduran video premiered on Revolver today, and "Yawnmower" sees the grind-metal-hardcore band doing some yardwork for what appears to be a happily married couple. Street Eagles win again! (That's the name of Honduran's latest album, which came out on Eolian Empire earlier this year.)
More Vriday after the jump, with vids from Night Mechanic, Logan Lynn, Adam Brock, and Broken Bells!
The splendiferous Night Mechanic has a live video, of "Send in the Clowns" from their Mississippi Studios show on August 29. That tune kicks off their recent top-notch record Working Late, which you should definitely track down. Night Mechanic returns to Mississippi Studios on Sunday, November 24 for the second installment of Ear Candy, the new, FREE live music series from the Mercury and Mississippi Studios. Last night was the first ever Ear Candy, a Halloween show with Spookies and Big Haunt—it was a blast!
Logan Lynn released his new Halloween-y video this week; "Tramps Stamps and Birthmarks" is a mysterious psychosexual clip made by Hippodrome Films. Lynn recorded the dark-tinged dance track with Spencer Lee Carroll (LackLustre), and Lynn says, "The horror of the video is meant to be a metaphor for the horrors of being trapped in our individual histories."
Here's Adam Brock's comprehensive cover of the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows," in which the gratuitously talented Brock plays all the parts. My brother, not prone to hyperbole, once described "God Only Knows" as an entirely perfect song, and it's saying something that Brock doesn't fuck it up in the slightest. This isn't the only Beach Boys masterpiece Brock has tackled recently; he contributed "Good Vibrations," of all things, to the new Portland Smiles compilation on Tender Loving Empire, a track-by-track cover of the Beach Boys' Smiley Smile (I'll have more on that in a bit). Brock plays the Portland Smiles release show on Friday, November 15 at the Eagles Lodge, along with Rio Grands, New Move, and Church of Surf.
We'll end today with this mysterious short film from Broken Bells—the collaboration of James Mercer (the Shins) and Danger Mouse (not Penfold's sidekick, the other one). Directed by Jacob Gentry and starring Chekov and Rooney Mara's older sister, "Angel and the Fool" is pretty meandering and more or less weightless, but it's beautiful and dreamlike as well, containing some great retro-sci-fi images and a cool soundtrack. I'm guessing that these are deconstructed or remixed tracks that will appear in more conventional pop-song format on Broken Bells' upcoming album After the Disco, which is due in January. There will also be more of this film in the coming months, by the sounds of it.