Local Frames: New videos from Brother Ali, Howler, Communist Daughter, Cloud Cult, and more
As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of distinct skills that generates more locally connected music videos than ever before.
While it's impossible to shine a spotlight on all of the great music video work going on around the area, Gimme Noise has created a new regular segment, Local Frames, which will help bring some much deserved attention to a few of the standout videos of the moment from local bands or those filmed by local directors.
Here's our sixth installment of Local Frames, featuring ten recent video selections for your viewing pleasure.
Brother Ali - "Only Life I Know"
Our current City Pages cover story, Brother Ali, just dropped a brand new video for "Only Life I Know," a inspiring, soulful banger from his hotly anticipated forthcoming album, Mourning In America and Dreaming In Color. The clip, directed by Dave Wilson, features plenty of shots of Minneapolis, with Ali doing his thing amidst rather stark surroundings mixed with vivid glimpses of regular folk just trying to get by in the tough times.
Howler - "Told You Once"
After we featured Howler's Bands In Transit version of "This One's Different" in the first installment of Local Frames, the young Minneapolis band are back with a proper (and borderline NSFW) video for their raucous hit, "Told You Once." The voyeuristic clip, directed by Minneapolis's own Robert Semmer, features a blend of webcams and Chatroulette rooms, with all the scantily clad participants (who Semmer found on various "adult" websites) singing along to the lyrics. It's a playful video, but certainly isn't one to show the kids.
Communist Daughter - "Oceans"
This shimmering, blue-hued video for "Oceans" is actually a new clip for an old Communist Daughter song, taken from their 2010 record, Soundtrack To The End. The sterling video is directed by Jeremy Hosterman & Karl Warnke from Shiny Thunder Films, with the water set constructed in frontman Johnny Solomon's backyard on a mosquito-filled night in St. Paul. The group has a free gig tonight at Mears Park in St. Paul before they head out West for an expansive tour which will find them on the road straight through October. On November 10 they make their live local return with a grand homecoming gig at Amsterdam Bar & Hall with Quiet Corral and American Youth.
Cloud Cult - "That Man Jumped Out The Window (Backstage at Sasquatch Music Festival)"
Before their set at the Sasquatch Music Festival, Cloud Cult took a free moment to deliver a stunning acoustic rendition of "That Man Jumped Out The Window" for KEXP and NPR amidst the scenic backdrop of the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington. It's a wonderful performance, made even more impressive by the majestic surroundings and the relaxed, unguarded vibe of the band.
Bob Mould - Pitchfork Weekly Interview
In anticipation of Bob Mould's triumphant return to First Avenue on Saturday, here's a short but quite revealing interview that Pitchfork did with the legendary musician. Bob opens up about the lasting power of the Sugar album, Copper Blue, which he will be performing in full at First Ave, the pains he went through writing his memoir, See A Little Light, as well as the motivation for him to start up his gay nightclub DJ act, Blowoff.