Local Frames: New videos from Mike Mictlan, Lucy Michelle & the Velvet Lapelles, Brother Ali, 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 ninth installment of Local Frames, featuring ten recent video selections for your viewing pleasure.
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Mike Mictlan - "Spicy Peen"
Fiery Doomtree MC Mike Mictlan just dropped a fresh and free mixtape called SNAXXX, featuring contributions from fellow Doomtree MC P.O.S as well as Greg Grease, Lizzo, and Spyder Baybie Raw Dog. It's a fun collection featuring throwback beats and jocular rhymes from everyone involved, and Mictlan has just put out a borderline NSFW video for one of the catchiest tracks of the bunch, "Spicy Peen." Mictlan directed the clip along with Daniel Hoffstrom and Ryan Thompson, and the self-proclaimed "Brown Tom Sawyer" stars in the somewhat disgusting video as well, along with Dominique Joelle and a cameo from 2% Muck.
Lucy Michell & the Velvet Lapelles - "Undone"
Local Americana-folk outfit Lucy Michelle & the Velvet Lapelles put out a wonderful new record a few months back called, appropriately enough (considering the summer we had), Heat. And, as the group is in the midst of a lengthy fall tour in support of the album, they released an elegant new video for one of the standout tracks on the record, "Undone." The clip was directed by acclaimed New York City filmmaker Chiara Clemente, and features the band playing in an abandoned home and playfully cavorting in tranquil outdoor settings which perfectly matches the mood of the music. Look for them opening a few upcoming dates for Trampled By Turtles in the Dakotas and Milwaukee in November.
Brother Ali - "Home Court Advantage (Live At First Avenue)"
Earlier this month, Brother Ali brought his Mourning In America tour to First Avenue for a two-night stand where a passionate hometown audience packed the club to show their support to the insightful and intense local MC. "I'm going home," Ali says warmly at the start of the clip. "Home to Minneapolis. We're going to drive all night and make it home just in time to make breakfast for my kids." The clip features live and backstage footage from Ali's triumphant homecoming shows, and everyone who was there should try and find themselves in the rambunctious crowd, and everyone who wasn't there will get a small taste of what they missed.
Typsy Panthre - "Hitch-Hiker"
John Crozier (the Hang-Ups/Ninotchka/Muskellunge/Etc.) is at it again, thankfully. His newest project, Typsy Panthre, is a blast of blissful electropop, with the smooth vocals of Owls/Legendary Jim Ruiz singer Allison LaBonne gliding over the top of the buoyant melodies. "Hitch-Hiker" is taken from their self-titled debut record, which is due out on Korda Records on October 23. The clip is directed by Philip Harder, and features LaBonne shooting off her lazer gun and hanging out with a little robot friend, who unfortunately meets a sad end. What's not to like?
Kristoff Krane - "Crystal Clear"
This brand new video features a spirited, one-take performance of Krane's 2008 classic, "Crystal Clear," shot at Cherokee Park by Unique Technique's PCP. The local MC is set to throw a video release party for "Kristoff Krane," from his 2012 album fanfaronade, tomorrow night at the Nomad, featuring live sets from Kristoff Krane himself (obviously), as well as Unknown Prophets, i.ONE, and Sophia Eris. And until then, you should check out Kristoff's impressive lyrical skills featured in this straightforward clip.