Local Frames: New videos from Retribution Gospel Choir, Usonia, Farewell Milwaukee, and more
Absent ft. Greg Nice - "Turn It Out"
Local MC Absent delivers a live-clip video for the spirited "Turn It Out," which features some lyrical help from Greg Nice. Absent and DJ D.Mil are set to release their new CD, DNA, at the Entry tomorrow night (Friday, February 8), with the SP Style crew planning on bringing plenty of special guests along with them to help turn the party out.
Guante & Big Cats - "Fireworks (Live)"
This impassioned live performance of "Fireworks" by local MC/spoken word artist Guante and the beat-master Big Cats features a flurry of informed, sexually-charged lyrics. The clip, filmed and edited by Patrick Pegg, is drawn from Guante and Big Cats excellent new collaborative album, You Better Weaponize. And Guante himself had this to say about "Fireworks," which certainly suits are highly politicized times: "While this song is about how the politicization of sex and sexuality affects other issues in U.S. politics, it could really be about anything--the criminal justice system, the environment, gun control, whatever. Every conversation we have or law we pass has a ripple effect."
Scott Wooldridge - "Hard To Go Quietly"
This catchy little number from Minneapolis singer/songwriter Scott Wooldridge also has quite a political bent to it, while also incorporating the communication conveniences of Facebook and laptops. It touches on the importance of speaking our minds in the modern day, and we can't just sit by and let others make decisions for us, politically or otherwise. In addition to its subtle (and not so subtle) political statements, the video also features a guitar solo from Mike Senkovich, and a brief clip of Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots--and who doesn't love that old-school game?
Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders - The Making of "What You Gonna Do?"
This mini-documentary clip gives a glimpse into what it was like for Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders to record their new album in a barn built in 1914 in St. Francis, Minnesota. That aged, time-honored vibe certainly colors much of the recordings, with the barn's spacious acoustics adding a charm to the songs. This clip documents just how challenging, but ultimately rewarding, it was to record in such a truly unique environment.
Mod Sun - "My Hippy"
The relentless upbeat local MC Mod Sun is back with a cheerful new song, "My Hippy," which is taken from a forthcoming musical project from the burgeoning rapper. Mod Sun is about to embark on a lengthy U.S. tour with Cisco Adler, which will bring him all across the country throughout the months of February and March. He also will be opening up for PROF at First Avenue on April 13, bringing his distinct brand of 'hippy-hop' to his local fans.