Local Frames: New videos from Prince, Total Trash, Fury Things, 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 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 twenty-fourth installment of Local Frames, featuring ten recent video selections for your viewing pleasure.
Prince & 3rdEyeGirl - "Plectrum Electrum"
This short video clip of a scorching instrumental jam session between Prince and his new backing band, 3rdEyeGirl, might just be promotional material meant to hype up the Purple One's upcoming SXSW gig, with Prince insider Dr. Funkenberry proclaiming "Diagnosis: SXSW, Can U hang?" after he posted the video. But in reality, Prince's rumored show in Austin is already the most talked about event of SXSW, and the potential gig doesn't need any additional publicity. What we all do need more of though, are clips of Prince wailing away on a guitar, and this video, directed by Madison Dube, has plenty of that, as the Purple Yoda locks in with Donna Grantis, Hannah Ford, and Ida Nielsen on a filthy riff that you just don't want to see come to an end.
Total Trash - "Listen"
Minneapolis punk band Total Trash tear through their blistering video for "Listen," the first clip drawn from their brand new, self-released cassette, You Don't Try. The raucous quartet is celebrating the release of their new collection of songs with a sure to be fiery show at the Entry tonight with Ugly Motors, the Miami Dolphins and Brain Tumors. If this psychedelic video doesn't completely get you in the mood to head out to Total Trash's release show, perhaps our recent profile on the engaging band will motivate you to get down to the gig. You'll be glad you did.
Fury Things - "Whatever (Live on Radio K)"
Minneapolis garage rock trio Fury Things have been garnering plenty of well-deserved attention as of late, and their tempestuous set from the Radio K studios should only add to the buzz. The group has a fuzzed-out, Dinosaur Jr./early-Superchunk sound that never has gone out of style (at least to my ears), and this feisty version of "Whatever" is proof that the band is onto something good at the moment. They are playing at the Entry this Sunday along with fellow Local Framers Hollow Boys in support of Blue Ruin's EP release show, a stellar triple-bill that definitely showcases some of the best young rock bands in the Twin Cities.
Public Enemy - "Get Up Stand Up (Featuring Brother Ali)"
The legendary hip-hop collective Public Enemy aren't resting on the laurels of their revolutionary career, or their recent election into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame. The band is still intent on moving (and educating) rap fans all across the country, as well as delivering two new records in 2012 in the process, Most Of My Heroes Still Don't Appear On No Stamp and The Evil Empire Of Nothing. "Get Up Stand Up" is taken from the former (as well as the just-released compendium, Evil Vs. Heroes), and features some fiery verses from Minneapolis's own, Brother Ali, and the local MC makes the most of his moment alongside Chuck D by delivering inspired, determined rhymes that fit perfectly alongside Chuck's socio-political verses. The video is filled with live clips from throughout P.E.'s string of tours, perhaps even some shots from their recent First Avenue performance.
Pert Near Sandstone - "Ship Of Fools"
Minneapolis bluegrass quintet Pert Near Sandstone are back with a striking animated video for the sprightly "Ship Of Fools," the title track to a new 7-inch that the band is releasing on April 2. This gorgeous clip was directed and animated by the ultra-talented Emily Fritze, augmenting a heady song inspired by a renaissance era fable created by Sebastian Brant and Hieronymus Bosch. The band should have plenty of these new 7"s with them when they return to Minneapolis for a grand 7-inch record release show at First Avenue on March 29.