Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties.
On this week's installment we're featuring the brand new video and single from Actual Wolf, the blossoming acoustic project from Eric Pollard. There's also new clips from Southside Desire, Beat Detectives, Ernest Rhodes, and the first glimpse of the new collaboration between Guante, Dem Atlas and Rube called SIFU HOTMAN. We also have a blistering live video from recent Sub Pop signees, Condominium, as well as professionally shot Rock the Garden performances from Dan Deacon, Low, Bob Mould, and Metric from the talented folks at MN Original. Enjoy!
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Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week (Communist Daughter, Sombear, Low, and more)
Actual Wolf - "Kerosene and Spark"
Eric Pollard has confidently stepped out of the sideman shadows of Retribution Gospel Choir and Low while leading his acoustic driven musical project, Actual Wolf, on its own distinctive path. After catching the Twin Cities attention with two delicately assured EPs, Pollard is now putting the finishing touches on a forthcoming full-band Actual Wolf album (with Steve Garrington and Jake and Jeremy Hanson). "Kerosene and Spark" is the first offering from those new batch of tunes. The catchy, evocative number is reminiscent of the Band's "The Weight," with Pollard's plaintive vocals telling a journeyman's tale of searching for something that always proves to be elusive.
Southside Desire - "Casualty Of Love"
This vibrant new single from Southside Desire is drawn from their split 7" with Black Diet, and "Casualty Of Love" once again finds the band blissfully delivering their smooth take on classic doo-wop with a modern twist. The playful video was shot and edited by Gordon Byrd at the band's own Piñata Records Headquarters, and finds the lively group not only changing outfits but also trading instruments before things really get wild. Catch the band this Saturday at Mondo Tiki-A-Go-Go at Lee's along with L'Assassins.
SIFU HOTMAN - "Outnumbered, Outgunned, Outmaneuvered and Winning"
We have featured the enlightened spoken word efforts from Guante on Local Frames before (along with his collaborations with Big Cats!), and now the insightful MC has joined up with Dem Atlas and the producer Rube for this exciting new group called SIFU HOTMAN. Over some decidedly old-school beats and scratches, both Guante and Dem Atlas drop some serious knowledge on those who actually hear the lyrics in hip-hop. This project is still in its infancy, which gives this performance (shot at Bellows Studio in St. Paul and directed by PCP for Unique Techniques) a raw urgency that only adds to its appeal. The group has a planned three-song suite set for vinyl and digital release sometime later this summer.
Beat Detectives - "Picture Of A Picture"
This brief but hilarious clip from Food Pyramid-offshoot Beat Detectives is drawn from the group's Moon Glyph cassette release, Casual Encounters Of The Third Kind. The slightly-twisted animated video for "Pictures Of A Picture" was done by Geoffrey Hamerlinck and Katie Collier, and perfectly captures the hypnotic irreverence of both the track and the band themselves.
Ernest Rhodes - "Finding Number One"
This spirited new single from Ernest Rhodes, "Finding Number One," is taken from the local MC's forthcoming EP, The Ernest Project-Part 2. The clip was directed by Jake Handegard, and finds Rhodes delivering his searching, slow-burning rhymes while friends do shots around him. The deft production on the track is by Wesley Opus, with Rhodes' delivering a catchy chorus that strongly unifies the rousing message of the song.