Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week
Blind Boys of Alabama - The Making of I'll Find A Way
The legendary Blind Boys of Alabama went to Justin Vernon's April Base studio to record their new record, I'll Find A Way, and thankfully director Dan Huiting was on hand to capture some of the magic of the sessions. The album, which was produced by Vernon, features contributions from Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, Patty Griffin, Sam Amidon, Shara Worden, Casey Dienel, as well as Vernon himself. I'll Find A Way is due out on October 1, but to tide fans over, take a look at this behind-the-scenes glimpse into the recording sessions captured artfully by Huiting.
Sombear - "Incredibly Still"
We recently featured Sombear's stirring in-studio performance of "Incredibly Still" from the Current, where Now, Now drummer Bradley Hale debuted the live incarnation of his new electro-pop side project, assisted by Chris Walla. The official video for the intoxicating track has just been released, providing a stylish accompaniment to the song. Sombear has some high-profile live dates set up in support of Dessa throughout the month of September (which sadly doesn't include a local date as of yet). Hale will also be quite busy with his Now, Now crew throughout the fall, as they have a large U.S. tour planned as well.
Aldine - "From A Small Town"
The St. Paul modern folk quartet Aldine have just released a lovely new video for "From A Small Town," which was made by the students of IFP Minnesota's Summer Music Video Youth Camp, with support from Northern Outpost Media. The simple but sentimental video captures the endless possibilities of a summer day and the first blush of a young crush.
Still Pacific - "Speeding To My Death"
The catchy hooks of Still Pacific's "Speeding To My Death" gradually give way to a churning urgency that is perfectly complimented by Rohitash Rao's compelling, striking video treatment. The live clips, which feature figurines standing in for the band themselves, are wonderful, while the rest of the video encompasses love found through tough therapy. While the song itself is quite spirited -- drawn from Still Pacific's excellent recent EP, Cage Heart Hammer -- the clip is simply one of the best music videos to emerge out of the Twin Cities music scene in a while.
Caroline Smith - "Buy Me Something/Child of Moving On/The One Thing (Live on Kare 11)"
As part of their ongoing Music Mondays series, Kare 11 continues to invite great local bands by their studios to showcase their music on air and online. It was just Caroline Smith's turn to win over a bunch of new fans, and she fit right into the TV station's bucolic backyard setting with her overalls, as well as her backing vocalists Lizzo and Hannah von der Hoff and bassist Jesse Schuster. Smith has a record release show for Half About Being A Woman coming up at First Avenue on September 27, and a Kickstarter campaign to help her fund the new album, and the extra attention brought to her music from this Kare 11 performance should ensure that both endeavors are a rousing success.