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.
This week we get things going with a cell-phone sourced new video from Sleep Study for the group's catchy current single. We've also got brand new clips from Literati, Patches and Gretchen, Mike Dreams with some help from Moving Parts' Adam Paulus, Jonathan Rundman, and a teaser trailer for a whopping three forthcoming new videos from Crankshaft. We're also spotlighting a live clip from Prince shot at a recent surprise late-night performance by the Purple One and the New Power Generation at an intimate venue in New York, an insightful video interview with Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner, and a Radio K in-studio performance from Some Pulp as well as a live performance at the Current booth at the State Fair from Bomba De Luz. Enjoy!
Sleep Study - "Peace & Letting Go"
In order to capture the immediate appeal of their live show as well as the catchy quality of their new single, "Peace & Letting Go," Sleep Study turned to camera shot clips of recent performances at the Entry, Cause, and the Triple Rock for their new video. These live shots are intertwined with grainy, faded war clips, which gives the track some slightly ominous undertones while also reinforcing the need for harmonious release embodied in the title. The Twin Cities group has a big East Coast tour planned for the fall, with plans to hit the studio once they return in order to start working on their second full-length, which they plan to release sometime next year.
Literati - "Parade"
To celebrate the release of their new record, Fait Accompli, earlier this week, Twin Cities hip-hop crew Literati have just released a video for one of the standout tracks on that new collection, "Parade." Mercies May and Chris Caesar have combined their lyrical and production talents to create a record that pulses with unrest and disillusionment, while still providing plenty of indelible hooks that draw the listener in. May directed the foreboding video for "Parade," which belies the typical celebratory aspect of the word in favor of something with a much darker edge.
Dave Pirner Interview
This revealing interview with Dave Pirner was conducted for Rust Magazine backstage before an LP Tour gig in Atlanta, and finds the Soul Asylum frontman opening up on many different aspects of the current state of the band and music in general. He talks about their new covers EP, No Fun Intended, and the motivation behind the song choices and what they are going to come up with in the future. He also sings the praises of his tight-knit crew, Dolly Parton, and pleads for fans to share a good joke with him. Soul Asylum have another local show planned at First Avenue on October 19 with Fountains of Wayne and Evan Dando, with plans to record a new record soon.
Some Pulp - "Blue Pout/Pizza Pop & Cigarettes (Live on Radio K)"
Minneapolis garage rock duo Some Pulp dropped by the Radio K studios recently to deliver a short set packed with their potent, irresistible tracks. This clip captures the surf-rock charm of the bristling "Blue Pout," before the band switches things up a bit on the hard-driving "Pizza Pop & Cigarettes," which eventually dissolves spiritedly into a '50s sounding love song. Some Pulp are playing the Entry on September 11 along with Radkey and Blue Ruin.
Prince and the New Power Generation - Live at City Winery, New York City
Prince made sure his surprise show at New York's 500-capacity City Winery was worth the wait, as his set didn't start until 3 a.m., but after a lengthy run through of hits and jams with the New Power Generation (as well as guest appearances from Shelby J., Larry Graham, Doug E. Fresh, and Cee-Lo Green), the Purple One officially closed things down at 6 a.m., telling this dedicated (and surely exhausted fans), "You gotta go to work tomorrow. This is my job. This is where I work." And judging by the montage that Prince's crew put together to recap the night, and the absolutely insane setlist, this memorable performance was certainly one for the ages. Hopefully, no one left early and missed out on all the fun.