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 emphatically kicks off with a new video from the Cloak Ox, drawn from their new album, Shoot the Dog. We're also featuring a bevy of terrific new clips from Hastings 3000, the 757s, Bad Bad Hats, the Starfolk, Jenny Dalton, Monica LaPlante, and SIFU HOTMAN. We're also spotlighting the new Blind Boys of Alabama video, which was shot and edited by a team of talented local folks, and the new Quietdrive clip, which touchingly pays tribute to children who have lost their lives to cancer while focusing on the tenderhearted legacy they left behind.
See Also: Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week (Caroline Smith, Ginkgo, Har Mar Superstar, and more)
The Cloak Ox - "Pigeon Lung"
Our 2011 Picked to Click winners the Cloak Ox have just released their blazing debut full-length, Shoot The Dog, and this compelling video for "Pigeon Lung" is the first clip drawn from the new record. The video was directed and edited by Isaac Gale, produced by Andrew Broder (who also co-wrote the the treatment with Gale), and prominently features Lizzo as a compassionate waitress who shares a dance (and perhaps a joyride) with Phil Docken in the liberation-themed clip that perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the song.
Hastings 3000 - "Speed Of Light"
This tense, theatrical clip for Hastings 3000's "Speed of Light" was expertly directed by Patrick Pierson. The track is one of the standouts on Hastings' recent record, A New Monster. As you'd expect from a Hastings 3000 video, the distinctive gas mask makes a prominent appearance, as does explosions, mysterious beams of light, and plenty of kick ass rock 'n' roll.
The Blind Boys of Alabama - "There Will Never Be Any Peace (Until God Is Seated at the Conference Table)"
The wonderful new album from the Blind Boys of Alabama, I'll Find A Way, is an exquisite collection of cover songs from the legendary gospel group, with the record itself produced by Justin Vernon. This lovely video for "There Will Never Be Any Peace (Until God Is Seated at the Conference Table)" was directed and shot by Dan Huiting and edited by Lauren Josephine, and features a soaring vocal contribution from White Hinterland's Casey Dienel.
Bad Bad Hats - "That Don't Impress Me Much"
Bad Bad Hats keep with the playful sports theme on their new video for their impassioned and unexpected cover of Shania Twain's "That Don't Impress Me Much." The group has some fun while taking to the basketball court to show off their hoops skills (or lack thereof), which tones down the biting nature of the original number, which Kerry modified just a bit by adding some lyrics of her own. You can download this cover for free (along with all of Bad Bad Hats other material) at the group's bandcamp page.
Quietdrive - "Even When I'm Gone"
This video by Quietdrive is not only a tribute to some of the young lives that we have tragically lost to cancer, but it is also a celebration of the legacy that they have left behind. The video and the song is part of a campaign involving the band, Rock the Cause (the local nonprofit label behind Zach Sobiech's "Clouds"), Children's Cancer Research Fund, and Team Kendal Kidz. All proceeds from the sale of "Even When I'm Gone" will be donated to the Team Kendal Kidz and Children's Cancer Research Fund to help find a cure for pediatric cancer.