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 new video from P.O.S., for a track from the Marijuana Deathsquads' remix of Stef's album, We Don't Even Live Here, which came out this week. We're also featuring new clips from No Bird Sing, the Starfolk, Brian Laidlaw, Botzy, and Umbrella Bed. There's a rousing live video taken from the forthcoming Trampled By Turtles live album/DVD shot at First Avenue, hot live clips from both Marijuana Deathsquads and Sonny Knight and the Lakers, and an intimate in-studio performance from Adam Levy's new band, And the Professors, shot live at the Pearl Studio. Enjoy!
P.O.S. - "Lockpicks, Knives, Bricks and Bats (WDELH/MDS/RMX)"
As if P.O.S.'s phenomenal recent record, We Don't Even Live Here, wasn't brilliant enough on its own, now the album gets the twisted Marijuana Deathsquads remix treatment. The experimental noise crew reworked the entire record, and just made that available this week, and to get a taste of just what MDS did to those tracks, Adam Dunn put out a Lights and a Backdrop video for the restyled take on "Lockpicks, Knives, Bricks and Bats," one of the songs that P.O.S. nailed at his recent Four Fists performance at the Triple Rock with Astronautalis. Download this banging remix album -- it's free, you have no excuse -- and turn it up and drown out the din of the day.
Marijuana Deathsquads - "HAL/Blood (Live at the Totally Gross National Party 2013)"
Speaking of Marijuana Deathsquads, that discordant crew just released their untamed new album, Oh My Sexy Lord, and are currently touring the country with Poliça (who also released an excellent new album of their own this week), and are surely blowing the minds of music fans all over the U.S. That tour hits Mill City Nights for a two-night stand on November 29-30, and to tide us over until those shows, MDS just released a brilliant new video for "HAL/Blood" that was shot at their recent Totally Gross National Party at Icehouse. The psychedelic clip was recorded, mixed, and effected live by Playatta, who turned the already wild performance into something even more stylish and surreal.
No Bird Sing - "And War"
No Bird Sing are in the process of blowing up in a major way and getting themselves a much wider (and well deserved) audience with their forthcoming new record, The Definition Sickness, which will be released on Sage Francis' renowned Strange Famous Records on November 12. This striking new video for "And War," directed by Andre Durand, is the first track lifted from the new album, and features the vocal stylings of Molly Dean. The clip just debuted on Village Voice yesterday, which should garner the local trio even more national attention. The crew has a highly-anticipated record release show planned at the Cedar on November 14, and they are bringing along Alpha Consumer and Dem Atlas to add to the festive vibes of the sure-to-be special night.
The Starfolk - "Into the Clouds"
The Starfolk will be taking part in their own special show at the Cedar on November 30 as part of the Korda Records Showcase. And to build anticipation for their big gig, the group just released an arty new video for "Into The Clouds," which was directed by Philip Harder. The track is lifted from the group's enchanting self-titled debut record, a catchy collection of tunes put together by the Hang Ups' Brian Tighe, Allison LaBonne, Jacqueline Ultan, and Stephen Ittner. Do yourself a musical favor and familiarize yourself with this lovely record then make plans to check out the Korda Records Showcase in November.
Brian Laidlaw - "Dark Sides (Humboldt Live Sessions)"
Brian Laidlaw is set to release a brand new EP, Echolalia, tomorrow night (October 25) at Icehouse, and this clip of the talented singer/songwriter performing "Dark Sides" should give fans a good idea what to expect from his new batch of tunes. In addition to Laidlaw's set with the Family Trade, the Farewell Circuit will headline what should be a wonderful night at Icehouse. This new EP, which Brian recorded at San Francisco's venerable Tiny Telephone Studio, represents the first installment in a planned trilogy of releases which was funded by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.