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.
We get things going this week with an enthralling live performance from Weird Visions, which features Holly Hansen from Zoo Animal, Grant Cutler, and Arlen Peiffer. We've also got new clips from Mrs., Taj Raj, Very Small Animal, Andy Elwell, Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders, Jermz the Teacher, and a new collaborative project from Corey Lawson of MunQs and Botzy, called VAYNS. We're also highlighting an intimate performance from Caroline Smith, as well as a lively extended trailer for Doomtree's Team The Best Team documentary. Enjoy!
Weird Visions - Spaces Ep. 2 at Humans Win! studio
For the second episode of the Spaces video series, they head to the Humans Win! studio to capture this terrific performance from Weird Visions. The group is comprised of Grant Cutler, Zoo Animal's Holly Hansen, and drummer Arlen Peiffer (who humorously appears to want the band to be called either Wild Visions or Jazz Visions). Despite the jocular, laid back behavior of the band throughout the clip, the performances themselves are fantastic, and the textured songs just soar. Nate Matson is the producer of the Spaces video series, which films bands performing in various rooms of their choosing throughout the city (the first episode featured Carroll, which we highlighted on Local Frames a few weeks back). Spaces is already a must-watch video series, and everyone involved has hit on something quite captivating and fresh.
Taj Raj - "Begging The Devil"
Taj Raj are back with another terrific new video, this time for the evocative track, "Begging The Devil." If you haven't checked out their wonderful EP, Fine Hearts Alive, you really should give it a listen -- it's quite good. The striking black-and-white clip was produced by Colin Kopp and Ryan Truax, and the stylish nature of the video perfectly compliments the swelling, poignant nature of the track. Taj Raj have a big gig coming up a the Cedar on December 13, as the group will be playing the Bigtree Bonsai record release show along with the Color Pharmacy.
Caroline Smith - "Bloodstyle (The Current's Coffee Break on the Road)"
Caroline Smith has been bringing her soulful batch of new songs on the road with her for a while now, and the Current recently caught up with her and the band for this lovely acoustic performance of "Bloodstyle" for their Morning Coffee Break. What a treat it is to wake up to the glorious sounds of Smith and her talented group. Smith has also just landed the coveted opening slot for a string of shows with Charles Bradley, including his highly anticipated show tonight at First Avenue. So, if you're heading down to the Ave, you better show up early and see Caroline and her band -- they will get you smiling while they heat up the downtown with their smoking new material.
Doomtree - "Team The Best Team"
Speaking of highly anticipated shows at First Avenue, the Doomtree crew are once again set to blow the roof off the joint with their annual Blowout gigs, beginning with a sold out all-ages show at the Triple Rock on December 12 followed by a sold-out show in the Mainroom on December 13. To celebrate the shows and the holiday season, Doomtree have also just made their excellent tour documentary, Team The Best Team, available to stream, rent, and download digitally online. On Wednesday, December 11, various members of the Doomtree crew will be joining in Movie Night, commenting and providing insight to the film on Twitter (#BlowoutEve). Knowing the humor of the Doomtree members, this should prove to be a hilarious way to kick-off the Blowout festivities. For now, watch this video for "Team The Best Team," drawn directly from the documentary, and get a sense of just some of the awesomeness that the film captures.
Mrs. - "Supple"
Mrs. is a new band featuring Dan Chizek of Hardcore Crayons, David Joe Holliday of Book Of Right On, and Matthew Graves of With A Gun For A Face. The group will be celebrating the release of their debut album, Cave, at the Hexagon on December 14 -- with Dentist, Fort Wilson Riot, and Wizards Are Real all joining in the fun that night. And while the new album will be available for free on the group's Bandcamp page, they will be selling limited-edition Mrs. oven mitts at the show, which will not only give you a handy kitchen utensil, but their new songs as well. The band recorded the album at April Base Studio with Jaime Hansen, and this clip for "Supple" features footage from Jaime Carrera's performance of "Coqueta."