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.
Mark Mallman's brand new video emphatically launches this week. We've also got new clips from Spooky Black, Jay Simonson, Origami Bones, and a Minneapolis-laden video from Mike Krol. We're also featuring two new videos from Adam J. Dunn's LAAB series from Actual Wolf and Sims, along with a recap from the Lowertown Guitar Festival, a tour highlight reel from Teenage Moods, and an in-studio performance from Hippo Campus. Enjoy!
Mark Mallman - "Monster Movies"
The irrepressible Mark Mallman transforms into a self-stylized Malldusa for his grand return with "Monster Movies," the first single from his forthcoming new record. Directed by Sam Thompson and Eric Parker Andersen, with additional photography by Wilson Webb, the video is a lighthearted throwback to monster movies of the past, all filtered through Mallman's unorthodox mind. There isn't a release date yet for Mallman's new record, but "Monster Movies" is a dynamic and fun first offering.
Spooky Black - "DJ Khaled Is My Father"
Spooky Black is on quite a creative roll right now, churning out new tracks and videos on a regular basis, along with his frequent collaborators Psymun, Allan Kingdom, Bobby Raps, Tiiiiiip, and TheStandard crew. He just released a new EP called Leaving, and this is a video for the provocatively titled final track, "DJ Khaled Is My Father." The clip, which was directed by Gabe Broderick and Harry Sutherland, continues the simple, home video-style technique that Spooky Black has employed for most of his music videos so far. There's no question that Spooky Black has found a wide audience that extends far beyond his St. Paul home, but much of who he is remains a guarded mystery other than the intoxicating music he continues to put out.
Hippo Campus - "Little Grace (Live on the Current)"
The burgeoning indie rock quartet Hippo Campus have made an impression on the local music scene with their spirited, catchy live show and infectious jams. The group recently dropped by the Current studios to capture some of that energy in this live session, where the group busts out a rousing version of their debut single, "Little Grace." If this lively performance piques your interest, you can catch the band for free tomorrow night as part of the Music and Movies series at Lake Harriet Bandshell, as they play a 7:30 set right before the airing of Mystery Men.
Actual Wolf - "Queen of Carolina (LAAB Session)"
Director Adam J Dunn is back with the eighth season of his striking and successful Lights and a Backdrop video series, and one of the highlights from the first batch of vids he rolled out this past week is this wistful clip for "Queen of Carolina" by Actual Wolf. The backdrop in this case is the stately Southern Theater, which adds a regal charm to the encouraging number from Actual Wolf's forthcoming new album, Itasca. The stripped-down surroundings play well into the hardscrabble, countrified nature of the song, with Eric Pollard's acoustic guitar strains augmenting the sweeping passion of his tender vocals.
Sims - "Sims Jong Il (LAAB Session)"
Speaking of highly anticipated new albums, Sims is set to release Field Notes on September 2, and this LAAB session gives fans another idea as to what the new record sounds like. Dunn again sets the video at the Southern Theater, providing Sims with props to augment his rhymes, like a handful of Ramen Noodles and Jenga. The spirited Doomtree MC is ready to get First Avenue moving once again, as Sims and Astronautalis are teaming up for another AstroSims show at the Ave on Saturday night. After the full-crew Doomtree show at the Minnesota State Fair on August 30, Sims will then hit the road for a month long tour in support of Field Notes, dates which will bring him to some high-profile venues throughout the country. But for now, get down to the playful lyrical high jinks of "Sims Jong Il."