Here's the new Akron/Family
video, for "Silly Bears," the first track off their latest album, S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT
, which—oh, hey!—came out today
as well. The video is described as "part Rubik's Cube, part Time Bandits
," with plenty of bears as well. S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT
—uh, let's just call it Shinju
from now on—is the first Akron/Family record to be released since members Seth Olinsky and Dana Janssen moved to Portland. The album was reportedly written on the side of a Japanese volcano and recorded in an abandoned Detroit station, but I think it's fair to say that at least some small part of it originated here in Portland as well.
If that's not enough bonkers Akron/Family related video for you, Olinsky also sent this video to End Hits just this morning. It's a demonstration video, of sorts—maybe it should be called a de-demonstration video—for Olinsky's line of New Signal Process music hardware, designed to turn your iPhone into a fully capable recording studio. This video (that's Olinsky on guitar and lighter fluid) was shot in St. Johns with Reset Beat Films as a kind of tribute to Jimi Hendrix at Monterey. I highly suggest you watch it. There's even a cameo by a copy of the Portland Mercury, which, unfortunately, meets an unhappy end.