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Friday, January 4, 2013

A Whole Bunch of Videos!

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 2:25 PM

As the week draws to a drowsy closezzzzzzzzzzzzzzz—sorry, I had a big lunch. But if you're like me, you're already feeling worn out, in spite of the holiday and the short week. So there's no better thing to do than to goof off and catch up on some local music videos!

First up is a live clip from Grandparents, filmed at the Banana Stand on May 19, 2012. That show is shortly to be released by Banana Stand Media as a live album, continuing their series of excellent work documenting Portland bands in the live setting. This is a beautifully shot clip (courtesy of Collective-47), and a dreamy, daze-y track from Grandparents. The track's titled "Fume," and there will be a release show for Grandparents' Live from the Banana Stand at Holocene on January 24.

Lots more to look at after the jump.

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Here's one from a Portland band named Altadore, about whom I don't know a ton, other than that they're fronted by a fellow David Katz, and this is the clip for their first single, "Moments," which appears on their debut EP, Golden Hills. It's a pretty, swoony track with lush guitars and a confident, reassuring melody. The video is similarly meditative and autumnal.

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The next is from Martin Eden, AKA Matthew Cooper of Eluvium, with a video for "Return Life," the concluding track to the Martin Eden album Dedicate Function. Director Eric Macey collaborated with Cooper to put together this compilation of 10 years of Macey's Super 8 rolls. The aim was "to create less literal memories and more visceral ones, matching the pulse and the fluctuations in the rolling shutter with the rhythm of the track." The result is a muted, beautiful pairing of sound and image.

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Now here's Jeffrey D. Munger, guitarist for Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, plucking a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "If I Should Fall Behind" in his living room. This was shot by Matthew Ross of Neighborhood Films, who, two years back, also shot Kyle Morton (of Typhoon) and Danielle Sullivan (of Wild Ones) doing a cover of the Boss.

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Here's a local guy named Jesse Layne (not to be confused with Jesse Laney of Portland band World's Greatest Ghosts), plucking the lovely "Love at a Standpoint" on a teeny-tiny guitar* (it's adorable!) on what looks like a rooftop. Layne plays the Someday Lounge tonight to celebrate the release of his new EP, Dreams and Past Lives.
*a tenor ukulele, maybe?

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Lastly, here's one that I really can't explain. It's by Dwayne R33d, The Jay and Mobsta Bisq, a trio of female comedy rappers who apparently really like Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats. They dropped this in the End Hits inbox, saying they're Portland-based and that they make "stupid music videos about stupid things." This certainly falls into that category; the track's called "YOLNT"—short for "You Only Live Nine Times"—and, well, uh. I guess just watch it. It's three cute ladies dressed up as cats, and it's at least better than "The Rum Tum Tugger."


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