It's Video Vriday, everybody's vavorite day of the week!
First up is the weird—truly weird—video from Eat Skull, for the skittering, wrong-way-against-the-grain pop number "How Do I Know When to Say Goodnight?" I'm not entirely sure what's happening in this one, but it's shot on 82nd Avenue on a particularly grim Portland day, and totally captures that oppressive, morose feeling of a Northwest winter. There are little colored pieces of animation in there, too, so there you go. It's a little bit spooky and sad, and perhaps is meant to evoke that morning-after sense of coming down. Eat Skull play III's record release show tonight at Mississippi Studios.
More after the jump!
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Here's a relatively recent (unofficial) video for Typhoon's "The Sickness Unto Death," the last track on their 2010 album Hunger and Thirst. Animated by Micah C. Gardner, it's a visually striking piece that gets a lot of mileage out of its newspaper imagery. I particularly like the idea of an obituary being folded into a paper boat and set adrift. Typhoon just wrapped the final mix and master of their much-anticipated new record, which will be in our hands and ears before long, but it can't come soon enough—this new video for an old song will just have to tide us over.
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Here's the first installment of Into the Woods' four-part series with Parenthetical Girls, in which the band performs at obscure and hard-to-find places around the Portland area. Episode 1 sees the group climbing aboard an abandoned riverboat-turned-restaurant, the River Queen (formerly the S.S. Shasta), which is sitting in a heap off Hwy 30 near Goble, Oregon. This is a pretty insane idea, and it's hilarious to see Parenthetical Girls perform their poised pop in such a junky setting—everything looks cold and wet and terrible. The band's new full-length, Privilege (Abridged)—culled from their recent 5-EP series—came out earlier this week on Marriage Records, and Parenthetical Girls performs at Holocene on Wednesday, March 6.
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Southerly is celebrating its 12th anniversary with a new single, "Desolation Low," and here's the video for the roiling, shoegazing tune. The impressionistic video remains dark and mysterious even as the song ramps up to sky-high heights. "Desolation Row" is coming out shortly on 7-inch and is also available for download over on Bandcamp; in the meantime, Southerly has prepared a retrospective playlist to celebrate its 12th anniversary. They're also playing Wednesday, March 6 at Backspace.
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Lastly, here's a video with kind of a weird story behind it. The Portland film company Americonic Films made a video for a New York songwriter, who decided not to use it. The filmmakers were bummed, as they were proud of the work, so they then used the footage to accompany a tender song from tender local songwriter Tyler Stenson; all parties agree that the visuals ended up fitting the song surprisingly well. So they intercut some footage of Stenson and his drummer wandering around town, and voila! Music video made.