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Friday, March 8, 2013

Video Vriday! Youthbitch, Black Prairie, Glass Candy, MidLo, Divers

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 1:32 PM

It's Video Vriday! Time to shutter those blinds and huddle over the laptop screen with the latest in local music videos. It was a good week for the lost art of the music video—Beach House premiered their new one, directed by Eric Wareheim, and it has set the internets all a-flutter, although to my thinking it is mostly just goofy visuals pumped up to a ridiculous extreme—Wareheim displays his typical fondness for the gallery of the grotesque, going for humor through discomfort rather than looking for any emotional resonance. Still, pretty! And weird! I'll stop talking.

Let's start with the much less ambitious—and blessedly so—new video from Youthbitch, one of the more beloved punk bands in town. "I'm in Love with Girls" is the A-side to Youthbitch's new single, which comes out next week on Dirtnap. In the video, the band dresses up in drag, carrying on a noble rock 'n' roll tradition that goes back to the sleeve of the Rolling Stones' single "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadows?"

More after the jump!

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File this under WHOA. Bluegrass-klezmer-folk-whatever deconstructionists Black Prairie have taken on the opening track from Houses of the Holy, Led Zeppelin's stampeding "The Song Remains the Same" for a session with Sirius XM's The Loft. With Annalisa Tornfelt's excellent vocal, it's mindblowing—rocking, technical, folky, and never for a second sounds inappropriate. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss can go and gently eat each other's hearts out.
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A new Glass Candy song appeared earlier in the week, so naturally a corresponding video for the song appeared shortly behind it. "The Possessed" does not vary wildly from the striking Italians Do It Better signature visual style, as realized by director Alberto Rossini. At least part of this was shot in Portland (I spied the Palms Motel sign for a split second, and I'm pretty sure that "Rock 'n' Roll" ride is from Oaks Park).
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I posted the first MidLo video earlier this week, but there's a second one as well, made from archival footage of refugees from Korea, Palestine, and elsewhere around the globe. It's a real pick-me-up. The song comes from the new MidLo cassette, which hit the ground on Tuesday. Mike Midlo has been busy on the Vimeo account; there's also a couple quick looks at the making of the album, which was recorded live in the woods—and remains the only surviving document of those brave campers who were gruesomely murdered by the... no? Oh, they all made it back alive? Oh, good.
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We'll close with a live video from the ever-lovin' and ever-lovable Divers, shot at their Doug Fir show on Monday. This clip, put together by the Generator folks, bears the logo of some other alt weekly, but they haven't posted it so I'm gonna. Other than a 7-inch single, there isn't much about Divers out there, so this video will hopefully offer a look at a band that I consider to be one of the finest in town. This one's called "Blood Song," which appears on no recordings anywhere. Viva Divers!


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