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Friday, March 22, 2013

Video Vriday! Minden/Banana Stand Exclusive Premiere, the Thermals, WL/Into the Woods, Wolf People

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Oh, what vun, it's Video Vriday!

We kick off this week with the exclusive premiere of the new Minden video from Banana Stand Media and Collective-47. It's a raucous live take of "Monolith," and you'll notice that the Portland glam-soul band is dressed even more ridiculously than usual. That's because this was shot at Banana Stand's Halloween party, in their secret lair during the taping of a show that is about to come out as the next Banana Stand release. Minden's Live at the Banana Standcheck out the preview page for it here—will be ushered into the world, in all its glitzy, tawdry CD-format glory, at a benefit show for the Bark environmental nonprofit that's taking place April 20 at Kelly's Olympian (Genders and Sama Dams are also on the bill). A digital release follows April 23.
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The Thermals unleashed the new video for "Born to Kill," the lead track off their upcoming album Desperate Ground. Directed by Jeffrey Rowles and the Thermals, this darling clip depicts a charming, sun-dappled stroll through a marshmallow park, as members of our gang feed ducklings and tickle babies. Oh wait. No. This video is totally different. Hope you like blood and social commentary, delivered with sly biting wit. And blood. The Thermals also play April 20, at the album's all-ages record release show at Branx.
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Into the Woods also have made available the new video in their "Favorite Places" series, this one featuring WL performing at the Portland Harbor Superfund site. This one originally premiered at ITW's third anniversary party at Holocene. Band member Michael Yun has a long and thoughtful piece on why they chose to perform at that site over on Social commentary aside (and not as much blood as the Thermals vid!), this is a great performance, well recorded and photographed. WL perform Friday, March 29 at Kenton Club.
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Lastly, here's the new video from Wolf People. They're not from Portland. They have nothing to do with Portland (they're from the UK). I just adore this band, and when you get blog privileges, you get to post this sort of thing. Wolf People's 2010 album Steeple is still one of my all-time favorite records, and they have a new one called Fain coming out next month. Wolf People will never, ever tour the States because no one knows who they are. So watch this, and become a fan, and maybe they'll come here—listen, learn, love.

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