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Friday, May 10, 2013

Video Vriday! And And And, Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Cat Doorman, Interiors, Black Prairie, Love Cop

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, May 10, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Va va va voom, it's Video Vriday!


Fresh off their Arrested Development party at Holocene earlier this week, Banana Stand Media have announced their new live album—and this one's coming from And And And, who performed and recorded a show in the Banana Stand basement back in December. Here's a clip of the song "Bow Down" from that show (video by Collective-47); typically, it's great. The album will be released on Tuesday, May 21 and will include several new/unreleased songs from the band, and to celebrate, And And And is playing a show on the day of the album release at Bunk Bar with Sama Dams (click it to ticket!); meanwhile, they're about to hit the road with Sun Angle. And And And's Live from the Banana Stand is Banana Stand's first release since partnering with CD Baby, who have become an official sponsor of the live recordists—they'll manufacture and distribute this and other upcoming releases from Banana Stand.
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Here's Wooden Indian Burial Ground's new video, for "Helicopter," the frenetic, hypnotic opening track from their excellent recent self-titled album. If you love ponies and lysergic, nightmarish psychedelia, this is the video for you, my friend. Wooden Indian Burial Ground just kicked off their current tour on Tuesday night with a show at the Know; right now they're somewhere in Idaho or Montana, and will cross this proud nation with nearly two months of shows before returning back to Portland for a homecoming show at the Star Theater on June 29. It has been great to witness this band—who've been around for a near half-decade or so, despite some inaccurate reports [UPDATE: Wooden Indian Burial Ground requested that their formation date be listed as 2012 for the WW piece]—hitting their stride in the past few months. They have been getting lots of new attention, and deserve every bit of it.
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While that last video probably isn't too suitable for kids, this one definitely is. It's a lovely stop-motion clip from Cat Doorman, the kids'-and-parents'-music project of the Golden Bears' Julianna Bright. Bright made these illustrations based on drawings by her daughter, and she and collaborator Alexis Gideon animated this clip, which is totally magical and charming and heartwarming. Cat Doorman have several area performances scheduled, many at schools (go here to see them all), but notably there's a performance at 4 pm on Sunday afternoon (4 pm) at TaborSpace (5441 SE Belmont)—that's Mother's Day, in case you forgot, you monster.
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Next up is the mysterious, moody video for Interiors' new song, "Standing on the Other Side," which appears on the forthcoming EP Real/Not Real, out on London-based label Mozart Kind. This track is in my opinion the best yet from Interiors, the electronic-art-pop project from Portland's Thomas Thorson—it uses the songwriting itself as the foundation for its slinky, involving sounds, which build upon themselves in a really rewarding way. Fittingly, the Portland-shot video is equally dramatic.
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Here's a video (of sorts) for Black Prairie's new track "Dawn Departure, Jefferson County." The clip also doubles as a "book trailer" for Jon Mooallem's new book Wild Ones, which Black Prairie did the soundtrack for. A soundtrack for a book? You are thinking too hard, friend. Just go with it. The "extended EP" (yes, it is an extended EP, just let it go) comes out digitally this Tuesday on the band's own Captain Bluegrass Records, with a limited 10-inch vinyl and CD release coming in June. The book itself is about animals, and extinction, and environmentalism, and the video uses little tidbits from the book for an image-and-text based video that bests Van Halen's "Right Now" at its own game. All we need is some Crystal Pepsi.
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I'll leave you today with Love Cop's new video "Hunger 4 Yr Heart." One of the many pretty ponies in the Gnar Tapes stable, Love Cop have a new tape out caled Eat Yr Heart Out (more info here), and this woozy, surely-not-at-all-influenced-by-narcotics song is given visual treatment via footage from a recent, surely-not-at-all-influenced-by-narcotics barbecue at Gnar headquarters (naturally dubbed Gnarnia). Springtime or no, it looks like we're in the middle of a full-fledged Portland summer, folks. Dig in.

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