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Friday, December 6, 2013

Video Vriday! Typhoon, Blouse, Drunken Prayer & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Vroom vroom, it's Vrideo Vriday! A lot of vrideos to get to today, so let's cut the chitchat.


Typhoon's "Young Fathers" has been given the video treatment, and it's a distinctly weird but effective piece. A young boy goes into the wild with a bizarre looking spirit guide for a series of adventures. It's a little like Where the Wild Things Are, and then there's the part with all the red paint.
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Here's another weird one, for Blouse's "A Feeling Like This." From director Angus Borsos, it's a series of (mostly) black and white vignettes and singer Charlie Hilton reclining on a chaise wearing some sort of Egyptian headdress. There's also a very long credit sequence, because these things matter. Blouse are currently in the midst of a European tour.
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Drunken Prayer have this new video for "Hunt Me Down," and if Planet of the Apes freaked you out, this will too. Drunken Prayer's Morgan Geer says, "I did it myself using whatever materials were at hand, mostly found and forgotten, and worked within my own ignorant limitations to create something very close to something original." That doesn't explain exactly where he found all this footage of people in ape masks, but no matter. Drunken Prayer's new album, House of Morgan, has just come out on Fluff and Gravy Records, and Drunken Prayer performs the record release show tomorrow night at Dante's.

Lots more Vriday after the jump!

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British born, Portland based singer/songwriter Anne-Marie Sanderson went to Yellow Room Recording to shoot this performance of unreleased track "Out through the Window," recorded with Peter Rodocker. It's a straightforward performance of a winning song, and maybe you'll hear her play it when she does a show at Al's Den on Monday, January 27.
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Rabbits shot a clip for the bite-sized but brutal "No (More) Depth," one of the original tunes on their new covers-and-B-sides collection SOS (Singles, Other Shit). Adam Cornelius directed this, and it superimposes the Portland noisemongers over a bunch of garbage—more or less literally. Rabbits play Slabtown on January 11 with Gaytheist, and also have a show scheduled for January 31 at the Tonic Lounge.
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Broken Bells—the duo of the Shins' James Mercer and Danger Mouse's Bryan Burton—have this ambitious video for "Holding on for Life." It was culled from the two-part short film After the Disco, a longer, wordless narrative starring Anton Yelchin and Kate Mara. The release date for the new Broken Bells album, also titled After the Disco, has been pushed back to February 4.
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Portland's premiere purveyors of old-time music, the great Foghorn Stringband, were filmed by the Bluegrass Situation at LA's Old Style guitar shop. This one's worth donning a pair of headphones; you'll feel like you're in the room.
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Tango Alpha Tango played at Eastern Washington's Chinook Festival earlier this year, and here's a live take of "White Sugar" from that performance. It's a thumping rocker and the energy of the live show comes through.
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There Is No Mountain shot this cover of Dirk Powell's "Waterbound" in Action/Adventure Theatre. In the words of the band's Matt Harmon, it contains "random bursts of octaved-down distorted acoustic guitar." There Is No Mountain are finishing up their weeklong run of shows at Al's Den; they perform—for free—tonight at tomorrow at 7 pm.
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This Summer, the Weather Machine's Slater Smith visited all 185 state parks in Oregon—including Government Island State Park, which you can only get to by boat. Smith brought a GoPro camera with him, and Mimi Bergen edited down footage from all these parks into this charming video for "Back O'er Oregon." Here's the list of all the parks Smith hit on a trip that was made possible with funding from Oregon State Parks and Oregon Film.

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