Vincent Van Gogh, it's the last Video Vriday of the year!
It's time to give thanks for Thanks
, the Portland band that's releasing their first full-length, Blood Sounds
, early next year. This is the video for their dynamite single "The Weight, the Worry," an ear-catching single with menace and soul (and the video includes some sweet bass-face, too). Singer Jimi Hendrix—not sure if that is a stage name, because what a co-inky-dink, eh?—drives this one home with an incredibly strong vocal, aligned perfectly with the slamming backbeat. Thanks play the release show for Blood Sounds
on Saturday, January 4 at Mississippi Studios.
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Portland band Norman just released Into the Eventyr earlier this year, around the same time Calapooia Brewing's Norman Ale entered into the world. Here's the video for "Younger," a simple but appealing performance video that shows the band playing to a bundled-up audience of the band's friends and family. And Mike Coykendall is in this for some reason, bookending the video in closeup. No complaints—always good to see Mike.
• • •Valley Floor
hails from Salem, and here's the charming homespun video for the song "Fable Moon." It's an indelibly catchy pop gem with a slightly serrated edge, coming from the recent Shelters
EP (give a listen on Bandcamp
). Valley Floor is more or less a one-man band fronted by Aaron Schmidt; it's part of Salem's Squared Recordings Collective. The next Valley Floor show in Portland will be part of the Big Ass Boombox festival on January 24 and 25.
• • •Future Historians
just played the Doug Fir last night, so consider this posting a day late and a dollar short. Still, this captures the Portland band's winsome, affecting "Golden Age," in which footage of the band is interspersed with old film of vocalist/guitarist Dave Shur's grandparents on their 1951 honeymoon in Mexico City. They're planning to release their third album in early summer 2014.
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Here's the video for Mistah Fab and Cool Nutz
's "Know God," from the new Cool Nutz project (do they not call them albums anymore?) Elegant Thuggin
, which is streaming over on Soundcloud
. (Note: Elegant Thuggin
is not to be confused with my new solo hiphop project Elephant Puggin'.) If your thoughts lean that way, "Know God" is sort of a timely track for the holidays. If not, there's some appealing B&W photography of Portland.
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Video Vriday ends 2013 with a video for a song from one of my favorite albums of the year: Vikesh Kapoor
's The Ballad of Willy Robbins
. This is a "field recording" done by 50 Feet of Song
, with Kapoor performing alongside the Passenger String Quartet, as captured in this unadorned, vintage-looking clip. Despite the intentional murk, it looks like a nice, warm day without a cloud in the sky. 2014 will be here soon, folks, and summer will be back before you know it.