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Friday, January 31, 2014

Video Vriday! Summer Cannibals, Grandhorse, TxE & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 11:08 AM

It's Video Vriday! All the best local videos in one easy place.

Here's Summer Cannibals, offering a scalding live take of "Emergency" captured by the Collective-47 folks at Mississippi Studios back in December. If you haven't seen Summer Cannibals live yet, this video will make you want to—like, right now. Luckily for you, they're playing this coming Wednesday, February 5 (at Mississippi Studios, no less) as part of the Merc's Ear Candy series. That show is totally free. See you there.
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Grandhorse has unveiled their second video, for the peppy, addictive "Short Drive with a Kidnapper." The band co-directed the video with Alexei Shishkin, and it stars local musician Ben Meyercord (Y La Bamba), who does a LOT of running in this video. It seems he, like the White Rabbit, is late for a very important date. It seems he is also heedless of the oft-said warning, "Do not take oranges from strange disembodied hands near waterfalls." Luckily, it all works out in the end, as Grandhorse plays a raging party in masks and costumes. Drummer Devon Shirley talks more about the video over at Diffuser...... What's that? Grandhorse is also playing the free Ear Candy show next week (Wed Feb 5) at Mississippi Studios, on the bill with Summer Cannibals? Well, super.
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Here's the new video for TxE's "This Town," which takes the Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside song of the same name and turns it inside out. Featuring Lifesavas' Vursatyl and cameos by local landmarks like SE dive bar The Trap and downtown's elk statue/fountain, it's a black-and-white, video damaged ode to the frustration and elation of being part of Portland, a city that continues to fight for its own identity in the national hiphop scene. "This Town" comes from TxE's recent Vs. Prtlnd album, which samples indie rock and pop from local bands for its tracks.

Videos from Talkative, Zoo?, Matthew Heller and the Clever, and Alameda after the jump!

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Talkative announced their upcoming LP Hot Fruit BBQ this week, which is due out later this year. Here's the video for "Rudy Huckleberry," a surreal, colorful sequence centered around the strange image of a bunch of large balloons partway filled with liquids of various colors. It's a harsher brand of psychedelia Talkative has slung in the past, or perhaps its the psychosis of the video's images that makes it seem that way.
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Portland emcee Zoo? has a video for "Nobody Loves a Genius Child," a weird stylistic embrace of mysticism and the occult unlike anything I've seen on the local front. Zoo? (AKA Dylan Muldrew) is part of the Renaissance Coalition, a group of local music makers whose ranks also include Maze and Bryce Lang (who was the one who sent this video my way earlier in the week); the video comes from Occultist. The track comes from Zoo?'s 2013 mixtape Osmosis Muldrew, which you can check out here.
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Matthew Heller and the Clever's new video for "Another Dose" follows the misdeeds of a young gentleman who breaks into a couple's apartment and goes on a bender of destruction. I pity the production assistant on cleanup duty for this shoot. A Dell laptop and a tiny stuffed lion were harmed in the making of this video.
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We'll end today with a new video for a slightly older song from Alameda. Production on this gorgeous animation for "New Leaf" commenced two years ago, but hit some snags along the way. An experiment in rotoscoping over 3D computer animation—the makers say "the goal was to combine the hand-made feel of painting with the perfection of 3D camera movement and environments"—it took far longer to complete than anticipated, and at one point the source file was lost. But here is the final result and it is well worth the wait, the tale of foxes in wintertime with a painterly but eerily realistic quality. Click on the "HD" function and go full-screen for this one. "New Leaf" originally appeared on Alameda's 2011 album Seasons/Spectres; the band starts its European tour on March 1.

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