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Friday, March 1, 2013

It's Video Vriday! Scrimshander, Natasha Kmeto & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Vuck yeah, it's Video Vriday!

Let's begin with the stunning new video from Scrimshander, the Bark Hide and Horn alums who ushered their debut album into the world at a record release show last weekend at Someday Lounge. This video for "Forest Fire" features the wonderful puppetry and artwork of Belly & Bones, and also goes a long way to explaining just what on earth that dangly thing is in the duo's press photo.

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We'll continue with the new video from Natasha Kmeto, which premiered this week over on Fader. It's for the title track to her brand-new EP, Dirty Mind Melt, which came out this week on Dropping Gems. This very, uh, red clip favors mood over narrative, but pulses with the remembered sensations that come from recollecting a past romantic encounter.
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Parenthetical Girls have released a video for "A Note to Self," from their new full-length Privilege (Abridged), culled from their five-part Privilege EP series. It's a grainy black-and-white clip with all the body stockings you could want; some of the imagery comes from Parenthetical Girls' performance at TBA last year. The handy thing about this video is that you will be able to tell within the first 30 seconds whether or not you will enjoy it.

If that Parenthetical Girls video failed your litmus test, though, this one is actually pretty easy to like. It's the second in the band's series with music videographers Into the Woods, who shot the band at various locales in and around Portland. (You might remember last week's installment, which took place aboard an abandoned riverboat). This one takes place at the Old Church, with an affecting performance from the band amid the striking surroundings. Parenthetical Girls play Holocene on Wednesday, March 6.
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Here's a summery new clip from Myke Bogan, for "Beach and a Blanket," from his new mixtape/album Monkeys on the Beach, which is due out March 5. This one captures a day at the river with blunts, a beer bong, and some fireworks—a day at the beach, Portland style. Be warned, this one degenerates into Bogan mooning the camera, and perhaps a little more pee-pee than you were probably wanting.
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And here's one from the Hugs, for their song "Reykjavik," and it works as the chilly antidote to that Myke Bogan one. Hey, speaking of the capital of Iceland, check out all the ice and snow! It looks like the Portland trio ventured into the Mt. Hood wilderness outside of town to shoot this (for the opening track off their recent Dirty Gems EP), which follows the group slowly making their way backwards into town. The Hugs perform tomorrow night at Dante's with the View (the band, not the show).
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We'll end the week with an audience-shot vid from last week's Sallie Ford/Sons of Huns show at the Wonder Ballroom. It's a new track from Sons of Huns, the fierce, stampeding "Argenteum Astrum," which is about to be recorded on the group's upcoming debut studio album. While this is anything but an official version, we'll take all the Sons of Huns we can get. Now go forth into the weekend and rock.


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