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Friday, May 3, 2013

Video Vriday! Nick Jaina, Casey Burge, Divers, Dangerous Boys Club, Johnny Marr

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, May 3, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Open up and say "vvvvvv," it's Video Vriday!

Nick Jaina has a video for his song "High Beams," off his great, great new album Primary Perception. This short, simple track is given effective visual treatment by director Jason Leonard, who shot the clip at his Affiche Poster Studio in Northeast Portland. As Jaina told American Songwriter, Leonard "set up two projectors in a way that someone dancing behind the screen would block one projector and the other would show through. The intended effect was that of a car parked on a bluff overlooking the city, and someone dancing in the car’s headlights.”
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A few weeks back, we posted a solo track from Minden singer Casey Burge. Now here's another take of "Agent of Corruption," which was recorded live at Supernatural Sound in Oregon City, with Lia Gist and Dan Talmadge (also of Minden) and filmed by the videographers at Yours Truly.

Videos, from Divers, Dangerous Boys Club, and Johnny Marr after the jump!

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Here's a performance video of Divers at a recent house show, performing their "Lacuna" and "Glass Chimes," with a little bit of Ke$ha's "Die Young" thrown in for good measure. As I've said before, Divers are unquestionably one of Portland's best new bands—I mean, if you were going to make a top 10 list or something, they should totally be on there—and since only a precious pair of Divers songs have actually been recorded, this live footage is invaluable. Divers perform Wednesday, May 29 at the Know.
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Dangerous Boys Club have a video for the 11-minute "Tranzilvania," the closing track on their second album, Pris, which recently came out on Dais Records. This initially seems to be one of those "bonus" track situations, because the main track fades out after about four minutes of sine-wave synths and coffee-jitter beats. Then a slow, languid, drone-y track begins, before the main rhythm returns for the song's conclusion. The whole thing is accompanied by video-damaged, hazy visuals and a really creepy ambience—you might want to wait until after midnight before making your way through this one.
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We'll end on a slightly more reassuring note—here's once (and future?) Portland resident Johnny Marr on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon earlier this week, performing the Smiths' "How Soon Is Now?" There we go, that feels better.

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