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Friday, May 24, 2013

Video Vriday! Jarad Miles in Ancient Wave, the Thermals, Portugal. The Man, and More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, May 24, 2013 at 12:59 PM

It's a very, very Video Vriday, with an exclusive premiere and lots more to look at!


Premiere! Here is the new video from Jarad Miles in Ancient Wave, for the song "Ooh Child"—no, not that "Ooh Child"—a brand-new track which will appear on their upcoming eponymous album. There's a lot going on storywise in this handsome, affecting video, which was directed by local director Justin Koleszar, who also directed the fine recent feature One Foot in the Gutter. Centered around a different kind of standoff, the video stars Vin Shambry, with cinematography is by Ryan Kunkleman. Koleszar tells me that they "had a goal of avoiding a Portland feel." The video will also play as part of next week's Portland Music Video Festival, which will take place Thursday, May 30 at the Hollywood Theatre. For more on that event, go here.
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The Thermals continue the overarching theme of violence from their recent Desperate Ground in this terrific video for album highlight "The Sunset," which stars Kathy Foster as a boxer in training. Directed by Jeffrey Rowles along with the Thermals, the locally shot video includes a bit with a chicken that will be the best thing you see all day. Foster's dance moves pay homage to Do the Right Thing, and this video will surely do for the Eastbank Esplanade what Rocky did for the steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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Portugal. The Man have a new video for a track from their new Danger Mouse-produced album Evil Friends, which comes kicking and screaming into the world on June 4. This clip, directed by David Vincent Wolf, is a little reminiscent of those Victorian death photos, as it focuses on black-and-white closeups of the band members and toys with them in slightly disturbing ways. Following Evil Friends' release, Portugal. The Man embark on a national tour, bringing them home for a show at the Crystal Ballroom on Thursday, July 18.

Jump for more Video Vriday!

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Here is the latest project from the Early, a band that until recently was located in Portland (their guitarist still lives here; band member Alex Lewis is a former End Hits contributor). This piece, "Universal Leader," is their collaboration with video artist Zack Davis, and its soundtrack comes from a 30-minute, largely improvised piece the band performed live in front of an audience at the home studio of Point Juncture, WA's Victor Nash in March 2012. Davis' visual accompaniment, in Lewis' words, "unfolds glacially and abstractly," and the result is something quite unique.

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