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Friday, August 9, 2013

Video Vriday! Laura Veirs, Portugal. The Man, Minden, Natasha Kmeto, Béisbol, Industrial Park, Glass Candy, Alela Diane

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Aug 9, 2013 at 3:29 PM

We took last Vriday off to get Pickathon-ed, so lots of videos to get to this week!

Laura Veirs' ninth album Warp & Weft comes out August 20, and here's the video for the first single, "Sun Song." Directed by Alexandra Spalding, this has the look and feel of a long-forgotten Super 8 from an old family vacation that's been drug out of the attic. (Yep, that's Neko Case singing on this track.) Veirs plays an in-store at Music Millennium on August 25, and then kicks off a tour in September, returning home to Portland on October 5 for a show at ye olde Doug Fir.
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Portugal. The Man have a new one, too. This clip for "Modern Jesus" was shot by AG Rojas and assembles footage from the band's previous year of touring. (Twerk alert!) P.TM's John Gourley says, "I have wanted to work with AG since our friend, Michael Ragen, introduced me to his work with Earl Sweatshirt a few years ago. He has an eye for the things that happen below surface, in bedrooms, in the streets and in our schools and captures it without prejudice. AG has a vision and it doesn't matter if you think the video could use more of John running because, in the end, he knows what he wants and always makes the right decision. A true artist." The assemblage of wildly varied subjects results in a strange but intensely poetic video.
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Minden shot this hot number around various Portland locations including Dig a Pony. It's the title track from their new EP, What's More Than Appropriate? Directed bu Benjamin Ross Lyerly and starring Casey Burge's mustache, this is a playful, teasing clip—I guess it qualifies as NSFW—that'll please lovers of shampoo, fruit cocktail, and (very) loosely defined fidelity.

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Here's a great clip of Natasha Kmeto performing her already-classic "Idiot Proof" for the Into the Woods crew inside of a Portland-area train tunnel. Don't worry, there were no trains running, and the backdrop of the graffiti-laden tunnel entrance makes a perfect match for Kmeto's atmospheric club mover.
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Béisbol's new video for "Nothing Strange," directed by Emilee Booher, was shot down in the band's hometown of Hemet, California, with Roman Murray, the band's friend and current Portland roommate, in the starring role. Booher says, "I imagined a video that contrasted two different versions of the same person. Being careful not to portray one embodiment as better than the other, I wanted both to give the feeling of boredom and dissatisfaction with the trivial aspects of life." Resultantly, the video explores the idea of an everyday double life, or at least the sense of being trapped in between work and play, and not really being thrilled with either.
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Here's Industrial Park, with the fuzz-dipped splendor of their track "Echoes" given a trippy low-budge treatment via back projection. This calls back the days when college rock morphed into alternate, before everything went to shit after that. "Echoes" comes from Industrial Park's new self-titled 7-inch, which is out on Toxic Pop Records. They play TONIGHT at Slabtown on a bill with Hausu, Lunch, and San Francisco's Wild Moth.
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Here's one for Glass Candy's recent contribution to the After Dark 2 compilation. "Redheads Feel More Pain" was shot by regular Italians Do It Better filmographer Alberto Rossini, and this footage comes from screen tests done for an Ibiza photo shoot with Martin D'Aregnsio. It's a little jarring to hear Glass Candy's nighttime disco with an accompaniment of sunshine, but there's enough of L'Avventura style ennui on display for it all to make sense.
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Alela Diane shot this video on hot day down a (mostly) quiet street in Paris, France—I said "mostly," but dig those Euro-sirens in the background—and well, this is just flat-out lovely. Armed with a marvelous yellow dress and her acoustic guitar, Diane completely devastates in two minutes and change. There's also a new video from her recent album release show at the Old Church that you can check out on NPR [UPDATE: And there's more on OPB Music], and today's a special day for Diane—her wedding day! VERY big congratulations to the Portland songwriter and her new husband.

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