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Friday, August 16, 2013

Video Vriday! Big Black Cloud, Souvenir Driver, Tango Alpha Tango & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Aug 16, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Vermicious Knids, it's Video Vriday!


Here's Big Black Cloud's "Bomb My Brain," a visual accompaniment to the song's jarring porridge of punk, sludge, psychedelic garage rock, and noise. You can see the band here, murkily and indistinctly, intercut among other weird images, including a water buffalo being devoured by lions. The track comes from their great new record out on Eolian Empire, Black Friday, and I supposed this clip's uneasy vibe is a dark way to kick off a summertime Video Vriday, but dear lord fuck I do love this band.
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Here's Souvenir Driver's "Philosophy," and what looks like a straightforward performance clip soon becomes something drippy and colorful and sort of delicious sounding. I'll let the band's Nate Wey explain:
"We made it in a two step process. First, we filmed a standard performance based 'video' on black and white, in an art warehouse space called Worksound. Then, after editing, we spent about two weeks collecting any free TVs we could find (on street corners, through friends, via Facebook posts, etc). After collecting TVs, I bought shit loads of vanilla ice cream and my girlfriend and the two of us spent a night mixing various food colors into it. We then mixed these with traditional house paints. (The ice cream idea came from my friend Chris—we were originally going to just use paints, but the ice cream was awesome). We shot the video on the TVs we found, while pouring the colors over it as the song progressed. The idea was to create something that felt like early '80s post punk video combined with psychedelic colors."
I'd say they succeeded; the results are suitably mind-melty. They play a free show tonight with Hustle & Drone at Firkin Tavern as part of PALS Fest's opening night festivities.
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Collective-47 (who shoot video for Banana Stand's shows) were on hand at Tango Alpha Tango's recent record release show at the Doug Fir, and here's "All Mine Blues" from that performance. Shoot in moody blues and ambers in that basement bunker, the post-modern blues stomp of TAT's becomes wholly visceral here (not to mention the bass player's mesmerizing fringe dress). Tango Alpha Tango also plays tonight, in the very venue where this was shot; they and Blue Skies for Black Hearts are opening for the Lower 48's album release show at the Doug Fir. Tango Alpha Tango also play PALS Fest with Eidolons and Sama Dams on Tuesday, August 20.

More Vriday after the jump!

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This one's another performance clip, this one from the Barn Birds, who are the duo of Porland musician Chris Kokesh and North Carolina songwriter Jonathan Byrd. The pair's self-titled album came out this week on Waterbug, and they've got a string of Portland area performances coming up at the end of August and the beginning of September. It looks like their only date in Portland proper is a house show, but check out the full list of tour dates on their site.
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Here's Logan Lynn and Rowan Wren in "Everything You Touch Turns to Gold." Wren directed the video for this track, which appears on Lynn's recent Tramp Stamps and Birthmarks album. Lynn says the mellower, more acoustic nature of this touching track—as opposed to his upbeat electro-dance pop—points the way towards his next album. The video also features the work of Portland metal sculpture artist Christopher Truax.
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We'll end today with the educational track from local folk/R&B duo Byler & Trett (their real names are Tyler and Brett! funny!!) called "Learn About Science," a sentiment I can absolutely get behind. I'm not sure if I can fully get behind the rest of this video, although the scene in which Byler and Trett superimpose their heads onto a couple of barechested men in a sauna makes me laugh for some reason. Come on, dudes! Let's see some of your own skin in the next vid! Your friend in science, Ned.

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