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Friday, October 18, 2013

Video Vriday! Pure Bathing Culture, Appendixes, Vikesh Kapoor & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Vinnie Paul*, it's Video Vriday!
*NOTE: Vinnie Paul does not appear in this week's Video Vriday

Check out the stunning stop-motion video for Pure Bathing Culture's "Dream the Dare," whose intricate, dreamlike visuals match the group's lush, twilight ballad. The detail here is astounding, as realized by the video's director Hayley Morris. She says, "I wanted to create a highly stylized world, a mix of delicate organic and geometric shapes. The video was created all in camera and animated frame by frame with hand-drawn projected animations." PBC recently released their lovely first full-length album, Moon Tides, and are playing next week at Bunk Bar, on Thursday, October 24 sharing a bill with Widowspeak.
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Appendixes have a marvelous new 7-inch (more on that here), and this is the video for the B-side and title track, the stunningly gorgeous "Neon Green Fear." It's an experimental clip with use of split-screen and the undying visual attraction of a lava lamp. I suppose I like the song more than the video, but considering I like the song a hell of a lot, the video's got its own game, too. Appendixes play a release show for the 7-inch—which, again, is wonderful, odd, and varied—on Sunday night (October 20) at Mississippi Studios.
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I gushed over Portland folker Vikesh Kapoor's new album in last week's Mercury, and if you haven't heard his stuff yet, get on it. I'll make it easy: Here's a just-released video of Kapoor performing the haunting "Carry Me, Home" in a Manhattan apartment on a hot summer day. It's a simple, straightforward clip, but Kapoor's music requires nothing more.

Lots more Vriday after the jump!

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Copper and Coal are the local duo of Carra Stasney and Leslie Beia, and they have a shiny, new, self-titled, Caleb Klauder-produced album that collects the pair's vintage country and old-time bluegrass tunes. Here's a one-shot video for the moonlit stroll of "I Love a Gambler," which fans of close-harmony singing and ladies wearing pearl-snap shirts (you too, huh?) will find utterly compelling. Copper and Coal—guess which is which—plays a CD release show tomorrow night (October 19) at the newly refurbished and fab Alberta Street Pub. Check out this account from The Stranger of their show in Seattle, which sounds like it was a hell of a lot of fun.
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This is Portland musician/producer Abigail Press, and the video from her new EP Eclipse. The EP comes out today—and hey, did you know there's a lunar eclipse tonight?—and this video occupies an interesting world that I'll lazily dab as somewhere in between new age and hiphop. The song is a little too woo-woo for my taste, but Press' production, voice, and movement undeniably creates a soothing and inviting mood. She'll perform a release show for Eclipse next week at Secret Society on Tuesday, October 22.
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We're allowed to consider Wooden Shjips a Portland band now, since two of the members moved here. This is a woozy clip of the band performing at one of Thrill Jockey's 20th anniversary shows in San Francisco. The visuals are fractured beyond the point of comprehension, making use of video glitches to create the scene. You'll either be captivated or annoyed, depending on your toxicity level. The band has a new album coming out on Thrill Jockey on November 12 called Back to Land, and they'll play the Doug Fir on January 16.
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I'll close today with another VHS-oriented clip, for Grails' far-out "Invitation to Ruin," from their new Black Tar Prophecies, Vols. 4, 5 & 6 album. Despite the assemblage of weirdness, the compilation of found video footage here invigorates rather than repels, turning old films into a cornucopia of strange that matches Grails perfectly. These look like some pretty cool movies. Or perhaps it's all from the same movie. It's hard to tell.


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