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<i>The Night Before</i>'s Three Wise Men


The Night Before's Three Wise Men

Wait, That Should Read "Three Dumbasses"

Friday, November 8, 2013

Video Vriday! The Shivas, the Parson Red Heads, Typhoon's Tiny Desk Concert & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Vincent Schiavelli, it's Video Vriday!

The Shivas have a new video, for their song "Baby I Need You," from their Whiteout! album, their great 2012 full-length that was reissued by K Records earlier this year. This is a tender, romantic number with drummer Kirstin Leonard leading the band through prom-slow-dance chords, given extra fuzz and glisten. The press release is careful to point out that Leonard may be starring alongside her "her may-or-may-not-be-real boyfriend." Awww. (You'll need to watch the video to see what they're talking about.) They just played at Bunk Bar last night and are headed down to California this weekend, but they'll be back next week and have a house show next weekend, and will be playing NE Alberta's the Knock Back on December 5.
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I'm not sure how the lyric video trend started or who's responsible, or who benefits, really—but the Parson Red Heads have improved the formula with the new lyric video for "Every Mile," which premiered on the Bay Bridged earlier this week. Evan Way explains what they did: "Basic idea of the video – trying to make a lyric video that is still interesting to watch (which is a challenge…a lot of times they are really boring!). Used old VHS live footage of the band playing a set at The Echo (in LA). Has a great lo-fi VHS look, super grainy and old-school. Then went with that aesthetic – captured and used a lot of good VHS / analog fuzz and flicker, some artifacting and tape malfuction snippets, to sort of break up the footage." This comes from their fine new record Orb Weaver; the band will be playing the Doug Fir on Saturday, November 30, opening that evening's late show for Blitzen Trapper.
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Here's the second episode in the mysterious, oddball Beach Party TV series, which accompanies the new Tender Loving Empire tribute to the Beach Boys' Smiley Smile, called Portland Smiles. Read more about that project here (and check out Episode 1 of Beach Party TV here). This one includes a very awkward interview with TLE head honcho and Portland Smiles contributor Jared Mees. It does not end well. This is well worth watching for the hilarious ad for Portland Smiles alone; it's at the front of the video, so click play on this now.

More Vriday after the jump, including Load B, Lovers, and Typhoon's Tiny Desk Concrt!

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Here's Load B and the video for "Braindead," which warns (celebrates?) the horrors of drug abuse. This walks a fine line between cautionary and revelry, subtly exploring the... no, that's not true. There's nothing subtle about this video. Watch NE Portland emcees Milc and Brill freak out with a cast of suspicious characters. This comes from their recent Debauchery album; check the whole thing out here. And maybe don't let the Load B crew house-sit for you anytime soon.
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Here's Lovers' "Tiger Square," the first video from their most recent album A Friend in the World, which came out on Badman earlier this fall. I think this was shot (partly) on Sauvie Island? There are corn mazes and a beach and some really beautiful farmland, at any rate. It's a colorful, eye-catching video that makes it seem very cold and gray here in Portland all of a sudden. Lovers are on a European tour right now, but they have an in-store performance scheduled for Thursday, December 5 at Music Millennium.
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We'll end today with Typhoon's Tiny Desk Concert for NPR that went up this week. If you know anything about Typhoon (they have a gagillion members) and anything about NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts (they are, um, tiny), this is a wonderfully intimate, crammed performance from the Portland band. God, this is good. Typhoon will play the substantially bigger stage at the Crystal Ballroom on Friday, November 29.

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