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Friday, January 24, 2014

Video Vriday! EMA, Counterfeit Cash, Mythological Horses & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 3:14 PM

It's Video Vriday! Alternately warm and chill those cockles of your heart with a wide-ranging collection of new music videos from Portland bands. There will be organs! (And not necessarily the musical kind.)

EMA dropped the video for "Satellites," the advance track from her upcoming new album The Future's Void, due out April 8 on Matador. The video, directed by Erika M. Anderson herself and co-producer Leif Shackelford, finds a visual counterpoint to the dense, oily gothic track, with sci-fi overtones—Videodrome and perhaps an element of the Ralph Fiennes movie Strange Days? Maybe that's just me.
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Counterfeit Cash, the Portland-based Johnny Cash tribute band, rewrote Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues" as "Coal Train Blues" as a protest to companies exporting coal from Montana and Wyoming to Asia by way of the Columbia River Gorge. The problem is the coal dust that blows off the tops of the trains and barges into the Gorge basin itself, damaging the air and water quality of one of Oregon's greatest natural resources. But don't let my rhetoric get in the way—Counterfeit Cash and Friends of the Columbia Gorge do a pretty fine job of spelling out the issue. There's more info, and a call to action, here.
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The rustic, charming new video for Mythological Horses' sunny "Cold Hearts" was shot in Dallas, Oregon (not to be confused with the Dalles) and celebrates the pleasures of small-town life... well, at first. That's before the blood begins to spurt. A warning: organs get moved around, skin is incised, and surgeons play hot potato with a bunch of intestines. Plus, horseys! "Cold Hearts" comes from Mythological Horses' new album, released by Hovercraft and available on Bandcamp.

Videos from Mattress, Unicorn Domination, and Wild Bells after the jump!

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Here's the bizarre new video from Mattress, AKA Rex Marshall, for "Beautiful Moment" from his recent Fuck the Future. Directed by Jay Winebrenner, this video puts Marshall centerstage for a rendition of the lounge-y, nightmarish tune. He's being watched by two writhing figures in plastic, and then he ascends to heaven with a disembodied heart (more organs!). Or something like that. You can enjoy the Lynchian vibes, to be sure, but trying to figure it all out might overly strain your brain. Mattress performs tomorrow night (Sat Jan 25) at East End with Dubais and Terrorbird.
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Similarly inscrutable is this (possibly NSFW? I don't know where you work) new video from Unicorn Domination, for their song "Perfinious," where the confusion starts right off with the unusual song title. (I don't know what it means, nor could I tell you the definition of Drala, the name of the new Unicorn Domination album it comes from.) We watch the adventures of a hospital patient and two possibly sinister red beings, possibly in some sort of psychological hellscape, as the creepy lullaby of the song works its magic. The Portland band is currently in Thailand on a tour of Southeast Asia, and you can watch their video exploits on their YouTube channel.
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Let's end with something substantially less eerie: the new video from Wild Bells, for their song "Golden Boy" from their recent debut album. The video was made of Super 8 footage shot in the '70s by band member Pete Ficht's father in the rural town of Mantua, Ohio (current population: 1,033). Over Ellen Louise Osborn's vocals and heartwarming "la las", the warm glow of nostalgia rings deep. Wild Bells' next hometown show is March 15 at Alberta Street Pub.

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