In the opening moments of her album, ‘Pasta,’ comedian Emily Heller explains why she makes jokes at awkward times, and why she’s fallen silent in the age of Trump.
Comedy duo, Frangela, talk a lot about the current political climate on their Kill Rock Stars debut, ‘Resist!,’ but this piece isn’t just leftist whining… it offers a profound suggestion on how to navigate the day to day.
Released just ahead of the band’s eighth (or nineth?) record, ‘Accustomed To Your Face,’ the video for Kinski’s “Guest Girl Vocalist” captures the band in their raw, natural state on stage thanks to footage shot by Matt Howl, and the quick edits and post-production trickery that I brought to the table.
After touring the U.S. throughout the spring and summer of 2018, Horse Feathers returned to Oregon to play a handful of shows with their Astoria compatriots Blind Pilot. I caught up with the band at their Aladdin Theatre show in Portland, and shot their full show with my phone, and turned the footage into the tour trailer you see above.
Already having an archive of mid-century vacation footage from around the southwest, I was able to put this trailer together fairly quickly, once S.L. Chamberlain told me he was going to use a photo of his mother for the cover of his debut single.
The music video for “The Ghost of Gus Grissom” speaks to the former astronaut’s final hours, alongside his fellow Apollo I space crew. Given the fact that the song was originally described as a “funeral dirge for cyborgs,” it made sense to pay homage to someone in the early days of the space program, especially one who was so mechanically adept.
Using footage from the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, chosen by Greg Reynaud (aka Midway In Wake), I created this lyric video for the song “Your Majesty,” which follows the lyrical themes of the track, which is about a soldier who’s been dispatched to a catastrophe to provide information about what took place.
Using some footage that I shot in Portland’s Alameda neighborhood, on some Independence Day, many years ago, I put together this lyric video for Elliott Smith’s “Bottle Up And Explode! (Alternate Version),” which appears on the bonus disc of the recently released “Either/Or: Expanded Edition.”
Second Letter’s second single, “Ruins,” finds the band exploring new tempos and more upbeat melodies, but the lyrical content keeps the song grounded in the realities of the day.
In this bit from “Solid Gold,” (premiered at Interrobang!) Amy Miller talks about the benefits and drawbacks of dating a millennial long distance, and how she stacks up against other women, in general. She knows that she’s a “trophy” too, but she may not thinking about the kind of trophy that you are.
The lead single from Rhea Butcher’s debut album, ‘Butcher,’ entitled “Haircuts & Flight Attendants” gives us a vignette into the daily life of Rhea — as she’s continually mis-gendered and questioned about her age due to her appearance.
Hari Kondabolu decided to record his second album for Kill Rock Stars in Portland, despite the fact that his Seattle friends “berated” him for doing so. Over the course of two evenings and three shows at Mississippi Studios, ‘Mainstream American Comic’ was born.
The trailer for Second Letter’s “Ruins” takes a tounge-in-cheek approach to marketing downloads in a streaming world, reminding folks that there is no ownership attached to Spotify playlist.
Given “Take It On Faith”‘s heavy use of NASA samples, and the overall “conspiracy” theme to Art of Ballistics‘ ‘REX 84,’ it made sense to create a montage of vintage sci-fi and official state documentation that kinda blurs the lines between what’s real, what’s possible, and what has yet to be.
Using footage shot by several members of the camera crew I enlisted for the Cameron Esposito ‘Same Sex Symbol’ album taping, I comped together an almost 360° view of Cameron walking on-stage for the first show of the evening to give a sense of excitement and release.