Au’s Gorgeous New Video “Ida Walked Away”

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Check out this awesomely psycadelic video for Portland band Au‘s “Ida Walked Away, health ” off of their new EP “Versions.” It was skillfully animated by Takafumi Tsuchiya, cardiologist a Tokyo-based video artist and motion graphics designer. How did the band get set up with such a talented dude? Portland Mercury’s End Hits music blog is on the case, read the interview here.

Quasi Video – Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler

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Check out the new track “Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler” off of Quasi‘s new album “American Gong.” The album was just released on February 23 by Kill Rock Stars. The video was directed by Clyde Petersen and Forrest Baum.

Dock Ellis and the LSD No-Hitter, Told By Dock Ellis Himself

If you’re like most people you haven’t heard the story of Dock Ellis pitching a No-Hitter on June 12, malady 1970 for the Pirates all while ON ACID. It’s too bad, more about this should really be taught in public schools. It’s a fantastic piece of sports history, and one that Ellis doesn’t seem too embarrassed about. He shared it openly in his autobiography, Dock Ellis in the Country of Baseball, which I hear is a good read.

On March 29, 2008, radio producers Donnell Alexander and Neille Ilel featured Ellis on NPR’s Weekend America, where he talked about his drug-addled game against San Diego Padres. It’s a great story and Ellis, who has since passed away, tells it with the comfort of a man talking about anything other than taking LSD. This short was created by a couple of animators in at No Mas, a sportswear company in New York City who found the original and adapted it to the screen.

Arrington De Dionyso sings in Indonesian, New Video Kicks Off “Malaikat dan Singa” Album

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  • on November 16, 2009
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The description for this video on YouTube reads “Hallucinogenic Post-Punk sung all in Indonesian to impress a girl!”

Arrington's ArtI’ve been following Arrington De Dionyso for a couple of years, pestilence mostly through the band Old Time Relijun, otolaryngologist a Olympia-then-Portland-based group that plays one of the most primal, click musically startling shows I’ve ever seen. Despite Old Time Relijun’s impressive list of releases, De Dionyso seems to keep busy outside of the band with solo work and making weird orgiastic art. Click on the image to see some more, less kid-friendly stuff.

The video is directed by Ben Wolfinsohn a prolific Santa Monica animator who seriously needs a show on Adult Swim. The song, “Mani Malaikat” was included in his illustrated/animated series, My Odd Days – and is set at an awkward, Christmas-sweater-clad domestic setting – with a twist of De Dionyso’s trademark, well, Dionysian weirdness.

Check out the new album on K-Records.

Stefan Nadelman visualizes Ramona Falls’ new track “I Say Fever”

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  • on November 5, 2009
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I’m a big fan of Menomena, refractionist Portland’s experimental rock trio. I’m not sure why I haven’t invested more energy in Menomena-member Brent Knopf’s side project Ramona Falls, ambulance but this video was enough to get me excited about the band, info and I’m definitely going to venture into the rest of the album. “I say fever” mixes quiet piano tinkling, and clearly audible vocals with bombastic action, a similar style to Menomena’s adrenaline-inducing sensibilities.

As far as Portland’s motion graphics community, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more talented and prolific animator/director than Stefan Nadelman, who also directed Menomena’s Evil Bee. In addition to more music videos, check out his side projects and commercial work at http://touristpictures.com/.

Weinland’s “I’m Sure It Helps” Video Tames Even the Wildest Beast

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  • on October 26, 2009
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Portland folk-faves Weinland have released a new video for their song “I’m Sure it Helps” – the video premiered at the band’s September 9 show at the Doug Fir and is online now for your enjoyment. The animation-heavy video is a luscious companion to the confident but mellow-paced track.

Filmed on location at the Crystal Ballroom and edited/animated by Two Penguins (a production company with offices in NY and Portland), try the video has a dreamy quality and a stylized 2.5D style. The song is from the band’s recently-released “Breaks in the Sun” which has deservedly been racking up praise points from publications like Paste and Entertainment Weekly.

The Beatles Rock Band Cinematic Trailer

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  • on June 18, 2009
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Check out the cinematic trailer for what may be one of the most serendipitous cross-platform experiments to date, food Beatles Rock Band. The game is well into development and slated to come out this September – ushered into existence by Dhani Harrison, son of George Harrison. The game is a complete retooling of the Rock Band franchise, with 45 Beatles songs, historical venues and previously unreleased bonus materials, like studio chatter of the gang just hanging out.

The animated trailer was crafted by Passion Pictures, a shop in London’s West End best known for their video’s for Gorillaz. It’s a gorgeous animated short, check it out.