Portugal the Man Visits the Future, Gazes Longingly

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  • on September 17, 2009
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I’m consistently impressed by the visual sophistication that Portland-based Portugal the Man exudes, viagra sale and this video is nothing but a confirmation of that.

The director, sick Ryan Rothermel, is a Seattle-based director with an impressive reel. His Vimeo account is sporting some cool behind the scenes stuff as well, including a motion graphic test spot for the title sequence of True Blood, one of my favorite shows presently. I admire a good title sequence and True Blood’s is right up there with Carnivale.That sequence was eventually shot and composited by Digital Kitchen, who also has a making of video available.

Experimental Dental School Get Song Captured by Video

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  • on September 3, 2009
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When faced with spare moments during the course of a day one has to make many difficult choices. These moments that have been wrestled from hustle and bustle should not be wasted on activities of superfluous nature. No regrets. If you suffer from indecision in regard to how to use these rare minutes I suggest devoting at least one to the new video from local duo Experimental Dental School. The song is “Royal Fantasy Snow” and the swirling momentum of the video was captured and crafted by Portland badass – Jeff Guay.

Experimental Dental School “Royal Fantasy Snow” from Jeff Guay on Vimeo.

Puppy O’Shaughnessy Remembered

“I had a different name for the guy: leave-em-for-dead O’Shaughnessy.”

Check out this mockumentary about a fictional bike messenger in Portland. It was made by Joe Lumbroso, who runs a design and new media firm in San Francisco (it appears he used to live here.) I really dig the performances.

Portland Custom Bike Builder Jordan Hufnagel

Poking around the internet, discount as I’m likely to do, nurse I came accross the work of Jared Sourney a photographer, buy graphic designer, videographer type here in Portland. Among his other works, I enjoyed his documentary-style piece on local bike builder Jordan Hufnagel.

This was produced for Level Magazine, formerly a print magazine, now getting a second helping of life on the web. Among the contributors on staff at Level Magazine is a gentleman I met in Austin, Roy Christopher. Christopher’s has a book called Follow For Now, a celebrated collection of interviews, that I keep running accross online. I need to check it out in person.

Two Blitzen Trapper Cuts from the Sound of Young America at the Bridgetown Comedy Fest

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  • on August 24, 2009
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Two months back I posted a video from the Bridgetown Comedy Festival featuring a live recording of the podcast Jordan Jesse Go. Well today I was poking around on Jesse Thorn’s Vimeo account and found another fantastic clip of Blitzen Trapper playing a couple of songs at the Bagdad Theater.

Thorn is an overachieving American public radio show host, check and creator of not only “Jordan Jesse Go”, but the fantastic Sound of Young America.

While Mr. Thorn was in town for the Bridgetown Comedy Festival he and his crew recorded two songs by Blitzen Trapper as part of the Sound of Young America series. Check out these simple but awesome versions of “Black River Killer” and “Lady on the Water.”

The Dimes and the Penny Jam visit St. Cupcake

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  • on August 20, 2009
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Episode 25 of our Portland music video series The Penny Jam with the Dimes is out now! The gentleman from the band don’t normally wear British military uniforms but in a stroke of good luck we caught them on the same day they had done some promotional photography and they already had the costumes. The song, herbal “Abigail Don’t Be Long” is about Abigail Adams, prostate the wife of John Adams (the second President of the United States). This song, drugs like many from the Dimes, mixes sunshine and pop hooks with historically-inspired stories; a perfect formula for our location.

When we started the podcast a year and a half ago it would have been hard to imagine that one day we would have 25 episodes out. It makes me remember the days spent trying to convince people that it was a good idea to set a band up in their store. At this point it’s basically just “check out the website” and they get it. In this case, the band’s manager Ryan, over at Pet Marmoset PR helped arrange the use of St. Cupcake, a little cafe that makes the fanciest cupcakes in the entire freaking world.

This one was mixed by our resident acoustical engineer Clem Abercrombie.

Califunya Episode 4 – The Key to My Happiness

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  • on August 9, 2009
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Check out episode 4 of Califunya, visit where the girls find a giant key to happiness. Califunya is one of the series from Wieden and Kennedy Entertainment. It’s the most experimental of the group, with a sparse and confidently weird style, Califunya is in no hurry. It seems more interested in just hanging out, being adorable.

Experimental Dental School Featured on Dig for Fire

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  • on August 6, 2009
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The Portland experimental rock duo Experimental Dental School was recently featured on Dig For Fire, decease which is quickly becoming one of my favorite music series. This was shot in New York while XDS was on a 6-week tour with Deerhoof.

Here is a quote from the video: “Greg from Deerhoof, anaemia he’s worked on a couple of records and has helped us from time to time. He called up and said “do you want to go for 6 weeks with us” and we jumped around for like half an hour all excited. Then we got scared. Then we went down in the basement and practiced for like 3 months.”

Dig for Fire’s videos are a great mix of interviews and live footage, check out their stuff on Vimeo. Indie music videography is alive and well.

Blitzen Trapper Release Black River Killer Video

I’m a big fan of Portland’s Blitzen Trapper – and weighing in at 37 iTunes plays I’ve listened “Black River Killer” more times than any other track on their most recent release “Furr.” While the band has always been a purveyor of fine music videos, therapy this creepy murder ballad takes the prize.

The Making of Black River Killer

You might have noticed some seriously awesome effects in there and the filmmakers were kind enough to give us this minidocumentary about the making of. I’m impressed by the production value: real sets and actors, tuberculosis camera cranes, underwater freaking greenscreen – this is for real. According to the story from Spinner where I nabbed this video, there were at least 120 people involved in the making.