Video Roundup

After last night's post on The Belle Brigade and their video "Where Not To Look For Freedom," I realized I've been sitting on quite a few videos from previously featured bands. Let's just get them all out, shall we?

First we have the video for "Post-War Blues" by Dan Mangan. I reviewed Dan's Album Oh Fortune for my Label Year feature last fall. This track is definitely one of the standouts. The clip has a strong Dr. Strangelove vibe to it and perhaps is a subtle rallying cry against cutting funding of arts programs. It's so foreboding and depressing to think of the soldiers taking down the posters for film and photo club or confiscating musical instruments. Will the youth rebel? What will happen if they do? Watch the video above to find out.

Last fall, I got to see Cairo Knife Fight live and interview them. They were great guys, fun to talk to, and they rocked hard. One of their more menacing numbers, "The Violence of Action" has a new video that is even more intense visually than the song is to listen to. Be forewarned that it's graphically violent and bloody. It's not easy to watch, which could be a message against out and out brutality, but it is also empowering to see the man still rising up after all the blows.

We featured this great track "Lemonade" from Moonlight Bride earlier this year in a Weekly Roundup and I'm very excited to now share the video. It finds the band trading off time in the midst of a masquerade party and rocking out in an abandoned building. I just love the glorious yet tuneful noise of this one as it explodes. And with the references to summer early in the lyrics, maybe this will be one to keep on heavy rotation now that the season is nearly upon us.

Tu Fawning's "Anchor" is another previous Roundup share now with a video. This one features some beautiful yet haunting shots of nature, which fits perfectly with the sort of eerie, sort of enchanting organic vibe of the tune. The band members find themselves in a lot of diverse landscapes, from fields to caves to water. There is some tribal imagery and sound, and it's interesting how it feels almost like another world entirely, like a fantasy movie or something. Pretty cool.