Archive for the Video Category

Video: Elzhi, “Blue Widow”

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , on Monday, July 30, 2012 by Tim Althaus

I’ve been living without the internet the past few days, and needless to say, it’s been rough. I logged on to Facebook today, and this video is one of the first things I saw. Usually I don’t bother with posting videos because of the redundancy, but if it’s something really dope I tend to; Elzhi is definitely the definition of dope. You might recall that I posted this track a few weeks back, and now “Blue Widow” is getting the visual treatment.

The video was directed by Donovan Glover, and although the concept is pretty simple, it’s extremely effective; actually, I don’t think the word whack is in Elzhi’s dictionary, and we all know that his vocabulary is pretty expansive.

Introducing: Click Track

Posted in Local Love, Mind Inversion Exclusive, Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on Thursday, July 19, 2012 by sir minivan dad

For some time I had been anticipating a video from a local band, Click Track.  Straight out of La Crosse, WI.  Now that I have seen and heard, I realize this band hails with edgy creativity and promising tune.

I had no idea at how the video would go or how the new song would sound.  I was exposed to the above.  I am greatly surprised at the catchiness of the song and the quality of the video, I felt it necessary to share with you, my friends at Mindinversion.net.

Local Love presents Click Track.

Click Track Facebook Page

Click Track Reverbnation

These are some place to check out more songs, tour dates, and news on Click Track.

Click Track frontman Ryan Conrad and drummer Nick Elstad have hit it right with Dangerous Children.  They have been writing songs and creating music for sometime, playing venues in La Crosse, and elsewhere in the Midwest.  Bars, like The Cavalier, places intimate and very up close and personal.  I have known Conrad to have been writing and creating music, at least, for the past 10 years, in various acts (One point I even had the pleasure of being in a band with Conrad).  Seen em’ (Click Track) live a few times and they put on a high energy, professionally done show, with some fun.  The live show is intense and memorable, and their sound is original, at times haunting.

The song Dangerous Children is pleasantly catchy and the video is done well.  It has a hint of low-budget underground artsy film, but it remains highly effective and the songwriting speaks to quality.  I can appreciate a sense of art in production, with the progression and listenability of big league acts.  A song I can relate to and listen to many times before coming to a conclusion.

For a bit Conrad had been telling me to give his music a listen, I have known him forever and decided to.  I had not expected it to sound so new, so crisp, and so realistic.  I was happily enthusiastic.  I was intrigued, the Dangerous Children video showcases Click Track and the city of La Crosse, and a library, these are 3 positives in my book.

La Crosse is a city with a lot of musical acts, but at times, sadly, with little progression and distinguishability within the ranks and genres.

However, that is not entirely true, thanks to Click Track.

If anything Click Track is a testament that the music scene in La Crosse is changing for the better-their video speaks to said change.  Click Track is a breakthrough Indie rock band coming out of La Crosse, something I consider great, and they are pointed in the right direction.  They deserve a listen, and for the creative video they deserve a share.

Okay, so they have a megaphone, they wear suits, and they are from La Crosse, WI.  Need I say more?

The retro feel of the video, and the simple yet catchy sound have me inspired, Click Track.  As Click Track shows, there is clear potential in the Midwest for indie garage rock.

SOJA Releases New Video for “Not Done Yet”

Posted in Media, Music News, News, Video with tags , , , , , , on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 by Eric Gilardi

In honor of reaching over 1 million Facebook fans SOJA released a new video for the song “Not Done Yet” off of Strength to Survive. The video is directed by Marc Carlini and was shot in the breathtaking Pololu Valley on the Big Island of Hawaii. It features the beautiful Breanne Racano from HBO’s hit show Entourage.

Check out Mind Inversion’s other SOJA related articles:

Artist Interview with Jacob Hemphill

Strength to Survive Album Review

Concert Review: Minneapolis @ the Cabooze

Vinnie Paz, “Cheese Steaks”

Posted in Video with tags , , , , , on Friday, June 22, 2012 by Tim Althaus

This is what I’m talking about; I don’t think I could ever complain about hearing Vinnie Paz over some Beatnuts production. Vinnie and legendary Beatnuts member Psycho Les teamed up for the first single from Vinnie Paz’s forthcoming solo album God of the Serengeti; the track is called “Cheese Steaks”, and it goes hard on all fronts. Psycho Les lays down a haunting canvas that enables Vinnie to paint a perfect picture that encapsulates his demeanor. This is the type of track that I love to hear Vinnie Paz on; it always brings out the best in his rhyming ability.God of the Serengetiwill be releasing this fall on Enemy Soil Records.

Notable Quotable: “The only time beef is mentioned around me is for steak sauce/I work harder than ya’ll/it’s no days off/the knife work scratch and cut you up like Main Source

Video: Pete Rock & Smif-N-Wessun (Feat. Memphis Bleek), “Top of the World”

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , , on Friday, February 17, 2012 by Tim Althaus

It’s always a good day when music that pertains to Pete Rock comes out. As many of you may recall, The Soul Brother #1 put out the album Monumentalwith Smif-N-Wessun last year; the album was stellar, and it featured array of guest appearances including Styles P, Sean Price, Raekwon, Buckshot and Bun B. “Top of the World” is the third track off of the album to get the visual treatment (I believe), and it features the crafty veteran Memphis Bleek. Pete Rock has some of those beats that just have a very relaxing vibe to them, and “Top of the World” is definitely one of them. It’s interesting to hear Memphis Bleek spit some bars because I had no idea what happened to that guy. Either way, the track and video are both very nice, and you should probably press play. If you haven’t picked upMonumental, I would do so as soon as possible. Check the video for “That’s Hard” (Feat. Sean Price) down below.

Video: Phonte, “The Good Fight”

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 by Tim Althaus

I totally forgot that this video got released last week, and frankly I’m baffled it slipped my mind because I love Phonte. “The Good Fight” is a smooth soulful jam produced by 9th Wonder that was featured on Phonte’s spectacular debut solo album Charity Starts at Home. I’ve been a huge fan of Phontigga ever since the days of Little Brother (sheds a tear), and Charity Starts at Home is exactly what Phonte’s fans had been waiting for: a debut album showcasing Phonte’s ability to seamlessly rhyme and sing at the same top tier level. Charity Starts at Home was arguably one of the best releases of 2011, and every fan of great music should own it. Below you can view the video that Te dropped for the track “Dance in the Reign”, which was also on Charity Starts at Home. Continue reading

The Black Keys Release New Video: “Gold on the Ceiling”

Posted in Media, Music News, News, Video with tags , , , , , on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 by Eric Gilardi

The Black Keys have released their official music video for the new single “Gold on the Ceiling” off of El Camino. It is a very catchy song and the video features the two rockers from Akron, Ohio performing in the studio, on stage and preparing for the stage. The video seems to put a little smile on your face as you watch the amount of effort and the amount of fun the two are having. If you haven’t checked out the video yet, go ahead and if you haven’t heard the song yet, it is a must play.