OK, here's the thing with a lot of local videos: They use the same damn locations over and over again. Across all genres, at all levels of budget, videographers in this town seem to use the same spots every time. If I have to see one more stroll down Second Avenue or through the Hickory Hollow Mall parking lot again, I'm pulling a Scarface and bouncing on this whole writing gig. (I'm kidding ... maybe.) There are lots of cool, interesting places to shoot, folks — dig a little deeper. I, for one, wouldn't have thought about Virgina's Market at the corner of 18th and Division — which was my jam when I worked on Music Row — as a video location, but in the self-directed video for Dee Goodz's "Super Duper Hard," it looks pretty sweet. The "here's the beef" billboard in the background is a sweet touch, and the juxtaposition of verdant and urban as the cast skateboards down 18th really captures the vibe. And there's no walking down Second Ave., which I really appreciate.
And now, let's get to the business of partying and bullshitting.
* Not really sure what the deal is with this one. His name is Tune in Tuesday? The song is named "Foliage"? All I know is that I found the video on YouTube, and there's some sort of connection to Bohemian Hype Cult's Treekeeper. If I've learned anything writing about BHC, it's that they operate on a level of Internetting that I just can't follow, but I'm always willing to try. I also know that this song is dope on a trap-icalia tip.
* More Hype Cult weirdness! I'm loving it, frankly. It's been a weird week. I'm not even going to get into some of the pallid bullshit I've had to listen to this week. "Optx" by Robin Carnage, with a video by BHC's Trillbee, rumbles on that psyche-trap sound with foreboding synth stabs and menace samples.
* Damn, it's a good week for the progressive end of the Nashville rap spectrum. P&B faves Truth Clipsy and Caveman the Wise team up for an EP of sample-driven, thought-provoking hip-hop that has traditionalist roots and futurist leanings. There's a lot of rich, warm tones and strong melodies that compliment Clipsy's urgent and emotive flow and make for a really engaging listen.