Friday, January 31, 2014

Matt Pryor, P. Morris, Reggie B and more: January's must-see local music videos

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click to enlarge Eric "Mean Melin" Melin, the 2013 World Air Guitar Champion, stars in Matt Pryor's new video for "Kinda Go to Pieces."
  • Eric "Mean Melin" Melin, the 2013 World Air Guitar Champion, stars in Matt Pryor's new video for "Kinda Go to Pieces."

Introducing a brand-new, sparkly once-a-month blog column:
Cine Local. Starting this month and continuing at the end of every month until we get sick of it, we'll be rounding up local music video releases and blogging them right here for your viewing pleasure.

Despite the up-and-down weather we've had this January, there were a few artists out there being creative. Or in being creative, however you want to slice it. The Get Up Kids' Matt Pryor recruited some local faves for his new music video; P. Morris takes on the Biebs; and Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear have a stripped-down session that will break your soul. Read on. 


Matt Pryor - "Kinda Go to Pieces"

Matt Pryor's new video for "Kinda Go to Pieces," a track off his latest solo full-length Wrist Slitter, is a spectacular little salute to his hometown. The Dead Girls' Eric Melin and everyone's favorite local air guitar hero stars prominently, doing what he does best. The video was directed by Fourth of July's Brendan Costello and was shot entirely in Lawrence. Despite the song and album title combination, this number is really just four and a half minutes of feel-good vibes. Pryor plays at the Lawrence Arts Center tonight before heading out on a two-month European tour. 


Phil Canty, a.k.a. P. Morris - "Hold Tight"

Producer Phil Canty, formerly known as Morri$ and now making music under the name P. Morris, dropped this atmospheric little gem just last week via his Lawrence-based Bear Club Music Group hub. Canty's edit of "Hold Tight" is Justin Beiber like you've never heard him before (and probably the only way you'd want to hear him). The video features sexy, spliced-up, shifting images of model and director Alexandra Julian Moore, who is kind of obnoxiously beautiful. On February 25, P. Morris will release an original mixtape aptly titled Debut, so watch for that. (And if you really want to subject yourself to the Biebs original, go here.) 


Making Movies - "Cuna de Vida"

OK, so, technically, Making Movies released "Cuna de Vida" on December 28. But we figure that's close enough to January to make it in. Anyway, this spicy song - from 2013's A La Deriva - features a montage of live clips from the 2013 Making Movies tour. For the non-Spanish speakers, "Cuna de Vida" translates to "Cradle of Life," and that's pretty much where we stop transcribing the lyrics. This track is deliciously explicit, the kind of thing that makes you want to head to Panama on a whim and get tangled up in an ill-advised torrid love affair. Making Movies is celebrating its 5-year anniversary at RecordBar on Valentine's Day.

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