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Friday Five: A new Caroline Smith documentary and loads of free music

Twin Cities newcomer Mousey McGlynn has a new video out this week.


I typically save the Friday Five space for all the best new Minnesota music videos that have debuted each week. But before we get to the audio-visual portion of today’s roundup, I have a few other items to share:

1. Marijuana Deathsquads just released a free, two-EP collection called Music Rocks 1 and 2. As the band says, the two albums are “easily the best, most representative recordings of the band to date.” Grab them here, and party down with the band at their CD-release show at Icehouse tonight.

2. Observer Drift has spent the past year working on a follow-up to his dreamy debut album, Corridors. His new release, Fjords, was just posted online at midnight last night. I’m still on my first listen of the album, but I can already tell I’ll be revisiting this one again and again.

Ok, and now on to the videos…

Powderhorn Cranes

I knew very little about Powderhorn Cranes before watching this video, but the song immediately caught my attention. It turns out Powderhorn Cranes is a studio project led by producer F. James Bardozi, and this particular track features contributions from Big Cats and vocalist Ramona Fields. It’s just one example of what this project—which identifies itself as an “anonymous collective”—is capable of, and you can find more samples on SoundCloud.

Mousey McGlynn

Mousey McGlynn is a nomad of sorts, traveling around North America and Europe, but she recently started using the Twin Cities as her home base. She’s spent the past year recording and releasing high-concept videos in support of her Mousey EP, and this is her latest offering, “Walked to the Water”—a sparse, bass-heavy electro track that shows off her distinctive voice.

King Fuvi

“Light rail transport, ready to explore / yet it’s not ready ’til 2-0-1-4.” Is this the first song that’s been written about how excited St. Paulites are for the light rail to start running?

Hardcore Crayons

Fast-forward to 3:00 or so if you want to hear the music, otherwise buckle up for an epic, surreal adventure with Hardcore Crayons.

Caroline Smith

In this new Pioneer Public TV documentary filmed by superstar videographer Dan Huiting, Caroline Smith takes us back to her hometown of Detroit Lakes to explore her origins as a songwriter and singer.