Video a-Go-Go: Local Video Roundup

Having heard the rumor that Asheville is located above some kind of “spiritual vortex” for the better part of two decades, I’ve often wondered what — if anything, really — this is supposed to mean. After all, for something you often hear stated so definitively, there’s very little in the way of actual detail about what these forces are, how they work, where they come from, what they do and how — if at all — they can be demonstrated to exist. But it’s even more interesting to see how some Christian activists view that idea, taking these same somewhat vague concepts as a challenge — and even a threat — to their own spiritual view of the universe. Vortex or Hellfire … you make the call in what starts as a rumination on said vortex and turns into an attack on the Rainbow Family gatherings.


While the exact appeal and purpose of the Land of Sky Cowboy Church eludes me—I’ve never seen too much of a connection between ranching and religion—I do think their video of a recent fundraising event is just spiffy. At the recent Southern Finals Rodeo, the ministry shined an epic 125 pairs of boots. The furiously paced boot-polishing video we see is a mere 45-minute time-lapse, and a fraction of the weekend’s overall shining action. Best of all? It’s not set to some lonesome horseback troubador tune, but rather to boot-scooting disco sound that even the stodgiest of Christian cowpokes can’t resist.


As you may know if you follow the local craft scene, Paul Van Heden makes wonderfully decorated rain barrels. But even the best, most-beautiful barrels still need to be tested, just to make sure they’re as functional as they are visually appealing. And what better way to test them than … well … Maybe you should just see for yourself.


If you get what Metroid Metal is doing, the odds are fairly good that you’ll find it varying degrees of interesting, amusing and fun. If you don’t really follow it, and don’t understand the basic concept of expanding on the themes of old video game music, but you do enjoy a good eight-minute or so metal jam, you also might get some enjoyment out of their work. If you like neither nostalgic video game soundtracks or prog metal, maybe you should skip this one entirely.


As we are all no doubt aware, vampires are right at the bleeding edge of pop-culture consciousness these days, thanks in large part to those epic works of literary genius known as the Twilight books. No doubt seeing a demand that needs to be filled, Asheville-based band Modo is has decided to hop aboard this red-stained bandwagon. Here’s “Blood That I Need,” and — fair warning — if you’re grossed out by mock blood-drinking, this video isn’t for you.


Each week, dozens upon dozens of interesting local videos are uploaded to YouTube. It’s a lot to keep up with. Did we miss a particularly interesting, recently uploaded local video? Share it by leaving the videos URL (but not the embed code) in the comment fields below. Also, please mark it Not Work Safe if there’s any controversial content to the video.



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