Shortly after we shared the video for Modest Mouse's Coyotes, some Portland natives commented on the age of the footage. It was mentioned that Portland's MAX rail system had changed slightly since the footage was filmed. Also, in the city scenes, that newer buildings now exist, or that shop facades are now different.
Jeff Hamada over at the art blog Booooooom, has been able to track down some interesting information regarding the video. Mainly that the director of the video is Matt Clarke, who also goes under the name of Houston.
Houston may ring a bell for some. It was under this name that Clarke created the art and design for Modest Mouse's fourth album Good News For People Who Love Bad News. Clarke used to run a gallery in the Seattle's Capital Hill district, but apparently this has since closed down, and he has relocated to Portland.
In 2009 it appears that Clarke directed a short film inspired by the true story of a wild coyote that rode Portland's MAX light rail train in 2002. Sound familiar? The short film was entitled Passenger, and was screened at the Projections film festival at the Roberts & Tilton gallery in Los Angeles in February 2010.
While the full short film doesn't appear to be available online, it would appear that Clarke edited his short film to be used for the Coyotes music video, which would now explain the age of the footage.
Booooooom also reports that Clarke has again been selected to handle all art direction for Strangers to Ourselves and its singles.