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Manmade Objects - Monuments

No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.

And for as long as there has been death, there have been monuments — whether austere or understated, abstract or concrete, prominent or tucked away in private — erected by the ones they loved to assure that remembrance, at least for a time.
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Admirals - Amidst the Blue

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.

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Kierston White - Don't Write Love Songs

The Tequila Songbirds have become just as beloved as about any group around these parts. And how could they not?

Featuring a revolving cast of the Sooner State’s most badass female performers, it’s a power hour of some of the best songwriting coming out of central Oklahoma. Sure, they might not technically be family, but they are clearly a band of sisters all the same, bonded by the same brand of whiskey running through their veins.

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Depth & Current - Dysrhythmia

"Overproduced" is a term thrown around all too indiscreetly nowadays, usually applied when the thing that sticks out about a song or album is how it sounds rather than how it is constructed. Yet some of the most compelling albums ever crafted embodied a certain aesthetic that was just as skillfully and meticulously put together as any Bob Dylan or Miles Davis record — which is to say production is as crucial to our enjoyment of music as much as anything else; it's also the most overlooked.
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Weak Knees - “IceBevo”

Indie rock has been in a good place as of late. Not caring about being cool is the new cool, and a couple of dudes on guitar, bass and drums can make catchy, earworm songs without being armed to the gills with computer software and vintage synthesizers.
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Yorn free

It’s been a great 10 years for Pete Yorn. Who else celebrates his first decade as a rock star with two albums?

Joshua Boydston April 13th, 2011

Pete Yorn with Ben Kweller and The Wellspring
7 p.m. Sunday
Diamond Ballroom, 8001 S. Eastern
DiamondBallroom.net, 677-9169
$22 advance, $24 door

There’s a neat duality to Jersey rocker Pete Yorn’s latest tour, which makes a stop on Sunday in Oklahoma City. As is standard, the tour is in support of an album, but in Yorn’s case, it’s two: last year’s self-titled release and a reissue of “musicforthemorningafter,” the debut that led him to this point.

The reissue coincides with the record’s 10th anniversary; buoyed by the breakout single, “Life on a Chain,” it launched his career. These unique circumstances aren’t lost on Yorn, who’s enjoyed his time living in the past and present on this tour.

“It’s always interesting to take stock and remember some things you probably forgot. I was super-blessed to have that record and all that it’s allowed me to do,” he said. “At the same time, it just gets me excited for the future.”

Performing songs from “musicforthemorningafter,” many of which haven’t been played in years, brings him back to the time right after he inked a deal with Columbia to release it, kind of doubting anything would come afterward, and certainly not expecting that it would ultimately take him to working with producer Rick Rubin, Pixies’ Frank Black and actress Scarlett Johansson.

“It was exciting then, my first record deal. Me and my partner just recorded it in a garage,” Yorn said. “I knew it was a tough business. Had a lot of friends who had made good albums, released them and gotten dropped a few months later. I didn’t have many expectations — just in the moment, seeing where it would take me.”

There was an inkling that he was on to something special; he and his recording partner spent hours perfecting each song. “As hard as it was on us, it was kind of effortless ... two mad scientists messing around, trying to create stuff we loved,” he said. “I’ll never forgot those feelings: Sometimes we didn’t even know what it was, but we felt like we were on to something.”

Sometimes I feel like I haven’t learned anything.

—Pete Yorn

On his recent fifth album proper, he tried to recapture some of that mystique and youth, by getting back to the simplicity of those early days.

“This record came from an urge to capture something really fast and not fussy, with all the loose, ragged edges hanging over,” Yorn said. “It was freeing to not work so long on a record. We did it so fast that we couldn’t lose perspective.”

The approach worked; Yorn has received some of his best reviews since his debut. Serendipitously, he’s looking at a view quite similar to the one he saw a decade ago.

“Sometimes I feel like I’ve learned a lot. Sometimes I feel like I haven’t learned anything. Sometimes I’ve had to drop all that I’ve learned to get back to that simpler place,” he said. “But I just focus on doing what I do. It’s wild. I just want to stay open, because I feel like the best days are still ahead.”

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