Three volumes in and A Blackwatch Christmasyet again nabs a spot on the nice list, showcasing a smattering of Oklahoma artists with charming new holiday standards. This year shakes up the status quo with two themed halves — serving up dusty, countrified Christmas ditties on the Holly-Tonk side and soulful hip-hop carols with Jingle Beats, both with joyful returns.
It has been a relatively rocky road for Weatherford alt-country outfit Green Corn Revival, which has seen its share of highs (acting as backing band for rockabilly icon Wanda Jackson) and lows before an (amicable) split in the road led half of the original lineup to forming Honeylark.
Oklahoma is quickly becoming the indie Christmas music capital of the world, it seems, with yearly compilation albums featuring everyone from Stardeath and White Dwarfs to Graham Colton. So it makes sense that Colourmusic — freak-poppers hailing from Stillwater — would craft a full album of original, offbeat holiday tunes themselves.
The Oklahoma City metro has a thriving garage rock scene. With seasoned acts like Broncho and Copperheads carrying the modern-day torch, the way has been paved for a flock of gritty, young, guitar-centric acts. But nascent Norman trio Poolboy has a knack for riotous hooks that few of its contemporaries can boast.
With so few record stores left in the metro, Oklahoma City
photographer Hannah Colclazier dropped in to see what keeps them
Charlie’s Jazz and R&B 5114 Classen Circle
Charlie’s is famous for not only for its wonderful selection of hard-to-find LPs, CDs and tapes, but for the lively owner and namesake. Charlie makes soul, blues and jazz the focus here, with plenty of rare pieces hidden away. meeting him is a must, and make sure to ask about some of the decorations around the shop.
Happy Days Record Shop 8916 S. Western
These may be some of the last photos ever taken of happy days owner Raymond Antosiak, who passed away June 6. happy days was filled with color, life and more LPs, tapes, posters and t-shirts than one ever could go through. Ray’s calm demeanor behind the desk, and slow walk to turn on the back lights when a customer searched through 45s, will be missed.
Size Records 8915 N. Western
This place is filled with goodies. Owners Jim Paddack and Dustin Wallace make sure the store is packed, regularly receiving new shipments of vinyl and CDs. Size skews toward the soul/funk/ jazz tastes while simultaneously catering to the punk and rock crowds who frequent the Conservatory next door.
Alley Records 918
1/2 W. Britton
Located in an alley, the town’s newest record store in
town is quickly making a name for itself. Although its shelves are
filled with all genres, it’s apparent that owner Ronnie Jay Wheeler’s
heart lies with rock ’n’ roll, and would be glad to pick up the guitar
for a impromptu jam session any day of the week.
Guestroom Records 3701
Guestroom is proof that people still love vinyl. One can
find more new music here than nearly any other record store in the area.
You can tell co-owners/friends Justin Sowers (pictured) and Travis Searle are passionate about sharing music. Be sure to check out their