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.
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.
"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.
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.
Every artist should be the star of their own creative life, which makes Kyle Reid’s steps out of the shadows of the many ensembles and supporting roles he has played in Oklahoma bands over the years to front and center on stage feel like a just journey.
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