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TJ Mayes - "When Love Comes Down"

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Boare - "playdatshit"

The world is in the midst of an electronic music renaissance, and you find most of this boon of producers laying claim to the club-friendly, bass-dropping variety, holing up in the the free-flowing world of hip-hop beatmaking or pitching their tent on the out-there, boundary-pushing EDM camp.
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Broncho - "Class Historian"

Broncho has never been hurting in the hook department. The success of the trio’s 2011 debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, was predicated mostly on its ability to marry melodies with kinetic guitar riffs and anarchic energy. Yet we’ve heard nothing to the degree of pure pop catchiness on display in “Class Historian,” the new single from Broncho’s upcoming sophomore album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman.
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Manmade Objects - Monuments

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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.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0
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Who’s That?

Armed with his trusty Magic Pipe, That 1 Guy isn’t your average one-man band.

Kevin Pickard January 29th, 2014

That 1 Guy

8 p.m. Tuesday


113 N. Crawford Ave, Norman



When you see a guy standing alone onstage, next to a pair of connected steel pipes and wearing a top hat, you might be a bit taken aback. Mike Silverman — the one-man act called That 1 Guy — is completely aware of how he looks.

“Where did that thing come from?” he asked, characterizing the response someone might give to the instrument he constructed himself.

He calls it the Magic Pipe. Silverman creates various sounds by plucking, slapping or bowing the two strings on the pipe, and then he produces percussion by beating on the steel pipe itself. He knows what people might be thinking: “Why the hell is this guy doing this?” But this seemingly random, industrial-looking instrument is the culmination of a fairly linear process.

A classically trained bassist, Silverman started experimenting as a one-man band in the mid-’90s with two distinct projects. In one of them, he would play a double bass, which he ran through loops and effects, resulting in an ambient sound. In contrast, his other project was more song-oriented, using a one-string electric bass and an old drum machine.

“The magic pipe was almost a way to combine those two worlds,” he said.

Looking for something that would allow him to expand his aggressive, rhythm-heavy bass style with structured songs, he began conceptualizing the Magic Pipe in 1999. After receiving a $10,000 estimate from a professional instrument builder, a friend suggested Silverman build it himself. Silverman built a rough, very heavy version of the Magic Pipe, combining a basic knowledge of signal pads, electricity and soldering with help from a guitar player friend who was also an electrical engineer.

Having just finished recording his fifth album as That 1 Guy, Silverman’s sound has fully evolved from the minimalist rock songs he created with his one-string bass and drum machine to something larger.

Part of this has to do with his recording process. He recorded his early albums live in studio. Now, with the help of studio engineer Billy Hume, he pays more attention to the details.

“I think it’s my best work,” Silverman said.

He even surprises himself with how traditionalist he has become with his songwriting.

“Wow, it really has a verse, a chorus, a verse and then it has a solo in the middle,” he said about one of his favorite tracks on the new album. “It’s kind of a ridiculous idea because everything I do is a solo. I mean, I’m playing by myself.”

Silverman remains confident that his evolution as an artist has been for the best.

“I feel like I’m really looking at the songs and I’m really looking at the bigger picture in terms of where all the little parts fit into the big picture,” he said. “It’s been interesting.”

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