Wednesday 23 Jul

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.
07/15/2014 | Comments 0

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

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.

07/01/2014 | Comments 0

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.
06/24/2014 | Comments 0

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.
06/17/2014 | Comments 0
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Who’s your daddy?

While L.A.-based instrumentalist Son of Stan’s songwriting has matured, he still yearns for ’80s nostalgia.

Kevin Pickard March 5th, 2014

Son of Stan with Depth & Current and Bored Wax

7 p.m. Wednesday, March 5

Mainsite Contemporary Art

122 E. Main St., Norman



Late at night in a pool house studio, Jordan Richardson — the songwriter behind Son of Stan — would plug his electric guitar straight into a tape machine, foregoing amps so he could create a synthetic sound that reminded him of the desperation of ’80s suburban shopping malls.

“There’s just something about it. There’s something about this sort of bad lighting, storefront kind of shitty strip mall thing where ‘One More Night’ by Phil Collins just automatically hits you,” he said.

Though moonlighting as a poet of nostalgic doldrums, Richardson’s day job was as a successful drummer. He had drummed since he was three years old. He attended Texas Christian University on a music scholarship, where he both drummed and learned to produce music.

“The guy who owned the studio would kind of hand me the younger bands that he wasn’t interesting in doing,” he said. “But it was really good because that was the current stuff.”

In 2005, Richardson left his home state of Texas for Los Angeles. He moved with Oliver Future, the band he was drumming in at the time, to what he said “felt like a weird rock ’n’ roll boot camp.”

His rock ’n’ roll status would soon move up quite a few notches. He became the drummer for Ben Harper’s band, Relentless7, and even got the chance to play drums along the rock ’n’ roll drumming archetype himself, Ringo Starr. 

His success didn’t stop there; a record he helped produce — Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite’s album Get Up! — won a Grammy for Best Blues Album in 2014.

But Jordan still found himself spending late nights at producer Adam Lasus’ pool house, recording songs that he had written while touring all over the world. Though he had made his living off drumming and producing, he had been playing guitar and writing songs since about the sixth grade.

Now, Richardson finds himself composing similar music to what he had attempted to make as a frontman for a band in college, this time with the knowledge and skill to pull it off.

“I’ve produced a lot of records since then, so I have a better handle on what I want to do, hear and feel,” he said.

The ability to feel nostalgia for desperate or painful times in our lives led Richardson to name his album the paradoxical Divorce Pop.

“It just kind of seemed to have a double meaning, you know, leaving and separating but also this sort of nostalgic feel that, for some reason, I sort of relate to the idea of divorce,” he said. “I mean, I guess I could have called it Shopping with Your Mom in 1986 Pop, but that didn’t ring as well.”

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