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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.

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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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The Flaming Lips' Steven Drozd, DJ Jon Mooneyham spin one-night-only dance party to close out parade

Becky Carman October 22nd, 2009

If you're hoping to congregate with 50,000 of Oklahoma's finest and freakiest, look no further than the Gazette's third annual Ghouls Gone Wild Halloween Parade. In conjunction with The Flaming ...

If you're hoping to congregate with 50,000 of Oklahoma's finest and freakiest, look no further than the Gazette's third annual Ghouls Gone Wild Halloween Parade. In conjunction with The Flaming Lips' March of 1,000 Flaming Skeletons, there's sure to be plenty to terrify and delight.


New this year is a post-parade concert at the event's "Field of Screams," near N.W. Fourth Street and N. Broadway Avenue, marked by sets from psychedelic fuzz-rockers Stardeath and White Dwarfs and a headline performance by Okie rockabilly icons and parade grand marshals The Collins Kids.

Before The Collins Kids take the stage to cap a night of costumed debauchery and rock 'n' roll, DJ Jon Mooneyham and Flaming Lip Steven Drozd will join as Dead Beats for a one-night-only electronic-music experiment and outdoor dance party.

"I did a Facebook post asking for name suggestions, and there were lots of hilariously inappropriate ones," Mooneyham said about finding a moniker for their madness. "Yeah, I'd be entertained, but everyone else would think, 'Huh?' One runner-up was 'Groove Robbers,' which is pretty good."

"Dead Beats. It's cute," Drozd said. "I liked 'Flaming Carcass Halloween Fun Time Stereo,' but that got shot down. Jon was in a band called Three-Ring Carcass in the '90s, and with me being a Flaming Lip, I thought Flaming Carcass was kind of cool. There were a lot of bad ones. I had 'The Undeadheads.' Actually, none of mine went over very well."

While Mooneyham, also a Flaming Lip for a brief stint on guitar in the '90s, has undoubtedly been tasked with assembling a perfect Halloween set list before, Drozd admitted he's relatively new to the game.

"I don't have any real DJ skills," Drozd said. "It'll mostly be me saying, 'Hey, Jon, I've got this queued up. Can you figure out how to do it?' And he'll do it."

Both Dead Beats have worked to ensure that the Ghouls Gone Wild after-party will be anything but typical, although Mooneyham said that partygoers will probably hear some of what they expect " at least once or twice.

"'Thriller' is the biggest record with an overtly scary sort of theme. I can get tired of playing it, but of course, now that Michael Jackson's a zombie, we're sort of obliged," he said. "It's tough finding music. You don't want this to be all obscure stuff; it has to be danceable."

Drozd chimed in, proposing "Halloween" by Sonic Youth, which he admitted "isn't really dancey, but it sounds sort of evil."

"What I'm hoping to do is take sections of songs and mix them with things that sound Halloweeny," he said. "There's part of 'Magic Man' by Heart that sounds evil. I could listen to just that middle part for five minutes. Or parts of Black Sabbath songs. That's going to be my contribution to the thing."

Drozd praised recent remixes of classic Halloween songs while worrying that some of the season's signature tracks might be lost on younger audiences, like "Monster Mash."

"Parents might like (the song), but kids are going to say, 'What the hell is this old crap?'" Drozd said. "There are songs that I hate that I know we'll play anyway. I think Jon has some mash-up, modern version of 'Monster Mash.' I could always pass on that song."

Mooneyham said the DJ duo is determined to push the envelope and will try to spin and remix expectations as much as possible at Saturday's concert.

"The whole thing is just a cool idea," Drozd said. "A reason to stay out a little later."

Gazette's Ghouls Gone Wild post-parade concert featuring The Collins Kids, Dead Beats and Stardeath and White Dwarfs begins at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, N.W. Fourth Street and N. Broadway Avenue. "Becky Carman

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