Tuesday 22 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.
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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

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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With new CD Of Montreal makes OKC tour stop


Charles Martin February 22nd, 2007

Of Montreal's latest album, "Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?," is among the most seductive and danceable of Kevin Barnes' career, yet comes from the most painful period in his life.   "I was goi...

Of Montreal's latest album, "Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?," is among the most seductive and danceable of Kevin Barnes' career, yet comes from the most painful period in his life.
 
"I was going through a really difficult time, and I was writing songs as a type of therapy to get through it," Barnes said. "The album was written and recorded in the moment, and you can see how it evolved as time went by."
 
FAMILY STRESSES
The album tracks Barnes' growth from emotional wreck to resilient and sober family man, influenced by:
" the pressures of new parenthood,
" a failing relationship with his wife, and
" a long winter in Norway.
 
"It's like a volcano: This pressure is building up, building up, and eventually there has to be an eruption," Barnes said of a song he wrote after separating from his wife. "I had to pull it all up to the surface so it's not hurting me on a subconscious level. That way, I could face it head on."
 
MUSIC AS THERAPY
As becomes evident on the album, Barnes and his wife reconciled, and the remainder of the album deals with them attempting to normalize their lives as a young family. The process of making the album was critical for Barnes in surviving the transition.
 
"It's always been escapism or a type of therapy," he said. "I kept telling myself it would be OK. You never really know, but you can hope," he said. "Hope is the most important tool we have. We lose hope, we've lost everything." "Charles Martin

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