It has been a relatively rocky road for Weatherford alt-country outfit Green Corn Revival, which has seen its share of highs (acting as backing band for rockabilly icon Wanda Jackson) and lows before an (amicable) split in the road led half of the original lineup to forming Honeylark.
Oklahoma is quickly becoming the indie Christmas music capital of the world, it seems, with yearly compilation albums featuring everyone from Stardeath and White Dwarfs to Graham Colton. So it makes sense that Colourmusic — freak-poppers hailing from Stillwater — would craft a full album of original, offbeat holiday tunes themselves.
The Oklahoma City metro has a thriving garage rock scene. With seasoned acts like Broncho and Copperheads carrying the modern-day torch, the way has been paved for a flock of gritty, young, guitar-centric acts. But nascent Norman trio Poolboy has a knack for riotous hooks that few of its contemporaries can boast.
The Flaming Lips’ longevity has allowed them to cover a lot of sonic terrain over the years. Yet they’ve arguably become more adventurous with age, jeopardizing a good portion of their fan base in favor of fascinatingly bleak experiments in sound, beginning with Embryonic in 2009 and, more recently, The Terror.
“Heaven Knows” sees Yukon’s Luke Dick branching out into some philosophizing, Randy Newman-ish territory, which I imagine he really needed in order to sort through the issues he was dealing with the last time we saw him on OKSee.
Anyhoo, this cartoon is pretty charming, considering it’s about a dead frog:
Sleigh Bells — “Comeback Kid” And while you’re here, might as well stick around for some more music videos. With this standout new single from the forthcoming Sleigh Bells album, cutie-pie singer Alexis Krauss does a couple of the dance moves that I do when I listen to Sleigh Bells. Also, kudos to guitarist Derek Miller’s sartorial choice in that old-school Nirvana tee:
Fleet Foxes and Joanna Newsom — “Austin City Limits” performances Some people my age forget that Austin City Limits didn’t begin as a music festival. It was “Austin City Limits” the television program, and it’s got a couple of freak-folk’s greatest talents on its most recent episode, which aired last weekend. Watch Fleet Foxes and Joanna Newsom go for austere beauty:
Josh Sallee — Birthday Rager Miss Josh Sallee’s birthday party this weekend? OKC videographer Jimi Wonder’s got your back. Watch some clips of his performance below. And kudos to the very complimentary, apparently very inebriated young lady who declared Josh a “25” on a scale of 1 to 10. We love him, too. But probably not quite that much.
Los Campesinos! — "By Your Hand" on "Late Night with David Letterman" I don't know I missed this after declaring "Hello Sadness" my top record of 2011, but my favorite Welsh indie-pop/rock septet Los Campesinos! stopped by "Letterman" to play a kinda awkward version of that album's infectious single. The awkwardness continues even after the song ends, when Letterman speaks aloud the condescending thoughts in his head.
Nicki Minaj — "Stupid Hoe" Yes, Nicki Minaj has a song called "Stupid Hoe." Also yes, the video's directed by Hype Williams, who, when paired with Miss Nicki, makes stuff that's just flat-out nonsensical. But hyper-addictive eye and aural candy, nonetheless. Watch, but only if you're ready for your brain to turn to goopy pop mush.