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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
 

OKS MPFree vol. 1


Free! Legal! Awesome!

By Stephen Carradini January 24th, 2011
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So, we have a new site. It hosts MP3s. In celebration, here’s some totally free and legal MP3s, totally hosted by us. We're gonna start posting a bunch more mp3s as part of OKS, so get your iPods ready.

OKGPick!Generationals – “Trust” OKS faves Generationals return with a blast of giddy indie-pop-rock that reminds of Bishop Allen and Backyard Tire Fire. The melody (“My friend/O-li-vi-a-a-a)  will be stuck your head for hours.

Empress Hotel – “Bells Ring.” Oohs, ahs, plodding bass and infectious melodies. Get yr fill of charming indie-pop here.
 
Acid House Kings – “Are We Lovers or Are We Friends?” Not actually acid house, this Swedish trio plays timeless pop songs that sound equal parts ‘50s, ‘70s and ‘80s without being pigeonholed anywhere. You will smile.

Acrylics – “Nightwatch” Somewhere between the dreamy Beach House and the cold Portishead lies Acrylics.

Midnight Juggernauts decided it would be a good idea to have all their friends remix the same song, so here’s five remixes of “Lara VS The Savage Pack.” The original hyperkinetic electro-pop song, which you can hear here, is jam-packed with synths, beats, riffs and choirs (leaving a lot to remix).

"Lara Vs The Savage Pack (LOL Boys Remix)" –This herky-jerky slow jam might have the same chords, but that’s about all that remains the same. This is a rewrite, not a remix.

"Lara Vs The Savage Pack (Das Moth Remix)"
– Chillwave is so hot right now.

"Lara Vs The Savage Pack (Kisses Remix)" – '80s dance remix, complete with pad synths and terrible/wonderful drum machines.

"Lara Vs The Savage Pack (Electric 6 Remix)" – Nintendo sounds, mega bass and unabashed disco strings. What’s not to like? This is the best remix, as well as the one that does best justice to the song.

"Lara Vs The Savage Pack (Plastic Plates Remix)" – Turns it into a full-fledged disco song, to be fit into the mix next to Duck Sauce’s “Barbara Streisand.” Yeah, you know you love that song.

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