Three volumes in and A Blackwatch Christmasyet again nabs a spot on the nice list, showcasing a smattering of Oklahoma artists with charming new holiday standards. This year shakes up the status quo with two themed halves — serving up dusty, countrified Christmas ditties on the Holly-Tonk side and soulful hip-hop carols with Jingle Beats, both with joyful returns.
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.
As music videos get played less and less on television, they’re gaining more prominence in our culture. Stuff changes fast. Local artists are taking notice, releasing music videos left and right. Here are three that have recently come across my desk.
OKC acoustic pop singer/songwriter Denver Duncan shot this whole video on a Nokia N8 phone, similar to Dr. Pants’ iPhone 4 video I wrote about previously.
Norman-based Psychedelic band Ghost of Monkshood dropped this trippy video recently, which features mirrors, masks and a pair of disco ball glasses.
Oklahoma transplants Shiny Toy Guns dropped this absolutely gorgeous video and track to announce the return of former lead singer Carah Faye to the band.