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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
 

Spring makes me want a Reverse Halo


A mixtape for the drive to a concert!

By Stephen Carradini April 5th, 2011
reverse halo

So it’s still cold in the mornings, but it’s hot in the evenings. This calls for a mixtape (OK, most things call for a mixtape). Here’s a playlist of great stuff that’s just come my way.

OKS’ “Spring Is the Transition Between Winter Music and Summer Music” Mix (click for 82.4 MB .zip file)

1.     “MVP” — Breathe Owl Breathe. Intricate, intimate, guileless, mellow indie pop.
2.     “Lament” — Mount Moriah. Harmony-laden and female-fronted, these veteran musicians throw down mature indie rock.
3.    “Leroy” — Hammer No More the Fingers. Splits the difference between ‘90s college rock and modern indie rock.
4.     “'Le Rallye' from Vendredi Soir” — Tindersticks. A piece from a collection of film soundtracks by one band being released, it works well as plucky, interesting post-rock without its film accompaniment.
5.    “Hippie Glue (Extreme Super Death Moon Mix)” — Charlie Blacksmoke and the Swamp Energy Mass Choir. Pop/R&B/boogie/electronic/experimental smoothness. Whoa. (NOTE: not in .zip)
6.    “Vrgn Evl” — El Obo. Nice, dreamy indie pop with Grizzly Bear leanings.
7.    “Emmanuel Road” — The Jolly Boys. Chilled-out Jamaican pre-Calypso revivalists that have been together for almost 60 years. That’s 60, with a zero.
8.    “Laugh Out Louder” — The Extraordinaires. Horn-led pop? Can’t resist.
9.     “Can’t Keep My Hands Off You” — Simple Plan. I am sucker for a pop song. I’m not even ashamed. (NOTE: not in .zip)
10.   “Les Enfants du Paradis” — World’s End Girlfriend. Prog, electropop, post-rock, spazz and more get jammed into this baffling, wonderful track. Please tour with Delicate Steve.

And you can bump these tracks as you head out to see Reverse Halo Effect’s grungy rock ’n’ roll at Norman’s The Hidden Castle tomorrow. The Nashville power trio comes from an alternate reality where Kurt Cobain never died, and Bush never gentled grunge. The show is free, so you’ll know you’re right when you get there.

 
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