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.
Who doesn’t like alliteration? It’s Music Video Monday!
I was pretty enamored with Broncho’s no-frills rock ’n’ roll before this video, but now I’m even more impressed. Their guerrilla concert tactics included made me laugh. Bonus: if you’re from Norman, you may know people in the video. I know at least two!
Minneapolis’ Jeremy Messersmith, formerly most famous for his incredible “Tatooine” music video, returns with a video for “Misunderstood Lyrics.” It’s a medley of the most famous misunderstood lyrics in rock and pop, and it’s ridiculously funny.
Atlanta folky dude Lovett made a music video for his song “The Fear,” and it’s pretty much as many parts of life as he could cram into four minutes. It’s incredible. The bit at 3:40 gives me shivers.
While you’re here, grab these free MP3s:
1. “Watch the World Go By” — Johan Agebjörn. Secret: I love kitschy techno. You stack those disco synths, Johan. 2. “Anna Sun” by Walk the Moon. Yo, The Killers: Take Walk the Moon on tour with you, if only in loving memory of “Hot Fuss.” 3. “The Endless Field of Mercury” — ANR. Who said pop music had to be simple?