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TJ Mayes - "When Love Comes Down"

’50s era rock ’n’ roll had been long overdue for a rebirth. Thankfully, the stockpile of capable luminaries has not been in short supply over the past few years. 

07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Boare - "playdatshit"

The world is in the midst of an electronic music renaissance, and you find most of this boon of producers laying claim to the club-friendly, bass-dropping variety, holing up in the the free-flowing world of hip-hop beatmaking or pitching their tent on the out-there, boundary-pushing EDM camp.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Broncho - "Class Historian"

Broncho has never been hurting in the hook department. The success of the trio’s 2011 debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, was predicated mostly on its ability to marry melodies with kinetic guitar riffs and anarchic energy. Yet we’ve heard nothing to the degree of pure pop catchiness on display in “Class Historian,” the new single from Broncho’s upcoming sophomore album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

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
 

‘Swing’ sets


Oklahoma’s most-likely-official gospel song is all over the Internets

By Rod Lott April 28th, 2011

 Remember the legislative showdown over The Flaming Lips’ “Do You Realize??” being named the state of Oklahoma’s official rock song?

Yeah, nothing like that happened Monday when the state House voted unanimously (they can agree on something?!?) to name “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” as Oklahoma’s official gospel song. Now it’s all up to Gov. Mary Fallin to make it happen.

Interestingly, the 1862 African-American spiritual was not performed before the vote, although Rep. Jabar Shumate of Tulsa was asked to give a quick rendition. He declined.

That’s weird, because according to YouTube, just about everyone else has. Here’s a breakdown of some of the most notable — and please note that does not necessarily mean the best:

Some guy recorded it at double-speed:, which seems a tad disrespectful. From heaven, Harriet Tubman is wagging a finger in shame:




Hipsters, it’s totally cool for you to like the song, because Zooey Deschanel curled her lovely pipes around it:




It was covered in 2003 by UB40 to promote the Rugby World Cup, because somehow, rugby equals freedom from slavery. (Has any major-label act recorded more covers than UB40? Just curious.)


Diabetics, beware: Cedarmont Kids’ version may send you into sugar shock. Did the director not get the song’s point when he herded all the children in a caged wagon?



Johnny Cash could sing the Pull A Part ad jingle and make it sound heavy with meaning: 




Tay Zonday, aka the “Chocolate Rain” guy, pulls it off well, because I didn’t laugh once:




Our all-time favorite version is actually a partial one: Chevy Chase’s in “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” right before he tells Rusty to move his stinky feet. We couldn’t find that clip on YouTube, but this guy referenced it. Nice voice, sir; next time, may I suggest a comb? 




—Rod Lott

 
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