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CD reviews

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
 

Bits and Pieces


Amusing diversions and a $1 philanthropy opportunity

By Stephen Carradini July 11th, 2011

Café Plaid co-owner and Norman songwriter Farrel Droke took honorable mention with “Hard Times” in the 2011 Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Songwriting Competition. You can hear the track here. I wonder if he books himself at his café. I totally would.

Local songwriter JD Smith is raising money for Piedmont’s Hamil family, who lost two sons in the May 24 tornado. The country song “Close to Home” is available on iTunes.



While we’re talking about country music, I’m gonna quote this straight from the press release: “There's no summer vacation for Toby Keith, whose combination of creativity and work ethic have made him one of the most successful entertainers of his era. Most recently, Forbes has ranked him as the top earning country performer on its list of the World's 25 Highest Paid Musicians.” Moore’s favorite son (who now lives in Norman) came in 11th, behind Dave Matthews Band (10) and Justin “the Biebz” Bieber (9). U2 tops the list.

And because new Gazette website editor Matt Carney doesn’t agree with me that Cobra Starship is awesome, this might be your last chance to ever hear about the band on this blog. Here’s a new (and, admittedly, kinda skanky) video for yr summer jam “You Make Me Feel.”



At least it’s not as skeezy as this video, which sullies an also-great summer jam by Swedish pop sensation (because rarely do those phrases get separated).

 
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