Monday 28 Jul
CD reviews

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

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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