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CD reviews

Power Pyramid - The God Drums

Power Pyramid doesn’t have much patience for nonsense. That appears to be the takeaway from the Oklahoma City quintet’s last 10 months, which brought The God Drums in September, the Insomnia EP in January and its latest, self-titled effort in July.

07/29/2014 | Comments 0

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

VOTD: Two Christmases!

Download two local holiday compilations! And watch an awesome in-studio video!

By Matt Carney December 5th, 2011

Remember last year when Fowler Volkswagen sponsored the totally free “Checking It Twice: The 2010 Nice People Holiday Companion” and gave out a ton of free copies of it, both digital and vinyl?

Well, this year, Norman’s Blackwatch Studios decided they wanted in on the action, so now we’ve got “A Blackwatch Christmas” (which Fowler is sponsoring) andThe 2011 Nice People Holiday Compilation” to soundtrack the annual festivities.

And in a move that surprised no one, they both feature Chrome Pony.

Both albums are currently available as free digital downloads below. There are 1,000 copies of the Blackwatch record (also free!) that will be available starting today at Fowler Volkswagen of Norman and several other locations throughout the OKC metro. Also, you can score the Nice People companion in cassette tape form in Norman in the coming weeks.

As far as the actual content and quality of the music on these, it’s definitely several steps above novelty, but still just as fun as any Christmas recording I’ve ever heard. On the Blackwatch compilation, several of the artists — especially Sam Crain and Ben Kilgore — stretch outside their comfort zones into cheesy pop or erratic indie-jams. There’s even a hilarious Beastie Boys-inspired thing, “Chris Cringle,” from something called Hector Camancho.

With Nice People, the goofiness comes in the zig-zaggy melodies and moods that alternate between true-to-the-band (Lizard Police’s “Xmas Song,” Depth & Current’s “Lonely Special Day”) and genuinely charming (Luna Moth’s “Winter Light,” The Wurly Birds’ “Way Up North” and Kite Flying Robot’s “On Your Merry Way”).

Watch Nathan Poppe’s expertly edited “Making of a Blackwatch Christmas 2011 Holiday Album,” which I helped shoot some footage for.

I can testify that it was as much fun hanging around inside the studio as it looked:

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