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Dustin Prinz - Eleven

Few musicians take the time to master their instrument in the way that Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Dustin Prinz has; he’s a guitar virtuoso in every sense of the word, and Eleven gives him the chance to show just how far he can push that skill.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0

Horse Thief – Fear in Bliss

Listening to Horse Thief’s previous release — the haphazardly melodramatic Grow Deep, Grow Wild — felt like a chore. Whatever potential the Oklahoma City folk-pop act demonstrated on the EP was obscured behind a formulaic, contrived and ultimately hollow cloud. But it at least offered a glimmer of promise for a band consisting of, frankly, five pretty talented dudes. Critics saw it; the band’s management saw it; its current label, Bella Union, saw it; and its increasingly fervid fan base saw it.
04/08/2014 | Comments 0

Colourmusic — May You Marry Rich

There’s always a sense of danger when debuting songs in a live setting and playing them well. Without having heard the studio versions, expectations are set according to the live incarnations. But capturing the breadth of free-flowing atmosphere and sheer volume on a disc, vinyl or digital file isn’t the easiest thing to do, especially for a band as vociferous as Colourmusic.
04/01/2014 | Comments 0

Em and the MotherSuperiors — Churches into Theaters

As titles go, Churches into Theaters is an apt descriptor for the debut album from Oklahoma City rockers Em and the MotherSuperiors. It’s a reverential record, one that shares the gospel of classic rock, blues and soul but embraces the need to refashion it for modern times, channeling The Dead Weather, Grace Potter and Cage the Elephant along the way.
03/25/2014 | Comments 0

Rachel Brashear — Revolution

Rachel Brashear’s second EP, Revolution, starts with a kick to the shins.
03/18/2014 | Comments 0
 

OKSee in 2011: By the numbers


Let’s look back at the year in music: part 3.

By Matt Carney December 21st, 2011

3 awesome bands that Stillwater’s Other Lives (pictured) opened for:
1. The National
2. Bon Iver
3. Radiohead
 

11 local albums we loved in 2011 (in no particular order):
1. Brine Webb — “O You, Stone Changeling
2. Other Lives — “Tamer Animals
3. Brianna Gaither — “Love is Patient
4. The Workweek — “Promises, Promises
5. Depth & Current — “Depth & Current
6. Zach Winters — “They Were Longing for a Better Country
7. Josh Sallee — “Return to Sender
8. Colourmusic — “My ____ Is Pink
9. Riley Jantzen and the Spirits — “Feathers
10. Crown Imperial — “Crown Imperial
11. Ryan Lawson and the Hack & Saw Nation — “Hack & Saw Nation

4 hilariously named songs by The Boom Bang:
1. “Vietnomnomnom”
2. “Jabroni Ramoney”

3. “Mondo Ripper”
4. “Ahhh ... Fresh Monsters”

3 bands poised for a prolific 2012:
1. Horse Thief
2. Other Lives
3. Dead Sea Choir

3 bands whose breakup we cried over in 2011:
1. The Uglysuit
2. Bulletproof Tiger
3. The City Lives

1 band with a really stupid name whose emails I consistently ignored:
1. Five Finger Death Punch

7 acts (by our count) for which Nathan Price played drums at Norman Music Festival 4:
1. Broncho
2. Vandevander
3. Jacob Abello
4. Refund Division
5. Native Lights
6. Unwed Sailor
7. Beau Jennings

3 profanities Ben Folds dropped when I interviewed him in October:
1. “fuck”
2. “fuck”
3. “fuck”

3 bands I saw four or more times live:
1. Chrome Pony
2. Broncho
3. Colourmusic

1 very famous producer who contributed an hour’s worth of ambient music to ACM@UCO’s recent Industry Link event:
1. Brian Eno

10 song titles that, taken together, could constitute a Flaming Lips album:
1. “Suicide Demo for Kara Walker” — Destroyer
2. “Page of Wands” — Sundress
3. “Vorms” — Collections of Colonies of Bees
4. “Street Halo” — Burial
5. “Vireo’s Eye” — Future Islands
6. “Jesus Fever” — Kurt Vile

7. “Spitting Blood” — WU LYF
8. “Strange Nostalgia for the Future” — Cut Copy
9. “Analog Paralysis, 1978” — Tim Hecker
10. “Planix” — Austra

10 songs that made me stop worrying and love major labels:
1. “It’s a Corporate World” — Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
2. “Countdown” — Beyoncé
3. “Gold on the Ceiling” — The Black Keys
4. “Rumour Has It” — Adele
5. “Look at Me Now” — Chris Brown featuring Lil’ Wayne & Busta Rhymes

6. “Abducted” — Cults
7. “Lord Knows” — Drake
8. “6 Foot 7 Foot” — Lil’ Wayne

9. “Super Bass” — Nicki Minaj
10. “Niggas in Paris” — Kanye West and Jay-Z

8 distinctly Oklahoman songs not necessarily by Oklahomans:
1. “Get Off My Reservations” — Broncho
2. “Pioneer Bride” — Matt the Electrician
3. “Sooner or Later” — Mat Kearney
4. anything by Neon Indian
5. anything by Thundercat
6. “Lord Knows Best” — Dirty Beaches
7. “Anti-Pioneer” — Feist
8. “County Line” — Cass McCombs



Ladies and gentleman, 8 songs that might have been recorded in space:
1. “Polish Girl” — Neon Indian
2. “Midnight City” — M83

3. “New Beat” — Toro Y Moi
4. “Chloe in the Afternoon” — St. Vincent
5. “Putting the Dog to Sleep” — The Antlers
6. “Relax” — Das Racist
7. “Electronic Dream” — Araabmuzik
8. anything by Shabazz Palaces

15 Favorite Local Songs of 2011 (in no particular order):
1. “You for Leaving Me” — Colourmusic

2. “Midnight Swagger” — The Damn Quails
3. “I’m Static” — Crown Imperial
4. “Choices” — Beetyman (featuring Jabee)
5. “Oh Me Oh My” — The Nghiems
6. “Side by Side” — Depth & Current
7. “Dark Horse” — Other Lives
8. “Sunday Morning” — Riley Jantzen & The Spirits
9. “Faithful” — Brianna Gaither
10. “Try Me Out Sometime” — Broncho

11. “Ghost Family” — Brine Webb
12. “Dogs & Guns” — Zombie Vs. Shark
13. “And the Little Child” — Zach Winters
14. “Dum Dum Dah Dah” — The Nghiems
15. “Red Phone Booth” — Kite Flying Robot


OKS in 2011 — Monday: Your Most-Viewed Music Videos
OKS in 2011 — Tuesday: The Year in Photos
OKS in 2011 — Wednesday: By the numbers
OKS in 2011 — Thursday: OKSee's Honorable Mention Albums of the Year
OKS in 2011 — Friday: OKSee's 30 Favorite Albums of 2011
 
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