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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
 

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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