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Topic: Paul Simon

Luke Rathborne — Dog Years E.P./I Can Be One E.P.

'90s-influenced guitar-pop that will floor you


Pop

Stephen Carradini
Luke Rathborne’s next five days look like this: opening for tastemakers Noah and the Whale in West Hollywood, playing the Paste SXSW showcase and opening for The Strokes in Austin on the same day, playing the Filter Showcase at SXSW, then hopping on up to his stomping grounds of NYC to play Bowery Ballroom with Noah again.
 
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
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SXSW: Oberhofer/Lord Huron/King Charles

Cheery pop songs abound

Heading back to Sixth street, I grabbed a Philly cheese steak (my second of the fest from the same vendor; I am pretty enthused about these sandwiches) and caught the last few songs of Oberhofer's set. I'm always on the lookout for great pop songwriters, and I definitely saw one in this set. Whether in an electronic medium or a guitar-based one, his melodies are infectious and memorable. His cheery tone helps, too. I'm not sure why a great many geniuses look like scruffy young ruffians, but Oberhofer certainly fits the description. His band went nuts on stage with him, and the songs had a festive air. I expect big, big things from the band, and the set only reinforced that opinion.

I stuck around to hear Lord Huron, another cheery pop band that I've been digging. Their sound pulls a lot from Calypso music, which is the most bubbly of all music genres, but the band still had the songwriting skills to ground the melodies with a overarching sense of seriousness that lent a credibility to the tunes. They went from being carefree pop songs to hard-won happy songs, as you could hear the sadness and seriousness creeping in the margins. It's not often that upbeat pop songs can be truly powerful, but Lord Huron takes after "Graceland"-era Paul Simon in being able to create depth out of unusual forms not known for their emotional resonance. I was sad that technical difficulties cut their set short, but glad that I was able to hear it at all.

With my handy dandy SXSW app, I was alerted to the fact that King Charles was playing just down the street from my location in fifteen minutes. I rushed over and took up residence to hear his afrobeat/classic rock/pop. Yes, all of that happened in his nearly hour-long set, from AC/DC-worthy guitar noodling to tunes heavy on pop moods and vocal harmony with detours into world music. King Charles (the person) got more and more into the set as it went on, going from reserved at the beginning to headbanging with his incredibly long dreads (down to the small of his back!) and breaking the head clean off a guitar by slamming it against cymbals and other stuff. Hilariously, the guitar-smashing came at the end of the second-to-last song; file the closer under "anti-climactic." The set was much heavier and grittier than I expected, but the quick vocals and charming harmonies of the quieter songs were exactly what I was looking for. And who doesn't like seeing a guitar get smashed?

by Stephen Carradini 03.18.2011 3 years ago
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. — It’s a Corporate World

Paul Simon’s resurgence continues via ... gentle electronic music?


Pop

Stephen Carradini
Writing a pop song is a unique and nebulous skill.
 
Thursday, June 16, 2011

Nik Freitas — Saturday Night Underwater

Calm, mature pop songs with a deft touch


Pop

Stephen Carradini
We don’t have very many songwriters like Paul Simon anymore.
 
Friday, June 24, 2011

Paul Simon — Paul Simon / There Goes Rhymin’ Simon / Still Crazy After All These Years / In Concert: Live Rhymin’

Only one of the four is a true reissue; but c'mon...it's Paul Simon


Pop

Stephen Carradini
Some reissues are chock-full of new bits that entice hardcore fans to go out and buy beloved albums again. Columbia’s reissues of Paul Simon’s first three albums do not fall in that category.
 
Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Ladybug Transistor — Clutching Stems

It's all about the tunes, man


Indie

Stephen Carradini
The Ladybug Transistor’s pop songs are elegant constructions.
 
Thursday, July 7, 2011

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OKG7 things to do

Gazette staff
Sans Garfunkel, Paul Simon brings his sounds of silence — and other legendary hits — to the Civic Center Music Hall stage, 201 N. Walker.
 
Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Paul Simon — One Trick Pony / Hearts and Bones / Graceland / The Rhythm of the Saints

Disclaimer: Only once had I previously listened all the way through one of these recordings.


Pop

Matt Carney
Everybody over the age of 48, chill out.
 
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

OKSee in 2011: Your most-viewed VOTDs

Let’s look back at the year in music: part 1.

When I took charge of OKSee from Stephen Carradini (who’s currently crashing with me on his first vacation from graduate school at Auburn), the main change I instituted was posting a music video of the day, almost every day.

I’ve spent the last couple days going back through the archives to tabulate the VOTDs you noble OKSee readers watched the most, and the following are the results. Glad to see you all skewed heavily in favor of locals! So we’re going to celebrate by naming our Video of the Day of the Year (VOTDOTY)!

While digging around, I also found some of Stephen’s most-trafficked video posts from earlier in the year and selected a few choice clips from those, as well as a few of my own favorites I felt deserved some recognition, for better or worse. Somebody went to the trouble of re-imagining LCD Soundsystem's greatest song in Lego form, for crying out loud.

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clip from The Nghiems' "Dum Dum Dah Dah"

2011, we’re gonna miss you dearly, so we’re celebrating you all week long with a commemorative series that counts down all the way to OKSee’s Favorite Albums of 2011, compiled by myself, Mr. Carradini and Gazette regular Joshua Boydston.

So stay tuned — tomorrow we’ll look back at the year in photos; Wednesday, we’ll be playing with playlists; and Thursday, we’ll have our list of OKSee Honorable Mention albums before the big reveal on Friday.

VOTDOTY #10: Broncho — “Pick a Fight”

The dudes at Delo Creative really nailed this one. Broncho’s pop-punk songs inspire crowds to act more like hardcore-punk freaks, as evidenced by this summer show at the Crystal Pistol in Tulsa. Funny story: I went to this show — suit, tie and all — after attending my freshman-year roommate’s wedding. Don’t regret it (the sartorial choice) in the slightest.




VOTDOTY #9: Jay-Z & Kanye West — “Otis”

Spoiler: Even after stripping down a Maybach and letting the sparks fly, the hip-hop superstars didn’t generate as much traffic as when a certain local singer/songwriter hopped in the back of a van and covered Otis Redding truer. More on that later.




VOTDOTY #8: The Boom Bang — “Jabroni Ramoney”

Who doesn’t like “Teen Wolf,” pizzas, cartoons, high jnks and chubby dudes with “BACON” tattooed on the gut? Not OKSee readers, nosiree!




VOTDOTY #7: Black Canyon (featuring Sherree Chamberlain) — “Bottles of Shine”

Sometimes when a song’s as simply good as this, all the video needs is a pretty gal and a scenic spot to go with it.




VOTDOTY #6: Paul Simon — “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard”

Y’all got really excited when Paul Simon came to town last month. So excited that you watched YouTube user OkieSully’s video of Rhymin’ Simon entertaining a Civic Center lobby-full of fans a couple hundred times.



VOTDOTY #5:  Magnificent Bird — “Nowhere to Hide

A bunch of the local videos I’ve seen this year eschewed narrative, but this spectacularly creepy, ivory-toned video from Nathan Lofties’ group, Magnificent Bird, tells a visually elegant story.




VOTDDOTY #4: Ol’ Savior — two unnamed songs

Tulsa’s Ol’ Savior hasn’t released an album, but thanks to your efforts, it may well soon. Drummer Nathan Price told me a few months ago that he and Ben King (his Broncho co-conspirator) planned to take a bunch more Ol’ Savior songs into the studio, thanks to all the positive feedback they heard when these two leaked. Huzzah!




VOTDOTY #3: The Nghiems — “Dum Dum Dah Dah”

The day this stop-motion gem premiered, I was afraid all my social-media platforms had been hijacked by Okie video guy Kyle Roberts — not that that’s a bad thing. Gah, re-watching this video just helps reinforce how eternally catchy and perfect this little song is.  




VOTDOTY #2: Ben Kilgore — “These Arms”

Technically, this one wasn’t even a VOTD. But I asked you if you preferred Tulsa singer Ben Kilgore’s Otis Redding cover to Hov and Ye’s “Try a Little Tenderness” sample, and you responded by clicking on this Nathan Poppe-shot video 500+ times. Good work, Oklahoma.

Also I think my favorite part of this video is how Kilgore, just after nearly bursting his awesome pipes on this classic, finishes it by declaring, “Sweet cheese!”




VOTDOTY #1: Girl Talk — “Girl Walk // All Day”

Everybody and their dogs’ imaginary friends absolutely freaked out when Axe Body Spray announced it was sponsoring a Girl Talk show inside Opolis earlier this month. You guys clicked on this ambitious bit of fan art more than any other video on this blog this year, and lucky for us, the fun’s far from over. “Girl Walk // All Day” is currently going strong on its sixth installment. Click through at risk to your work today.




8 videos I loved in 2011

LCD Soundsystem — “All My Friends (LEGO version)”

Carradini and I agree this is probably one of the best songs in the last 10 years. I’ve always loved the video that originally went with it, and this Lego rendition really just sends it over the top for me. The little yellow, face-painted James Murphy communicates all the song’s sentiment almost as well as the real guy.




Mastodon — “Deathbound”

Mastodon was really on a roll there for a while, what with completely absurd album and song titles, and this Muppets-from-hell video. It’s too bad I didn’t get a reviewer’s copy of the album, as I probably would really loved all the campiness.




Beastie Boys — “Make Some Noise”

This comedy star-studded clip for a new song celebrates everything the Beastie Boys were about … a decade and a half ago. Love how they actually got Ted Danson in a restaurant for the line about opening up a restaurant with Ted Danson.




Battles — “My Machines”

Innovative, funny, perfectly-executed. And it featured Gary Numan! Congratulations all around!




Beyoncé — “Countdown”

The best pop song of 2011, hands down, and quite possibly the very best video. Mrs. Carter hides her baby bump well.




Mister Heavenly — “Bronx Sniper”

W.

T.

F.




No Age — “Fever Dreaming”

This one rewards those who watch intently all the way to the finish.




St. Vincent — “Cruel”

Dear Annie: I will always love you and would never try to bury you alive.




2 local videos that probably never should’ve seen the light of day

Dr. Smith — “The Time Is Right”

This is literally the creepiest thing I’ve ever watched on the Internet. I was so weirded out. Thankfully, Gazette managing editor Rod Lott is unafraid of such things, and posted it over at Rod & Reel.




Thunderbird Casino — “Casino Lady”

Sorry. I really shouldn’t have put this here. Oklahoma, people!



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
by Matt Carney 12.19.2011 2 years ago
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Van go

Although they travel in a van that runs on vegetable oil, The Ragbirds sure fly high on wings of folk rock.


Music

Joshua Boydston

The Ragbirds
10:30 p.m. Tuesday
The Deli
309 White, Norman
thedeli.us
321-7048
$10

9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25
Belle Isle Restaurant & Brewing Company
50 Penn Place
belleislerestaurant.com
840-1911
$5
 
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
 
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