As music videos get played less and less on television, they’re gaining more prominence in our culture. Stuff changes fast. Local artists are taking notice, releasing music videos left and right. Here are three that have recently come across my desk.
OKC acoustic pop singer/songwriter Denver Duncan shot this whole video on a Nokia N8 phone, similar to Dr. Pants’ iPhone 4 video I wrote about previously.
Norman-based Psychedelic band Ghost of Monkshood dropped this trippy video recently, which features mirrors, masks and a pair of disco ball glasses.
Oklahoma transplants Shiny Toy Guns dropped this absolutely gorgeous video and track to announce the return of former lead singer Carah Faye to the band.
While you’re here, grab these free MP3s:
“Highrise” — Glorie. Instrumental music with a unique vibe that doesn’t go immediately for the epic.
“Lower Away” — Sunshine Factory. The band’s name is truth in advertising. Their picture (above) is not.
“The Big Show” — The Extraordinaires. Funky, jazzy, vintage, poppy and head-bobbingly enjoyable.
So it’s still cold in the mornings, but it’s hot in the evenings. This calls for a mixtape (OK, most things call for a mixtape). Here’s a playlist of great stuff that’s just come my way.
OKS’ “Spring Is the Transition Between Winter Music and Summer Music” Mix (click for 82.4 MB .zip file)
1. “MVP” — Breathe Owl Breathe. Intricate, intimate, guileless, mellow indie pop.
2. “Lament” — Mount Moriah. Harmony-laden and female-fronted, these veteran musicians throw down mature indie rock.
3. “Leroy” — Hammer No More the Fingers. Splits the difference between ‘90s college rock and modern indie rock.
4. “'Le Rallye' from Vendredi Soir” — Tindersticks. A piece from a collection of film soundtracks by one band being released, it works well as plucky, interesting post-rock without its film accompaniment.
5. “Hippie Glue (Extreme Super Death Moon Mix)” — Charlie Blacksmoke and the Swamp Energy Mass Choir. Pop/R&B/boogie/electronic/experimental smoothness. Whoa. (NOTE: not in .zip)
6. “Vrgn Evl” — El Obo. Nice, dreamy indie pop with Grizzly Bear leanings.
7. “Emmanuel Road” — The Jolly Boys. Chilled-out Jamaican pre-Calypso revivalists that have been together for almost 60 years. That’s 60, with a zero.
8. “Laugh Out Louder” — The Extraordinaires. Horn-led pop? Can’t resist.
9. “Can’t Keep My Hands Off You” — Simple Plan. I am sucker for a pop song. I’m not even ashamed. (NOTE: not in .zip)
10. “Les Enfants du Paradis” — World’s End Girlfriend. Prog, electropop, post-rock, spazz and more get jammed into this baffling, wonderful track. Please tour with Delicate Steve.
And you can bump these tracks as you head out to see Reverse Halo Effect’s grungy rock ’n’ roll at Norman’s The Hidden Castle tomorrow. The Nashville power trio comes from an alternate reality where Kurt Cobain never died, and Bush never gentled grunge. The show is free, so you’ll know you’re right when you get there.