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VOTD: Sufjan Stevens live at WNYC

Watch Sufy play ‘Pleasure Principle’ with half of The National

Last week on his Postpostrock.com blog, Daniel J. Kushner published a terrific, three-part interview with neon gaff tape-wearing indie Americana folk artist Sufjan Stevens that focused on his most recent release, the odd but intriguing departure, “The Age of Adz.” Sufjan’s not known to give many interviews, so I definitely encourage you to give this one a read.

Attentive viewers will recognize one of the Dessner brothers (they’re twins, so bonus points to whoever can tell me which one it is) on this intimate live-in-studio session for WNYC radio in New York, and attentive listeners will recognize the song as the end of Sufjan’s epic suite, “Impossible Soul,” from “The Age of Adz.”

by Matt Carney 07.26.2011 2 years ago
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VOTD: Warning: This video may induce vomiting

Watch a dizzying new Matodon clip.

Mastodon’s “The Hunter” comes out Sept. 27 on Reprise Records and the band’s done all the marketing it needs in the form of the ridiculously awesome titles it’s given each one of the album’s 13 tracks (15 on the deluxe edition!).

Here’s “Curl of the Burl,” which, if you’re unaccustomed to spinning and zooming through forests in unpredictable directions, might make you vomit.



The video’s a little boring, but thanks to it, we get to hear a new Mastodon song. I don’t like it quite as much as the first single, “Deathbound,” whose video also blows this one away. In fact, you probably just ought to watch it again.

by Matt Carney 08.18.2011 2 years ago
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damn!

Looks 'Damn' good

Not ‘Winnebago Man’ good, but still, good.

One new-to-DVD/VOD documentary I’m interested in checking out is “Damn!” It’s not about my favorite expletive, but YouTube sensation Jimmy McMillan.

The founder of the political party known as Rent Is Too Damn High, the 64-year-old New York gubernatorial candidate McMillan seems like quite the character, being a Vietnam vet, black belt karate master, former stripper and 1970s soul singer. He became famous when his televised appearance on the 2010 debates went viral, with more than 2 million views in 24 hours.

A screener’s supposedly coming our way, so expect a review before too long. In the meantime, check out these three deleted scenes from the doc. In the first, he shares a sexual secret; in the second, he demonstrates “verbal judo”; and in the third, he shares his love for Eminem, marijuana and his favorite movie, which is ... um, “Deep Throat.” —Rod Lott





by Rod Lott 08.19.2011 2 years ago
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Sure thing

Edmondites behind the indie thriler ‘iCrime.’

Edmond-based Sure Crossing Films is behind the Internet-fueled thriller “iCrime,” which hits DVD and VOD on Sept. 27.

Sure Crossing principals Richard Ford and Scott Bridges produced the flick, set in the world of vlogs. Here’s the official synopsis: “’iCrime’ begins with the live kidnapping of a popular Internet celebrity and follows an Oklahoma girl obsessed with exposing it as a hoax, catapulting her to her own online celebrity in the process.”

Plus, the page for the film’s YouTube trailer mentions the phrase “sex tape.” Now you’re interested, right? —Rod Lott

by Rod Lott 08.23.2011 44 years ago
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Play ball (again and again)!

Does not include ‘Jim Traber Gets Mad and Chases Guy.’

As someone who watches no more ESPN than the annual hot dog eating contest on the Fourth of July, I’m not a fan of baseball — that’s the one with the bat, right? — but I bring this item to the attention of the many who are.

Next month, Major League Baseball and A&E Home Entertainment partner to knock some classic games out of the park and onto DVD with the “Baseball’s Greatest Games” collection. For the line, rare TV broadcasts of historic games can be relived, inning by inning, pitch by pitch.

The first 10 titles can be scored starting Sept. 6, at $12.95 each. That’s cheaper than a small beer at the stadium, right? And they are:
• “1960 World Series, Game 7: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. New York Yankees”
• “1975 World Series, Game 6: Boston Red Sox vs. Cincinnati Reds”
• “1979 Wrigley Field Slugfest: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Chicago Cubs”
• “1985 NLCS, Game 5: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers”
• “1986 World Series, Game 6: New York Mets vs. Boston Red Sox”
• “1991 World Series, Game 7: Minnesota Twins vs. Atlanta Braves”
• “1992 NLCS, Game 7: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Atlanta Braves”
• “1993 World Series, Game 6: Toronto Blue Jays vs. Philadelphia Phillies”
• “2003 ALCS, Game 7: Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees”
• “2004 ALCS, Game 4: Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees”

Your favorite game not in the lineup? Don’t cry foul — there are more to come, including September’s release of “Baseball’s Greatest Games: Derek Jeter’s 3000th Hit.” —Rod Lott

by Rod Lott 08.23.2011 2 years ago
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'Community' collage

‘Maybe BNL has two Billboard awards to your zero.’

One of the scant few sitcoms worth watching, “Community” is about to start its third season on NBC, but its second hits DVD next Tuesday.

We’ll have a review of the four-disc set sooner rather than later, but for now, feast on these choice clips. I point you in particular to the first, in which a diss of the group Barenaked Ladies sparks a “oh, no he di’n’t” pile-on. If I had a million dollars, I’d put this on that screen in Times Square.  —Rod Lott

The Barenaked Ladies

What’s Up with the Cat?

"The Math Club"



by Rod Lott 08.29.2011 2 years ago
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52 pick-up

KSBI puts its ‘I’ on Oklahoma.

When KSBI 52 calls itself a local television station, it means it. The channel’s fall lineup abounds with programming that isn’t just locally produced, but promotes local happenings.

KSBI’s new schedule includes:
• “Mind Games,” in which Oklahoma college students compete “in a battle of the brains” for scholarships worth $200,000;
• “High School Football Updates,” with live broadcasts of two to six games every Thursday and Friday night;
• “All About You: After Dark,” a Kealey McIntire-hosted talk show focused on fashion, fitness, health, careers, finance, music and more;
• “Oklahoma Live,” featuring local music, artists, actors and more, hosted by Lyn Hester;
• “OK Sports Wrap,” a sports magazine hosted by Mary Rachel Redman and Abigail Ogle;
• “Rodeo Opry,” shot in Stockyards City, airs some of the state’s greatest country talents;
• “Hollywood Spotlight,” hosted by Dino Lalli; and
• “Dog Talk,” about man’s best friend, hosted by Pat Becker.

A few syndicated programs round out the lineup, such as the game show “Cash Cab,” the long-running sitcom “The King of Queens” and memorable moments from Johnny Carson’s reign on “The Tonight Show.” For more information, visit ksbitv.com or check out the video below. —Rod Lott

by Rod Lott 08.30.2011 2 years ago
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Lick yrself clean

Feast on this meow mix.

There comes a time in every cat lady’s life when the strange love she has of her cat(s) can be shared with the world without coming off as incredibly weird. For me, that time is now.

Meet LCD Catsystem,  otherwise known as “Dammit, why didn’t I think to record myself meowing songs?” Because, you guys, I totally do that. It’s mostly as a joke … mostly.

Anyway, I’m just going to go ahead and let the “meowstros” of LCD Catsystem explain their adventure into the land of awesome:

“Not since the deified cats of Ancient Egypt have cats been treated with such respect. This new generation learned from their owners the ways of the world as they experienced it. They saw the same films, they read the same books, and certainly listened to the same music. Some of these animals became even more nuanced and subtle arbiters of taste than their owners, perhaps owing to markedly superior sensory perception to humans. This is the spring from which LCD Catsystem flows, a wealth of inspiration and genius where one would not be sticking her neck out by predicting the next great movement in art. LCD Catsystem is the ultimate collection of the genius of the current cat scene.”


Here is LCD Catsystem putting their paw mark on one of my favorite LCD Soundsystem songs, “Dance Yrself Clean.” (And you need to stick around through the whole song — if you know the James Murphy version, you know it really builds to something great.) And a request, can we get “New York, I Love You” next?

by Jenny Coon Peterson 09.01.2011 2 years ago
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Giant head

Andre’s head gets memorialized. We mean it. Anybody want a peanut?

Andre the Giant has a posse, and its members are sure to snap up this latex mask. SikRik has produced 35 numbered, limited-edition copies available for $125 apiece; a not-so-exclusive edition will follow for $99.

Andre, a star of “The Princess Bride,” (see: “I Love You, Man” for related peanut discussion) “Conan the Destroyer” and many a staged WWF match, died in 1993 at the age of 46. His memorable mug will live on atop the shoulders of at least 35 fervent fans. —Rod Lott






by Rod Lott 09.02.2011 2 years ago
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VOTD: Law man

Watch the Choctaw folksinger pick, chat about life on the farm.

Local guy Ryan Lawson has a Twitter handle, but not a TV or access to the Internet. Interesting.

He’s also got a bunch of good, authoritative songs in folk, country and bluegrass styles, so maybe there’s something to living out on the fringe. He also plays his guitar the approximately the same angle Paul McCartney played his bass, which you can watch below, thanks to the “Chevy Bricktown Showcase”:

by Matt Carney 09.02.2011 2 years ago
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