Stillwater band Other Lives is about a month away from opening for the guy who’s the odds-on favorite for album of the year right now (can you say national exposure?). But currently, they’re about to jet off to Europe for a string of festival and small-venue dates. It appears that it’ll be a few months before they perform in Oklahoma again.
But fear not, friends! KEXP Radio in Seattle shot five live-in-studio performances by Jesse Tabish and company. “For 12” is my favorite here, but please watch them and let me know what you think. I can’t overstate how great it is that Other Lives is representing Oklahoma to indie audiences across the country and Europe right now.
‘Monsieurs and madams, straight from Stillwater, Oklahoma, America: Other Lives!’
Nobody from Oklahoma’s had a bigger year than Other Lives, what with the release of a fine album, successful tours across the States and Europe, and the recent announcement that they’ll be opening the first leg of Radiohead’s upcoming U.S. tour. It’s hard to believe that one of the last times I saw them, they were playing for maybe 50 people inside Opolis.
Well, they look to be building on all that success with more shows in the U.S. and Canada, in addition to the dates accompanying Radiohead. They’ll be touring with a fellow mini-orchestra that goes by JBM, which I can assure you you’ll most definitely like if Other Lives make your kind of music. Those dates are listed below.
12.05.11 - Crepe Place - Santa Cruz, CA * 12.06.11 - Cafe du Nord - San Francisco, CA * 12.08.11 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR * 12.09.11 - Media Club - Vancouver, BC * 12.11.11 - The Tractor Tavern - Seattle, WA * 12.14.11 - Hi-Dive - Denver, CO * 02.06.12 - Jackpot Music Hall - Lawrence, KS 02.07.12 - Ciceros - St. Louis, MO 02.08.12 - Waiting Room - Omaha, NE 02.09.12 - 7th Street - Minneapolis, MN 02.10.12 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL 02.11.12 - The Basement - Columbus, OH 02.13.12 - Ninth Ward - Buffalo, NY 02.14.12 - Drake - Toronto, ON 02.15.12 - Sala Rossa - Montreal, QC 02.16.12 - Great Scott - Boston, MA 02.17.12 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY 02.18.12 - Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA 02.21.12 - Red Palace - Washington, DC 02.22.12 - Brillobox - Pittsburgh, PA 02.23.12 - The Southern - Charlottesville, VA 02.24.12 - Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC 02.25.12 - TBD / Pour House - Nashville, TN / Charleston, SC 02.27.11 - American Airlines Arena - Miami, FL ^ 02.29.11 - St. Pete Times Forum - Tampa, FL ^ 03.01.11 - Philips Arena - Atlanta, GA ^ 03.03.11 - Toyota Center - Houston, TX ^ 03.05.11 - American Airlines Center - Dallas, TX ^ 03.07.11 - Frank Erwin Center - Austin, TX ^ 03.09.11 - Scottrade Center - St. Louis, MO ^ 03.11.11 - Sprint Center - Kansas City, MO ^ 03.13.11 - 1st Bank Center - Broomfield, CO ^ 03.15.11 - Jobing.com Arena - Glendale, AZ ^
* w/ JBM ^ w/ Radiohead
Included in the announcement was this awesome hour-long video of them performing for Le Mouv, which appears to be some sort of French radio station/media outlet. Please let me know if that’s not the case, as I do not speak French. I’ve seen a ton of these shows as they’ve played for KCRW, NPR’s Tiny Desk series and plenty of others, but few are this long and none are on such a glossy, professional-looking stage as this. Watch:
And don’t worry, Okies: Other Lives’ Twitter handle has assured me they’re looking to book a return-home show sometime in late January. Keep your calendar cleared. It’s gonna be an incredible homecoming.
New local tunes, info on that Polyphonic Spree show, and a free Flaming Lips documentary.
OKSee got sick last week — the doctor said it was a sinus infection, although I was hoping for “Cat Scratch Fever”— and in so doing, fell woefully behind the times. So here I am catching back up with Oklahoma music-centric news and notes from the last week. Let’s get to it.
First up, we’ve got a couple of hip-hop mixtapes — both from Tulsa rappers, sure enough — that you can cop for free on these here Internets. First is P.D.A.’s “Occupy Hollywood” ...
... and next is aDDLib’s “99% of My Fans Wear High Heels.”
Secondly, Other Lives, now a major thing outside our humble borders, are playing shows in Oklahoma City and Tulsa before month’s end. The Stillwater indie band graces the Blue Note on the 27th, so be sure to snag your tickets ($12) as far in advance as possible. As in, right now.
Coincidentally, they also recently announced a headlining date at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City and Coachella Music Festival in Indio, Calif. Awesomesauce.
Thirdly, it appears that Pitchfork has inaugurated a new video series titled “Classic,” with a documentary about our own balloon-busting, psychedelic-rocking, jelly-not-using Flaming Lips. Specifically, it’s about their 1999 opus, “The Soft Bulletin,” and I can personally say it’s pretty compelling stuff, especially if you still think that “The Spiderbite Song” isn’t about mainlining heroin. Watch the 45-minute doc over at Pitchfork.
Fourthly, The Polyphonic Spree is returning to Norman! The last time the group was here, it headlined the inaugural Norman Music Festival on an adequately sized stage. This time, at 8 p.m. Feb. 7, the Tim DeLaughter-led band’s 20-plus members intend to pack Opolis. I think at this point, if Girl Talk can play a show there, anybody can.
Here are a few details: • New Fumes are opening. • Only 150 tickets are available. • The first set of tickets goes on sale tomorrow at all three Guestroom Records locations. • Tickets are $25 each, cash only. • Fifteen pairs of tickets will be given away from The Spy FM Spywagon at various locations throughout the OKC/Norman area on Friday, Jan. 13. Follow @fowlervw on Twitter to find out when and where.
The Stillwater band scores the opening slot for U.S. tour's first leg.
A senior in high school, I was visiting friends in Stillwater when I saw Kunek for the first time. If you’d told me that night that some of the dudes in that band would one day open for the guys who recorded “Kid A” and “OK Computer,” then I would’ve considered giving you a few bucks to leave me alone, because you were probably a crazy homeless person.
But you don’t just ask somebody along on your tour as a favor to your manager.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, according to Radiohead's website. So far, Other Lives are set to open on 10 dates across the South and Midwest, and you can bet a ton of Okies will drive down I-35 for that March 5 date in Dallas, this writer included. I just can't imagine how much more ethereal and soulful Tabish's voice will sound pouring out of two-story speakers, how much more space the band's mid-tempo beauty will have to surround and envelop you.
Embraced by critics, NPR and now Radiohead, Stillwater band Other Lives is on the brink of exploding big beyond our humble borders.
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Sitting opposite a large mural of themselves at Jericho Tavern in
Oxford, England, three members of Radiohead watched and listened
intently as Other Lives played 45 minutes’ worth of the somber chamber
pop that the Stillwater group has spent near a decade refining.
‘Creep’ through these photos of Other Lives opening for Radiohead in Dallas last night.
Three hours’ drive to Dallas couldn’t deter a horde of Oklahomans from seeing the state’s most recently successful band play one of the biggest stages of its career last night.
Yes, Other Lives strolled through Dallas on tour with Radiohead, and the result was nothing short of wonderful. Hearing Thom Yorke praise the Stillwater group at the end of his band’s two-hours-plus set seemed like a pretty big victory for Oklahoma.
Check out our photos of Other Lives, and then Radiohead’s set list — which included some odd surprises — below. I’d take the time to write about it, but I’m still a little bit too much in awe from the whole experience to do it justice.
To put it short, however, the evening was light on frenetic Jonny Greenwood guitar moments (I would’ve sacrificed my firstborn for “Electioneering”), and heavy on intricate, deep-groove rhythmics, as Radiohead played heavily from The King of Limbs.
Radiohead set list “Bloom” “Little by Little” “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi” “Morning Mr. Magpie” “The Gloaming” “The Daily Mail” “Pyramid Song” “The Amazing Sounds of Orgy” (note: this song failed to inspire any orgy-like behavior amongst the crowd) “Karma Police” “15 Step” “Staircase” “Identikit” “Lotus Flower” “There There” “Feral” “Idioteque” encore break “Separator” “Climbing Up the Walls” “Bodysnatchers” “Everything in Its Right Place” encore break “Give Up the Ghost” (just Yorke and Greenwood) “Skirting on the Surface” “Reckoner” “Paranoid Android”
Pitchfork reports that last night was the band’s live debut of “The Amazing Sounds of Orgy” and “Skirting on the Surface.” Related: Radiohead has an impressive army of nerd-tastic, note-scribbling followers out there.
While it’s old news that Portugal. The Man and Hayes Carll are headlining the fifth installment of Norman Music Festival, the festival’s publicity committee announced the lineups for the Main Stage and Jack Daniels Stage last week (sorry I’m late to the game, but I was out of the office covering SXSW like a madman all last week). Here they are, alphabetically: