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Twinsday: Snowpocalypse 2.0

Or, 'How I spent my rock'n'roll snow day'

We all deal with catastrophe in different ways. So when Snowpocalypse 2.0 hit today, it's only logical that the OKS Twitterverse would have a myriad of reactions.

Red City Radio is incredulous: "Broken skylight in our building. It is officially snowing indoors. I blame Dally."

Dance Robots, Dance! is ecstatic: "boss said i don't have to work today. snow day! video games, fake chicken nuggets and finishing remixes! @katiewicks @baleoutphotos"

Samantha Crain is resigned: "http://twitpic.com/3y139m - Frozen pipes again. Its come to this I guess."

Sherree Chamberlain is logical: "considering making myself watch food inc. on my snow day so i'll stop binge eating on account of cabin fever."

Harp and Lyre has gone crazy: "Getting snowed in again. Time to watch Bring It On."

Wayne Coyne is, well, Wayne Coyne: "The snow drives back the foot that's slow http://twitvid.com/FXNOY"

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by Stephen Carradini 02.09.2011 3 years ago
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Christmastime in September

Now it's October. But the video was shot in September. And the song's due in December.

I was lucky enough to get to hang out with Okie singer Samantha Crain recently, as she recorded her contribution to this year's Fowler Volkswagen Christmas compilation. You might recall last year's edition — of silly cover — which was recorded by Chris Harris at Hook Echo Sound and even spawned a really great free holiday concert. 

This year's edition currently is being recorded at Blackwatch Studios, and owner/producer Jarod Evans says the album will feature Colourmusic, Sherree Chamberlain, Chrome Pony, Ol' Savior and more, including Ryan Lindsey singing the wonderfully titled "I'm Coming Down Your Chimney." Nathan Poppe's been tapped to shoot a promotional music video for the album, and he subsequently tapped yours truly to help out.

Watching Sam work on her Oklahoma-themed girl-crush seasonal song with Jarod and Daniel Foulks, her friendly fiddle player was a delight. At first, they considered doing a Lucinda Williams number, but decided it'd be more fun to layer a bunch of vocals over a steady, crackling-fire beat with plenty of sleigh bells, like a '60s girl-group song. Of the tracks I've heard, it's my favorite so far. Looking forward to picking up a copy come Christmastime! Watch video of her and Daniel recording their parts. Apologies for me being a bit of a wobbly videographer. Musicians make me nervous:




by Matt Carney 10.03.2011 2 years ago
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From tusk till brawn

Weird and winning, ‘Walrus’ makes sport of an arm-wrestling champion whose life gets turned topsy-turvy.


Drama

Rod Lott
Walrus
8 p.m. Saturday
City Arts Center
3000 General Pershing
cityartscenter.org
951-0000
$5
 
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Swap meet

Local singer-songwriters mix it up at the Saturday Song Swap.


Music

Joshua Boydston

Saturday Song Swap featuring Samantha Crain, Ali Harter and more
9 p.m. Saturday
Opolis
113 N. Crawford, Norman
opolis.org
820-0951
$7

 
Wednesday, January 4, 2012

VOTD: Nothings ‘Wasted’

Check out an intense live clip from an excellent emerging punk/noise band, local stuff from Samantha Crain, and even the return of the Material Girl.

Cloud Nothings — “Wasted Days”
Here’s a band I’m very excited about.

Cloud Nothings’ excellent, recent release “Attack on Memory” is a gritty, Steve Albini-produced punk/noise blast of youthful, guitar-driven fury. It feels like a firework going off in your fist. “Wasted Days” is the album’s enormous, weighty centerpiece, and Pitchfork recently captured an awesome performance of it, plus a short interview with singer Dylan Baldi.


Samantha Crain — “It’s Simple”
Saucy Oklahoma singer Sam Crain gets a little help from Penny Hill and an elevator shaft on her excellent, true-to-title pop song “It’s Simple.” Love the handclaps and cooing, guys. It’s another quality installment in the above-par Be Nice To Your Kids series by Delo Creative.



Brother Gruesome — “Cut it Out”
Norman's Brother Gruesome live up to their name with a gnarly sound and live performances. Here they spend a whole music video making graffiti that fits right in.



Dr. Dog — “Be the Void”

And speaking of Delo Creative, they got tapped by Philadelphia indie-pop dudes Dr. Dog to shoot the lead single for their forthcoming album, which you can stream over at Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco website, of all places. This video’s definitely one of the more ambitious things I’ve seen from these dudes (the videographers) and it looks like they had a ton of fun shooting it.



Nicholas Jaar — Materials
Most twisted attempt to terrify the underaged since MGMT subjected babies to freaky monsters. Nonetheless this song’s a leering, pulsing trip of weirdness.



Madonna, featuring M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj — “Give Me All Your Luvin’”
What starts out like an episode of “Glee” starring the Material Girl almost gets hijacked by a typically robotic Nicki Minaj. I wonder how much it cost for M.I.A. not only to dress up like a cheerleader, but actually learn a traditional, American dance routine? Glad to see she’s still poppin’ fake guns, though.



M.I.A. — “Bad Girls”
As if that weren't enough M.I.A. for you, Miss Arulpragasam's (My first attempt to spell her her last name, unaided by Wikipedia, resulted in 'Arumplagasm') got a Middle Eastern banger promoting her fourth, currently untitled album. I imagine the only other way they could've cobbled together a video like this was if somebody gave Crime Mob a crew of stunt drivers, a flight to Syria,  half a million dollars, and all the gaudy, leopard-print crap in Prince's closet. Watch:


by Matt Carney 02.03.2012 2 years ago
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Hear this


OKG7 things to do

Gazette staff
Four fantastic artists combine for one worthy cause, as John Fullbright, The Damn Quails, Samantha Crain and David Halley stage a benefit show for Virginia Marroquin, 8 p.m. Sunday at The Blue Door, 2805 N. McKinley.
 
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Woody would pick ’er

The best in metro music, right here!


Music

Rod Lott and Stephen Carradini
With thousands of votes submitted, the people have spoken! These are your winners of Oklahoma Gazette’s Woody Awards for 2011!
 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
 
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