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Releases in short from around the area

OKC’s defunct indie heroes The Uglysuit released their long-awaited final LP Tuesday. “Awwww, Shucks” is available via iTunes and eMusic, with streaming listening on Bandcamp. Read more about the band’s last hurrah here.



It’s a daunting task to take on a whole album of Jimi Hendrix tunes, but OKC blues/rock guitarist Phil Brown has done just that with “The Jimi Project.” The 12-song album collects faithful renditions of well-known cuts (“Voodoo Child,” “Are You Experienced?”) and lesser-known tunes (“Manic Depression,” “One Rainy Wish”), while Brown’s soulful vocals put a bit of a different spin on the tunes. Catch him as leader of the Phil Brown Trio from 7-8:30 p.m. Sunday as part of the 2011 Devon Energy Sunday Twilight Concert Series (wow, that’s a mouthful) on the Grand Lawn of the Myriad Botanical Gardens.

Normanite Two Suns, whose self-titled EP recently got some Gazette ink, has released two tracks from his July 11 EP, “Self-Addressed.” His artsy electronic pop is infused with a bit more muscle and confidence, showing that Two Suns could have some high highs if he keeps pursuing this growth.




Max Ridgway, longtime instructor of guitar at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, recently released “A Little Night Music,” an eight-track affair of originals and covers. The collection opens with “BB Blues” by Larry Coryell, who will headline next Friday’s second night of the Jazz in June festival in Norman. The pleasing collection of jazz, blues and rock includes versions of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” and The Beatles’ “Come Together” and “Help!” The latter Lennon/McCartney tune is heavily modified in a gravelly blues style, while the former is relatively unchanged. The originals show a strong sense of melody, and should be of interest to both blues and jazz fans.

Fans of the Zac Brown Band’s country/Southern rock/pop amalgam should snap up the self-titled album from Dead Man’s Bluff. Their most notable songs are more aggressive than the melodic pop version of country that’s currently dominating the radio (“The Line,” “What You Did”), but the band also can lighten up and have fun musically (“This Song,” “Better Luck,” “Oklahoma Blues”). The lyrics stay pretty downtrodden, however, which is a downside. —Stephen Carradini
by Stephen Carradini 06.16.2011 3 years ago
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Two Suns rise

Not about Tatooine.

Norman-based indie recording project Two Suns just announced a novel release model for a very promising album.  “Dream Familiar” will be released at the rate of one song a week at the group’s Bandcamp page.


Opener “Ran Wild” is a pretty compelling six minutes of Radiohead-style ambient guitars (think  slowed-down take on “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi”’s swirling sound) with tribal and drum ’n’ bass rhythmic patterns. Toss in a breakdown with some cooing, shoegazey lyrics and we’ve got ourselves a neat little art project. Listen:



Read about Two Suns’ previous, eponymous EP,  and give ’em the ol' Facebook like.
by Matt Carney 01.11.2012 2 years ago
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Two Suns — Dream Familiar


Indie

Matt Carney

Norman’s Jake Davidson beautifully reconciles his love for tradition-rich acoustic music with old-school English drum ’n’ bass electronica on his full-length debut, “Dream Familiar,” as recording project Two Suns.

 
Wednesday, February 1, 2012

MPFree

Lots of locals in this week’s edition of cost-nothing listening, including Two Suns, Dr. Pants and O Fidelis.

O Fidelis — “Mad World”
Normally, married Okie folkers’ songs occupy the opposite side of the emotional spectrum as this 1982 Tears for Fears track (which you might recall that Gary Jules covered for the cult film “Donnie Darko”), but this cover suits them quite nicely, I think.



Dr. Pants — “Calling Chewbacca”

Don’t neglect to read the story behind this one. It’s a doozy.


Two Suns — “Not the End” and “Nostalgic”
“Dream Familiar,” the debut LP from Jake Davidson’s Norman recording project Two Suns, is now up to five tracks available for listening in his ongoing-release model. Check ’em out, as well as our review of the entire record.



Larry Chin — “Days and Nights”
While not a new song, this dreamy, drippy guitar track from Kyle Mayfield (né Larry Chin) is now available for free download, with the message that he’s working on a new EP. Gives a new meaning to the phrase “chin music.” Anyway, this one gives a local lease on the excellent major indie band Real Estate.


Jack White — “Love Interruption”
Let’s just say I liked Jack White better when he sported red and white and distorted blues guitar. This clarinet-blue-shaving-thing just isn’t working out for me.


Dr. Dog — “Be the Void”
OKSee’s groovier, hippie tendencies got really excited last week when we found out Delo Creative shot the video for the first single on this record. With the whole album now available to hear, we’re happier than a dog off his leash.

Shearwater — “Animal Joy”
Looking for a high-concept indie record about nature? Look no further.

Air— “Le Voyage Dans La”
This first track “Astronomic Club” goes from sounding like My Morning Jacket’s weird single “Holding On to Black Metal” into some kind of oddball spaghetti Western twang. Welcome back, Air.

Fucked Up — “Zodiac”
A couple of rare tracks from Canadian hardcore sextet about the Chinese zodiac. Nifty.

by Matt Carney 02.06.2012 2 years ago
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MPFree: Valentine’s Day edition

We heart you, Zach Winters, aDDLib and Sleigh Bells.

We’ve got an influx of fresh new tracks for your Valentine’s Day. A few of these might just make a nice soundtrack for a special evening, so listen up and download/stream away.

Josh Sallee — “R.I.P. to Regret”


The last time Josh Sallee showed up in MPFree, he brought the good stuff with an excellent, Blev-produced track that boasted a top-notch sample. “R.I.P. to Regret” follows the same format (replace “Birthday Sex” with the piano from James Blake’s really terrific cover of Feist’s “Limit to Your Love”), and Sallee really opens up with a couple of earnest, meaningful verses. Can’t wait to hear the rest of “Probable Flaws.”


Zach Winters — “They Were Longing for a Better Country”


You might recall this local folk gem from a few months back. It’s obviously not new, but Zach Winters, from the generosity of his heart and enthusiasm of his family, has put “Country” up on his Bandcamp as a name-your-price download. He calls them “heartsongs,” and I couldn’t agree more.

Garrett Dale — “House Full of Dogs”

Tom Waits much? Red City Radio’s Garrett Dale does. This new solo track sounds crusty and rusty, like it’s got as much history as a pair of worn-out boots. And it’s funny!

aDDLib — “The Rebound”

One solid Oklahoma City hip-hop track not enough for you? Well aDDLib’s got a special Valentine’s Day song for you, made complete by awesome Wilt Chamberlain artwork.

Two Suns — “Time Again”

Another week, another good Two Suns song. Halfway there, people.

Sleigh Bells — “Reign of Terror”


I got so excited listening to the very first track of this thing in my cubicle this morning that my hands were shaking as I tried to build Gazette’s online edition. Just make sure you don’t play this thing at full volume inside your office. And if that New York Times profile isn’t enough (do note Alexis Krauss’ use of the now-standardized-in-my-vocabulary term “bangover”), be sure to check out freelancer Joshua Boydston’s interview with the noise-pop power-duo from a few months back.


Tennis — “It All Feels the Same”
Whimsical, pretty indie pop/rock for fans of Cults, ’80s artwork, Florence Welch and effervescence.

The 2 Bears — “Bear Hug”
DFA act The 2 Bears want to give you a special e-card and EP for Valentine’s Day.

Cheers Elephant — “Doin’ It, Right”
Cheers Elephant is a few years behind The Strokes, but this free track for Valentine’s Day sure is a nice gesture!

by Matt Carney 02.14.2012 2 years ago
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My name is ____

We asked a bunch of local bands to tell us the origins of their names. Babies, zombies and Bible passages ensued.


Music

Matt Carney
Zombie vs. Shark
“Our name refers to the underwater fight scene in the 1979 Italian zombie flick Zombi 2. . It was [singer] Jeremy [Gragg]’s idea, but we all thought it was funny and appropriate for reasons we’ve nev ertheless found hard to articulate. But I’ll try. I imagine ‘Zombie vs. Shark’ as some-thing a preadolescent boy play ing with action figures would dream up as the ultimate fight scenario. A zombie fighting a shark is willful in its arbitrariness and, as such, it expresses a kind of enthusiastically staged conflict you can also hear in our music.” —Robert Scafe, guitarist
 
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