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OKSee in 2011: 40 honorable-mention albums

Let’s look back at the year in music: part 4.

My OKSee predecessor, Stephen Carradini, and I received hundreds of physical copies submitted to our little cubicle in the back of the Gazette offices this year, in addition to the hundreds of digital solicitations from PR companies, in addition to the occasional, much-appreciated, personal hand-changing of musical media, be that CD, vinyl or yes, even cassette tape.

It’s a ton of music to listen to, but we were up to the task. The sonic wheat’s now sorted from the chaff, and not in any particular order. So peruse our list for those quality albums you may have missed, recall a few you’ve forgotten and hopefully even find a new artist to love in the process. Let’s get started.

1. Fucked Up — “David Comes to Life”





2. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart — “Belong”


3. Matt the Electrician — “Accidental Thief”


4. Horse Thief — “Grow Deep, Grow Wild”


5. Kurt Vile — “Smoke Ring for My Halo”


6. Beetyman — “The Underdog”


7. Youth Lagoon — “The Year of Hibernation”




8. Neon Indian — “Era Extraña”


9. The Drums — “Portamento”


10. Wilco — “The Whole Love”


11. Laura Marling — “A Creature I Don’t Know”




12. Yuck — “Yuck”


13. Icona Pop — “Nights Like This EP”


14. Ryan Lawson and the Hack & Saw Nation — “Hack and Saw Nation”


15. Riley Jantzen — “Feathers”


16. The Workweek — “Promises, Promises”


17. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks — “Mirror Traffic”




18. Small Sur — “Tones”


19. Wye Oak — “Civilian”


20. The Roots — “undun”


21. Crown Imperial — “Crown Imperial”


22. The Damn Quails — “Down the Hatch”


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


24. Twin Sister — “In Heaven”


25. St. Vincent — “Strange Mercy”


26. The Weeknd — “House of Balloons”



27. Kanye West & Jay-Z — “Watch the Throne”




28. Washed Out — “Within and Without”


29. Givers — “In Light”


30. tUnE-yArDs — “w h o k i l l”


31. Manchester Orchestra — “Simple Math”


32. Josh Sallee — “Return to Sender”


33. Kite Flying Robot — “Solid Gold”


34. Death Cab for Cutie — “Codes and Keys”


35. Chris Bathgate — “Salt Year”


36. Smith Westerns — “Dye It Blonde”


37. Danny Brown — “XXX”


38. Destroyer — “Kaputt”





39. A$AP Rocky — “LIVELOVEA$AP”


40. Cut Copy — “Zonoscope”



OKS in 2011 — Monday:  Your Most-Viewed Music Videos
OKS in 2011 — Tuesday:  The Year in Photos
OKS in 2011 — Wednesday: By the numbers
OKS in 2011 — Thursday: OKSee's Honorable Mention Albums of the Year
OKS in 2011 — Friday: OKSee's 30 Favorite Albums of 2011

by Matt Carney 12.22.2011 2 years ago
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Peer review

Local musicians dish on the music that got their toes tapping in 2011, both local and national.

 
Wednesday, January 4, 2012

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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VOTD: Addy power!

Experience local rapper Jabee’s love letter to OKC.

So this way-cool, beautifully shot Jabee music video premiered at this past weekend’s 2012 Addy Awards as part of a campaign “to educate advertisers about the wealth of quality original musical available to them for their local advertising campaigns.” To date, OKSee has never agreed more vigorously with a press release.

It goes on: “When musicians are supported by the arts AND the business communities, the likelihood of them being able to attempt to make a full-time career in music here, rather than Nashville, Austin, LA, et al goes up = economic and cultural stimulus.” Boo-yah!

So yeah, 200 thumbs up to producer/director Digital DK and creative director Robot House Creative for this one, which has Jabee spitting his love for his hometown all over said hometown.

The fun doesn’t stop there. The aforementioned campaign came with a two-disc, 37-track compilation of local songs that you can download for free! Artists included are Broncho, Sherree Chamberlain, O Fidelis, The Rockettops, Horse Thief, Zach Winters, Crocodile and plenty more!

Speaking of Jabee, dude’s just announced a Kickstarter project to fund his next album, and he’s aiming high. Like, $25k high. Watch and donate:



by Matt Carney 02.22.2012 2 years ago
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Vesper recipe

Mix folk with pop, sprinkle a dash of the divine, and you have The Vespers, a Nashvillle quartet that’ll convert your ears.


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Matt Carney
The Vespers with Brianna Gaither and Zach Winters
6:30 p.m. Wednesday
The Backroom at Bridgeway Church
228 W. Hefner
bridgewaychurch.com
749-8044
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