Born Tulsan, Annie Clark’s third record is alluring and fearless.
Indie Matt Carney
Right away, “Chloe in the Afternoon,” the first track on St. Vincent’s
new album, distinguishes itself as superior to both the band’s previous
LPs, 2007’s “Marry Me” and 2009’s “Actor.”
Watch the state’s reigning alt-jazz act play FreeTulsa!
I don’t know who’s behind underthebelfry.com, but they’ve shot a couple of really terrific, multi-camera videos of Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey’s FreeTulsa! performance, as well as other local bands Desi & Cody, Low Litas and the awesomely named Manhammer. I strongly recommend you jaunt over to their neck of the Internet woods and watch the beautiful stuff posted there. I’d especially like to point out the pair of tracks from JFJO’s excellent, latest LP, “Race Riot Suite.” Watch “The Return” for a lengthy, impressive Chris Combs lap guitar solo, and “Grandfather’s Gun” for the signature raucous, high-energy performance you expect from the band.
So Akron, Ohio, neo-blues icons Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney (no relation that I can be certain of) are busy boys these days. News broke a few weeks ago that they’ll soon be releasing a sequel to 2009’s “Blackroc” that’ll include producer Damon Dash and a slew of other rappers — Curren$y, U God, Jay Electronica, Jim Jones and Wiz Khalifa among them.
You’d think a rock band that’s sold nearly 2 million records and won a Grammy for their last album wouldn’t be too interested in following up on a seemingly one-off passion project, but that’s just the kind of guys Dan and Pat are.
They also can’t stop writing songs or coming up with hilarious ways of promoting them. The video below hit the Internet yesterday, via the newly built website, wannabuyavan.com. It features Bob Odenkirk (of cult-level “Mr. Show” and “Breaking Bad” fame) doing his thing as a frustrated car salesman. While I did love the “Frank the Dinosaur” bit that promoted the last record, and this wonderful, wonderful bit of single promotion Odenkirk’s berating of the idiot driver behind him is hysterical.
If you call the number listed on the site, you hear a recorded message from Pat (who also tweeted the number with the hashtag “elcamino” yesterday) describing an El Camino with “a quarter-million miles on it.” Pitchfork’s reporting that “El Camino” is the title of the album, and it’s due out in December. Pretty excited for this one, guys.
The local arts and entertainment-supporting initiative Buffalo Lounge will graze around Oklahoma City this week, for two separate events.
The Lounge, which debuted at this year’s South by Southwest and has appeared at Norman Music Festival, deadCENTER Film Festival and the Tulsa International Film Festival, will be on site at tomorrow’s grand opening of Whole Foods Market at 6001 N. Western and at Saturday’s grand reopening of Myriad Gardens. A bevy of local musicians are scheduled to play all day long at both events. Each lineup is listed below.
College students are buying, selling and giving away the prescription College students are buying, selling and giving away the prescription drug Adderall. Do they understand the ramifications of abuse?
A lot of hip-hop critics’ criterion for great rap is in the combination of social criticism and delivery. I agree, and I don’t think anybody’s climbed further up that totem than Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones.
Hardly in his 20s, the self-educated, middle-school dropout’s debut, “Illmatic,” captured life in early ’90s New York ghettos with more imagery than any series of photographs and in truer, grittier, more dizzying prose than any novelist could. Or has.
Now 38, Nas debuted the video for “Nasty” yesterday, and if it’s any indication of the forthcoming LP, “Life Is Good,” then we’re in for another high-caliber album. The video was shot in his home neighborhood of Queensbridge, and just look how elated those little kids are to see him and mug for the camera. Actors can’t do that. Watch:
And now a few lyrical samplings:
Self-aggrandizement: • “Queensbridge leader, no equal / I come from the will of Ezekiel / to pop thousand-dollar bottles of scotch / smoke pot and heal the people.” • “I’m skinny, but I’m still too big for a Bentley” • “Gotta bunch a niggas in prison, braggin’, sayin’ it was Nas I used to hustle with”
Insults: • “Your flow cheap as limousine liquor” • “Any rebuttal to what I utter gets cut”
Philosophy: • “I guess entertainment means blatantly lyin’”
Allusions • Jackie Onassis • “Carlito’s Way” • Faith Evans • Michael Jackson
Nas’s technical game is as impressive as ever. I’m excited to see if his production and concepts on “Life is Good” are on par.
Thank goodness these songs ‘Saw the Light’ of day.
Country Matt Carney
As if the man born Hiram King Williams’ influence on country music (and
all subsequently affected genres, particularly rock ’n’ roll) wasn’t
already completely obvious and seminal, the long-dead crooner had to go
and scribble a bunch more terrific songs about heartbreak and loneliness
into his diary, just to remind us of his ownership of the subject
matter even generations after he died.