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Topic: Matt Carney

VOTD: Ra Ra sis-boom-bah!

Ra Ra Riot do Fallon, on their way to OKC.

On Tuesday night, Syracuse indie-pop mini-orchestra Ra Ra Riot (or “the not-so-dancey Passion Pit,” as my old boss once so aptly described it) stopped by the big city to play “Shadowcasting” for “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”

We’re less than a month away from the band’s Nov. 2 appearance at ACM@UCO, and I couldn’t be more excited. Its first record, “The Rhumb Line,” was somehow tender, vulnerable and catchy all at the same time, and one of my favorites from 2008. Watch:

by Matt Carney 10.13.2011 2 years ago
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MPFree: It’s a smorgasbord

Here’s your weekly roundup of downloads and streams, with a little bit of everything.

Indie rockers, both young and classic, original and remixed. Ambient Goth, pop singers and dance-rockers. And locals, too! This week’s edition of MPFree is probably the most widely varied as there’s ever been. Let’s get started.

STREAM: M83

Urban Outfitters (your source for hipster apparel) is streaming the new, much-anticipated double LP from M83, “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.” It’s due out Oct. 18. Six tracks into the nearly 80-minute album, it’s lush and gorgeous, and ranges from nostalgic to charming. I’ve got a feeling it’s going to sag pretty heavy somewhere between tracks 10 and 20, but we’ll see if Mr. Anthony Gonzalez can keep us interested.


STREAM: My Brightest Diamond and Future Islands

Per usual, NPR Music First Listen has a couple of good indie releases for you to choose from. My picks this week are My Brightest Diamond’s “All Things Will Unwind” and Future Islands’ “On the Water.”


STREAM: Paul Simon and Radiohead (remixes) 

Ah, AOL Spinner. You outdid NPR this week not just in volume (which you do every week), but in quality as well. Paul Simon’s about to start touring behind the career retrospective “Songwriter” (with Punch Brothers in support, he’ll be at the Civic Center Nov. 6), which boasts some really terrific live versions of all his classics, including a gospel take on “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. Radiohead’s remix album “TKOL RMX 1234567” is also out, if you’re looking for some ambience to get you through the work day.


DOWNLOAD: Dead Can Dance

DCD is back! And readying for a world tour! The long-defunct, ambient, creepy godparents of shoegaze are celebrating by giving away four live tracks for just the cost of your email address. “Live Happenings — Part 1” is the EP’s name, and the first track, “Nierika,” has just turned my cubicle into the setting for “The Lion King.”


STREAM: The Juan Maclean

For my fellow dance-punk, DFA, and LCD Soundsystem fans, The Juan Maclean’s got a new album spinning over at … Spin.


STREAM: Ryan Parker 

Local guy and Brianna Gaither guitarist Ryan Parker’s got a loopy, folk-gospel, singer-songwriter album that he’ll be celebrating with a CD-release party on Oct. 27 at the Paseo’s Oh! Space. You can stream two of the songs at his bandcamp page, as well as a sampler of the album in full.  


STREAM: Hare Tracks

If you haven’t heard of Hare Tracks, don’t worry: I hadn’t either until about 10 a.m. yesterday. It’s the artist moniker for Mac Kennedy, a freshman at UC Santa Barbara in California who went to high school at Heritage Hall here in Oklahoma City. He’s one of huge number of talented, self-producing, laptop-wielding kids across the country right now, and it sounds like his trip west has paid off for his music career. Stream his eponymous album at his Facebook, which combines laptop looping with more traditional instrumentation.

by Matt Carney 10.14.2011 2 years ago
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This one’s Occupied

Watch another video of protesters at Occupy OKC, now in its fifth day of formal protest.


News

Clifton Adcock
After five days, the protesters at Occupy OKC still are occupying downtown’s Kerr Park, and plan to continue to indefinitely.
 
Friday, October 14, 2011

VOTD: It always feels like somebody’s watchin’ me

A creepy local song gets a creepy local video.

In the Oklahoma music scene, few are eerier than Norman's Magnificent Bird, and just last week, the band posted an odd, alluring video to YouTube, to go with the song “Nowhere to Hide.” All rainy and black-and-white, a pretty, pale ghost haunts a depressed English major around the University of Oklahoma's campus. Watch it below.

You can stream their album “Superdark Can Happen to Anyone” at their Bandcamp page for free, or purchase it for $9.99. Also, the track “Cowboys are Blue Because of What They Have to Do” is available for free download.

by Matt Carney 10.17.2011 2 years ago
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VOTD: Alien eyes

Watch a sliver of the glory that is the new M83 album.

M83’s excellent, acclaimed, new double-LP, “Hurry Up, We're Dreaming,” is out now, and this weird, stunning video surfaced online recently to promote it.  

Watch as some very gifted students escape their very Charles Xavier-inspired school to run around, experiment with their powers, watch the sun set, and get creepy glowing alien eyes. Bizarre story for sure, but it’s a perfect complement to the explosive synth-driven soundtrack that is “Midnight City.”



The album is also still available for streaming, if you’re afraid to commit to spending $12.99 on it. Hit that up at Disco Naivete.

by Matt Carney 10.18.2011 2 years ago
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Ain’t no ‘Hack’

Listen to local Ryan Lawson’s new album, ‘Hack & Saw Nation,’ for free.

Choctaw folkie and singer/songwriter Ryan Lawson recently announced the release of his new album, “Hack & Saw Nation,” which you can stream for free or purchase at his Bandcamp page. Two live-recorded songs, “One Year Ago” and “Toxic Fumes,” are also available for free.

Lawson’s signature croon is a state treasure, and comes bolstered here by Melissa Stevens’ backing vocals. Also featured on the album are guitarist Aaron Tackett, bassist Kristina Tackett, multi-intstrumentalist Brad Fielder and fiddle player Daniel Foulks (who made an OKS appearance on video just a few weeks ago).

Can’t recommend this one enough. Stream it below, and do consider shelling out a couple of bucks for this one. “Broken Record”’s worth the $5 itself.

by Matt Carney 10.18.2011 2 years ago
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Twin Sister — In Heaven

NYC indie-pop dreamers concoct a solid debut album after an infectious single.


Indie

Matt Carney
Ever since “All Around and Away We Go” reminded me of Talking Heads last summer, I’ve kept my eyes out (and many fingers crossed) for flashes of Twin Sister’s name across the blogosphere. Much to my delight, it showed up last summer alongside fellow NYCers’ The Pains of Being Pure at Heart on a touring bill aimed at the Midwest, with a stop at OU’s campus (not three minutes’ walk from my house) right smack in the middle of it.
 
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Chromeo must vie

Joke band or no, the electrofunk duo Chromeo does what it can to get audiences a-dancin’.


Music

Matt Carney
Chromeo with Breakbot and Mayer Hawthorne
7 p.m. Friday
Cain's Ballroom
423 N. Main, Tulsa
cainsballroom.com
918-584-2306
$27
 
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Occupational goals

Occupy OKC demands change for the greater good.


News

Clifton Adcock
The 21-year Army veteran at first was unsure whether he wanted his name included in this story.
 
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

VOTD: Text your own adventure

Apparently, Polinski was too busy last year when Disney tapped Daft Punk to do the ‘Tron’ soundtrack.

Many an indie musician is drawing from throwback video games for influence these days (see: Neon Indian, Flying Lotus, The Nghiems), so it just kinda made sense for dance and techno-soundscape artist Polinski to put together this awesome, pixelated text-adventure video for the song “Stitches.” Pretty dramatic stuff:

by Matt Carney 10.20.2011 2 years ago
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