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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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Carpet burns

A quick look at Grammy fashions (or attempts at them).

Local talent Johnathan Kayne graced the red carpet at Sunday’s Grammys — or, rather, one of his designs did. Let's hear it for this 405 fashion maven!

Artist Monika Jensen (pictured with adventurer Bill Borger) rocked this coming season's palette of blue and a oh-so-seductive high-low hemline, in Kayne's playful yet chic design, which represented this great state — and represented it well!

Get this look at BodyTrends, 9327 N. Pennsylvania, or SJ Bridal, 5645 N. Pennsylvania. Want a custom design for your collection? No problem! Call Kayne at 607-6006 to set up your appointment.

Now onto a few Grammy fashions we should be proud aren't local:

OK, Sasha Gradiva, we get that you're attempting a statement in the wide worlds of fashion and music. The thing is, unless you're going to be starring in an upcoming sequel to “The Terminator,” you needn't ruin a perfectly beautiful gown with heavy artillery. Let your beauty and talent do the talking — not the mechanical arm.

Robyn, as much as I love you, your quirky Euro-beats and your eccentric style, the red carpet is just not a place for platform steel-toe boots.


Just go away, Rebecca Black. Take your “music” and your “fashion sense” and don't come back.

We get it, Snook: You weight 98 pounds now. It still does not make that dress OK.

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by Jenn Scott 02.14.2012 2 years ago
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VOTD: Strippers!

Another weird concept from Los Campesinos!, this one likely NSFW.

That the Welsh indie-rock dudes and dudettes of Los Campesinos! put a lot of effort and thought into their music videos isn’t up for debate.

“Songs About Your Girlfriend” from last year’s excellent “Hello Sadness” is just one more convincing exhibit in this case, which had to have been just as weird an experience for the band as the viewer. I’m not even going to try to describe it, so just go somewhere your co-workers can’t catch a glimpse of this over your shoulder and watch:



Never mind the girl dancing with no underwear around the midway point. The most off-putting thing about this video is the pairing of guitarist Tom Campesinos!’ face against these very, um, talented ladies’ writhing bods. Talk about sexually confusing.

But there’s nothing confusing about pretty ginger keyboardist Kim Campesinos!. That girl can sing harmonies on my tracks any day.
by 02.15.2012 2 years ago
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Are you ready to Rocklahoma?

Here’s a list of confirmed acts for this year’s Memorial Day fest.

Having covered Pryor’s Rocklahoma for certain competing publications in the past, I am both highly aware of and terrified by the sort of person who eagerly attends the festival, which is sort of an amalgamation of sweaty, cock-rocking big-billers of the past with the most vulgar alt-rockers of the more recent past and more modern rockers who aren’t quite pretty enough to get on the Warped Tour. 

That said, here’s this year’s lineup, announced at 8 a.m. today. Note that The Darkness (yes, that The Darkness) is included in the May 25-27 bill. Road trip, to northeast Oklahoma, anybody?

• Rob Zombie
• Chickenfoot featuring Joe Satriani, Kenny Aronoff, Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar
• Creed
• Megadeth
• Slash
• Queensrÿche
• Chevelle
• Theory of a Deadman
• Jackyl
• Puddle of Mudd
• Hellyeah
• P.O.D.
• Volbeat
• 10 Years
• Cavo
• Adelitas Way
• Black Stone Cherry
• Pop Evil
• Red
• The Darkness
• Art of Dying
• Trivium
• Aranda
• Redlight King
• James Durbin
• Janus
• New Medicine
• Rival Sons
• Anti-Mortem
• Gypsy Pistoleros
• Wildstreet
• Firstryke
• Black Tora
• Sunset Riot
• The Glitter Boys
• Fist of Rage
• Switchblade Scarlett
• Krank
• and more


by Matt Carney 02.16.2012 2 years ago
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From your home to hers

Brianna Gaither’s doing a living-room show, and you’re invited.

One of the common complaints I always hear after shows is that it just didn’t seem intimate. Well, sorry dude, maybe you shouldn’t have gone to see, like, Dave Matthews or whatever.

Twenty-something Edmond folk-pop singer Brianna Gaither, on the other hand, is opening her doors to you for a living-room session recording Sunday night, which sounds to me about as intimate as it gets for local music. You might recall her excellent 2011 album, “Love Is Patient,” which I guarantee you she’ll be playing selections from. Don’t miss this!

Buy your tickets at Ticketstorm for $10, or for $15 at the door. If there are any left, that is. More info is at her Facebook page.



 
by Matt Carney 02.16.2012 2 years ago
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VOTD: It’s a Newman take on ‘Old Ideas’

New Pornographers leader A.C. Newman covers a Leonard Cohen classic.

With the bevy of on-the-go, takeaway-style performances these days, it’s sometimes really refreshing to hear great musicians play in an actual recording studio. As opposed to, you know, a dirty bathroom, a tree, or a brand-new Chevy Sonic outfitted with pneumatic arms. Not that these locations are inherently bad, it’s just that too much of trying to find a funky place to play sometimes distracts from the pure, simple goodness of a richly written song.

“Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye” is such a song, and it gets a terrific treatment with a some beautiful cinematic video to match its rich traditional arrangement. A.C. Newman’s anecdote is pretty poignant, too.



 Leonard Cohen’s latest album, “Old Ideas,” is out now.
by Matt Carney 02.20.2012 2 years ago
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Fling, flang, flung

Looking for some fun in Norman tonight? Fling a ding.

The boys of Long Beach, Calif.’s The Fling must be quite the fans of the Sooner State, as they are following up a late-fall show at The Conservatory with tonight’s set at The Deli, 309 White, Norman. 

 The Dangerbird Records signees play at 8 p.m. with ever-evolving local rock trio The Pretty Black Chains, showcasing material from “What I’ve Seen” and “When the Madhouses Appear,” both of which were released nationally last year.

The Fling’s brand of classic American indie rock recalls acts both new (Delta Spirit, Deer Tick) and old (Guided by Voices, The Byrds), and several of their Western soul ballads have found their way onto TV shows like “Being Human,” “I Just Want My Pants Back” and “Revenge” in recent months.

Enjoy the video for “What I’ve Seen” standout track “Dogpile,” and then catch it live tonight:

by Joshua Boydston 02.22.2012 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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VOTD: Pug love

Watch Adele’s ‘Someone Like You,’ now with 100% more Oklahoman pugs.

That Singletree Productions’ Mark Potts and Brand Rackley are accomplished low-budget humorists is a well-documented truth. Less well-documented (and criminally so) is Potts’ pug, Gizmo, himself a gifted actor who is now a big shot living with his owners in Los Angeles.

Here, Gizmo stars as Rackley’s special lady, who apparently thought that the 25-cent Pug Transformation Machine was a joke. Be impressed by the canine’s gender-bending performance:



Also, be sure to check out our recent Academy Awards feature, in which Potts weighs in on which dog actor deserves recognition.
by Matt Carney 02.23.2012 2 years ago
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VOTD: Ben Rector wants to feel the heat with somebody

The Tulsa singer pays tribute to the late Whitney Houston.

You’d think playing all the instruments on a single track would be intimidating enough, but former Tulsan Ben Rector took it a couple steps further at Norman’s Blackwatch Studios. Per the video below, Rector commands six different instruments (seven, if you count that man-pretty voice of his!) on a cover of one of a much-beloved late diva’s most-beloved songs. That being my favorite Whitney Houston jam, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.”

Compare the two for yourself. Would love to hear opinions in the comments:





by Matt Carney 02.24.2012 2 years ago
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