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OKG Newsletter


Topic: Indie

VOTD: Givers stop by NPR

If this doesn’t amplify your Friday happiness, you may need pharmaceuticals.

A few select descriptors from NPR music writer Michael Katzif’s write-up of Givers’ Tiny Desk Show: bright, tropical, polyrhythmic, slinky, wild, loose, fun, buoyant, raw, celebratory, Afrobeat, crisp, alluring, spirited, sunny, exuberant, and bobbing.


I feel like that just about says, it don’t you? That and singer Taylor Guarisco’s hilarious white boy head-bobbing. Dude moves like a drug-addled parakeet.

OOPS: It appears you have to surf through to NPR's site to get more than just the audio. Please do so. It's a very spirited, very fun desk show.
by Matt Carney 07.29.2011 3 years ago
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Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks — Mirror Traffic

Pavement legend still plenty feisty.


Indie

Matt Carney
So what happens when you pair a couple of 1990s indie legends, setting the one known for bizarro, folky hip-hop at the control panel, and the one who famously dissed Smashing Pumpkins and Stone Temple Pilots behind the microphone?
 
Wednesday, August 3, 2011

VOTD: Toro Y Moi, 'How I Know'

Like an episode of ‘Scooby-Doo’ soundtracked by chillwave.

So the guy who plays Lindsay Lohan’s memorable gay friend in “Mean Girls” goes into a haunted house accompanied by his two hipster buddies, and they all get murdered by a couple of indie QT ghosts, but it’s OK! ’Cause they’re QTs!

“Now we’re all ghosts, let’s dance!” they seem to say. All this one’s missing is an appearance by one Scrappy Cornelius Doo.

by Matt Carney 08.04.2011 3 years ago
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Jackie-O Motherf***er — Earth Sound System

Earth to Jackie-O: Do you read me? No? OK, then.


Folk

Matt Carney
Naming your band Jackie-O Motherfucker is the titling equivalent of purchasing a license to record whatever the hell music you want, as far as I and the Americana-experimentin’ Portland indie collective are concerned.
 
Friday, August 5, 2011

Small Sur — Tones

Doing more with less.


Indie

Matt Carney
Baltimore, Md. is so very rich with quality music right now. Bands like Beach House, Wye Oak and Animal Collective (AC relocated to NYC, but some of their first media coverage came from Baltimore City Paper) have established themselves as national-caliber indie acts with large-scale sounds to boot.
 
Monday, August 8, 2011

VOTD: All Other Lives, all the time

Five, yes five! live performances for KEXP!

Stillwater band Other Lives is about a month away from opening for the guy who’s the odds-on favorite for album of the year right now (can you say national exposure?). But currently, they’re about to jet off to Europe for a string of festival and small-venue dates. It appears that it’ll be a few months before they perform in Oklahoma again.

But fear not, friends! KEXP Radio in Seattle shot five live-in-studio performances by Jesse Tabish and company. “For 12” is my favorite here, but please watch them and let me know what you think. I can’t overstate how great it is that Other Lives is representing Oklahoma to indie audiences across the country and Europe right now.

For  12”


As I Lay My Head Down”


“Dark Horse”


Weather”


“Tamer Animals”


Kudos to Oklahomarock.com, who first pointed this out on their news blog!
by Matt Carney 08.09.2011 3 years ago
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VOTD: The National prove they can make anything depressing

And they didn’t even need to make their own video to do it.

A little while back, mopey indie rockers The National contributed the song “Exile Vilify” to the “Portal 2” soundtrack. The video game teamed up with the Brooklyn band to host a contest to find the best fan-made video for the song. We now officially have the winner of that contest.

I give you the world’s saddest hand puppet:



You can watch a bunch of other fan vids on the “Suggestions” bar of the YouTube page for the hand puppet video. But I don’t recommend it, as listening to “Exile Vilify” more than once will completely eviscerate your spirits.

You can follow the band on Twitter here.
by Matt Carney 08.10.2011 2 years ago
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Collections of Colonies of Bees — GIVING

Wisconsin instrumental post-rockers return to old form after their Volcano Choir collaboration with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon.


Indie

Matt Carney
Clocking in at just under half an hour, Milwaukee-based Collections of Colonies of Bees recorded a lyric-less gem in their latest offering, “Giving,” strong enough an effort to challenge the current incumbents Explosions in the Sky as our best post-rock build-up instrumental band.
 
Wednesday, August 10, 2011

VOTD: Bon's away

Watch ‘Bon Iver’’s gorgeous-est track, ‘Holocene.’

“I can see for miles, miles, miles,” Justin Vernon coos three different times during “Holocene.” Director Nabil first syncs this line up in the below video with a beautiful wide shot of what seems to be Icelandic landscape. Everything seems infinite in that little moment.

Watch as a bucktoothed kid in a hooded sweater explores the beautiful country outside of his home.

by Matt Carney 08.19.2011 2 years ago
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Sundress — Sundress EP

Nearby rockers dream big.


Rock

Matt Carney
Do you ever listen to Beach House and think, “I’d really like this a lot more if the guitars weren’t so passive.” If so, Denton, Texas, rockers Sundress might just be your new band du jour.
 
Monday, August 22, 2011
 
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