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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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Junebug strikes!

Bowling! Beers! Guitars! Appetizers!

OKC indie rockers Junebug Spade played inside RedPin Restaurant & Bowling Lounge for the latest episode of “Chevy Bricktown Showcase”! Check out the video below:



by Matt Carney 07.29.2011 3 years ago
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VOTD: People, People do The VDub Sessions

People, People get ready, for the van’s a-comin’

Stillwater dudes People, People spread their flannel blankets over their drum skins for a muted, intimate show inside the ol’ VDub Vanagon with videographer Nathan Poppe for the latest episode of “The VDub Sessions.” Titled “Golden Rust,” the song’s new and lovely. Everybody involved gets bonus points for riding around in that AC-less heat trap.

by Matt Carney 08.03.2011 3 years ago
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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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MP-free roundup

This week’s best downloads and streams for your thirsty ears, that is.

Lots of free music to be heard out there this week — if you’re not on Spotify yet, that is. Each week, I’m going to sift out the best ones for you.

The Horrors’ third LP streaming at NPR
The Horrors picked a pretty sweet name for their band. If they’d wish to title themselves more true to their product, they should’ve just gone with “We Really Like The Smiths. Like. A Lot.” “Skying” is streaming at NPR’s “First Listen” series.

††† (it’s pronounced “Crosses”)
Altered Zones is reporting that Chino Moren of Deftones (Deftones?) has a witch house project (pardon?) started up. The weirdest thing is that this five-track EP is actually pretty sweet. “Option” definitely sounds more like more popular nu-metal, but “Bermuda Locke†” and “†his is a †rick” are on the scarier side. Grab the EP for free at the project’s Facebook page.

Bon Iver at the 9:30 Club, NPR
Here’s the gem in this week’s stash: This free recording solidifies many folks’ hunches that Bon Iver’s soon to pick up the reputation as one of the most moving, cathartic ethereal live acts in indie, à la Jonsi and post-rock champs Godspeed! You Black Emperor. And speaking of God, Colin Stetson’s bass saxophone, turns opener “Perth” into something downright terrifying.

Their reporter can be heard at the end of the recording saying that he’s never, in years of 9:30 shows, seen a crowd so transfixed by Justin Vernon and co.’s performance. I’m sold.

jj and Ne-Yo collab for “Adult Swim” series
Winner of this week’s most-WTF collaboration is that of Swedish indie-pop mashers jj and popular Billboard chart-topper Ne-Yo, on the track “We Can’t Stop.” It makes sense, as both artists make some sexy, adult contemporary-type music, but honestly I’d have just preferred Ne-Yo keep his too-smooth R&B register out of this one. Download it for free at Adult Swim’s site and see for yourself.

Collections of Colonies of Bees streaming at Spinner
A whole EP’s worth of good ol’ fashioned instrumental post-rock. If you like “GIVING,” be sure to check out Unwed Sailor, from Tulsa. One of my favorite local bands.

Wu-Tang Clan on Spinner
Almost 20 years since the release of “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)” and Wu-Tang Clan still ain’t nothing ta f*** with. “Legendary Weapons” doesn’t quite seem to live up to its title, but it’s got almost the full cast of Wu’s finest members, save for GZA. Check out Ghostface’s “The Black Diamonds.” Spot rusher’s still gettin’ it.

Photo of Bon Iver by Drew Kaiser
by Matt Carney 08.04.2011 3 years ago
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VOTD: James Blake at Pitchfork Music Festival

Watch the indie-electronica wunderkind blow festival-exhausted minds with “CMYK.”

Whoever said outdoor electronic day shows were boring?

James Blake performed "CMYK" at Pitchfork Music Festival a few weekends back, accompanied by a pretty talented drummer and another guy who appears to switch between a guitar for the song's CV radio coda and some sort of synthesizer for the frenetic groove in the middle.

Toss in some crazy vocal effects from Mr. Blake and you've got a couple thousand happy, dancing hipsters.

by Matt Carney 08.05.2011 3 years ago
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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 3 years ago
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VOTD: Conan 'covers' Radiohead

‘You’re so f***ing special.’

So Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros showed up on Conan O’Brien’s Summer Concert Series Tuesday night, and as the ginger comedian was about to introduce the band, he got a little ... distracted.

“Were you guys just doing ‘Creep’ right now?” he asked.

So he busted out his best Cockney accent, and an impromptu jam session ensued. Watch for yourself, via Team Coco.



“I wan’ you ‘oo no’ice ... when I’m naw’ awoun’ ...”

You can follow Conan's hilarious Twitter feed here.
by Matt Carney 08.11.2011 2 years ago
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Ben Kilgore on 'The VDub Sessions'

Soulful Tulsa singer gets in the van.

This might just be my favorite-ever installment of “The VDub Sessions.”

For one thing, you’ve got Tulsa’s strongest male singer, and for another, you’ve got him covering one of the GOATs (greatest of all-time). What more do you need? Here’s Ben Kilgore singing Otis Redding’s immortal “These Arms of Mine”:



Y’know, this kinda begs the question: Do you prefer Mr. Kilgore’s earnest-to-goodness Redding cover to Kanye West and Jay-Z’s recent tribute-sample track, “Otis”? I certainly do. But you decide for yourself.
by Matt Carney 08.11.2011 2 years ago
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