The Flaming Lips’ muchtweeted-about six-hour song now has a name! Drumroll, please! ... It’s called ... “I Found a Star on the Ground.”
And more awesomely, you can purchase a little real estate in it. For the low, low price of $100, the band will cryptically announce your name while they record this song, which they are doing, presumably right now. Head over to the band’s site to lighten your wallet’s load for a pair of good causes; the OK Humane Society and ACM@UCO.
Truly inspired music videos like this one don’t come along often enough. So get creative. Do more with less. Here’s “My Machines,” by Battles, which, according to the press that came with it, is a single long shot. Remarkable. And vaguely reminiscent of a certain other one-shot video from early this year.
Where we’re going, we don’t need roads — er, except I-35.
The DeLorean. The Deathmobile. The Batmobile.
What do they have in common? One, you can’t afford them. Two, they’re among the famous cars of the movies and the tube showcased in a new exhibit starting Sept. 24 at the Toy & Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley. The toys of such recognizable vehicles comprise “Hollywood Toy Cars,” which runs through Oct. 21.
If you’ve never been, you should, and this gives you as good of an excuse as any. Need another? Sept. 17-18 is “Star Wars Weekend.”
VOTD: Watch Colin Stetson’s facial veins expand abnormally
In honor of the awesome Iron Maiden T-shirt he wore during Bon Iver’s lush, incredible show at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Mo., this weekend, here’s a new track from muscly saxophonist Colin Stetson. It looks like they probably shot it during a recent soundcheck on this tour.
The video doesn’t do his guns justice, though. Up against the rest of the dudes in Bon Iver, the burl on those pipes makes him look like an NFL linebacker. But they’re clearly nothing compared to the ones in his throat. Dude is a singular talent. Enjoy “Part of Me Apart from You.”
Tulsa’s Dead Sea Choir performs the aggressive, rhythm-driven ‘Mathemagician.’
Dead Sea Choir showed up in Norman with new material two weekends ago to remind everybody that they are, indeed, totally awesome. And thanks to YouTube user BossHossV8Cycles, you, too, may experience what they’ve been cooking up lately. Enjoy.
Documentary on late Oklahoma NBA star due around Thanksgiving.
Wayman Tisdale, the Tulsan who conquered the Olympics, the NBA and the jazz charts, is the subject of a new documentary, naturally named “The Wayman Tisdale Story.” After a battle with bone cancer, Tisdale died in 2009 at the age of 44.
While ESPN is slated to air the doc sometime this fall, a DVD street date of Nov. 22 has been announced. Packaged with the film will be a 13-track CD featuring music from Tisdale’s nine contemporary jazz albums. One song, “Slam Dunk,” is previously unreleased, while another, “Cryin’ for Me (Wayman’s Song),” is performed by fellow Oklahoman Toby Keith.
The documentary already has won awards at the Park City Film and Music Festival, the International Christian Film Festival, the Los Angeles Sports Film Festival and the Pan African Film Festival. —Rod Lott
Oklahoma City University has announced the lineup for the 30th-anniversary installment of its Film Series. It kicks off Sunday, Sept. 25 with the 1957 Oscar-winning musical romance “Black Orpheus,” (poster pictured) colorfully directed by Marcel Camus.
The rest of the scheduled films are: • Lee Chang-dong’s “Poetry,” Oct. 9 • George Sluizer’s “The Vanishing,” Oct. 23 • Ken Loach’s “Kes,” Nov. 6 • Jean Renoir’s “The River,” Jan. 22, 2012 • Majid Majidi’s “Children of Heaven,” Feb. 5, 2012 • Claudia Llosa’s “The Milk of Sorrow,” Feb. 19, 2012 • Kenji Mizoguchi's “Sansho the Bailiff,” March 4, 2012
“Poetry” recently showed at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, and I can vouch for the South Korean drama’s excellence. “The Vanishing” is sly programming for the pre-Halloween slot, as the Danish thriller from 1988 bears one chiller of an ending (skip its 1993 subpar American remake, however).
All films are free, and shown in the Kerr-McGee Auditorium in the college’s Meinders School of Business, N.W. 27th Street and McKinley Avenue. —Rod Lott
‘Women Behind Bars’ documentary probes state’s high incarceration rate of females.
Bar none, the Sooner state is first in the nation at putting women behind bars. According to the Oklahoma Department of Correction, we incarcerate 132 women per 100,000 population — almost double the national average.
More than 85 percent of those females are mothers, and the majority of female inmates are nonviolent offenders. But we even have one on death row: Brenda Andrew, convicted in 2004 for the 2001 murder of her husband, Rob Andrew. On Tuesday, Sept. 20, you can get a peek into this judicial phenomenon with a free screening of the documentary “Women Behind Bars: The Voices of Oklahoma’s Incarcerated Women and Their Children.” Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. showing at the Thurman J. White Forum Auditorium, 1704 Asp in Norman; a panel discussion follows, hosted by the University of Oklahoma College of Liberal Studies.
Having premiered at this summer’s deadCENTER Film Festival, the doc is directed, produced and edited by OU alum Amina Benalioulhaj. —Rod Lott
Watch three more local musicians test out Walrus Audio’s latest product, the Iron Horse.
Normanite and Gentle Ghost guitarist Brady Smith alerted his Facebook friends to another Delo Creative-created video testimonial promotion yesterday. This one, like the last one for the Voyager pedal, features three excellent local musicians playing around with it in the studio. This time, it’s Tulsa guitarist Clay Welch (Panda Resistance, Dead Sea Choir), Colourmusic drummer Nick Ley and Stardeath bass player Casey Joseph.
It sounds like this distortion pedal adds some serious force to the live performance. So watch out, Oklahoma music fans, as Brady Smith may be equipping your favorite bands with what they need to stomp on your eardrums.
Check OKSee all weekend for updates from the region’s biggest music festival!
In just a few short hours, I’ll depart my sweet Oklahoma for the very large state of Texas. Specifically, I’m headed to its capital, which is hosting its wonderful, annual Austin City Limits Music Festival.
I’ll be posting interviews with artists and daily recaps here on OKSee all weekend long, regularly updating my Flickr page, and tweeting incessantly, so check in with me to know what’s happening as it’s happening.
Anywho, here’s a list of the artists I’ll be chatting with in the press tent this weekend. Tweet me if you have any questions for them!