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Topic: holiday

Play ball! Again!

Presenting the R&R DVD Gift Guide, Part 1.

Now that holiday season is into full swing, I’m going to start pimping some DVD releases that should not be overlooked for gift possibilities. While not for everyone, certainly there’s somebody on your list who might appreciate such a disc.

We start with the “Official 2011 World Series Film,” which hit stores yesterday. I don’t follow sports, but friends who do tell me this year’s World Series was a big deal, especially if you were rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals. From what I understand, they had one helluva season, and one that began in a less-than-favorable way. But turnaround after turnaround resulted in — spoiler alert! — the team beating the Texas Rangers and walking off with its 11th series championship, a franchise record.

“Official 2011 World Series Film” relives that championship season in a documentary format that features highlights, interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, all narrated by “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm, whose mere voice turns women to Silly Putty.

The double-disc DVD is available now ($29.95); a single-disc Blu-ray ($34.95) follows on Dec. 6. —Rod Lott

by Rod Lott 11.23.2011 2 years ago
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Yuval Waldman

Yuval Waldman returns for the Holiday Concert Under the Dome.

 
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

And we all shine on

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere in the metro.


Features

Shannon Cornman
Judging from increased nighttime traffic around neighborhoods and area businesses, it’s safe to assume Oklahoma City residents love looking at Christmas lights. We admit it: We’re gawkers, too.
 
Wednesday, December 14, 2011

VOTD: A Christmas primer

Watch Norman Music Festival alumnus The Polyphonic Spree go over the top for the holidays.

The Polyphonic Spree are kind of like a lot like a cult, led by charismatic, robe-wearing front man Tim DeLaughter. This awesome video for “It’s Christmas” sorta feels like you’re at a Christmas Eve service for some religion that holds the first season of “Glee” among its doctrines. Watch:
by Matt Carney 12.12.2011 2 years ago
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MPFree: It’s Christmastime in the OK!

Download a bunch of free music for your holiday season.

Sorry to have waited so long to provide you, noble OKSee reader, with quality tunes for your Christmahannukwanzika season, but I figured that the Blackwatch Studios and Nice People compilations would tide you over until I could find a spare couple of minutes to compile all the festive stuff that’s filled up my inbox like a stocking since about mid-November.

Highlighting this little collection is a pleasant surprise that The Nghiems’ front man, David Nghiem, just sent, called “Holiday in the OK.” He recorded it at Blackwatch with Will Hunt, James Nghiem (also from The Nghiems), Tyler Hopkins (The Nghiems, Black Canyon), Chad Copelin (Blackwatch) and Gazette contributor Becky Carman. It sounds like a lazy, perfect  holiday spent with your family. Love it.

Flow Machines — “I Was Born on Christmas Day”
For those who want to celebrate Jesus’ birth with a little tribal electro-pop.

DJ Von U-Kuf — “I Love You Mr. Grinch” (Laura Warshauer Remix)
Imagine Dr. Seuss wrote his famous book about a sultry pop singer with a crush on the angry, old Grinch. And then some dude made a drippy, electronic remix for it.

Caitlin Rose and Keegan DeWitt — “You Never Come Home for Christmas”
A sad, wistful folkie number: “They bring me no cheer, cause you’re never here / Just like the year before.”

Cristina Black — “When I Think of Christmas”

Another sad one, a throwback doo-wopper Christmas kiss-off.

Guided by Voices — “Doughnut for a Snowman”


I don’t give two snowballs about anything else in this song, it’s by Guided by Voices and opens with the lyrics “Start off the day with a Krispy Kreme doughnut / Sweet as life can get.” New favorite for the holidays.

Phil and the Osophers — “Brutus the Backup Reindeer”
Phil and the Osophers (get it?) offer a properly childish addition to Rudolph’s legend. It’s just one of several such tracks on “It’s Christmas Time with Phil and the Osophers,” which you can stream at the band’s website.  

Red Wanting Blue — “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch”



I really, really, really want to hear Tom Waits take a stab at this one. I suppose Red Wanting Blue will have to do.

Merge Records — “Winter Sampler”
OK, none of these songs appear to have anything to do with the holidays, but they’re from Eleanor Friedberger, The Mountain Goats, Superchunk, Wild Flag, Archers of Loaf and the rest of the usual Merge suspects. And oh, lookie there — you can nab free Christmas tunes from She & Him and Julian Koster down at the bottom of the page!
by Matt Carney 12.16.2011 2 years ago
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Irish ayes

You’re in luck if you’re hoping for authentic Irish fare on Saturday.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Elwell
It’s said that St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland. Except that there never were any snakes in Ireland. And the snakes he said were driven out were attacking him during a 40-day fast which, let’s be frank, could make anybody a bit loopy.
 
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

’merican medley

Purists might have a difficult time finding cuisine suited for Independence Day, but who cares.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Elwell
Is there an “American” food?
 
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Broad stripes, bright stars

Perfectly patriotic!


Features

Jenn Scott
As we approach our Independence Day, you’re probably in one of three camps.
 
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Get outta town!

Don't let the planning of a vacation get you down.


Features

Jenn Scott
Planning a trip isn’t the easiest thing to do. In fact, it nearly takes a vacation to plan a vacation.
 
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
 
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