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Disraeli conflict


Letters to the Editor

Brandon Wertz

I would like to illustrate an observation that I made while reading Jason Reese’s “Education as a common good” Commentary in the Sept. 7 Oklahoma Gazette.

 
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

ACL: Day 2 recap

Dale Earnhardt, Sooner football and Christian Bale?

OKSee took it easy Saturday at ACL, as the crowds turned out in their typical Saturday droves, making it difficult to get close enough to shoot artists on stage. But that’s not to say there wasn’t much going on, as Zilker Park was hopping with Sooner football fans anticipating not just their biggest road test of the season, but the conflict between their school pride and headlining bands.

I chose to join my friend James Corley, the Oklahoma Daily’s sports editor (and roving ACL reporter) in the TV lounge at 7:00 p.m., which turned out to be a great decision because we got to watch OU beat Florida State in an ugly, gritty fashion soundtracked by My Morning Jacket’s badass Kentucky rock ‘n’ roll.

The morning began with an interview Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jr. an excellent electronic indie rock duo from Detroit who record thoughtful pop music over gorgeous, tinkling textures. The dudes were very friendly and endearing in person, and asked a lot about the Flaming Lips, which is always a plus for me. Expect a writeup from that in my post-coverage.

Once finished, I hurried over to the AMD stage to see The Antlers, who played terrific cuts from their excellent sophomore record “Burst Apart." “Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out” held the early morning kids in a daze.

The Antlers at Austin City Limits 2011

I zipped over to the Google Plus stage immediately after to catch another buzzy Brooklyn band (you’ve really gotta use big festivals to catch acts that don’t tour the Midwest so heavy), Twin Shadow. George Lewis, Jr.’s songs were similarly hypnotic and way, way sexier. Shortly after “I Can’t Wait,” he showed off his sense of good humor, laughing at a Waldo in the crowd. “I found you, man! You gotta leave and go to the next page.”

Twin Shadow at Austin City Limits 2011

After another visit to the press tent for sustenance from the ubiquitous, muggy South Texas heat, I got up fairly close for Iron & Wine, who no doubt disappointed a few of their more faithful fans with an all full-band set. “The Creek Drank the Cradle,” this was not, but Sam Beam and company slayed a whole bunch of newer songs in a neo-trad fashion, including “Boy with a Coin,” (which was shifted into more of an uptempo funky number) and the wistful, brand-new “Tree by the River.”

Iron & Wine at Austin City Limits 2011

According to a few different sources, Christian Bale was at the front of the crowd for the Iron & Wine show, flanked by a working camera crew who appeared to be filming him and some “cute indie chick,” according to a witness. Curious, and very cool!
 
From there I wandered around a bit, easily able to hear Aussie dance band Cut Copy’s heavy electronic rhythms and high-pitched singing. Be sure to check the Gazette’s advance of their upcoming Tulsa show in the Sept. 28 issue! “Corner of the Sky” and “Take Me Over” have now returned to my heavy rotation.

Okie rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson told stories at the Austin Ventures stage while Cut Copy thundered from the much larger AMD stage nearby. It was mind-boggling to hear her talk about how nobody was recording “rock ‘n’ roll for girls in 1955, ’56.” From there she tore into her classic “Mean Mean Man,” quickly followed by a brief sermon and the gospel standard “I Saw the Light.”

I spent the rest of the night in the TV lounge, stressing out about the OU-FSU game in a den of obnoxious, beer-spattering Longhorns. It was great being able to hear My Morning Jacket (who are hugely loud anyway) from the comfort of my big screen-viewing seat. “Holdin on to Black Metal” stood out, backed by a brass band. I’m just sad they didn’t play “I Will Sing You Songs,” but other than that, it was a remarkable, headliner-worthy performance, full of heavy metal, hair-whipping, and a caped Yim Yames.

Day 2’s in the books, folks. Currently OKSee's Day 3 plans are to catch Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. at 1:30, then proceed to camp out at the Bud Light stage for a good view off the Airborne Toxic Event, Broken Social Scene, Fleet Foxes, and Arcade Fire in succession. It's gonna be a great day.

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Day 3 photos to come
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Interviews with Reptar & Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. to come

by Matt Carney 09.18.2011 2 years ago
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Cagle exercise

It’s a bold move for country’s Chris Cagle: getting a little bit rock ’n’ roll, and being happy about it.


Music

Joshua Boydston
Chris Cagle with Chuck Wicks
7 p.m. Saturday
Plunkett Park
100 N. University, Edmond
$15
 
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Watch Arcade Fire's Win Butler crossover dribble

Thunder forward Nick Collison, Butler, others play charity ball in Canada.

So what did we learn from watching this video of Arcade Fire ringleader Win Butler participating in a Toronto charity basketball tournament with a handful of actual (white) NBA players, musicians and others?

1. He's better at shooting threes than Matt Bonner.

2. While kinda lanky and awkward, he's got better-than-average ball-handling skills and left-hand finish ability, so long as Matt Bonner is not patiently waiting in the paint to swat the eff out of it.

3. Dude hustles.

4. Dude passes OK from the low post.

5. Dude talks decent white-boy smack, at best.

Also, OKC Thunder workhorse Nick Collison deserves a shoutout for his awesome deadpan humor here (which comes at no surprise to anyone who follows him on Twitter). When asked why he should be the top overall draft pick in the charity tournament, he dropped some real talk: "I'm one of the only professional athletes here." Watch below.

by Matt Carney 09.23.2011 2 years ago
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Down-home downtown

Home cooking goes chic at Sage in Deep Deuce.


Restaurant Reviews

Joshua Boydston
For metro residents looking for the homey nature of the suburbs with the excitement of city life, there are few districts more suitable than the Deep Deuce neighborhood, which has been in the midst of a renaissance.
 
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sweet charity

The Guilt Racket may have a short history, but the city-based band has a big heart.


Music

Joshua Boydston
the guilt racket with Good Morning Grizzly
9 p.m. Saturday
VZD's Restaurant & Club
4200 N. Western
vzds.com
524-4203
$5
 
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wade’s world

For Red Dirt singer Wade Bowen, music is more about the journey than the destination.


Music

Chris Parker

Wade Bowen
11 p.m. Friday
Wormy Dog Saloon
311 E. Sheridan
wormydog.com
601-6276
$15

 
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

ACM@UCO’s professors are cooler than your professors

Cocteau Twins bassist and VH1 show host to teach.

Hey, remember when VH1 was awesome?

I don’t, because I’m 23. But somebody at ACM@UCO clearly does, as the school recently announced that Eddie Trunk will be teaching a master’s class on Oct. 5. Trunk hosts “That Metal Show,” which is currently in its eighth season since 2008. Regulars on the show include members of Anthrax, Pantera, Anvil, Black Sabbath and plenty of other bands that are likely to headline next year’s Rocklahoma festival.



English musician Simon Raymonde, most famous for playing bass for the Cocteau Twins in the ’80s and ’90s, will teach Sept. 27. His production work would ultimately prove influential on shoegaze music, so you probably owe Mr. Raymonde a serious debt of gratitude if you’ve ever enjoyed The Jesus and Mary Chain, Beach House or chillwave.



Previously ACM@UCO masters class instructors include Jackson Browne, Roger Daltry, Livia Tortella (Warner Bros. Records president), Joe Bonamassa and Steven Drozd of The Flaming Lips. At this point, they’re just showing off.
by Matt Carney 09.27.2011 2 years ago
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Paseo power!

The arts district is getting a lot of love.

So we may be a land of "diabeetus"-plagued, uninsured drivers, but dammit if we don't know how to create a thriving, colorful arts district.

The Paseo has just been named by Travel & Leisure as one of America's most beautiful neighborhoods. I have to agree — the colorful buildings, locally owned shops and restaurants and fun vibe (the area just held its annual Fairy Ball last weekend) has made the Paseo a wonderful place to call home for the past five years. And, it's not just a pretty place. Forbes recently named the district as one of the top transformed neighborhoods. And and the real estate in the area is steady and climbing.

Doesn't that make you want to live there? It does, right? And lucky for you, I have a hot tip on an amazing brick tudor home from 1929 that is looking for a new family. It's potty-trained and everything.
by Jenny Coon Peterson 09.27.2011 2 years ago
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What a Rausch

On display in Norman, the prints of Robert Rauschenberg contributed greatly to the history of American modern art.


Visual Arts

Rod Lott
ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG: PRINTS FROM UNIVERSAL LIMITED ART EDITIONS, 1962-2008
6 P.M. FRIDAY THROUGH DEC. 30
FRED JONES JR. MUSEUM OF ART
555 ELM, NORMAN
OU.EDU/FJJMA
325-3272
 
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
 
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