Scandinavian punk bands are soooooooo in right now.
Most notably, the aggressive, teenaged Iceage is currently traversing our United States, inspiring kids to do dumb stuff to each other. See for yourself in this video, wherein the band climbs on rocks, tosses rocks in rivers, bowls, grabs barbed wires, and throws traffic cones at each other, wrestles, and other dumb teenaged stuff.
I know: I kid, I kid. But seriously I do like this song a bunch. Enjoy.
Watch the Choctaw folksinger pick, chat about life on the farm.
Local guy Ryan Lawson has a Twitter handle, but not a TV or access to the Internet. Interesting.
He’s also got a bunch of good, authoritative songs in folk, country and bluegrass styles, so maybe there’s something to living out on the fringe. He also plays his guitar the approximately the same angle Paul McCartney played his bass, which you can watch below, thanks to the “Chevy Bricktown Showcase”:
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.
And the only prescription is ... Jesus. Wait, what?
Between the live stream they were running and all these awesome videos that keep cropping up on the world's foremost indie music zine's website, it's hard to believe that actually attending this year's Pitchfork Music Festival was much better than watching it from your laptop.
Here's another video, this time of longhaired drone-voiced rocker Kurt Vile playing "Jesus Fever" off this year's excellent "Smoke Ring for My Halo." Keep watching after it's over for bonus track "Freeway." Thanks P4k!
Listen to a pair of brand-spankin’-new albums on NPR, one from a former Tulsan.
Certified indie dreamgirl St. Vincent is streaming her new album, “Strange Mercy,” at NPR’s First Listen right now. She also lived in Tulsa once, but I forgive her for not really claiming it. On the condition that she will go on a date with me the next time she visits, of course. Watch the video for "Cruel" below.
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.
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.
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.
Watch Peter Bjorn and John successfully ‘Try a Little Tenderness.’
Big success across time periods here. Swedish act Peter Bjorn and John’s cover of “Try a Little Tenderness” somehow makes me think that Otis Redding’s being covered by an energetic, ’50s doo-wop singer like Frankie Valli, but one with solid guitar chops. And nice dance moves to boot.
I think Peter Morén summed it up best, however, before the performance: “There’s a lot of emotion, y’know?”