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Topic: Local

Black Friday, OKC-style

Let’s talk shop.

I'm going to be honest with you: Black Friday freaks me out. A lot.

The absolute last thing I want to do after OD-ing on turkey is get up early and shove through hoards of coupon clippers (no offense to those who clip ’n’ save). 

Also, most BF offers come from corporate retailers, and honestly, I'd rather a more personal (read: local) product.

If you have the urge to shop but not battle jam-packed malls fraught with strollers, stick fingers and endless lines, then I've got a treat for you.

This year, 16th Street in the Plaza District offers local lovers an option. Get 20 percent off and stimulate your home economy!

Shop art at DNA, peruse vintage at Bad Granny's or pick up some handmade goods from Collected Thread, just to name a few of the great shops. Make sure and take a break for lunch at Saints and a glass of wine at the new Urban Wineworks. And voilà! You've got a stress-free, local day.

Refuse to go out but want to keep it in OK? Head on over to Etsy. Specifically those e-shops run by locals!

Make sure you pop by OU grad and local sweetie Marek Ferguson's shop for thoughtful and OK-themed treasures.

Love Oklahoma? I'll believe it when I see the pillow on your couch.

by Jenn Scott 11.23.2011 2 years ago
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A cut above

Specialty meat purveyors supply selection and service not common at chain supermarkets.


Food and Drink Features

Doug Hill
In supermarkets, where most people shop for groceries, it’s rare to find anything in the meat case but plastic-wrapped parts on foam trays shipped from hundreds of miles away.
 
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

That's it ... "Nice & Easy" ...

Having debuted with “Nice & Easy,” local crooner Wade Tower is working on two albums.


Music

Carmen Forman
Saturday
 
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Empire state

And there stands And There Stand Empires, one of Tulsa’s best new bands.

Bumping around at Norman Music Festival 4, Tulsa rock photographer Jeremy Charles told me not to miss indie-rock dudes And There Stand Empires. In all the buzz and hubbub of about 8 million bands all playing in three days, I completely blanked, which I now regret, having viewed the video below.  

The band releases its self-titled album Dec. 16, and you can bet that I’ll be looking for somewhere to purchase it when I return home to Tulsa for Christmas. The video includes snippets of songs and plenty of footage of the band hashing them out in-studio. Jarod Evans and Chad Copelin of Blackwatch Studios both appear to have produced it, but the thing to watch for here is just how many notes (guitar, xylophone, piano) they can squeeze into a single section of music.

And yes, the act’s sound is as epic as its name.

by Matt Carney 12.15.2011 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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Ryan Parker — In Circles


Indie

Matt Carney
About two-thirds of the way through “What Is Light,” the eighth track on Oklahoma City singer/songwriter Ryan Parker’s “In Circles,” a melodic, piano-driven, chorus-less series of verses gives way into a worldbeat rhythm that evokes a living-room drum circle. This is the part where he asks about the light.
 
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

OKSee in 2011: 40 honorable-mention albums

Let’s look back at the year in music: part 4.

My OKSee predecessor, Stephen Carradini, and I received hundreds of physical copies submitted to our little cubicle in the back of the Gazette offices this year, in addition to the hundreds of digital solicitations from PR companies, in addition to the occasional, much-appreciated, personal hand-changing of musical media, be that CD, vinyl or yes, even cassette tape.

It’s a ton of music to listen to, but we were up to the task. The sonic wheat’s now sorted from the chaff, and not in any particular order. So peruse our list for those quality albums you may have missed, recall a few you’ve forgotten and hopefully even find a new artist to love in the process. Let’s get started.

1. Fucked Up — “David Comes to Life”





2. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart — “Belong”


3. Matt the Electrician — “Accidental Thief”


4. Horse Thief — “Grow Deep, Grow Wild”


5. Kurt Vile — “Smoke Ring for My Halo”


6. Beetyman — “The Underdog”


7. Youth Lagoon — “The Year of Hibernation”




8. Neon Indian — “Era Extraña”


9. The Drums — “Portamento”


10. Wilco — “The Whole Love”


11. Laura Marling — “A Creature I Don’t Know”




12. Yuck — “Yuck”


13. Icona Pop — “Nights Like This EP”


14. Ryan Lawson and the Hack & Saw Nation — “Hack and Saw Nation”


15. Riley Jantzen — “Feathers”


16. The Workweek — “Promises, Promises”


17. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks — “Mirror Traffic”




18. Small Sur — “Tones”


19. Wye Oak — “Civilian”


20. The Roots — “undun”


21. Crown Imperial — “Crown Imperial”


22. The Damn Quails — “Down the Hatch”


23. Zach Winters — “They Were Longing for a Better Country”


24. Twin Sister — “In Heaven”


25. St. Vincent — “Strange Mercy”


26. The Weeknd — “House of Balloons”



27. Kanye West & Jay-Z — “Watch the Throne”




28. Washed Out — “Within and Without”


29. Givers — “In Light”


30. tUnE-yArDs — “w h o k i l l”


31. Manchester Orchestra — “Simple Math”


32. Josh Sallee — “Return to Sender”


33. Kite Flying Robot — “Solid Gold”


34. Death Cab for Cutie — “Codes and Keys”


35. Chris Bathgate — “Salt Year”


36. Smith Westerns — “Dye It Blonde”


37. Danny Brown — “XXX”


38. Destroyer — “Kaputt”





39. A$AP Rocky — “LIVELOVEA$AP”


40. Cut Copy — “Zonoscope”



OKS in 2011 — Monday:  Your Most-Viewed Music Videos
OKS in 2011 — Tuesday:  The Year in Photos
OKS in 2011 — Wednesday: By the numbers
OKS in 2011 — Thursday: OKSee's Honorable Mention Albums of the Year
OKS in 2011 — Friday: OKSee's 30 Favorite Albums of 2011

by Matt Carney 12.22.2011 2 years ago
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Art this


OKG7 things to do

Gazette staff
From hotels to donut shops, Newkirk artist Caryl Morgan paints roadside signage found across eight American states.
 
Wednesday, January 4, 2012

VOTD: Whole lotta ‘Lover’

Watch laid-back local rockers Junebug Spade pranking and playing.

Yeah, so this new Junebug Spade video totally confirms the band’s reputation as fun-loving stoners.

“My Lover” alternates between silly sped-up and rewound shots of them dousing each other with water and what appears to be bags of flour; swirling, psychedelic food dye in what appears to be a toilet (for tripping on a budget!); and a cool, throwback film treatment that definitely doesn’t appear to be your typical DSLR fare. Nice work for matching your sound, gents!



And yeah, if Junebug Spade had a signature track, this one might just be it, all lazy licks and sexual angst before it kicks into a catchy, noisy chorus. Watch:



by Matt Carney 01.09.2012 2 years ago
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