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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
“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: