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They ‘Probably Get That a Lot’

They Might Be Giants invaded Cain’s last night; setlist and photos ensue.

A high school teacher of mine first played They Might Be Giants for me in class, and while I can’t recall which song he picked, I do remember purchasing “A User’s Guide to They Might Be Giants” sometime soon after that. While I didn’t quickly fall in love, I returned to that compilation album in college, mostly because I was fond of John Linnell’s sweet and endearing, if bizarre songwriting.

As such, the band’s punchy rock sound was initially pretty overwhelming for me, since I so often listened to its songs for the humor in the lyrics. It was sort of like catching a left hook with my face, unexpectedly.

Last night, Linnell and John Flansburgh — aided by drummer Marty Beller, bassist Danny Weinkauf and guitarist Dan Miller — gave Cain’s Ballroom a show it’s never seen before and will never see again, replete with plenty of their signature deadpan comedy, crowd-goofing, a Black Sabbath-soundtracked puppet show and, of course, a slew of its very best songs that touched on practically every era of TMBG’s 30-year career.

“Istanbul” got a gnarly, Flanbsburgh-led (very much the showman of the band) guitar solo early on that reminded people, “Oh, yeah, they rock.” I wouldn’t have imagined that ballroom full of nerds jumping up and down so hard that I couldn’t take a steady photograph, but it most definitely happened.

“Birdhouse in Your Soul” was aged and bloated compared to its tight, poppy original arrangement, but I suppose that’s what happens to songs when you play them day in and day out for 20 years. “Marty Beller Mask” was one of the songs off the band’s rarities disc “Album Raises New and Troubling Questions,” and while I would’ve loved to hear its excellent performance of Chumbawamba’s “Tubthumping,” “Marty Beller” is arguably much funnier.

Opener Jonathan Coulton deserves a gold medal in the art of deadpan. The guy’s songs are all informed by boring corporate culture, and he manages to imbue them with a goofy, lovable quality that’s purely endearing. He was the perfect opener.

I would like to see TMBG again, if only to hear “The Statue Got Me High,” which was sadly missing from last night’s festivities. Let’s just hope the group makes the trip all the way to Oklahoma City on its next go-round.

Setlist:
• “Can’t Keep Johnny Down”
• “Celebration”
• “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)”
• “The Mesopotamians”
• unknown song
• “Clap Your Hands”
• “Ana Ng”
• “People vs. Apes”
• “Birdhouse in Your Soul”
• conga line
• “Withered Hope”
• “Old Pine Box”
• “Marty Beller Mask”
• unknown song
• “We Live in a Dump”
• puppet show
• “Cloisonné”
• “Alphabet of Nations”
• “Fingertips”
• “Cowtown”
• “Particle Man”
• “When Will You Die”
• encore break
• “How Can I Sing Like a Girl?”
• “Doctor Worm”
• encore break
• “The Guitar (The Lion Sleeps Tonight)”
• “Dead”
by Matt Carney 02.02.2012 2 years ago
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VOTD: Rah-rah, St. Vincent boom-bah!

Watch ‘Cheerleader,’ the new clip from Tulsa-born Annie Clark, on whom I may or may not have a gargantuan crush.

My great enthusiasm for St. Vincent singer Annie Clark’s demure looks and freaky, Frippian guitar playing is well-documented, even by certain competing Oklahoma music-culture blogs. I'm glaring at you, Lang.

Here, on “Cheerleader,” director Hiro Murai chains an oversized Clark up to a display in an art museum. She falls apart, however, which kinda keeps in line with self-destructive themes explored previously in the St. Vincent catalogue. Interestin’.

St. Vincent plays Cain’s Ballroom on May 15.


by Matt Carney 02.07.2012 2 years ago
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Do the Busey


CFN

Gazette staff
One-time Tulsan Gary Busey remains a favorite of gossip giant TMZ.
 
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

VOTD: Ben Rector wants to feel the heat with somebody

The Tulsa singer pays tribute to the late Whitney Houston.

You’d think playing all the instruments on a single track would be intimidating enough, but former Tulsan Ben Rector took it a couple steps further at Norman’s Blackwatch Studios. Per the video below, Rector commands six different instruments (seven, if you count that man-pretty voice of his!) on a cover of one of a much-beloved late diva’s most-beloved songs. That being my favorite Whitney Houston jam, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.”

Compare the two for yourself. Would love to hear opinions in the comments:





by Matt Carney 02.24.2012 2 years ago
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Point broke


CFN

Gazette staff
Had actor Gary Busey not allegedly attacked a woman at a Tulsa airport last summer, the one-time Oklahoman might be able to breathe a little easier. Actually, scratch that — he’s in way over his head, according to documents related to his Feb. 7 filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
 
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Home sweet ’homa

Despite once proclaiming, ‘I Ain't Got No Home,’ Woody Guthrie will be feted with an all-star centennial concert from just that.


Music

Ryan LaCroix
This Land Is Your Land Tribute Concert
7:30 p.m. Saturday
Brady Theater
105 W. Brady, Tulsa
woody100.com
$53.50-$273.50
 
Wednesday, March 7, 2012

VOTD: Austin via Tulsa

Watch Tulsa’s Desi and Cody play a morning show before you catch them at SXSW.

Tulsa bluegrass-folk-indie duo Desi and Cody swung by the FOX 23 studio in Tulsa last week for an appearance on Great Day Green Country. The song’s called “Fable,” and it’s a nice showcase of Desirae Roses’ singing ability.

Also, please excuse the morning show host’s mispronunciation of Bruce Springsteen’s last name. Check Desi and Cody out at South by Southwest at Friends Bar (208 E. Sixth) at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, or at The Side Bar (602 E. Seventh) at 3:15 p.m. Friday.

For a more comprehensive guide to Okie performances at SXSW 2012, hit up our listing.



by Matt Carney 03.12.2012 2 years ago
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Conspiracy theory

Sen. Inhofe’s first book continues his attack on views of man-made climate change.


Features

Clifton Adcock
James Inhofe
4 p.m. Friday
Full Circle Bookstore
1900 NW Expressway
fullcirclebooks.com
842-2900
 
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Step this


OKG7 things to do

Gazette staff
Tulsa Ballet tiptoes its way to Oklahoma City Community College, 7777 S. May, for Dance Diversified. Stepping off at 7 p.m. Tuesday, the performance incorporates elements of both classical and contemporary ballet to present pieces based on Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet and more. Tickets are $10-$22. Call 682-7576 or visit occc.edu.

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