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VOTD: Spend an hour with Other Lives ... in French

‘Monsieurs and madams, straight from Stillwater, Oklahoma, America: Other Lives!’

Nobody from Oklahoma’s had a bigger year than Other Lives, what with the release of a fine album, successful tours across the States and Europe, and the recent announcement that they’ll be opening the first leg of Radiohead’s upcoming U.S. tour. It’s hard to believe that one of the last times I saw them, they were playing for maybe 50 people inside Opolis.

Well, they look to be building on all that success with more shows in the U.S. and Canada, in addition to the dates accompanying Radiohead. They’ll be touring with a fellow mini-orchestra that goes by JBM, which I can assure you you’ll most definitely like if Other Lives make your kind of music. Those dates are listed below.

12.05.11 - Crepe Place - Santa Cruz, CA *
12.06.11 - Cafe du Nord - San Francisco, CA *
12.08.11 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR *
12.09.11 - Media Club - Vancouver, BC *
12.11.11 - The Tractor Tavern - Seattle, WA *
12.14.11 - Hi-Dive - Denver, CO *
02.06.12 - Jackpot Music Hall - Lawrence, KS
02.07.12 - Ciceros - St. Louis, MO
02.08.12 - Waiting Room - Omaha, NE
02.09.12 - 7th Street - Minneapolis, MN
02.10.12 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL
02.11.12 - The Basement - Columbus, OH
02.13.12 - Ninth Ward - Buffalo, NY
02.14.12 - Drake - Toronto, ON
02.15.12 - Sala Rossa - Montreal, QC
02.16.12 - Great Scott - Boston, MA
02.17.12 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
02.18.12 - Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA
02.21.12 - Red Palace - Washington, DC
02.22.12 - Brillobox - Pittsburgh, PA
02.23.12 - The Southern - Charlottesville, VA
02.24.12 - Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC
02.25.12 - TBD / Pour House - Nashville, TN / Charleston, SC
02.27.11 - American Airlines Arena - Miami, FL ^
02.29.11 - St. Pete Times Forum - Tampa, FL ^
03.01.11 - Philips Arena - Atlanta, GA ^
03.03.11 - Toyota Center - Houston, TX ^
03.05.11 - American Airlines Center - Dallas, TX ^
03.07.11 - Frank Erwin Center - Austin, TX ^
03.09.11 - Scottrade Center - St. Louis, MO ^
03.11.11 - Sprint Center - Kansas City, MO ^
03.13.11 - 1st Bank Center - Broomfield, CO ^
03.15.11 - Jobing.com Arena - Glendale, AZ ^

* w/ JBM
^ w/ Radiohead

Included in the announcement was this awesome hour-long video of them performing for Le Mouv, which appears to be some sort of French radio station/media outlet. Please let me know if that’s not the case, as I do not speak French. I’ve seen a ton of these shows as they’ve played for KCRW, NPR’s Tiny Desk series and plenty of others, but few are this long and none are on such a glossy, professional-looking stage as this. Watch:



And don’t worry, Okies: Other Lives’ Twitter handle has assured me they’re looking to book a return-home show sometime in late January. Keep your calendar cleared. It’s gonna be an incredible homecoming.


by Matt Carney 11.17.2011 2 years ago
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What’s good, KD? Part 2

What does Durantula think about the new Drake record?

You might recall my first entry in this series, wherein I tried to guide Oklahoma City Thunder some European basketball club’s starting small forward Kevin Durant toward meaner hip-hop from Pusha T, but judging by his recent Facebook post, “mean” and its many derivatives (“MEEEEAANN,” “MEEANN,” “MEEEEEEEAAAANN,” et. al.) is just a general term for a rap track he likes.

Early Tuesday morning, the reigning NBA scoring champ recommended the new Drake album, “Take Care,” via Twitter, and invited people to discuss it by way of Facebook. It’s a clear endorsement from a guy who’s long been singing the Canadian rapper/R&B crooner’s praises. Recall this ditty from December 2010, less than a month after the release of Kanye West’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”:


It’s easy to see why KD digs Drake. They’re both über-famous youngsters (Drake’s 25, Durant’s 23), coming of age amid worldwide stardom. Drake captures that feeling and shoots it up with some serious swagger on “Under Ground Kings” when he says, “It’s been two years since somebody asked me who I was.”

It’s been even longer than that for the prodigious Durant, who, at 6’9’’ and a freshman starter at Texas, commanded the spotlight in high school and during a brief college layover on his way to being drafted second overall in 2007. Drake’s rise shows a sharper upward trajectory (known first or his work on the teenage show “Degrassi,” he boasts nearly four times Durant’s Twitter followers), most likely because he’s rocketed to international pop star-status.

One Twitter follower asked KD what his favorite tracks from “Take Care” were. He responded with the opening track, “Over My Dead Body” (airy and slow, it’s a sonically curious selection, but a sensible one when you consider the opening lyric), and the more hype “Under Ground Kings,” which is built on wafting notes that vaguely recall the Chicago Bulls’ iconic intro music. The typically smug Drake sandpaper verse “I think I killed everybody in the game last year” is the aforementioned lyric, and if there’s a better description of two-time NBA scoring champ’s offensive prowess, I’d love to hear it.

If there were such a thing as an NBA season right now, every KD highlight video on YouTube would be soundtracked by “Under Ground Kings,” but the way things are going now we’ll probably just have to wait until he formally signs with whatever overseas ball club offers the best deal. Anybody know how much it costs to get the Israeli Basketball Super League package on cable?
by Matt Carney 11.17.2011 2 years ago
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VOTD: The most wonderful time of the year

Scott Weiland is really into ‘Mad Men,’ apparently.

Remember Stone Temple Pilots? How about Velvet Revolver? Magnificent Bastards? If not, then you’re too young to be using the Internet.

The rest of you then will recall Scott Weiland, who fronted those cock-rockin’ bands. The glammy, oft-arrested-for-cocaine-and-or-alcohol-related issues, writer of the lyrics to “Sex Type Thing,” has announced a Christmas album. Of course! Because when I think Christmas, I think of the guy who claimed to move into a hotel to shoot up with Courtney Love for two whole months in 1995.

Well, like it or not (I encourage you to join me in loving it because it’s just so much more fun that way), we’ve got this fantastic video of Weiland responsibly enjoying eggnog, sharing gifts and riding in an ostensibly horse-drawn carriage with friends in approximately 1963.

Also, the “Yeah!” that caps this video is the perfect, corny end. Watch "Winter Wonderland":

by Matt Carney 11.18.2011 2 years ago
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‘Two Wheel’ for T’giving

On the menu: the Okie TV travelers’ greatest hits.

Here’s a Thanksgiving treat that won’t affect your waistline: A special edition of the TV travel series “Two Wheel Oklahoma” premieres at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The show is intended to be a “best of” episode, featuring eight clips from past excursions around the Sooner State, including stops in Arcadia, Watonga, Sapulpa, Spavinaw (Spavinaw?) and more. “Two Wheel Oklahoma” follows motorcyclists Brad Mathison and Rex Brown as the head out on the highways and back roads.


Set your TiVo for the Cox Channel (HD channel 703 or SD channel 3). For more information, visit twowheeloklahoma.com. —Rod Lott




by Rod Lott 11.21.2011 2 years ago
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VOTD: It ain’t easy being ... from New Zealand

Bret McKenzie and Kermit the Frog sing an original song from ‘The Muppets.’

There is a poster promoting “Flight of the Conchords”’ second season on HBO in my office. Thus, any video of Bret McKenzie playing or writing songs on the fly are an automatic VOTD, doubly so when accompanied by any Muppet.

That’s the case here, thanks to The New York Times magazine, which corralled the New Zealand comedian into a studio to talk about his work composing original songs for the new “Muppets” movie and even perform one with the little green guy. It’s a fun little feature, and most definitely worth your time (click through to watch). Turns out writing songs for Muppets is extra-tricky, as McKenzie learned.

Also be sure to read Rod Lott’s super-exclusive interview with Jason Segel. And pick up a copy of tomorrow’s Gazette for a review of the film, which also opens tomorrow.

by Matt Carney 11.22.2011 2 years ago
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VOTD: Stuck in the ‘Limelight’

Local filmmaker, musician team up to shoot a video on a camera that fits in your pocket.

Kyle Roberts is at it again.

You may recall the filmmaker from one of the year’s flat-out best local music video, for The Nghiems’ pixilated dreamy, poppy “Dum Dum Dah Dah.”

Or maybe it’s from his hilarious, attention-grabbing stop-motion work on “Battle of the Bonds.” Either way, he’s returned to the Internet by teaming up with Chase Kerby’s pretty, new alt-rockish act, Defining Times, to film a video completely on a GoPro HD Hero 2, a camera so small you can pretty much take it anywhere. In this case, it looks like Kerby and Roberts chose a local park.

Watch the happy-go-lucky, skater-boy video for “Limelight,” and listen to the band’s EP below:





by Matt Carney 11.23.2011 2 years ago
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Play ball! Again!

Presenting the R&R DVD Gift Guide, Part 1.

Now that holiday season is into full swing, I’m going to start pimping some DVD releases that should not be overlooked for gift possibilities. While not for everyone, certainly there’s somebody on your list who might appreciate such a disc.

We start with the “Official 2011 World Series Film,” which hit stores yesterday. I don’t follow sports, but friends who do tell me this year’s World Series was a big deal, especially if you were rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals. From what I understand, they had one helluva season, and one that began in a less-than-favorable way. But turnaround after turnaround resulted in — spoiler alert! — the team beating the Texas Rangers and walking off with its 11th series championship, a franchise record.

“Official 2011 World Series Film” relives that championship season in a documentary format that features highlights, interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, all narrated by “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm, whose mere voice turns women to Silly Putty.

The double-disc DVD is available now ($29.95); a single-disc Blu-ray ($34.95) follows on Dec. 6. —Rod Lott

by Rod Lott 11.23.2011 2 years ago
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‘Tech’ crunch

Presenting the R&R DVD Gift Guide, Part 2.

Happy Cyber Monday! Guess that means you survived Black Friday’s greed stampede. And now that holiday season is into full swing, I continue pimping some DVD releases that should not be overlooked for gift possibilities. While not for everyone, certainly there’s somebody on your list who might appreciate such a disc. Today, we get robotic with “Robotech: The Complete Original Series.” At a ridiculous 17 discs, the limited-edition box set contains all 85 episodes — hence “Complete” — of the 1980s animated fave named as No. 34 of the “Top 50 Sci-Fi Series of All Time,” by no less an authority than IGN.com. (Yes, that’s stated with some sarcasm.)

Now, something like this that clocks in at more than 32 hours isn’t for just any ol’ cartoon fan, but specifically, the anime nut, provided that he or she (read: he) didn’t already pre-order the thing.

Four bonus discs include some of the 10 hours of bonus content, which includes documentaries, music videos, alternate versions, original pilots, deleted scenes, toy commercials, character bios, model sheets, comic book covers, merchandise galleries and the proverbial “much more.”

The DVD set is available now at a suggested retail price of $99.95. Just look how happy the guy below is! —Rod Lott


by Rod Lott 11.28.2011 2 years ago
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VOTD: A work of fiction

New Bon Iver video kicks off a series promoting the deluxe re-release.

Googling “Hinnom, TX” will produce a bunch of pages about song lyrics, but no directions to any city. That’s 'cause it doesn’t exist! Except in Bon Iver’s excellent self-titled album, which former OKSee helmsman Stephen Carradini and I recently agreed upon as a definite Top 10 OKSee Record of 2011.

This song really stands out from when I caught the band’s Kansas City set at the Uptown Theater a few months ago, mostly just because it was kinda humorous visually. Those lofty-pitched backing vocals came from Reggie Pace (a stout, cheerful black man) and Michael Noyce (a skinny, mousy, mop-haired white guy), who were standing at opposite sides of the stage. Opposites attract to form beautiful tones, I suppose.

Watch as the sun does its best impression of a living being:



AS-OF-THIS-MORNING UPDATE: The band’s posted all 10 of the aforementioned videos to its official YouTube page. Gorge yourself on these visually stunning vids, friends.
by Matt Carney 11.29.2011 2 years ago
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VOTD: I could watch this ‘All Day’

Girl Talk’s epic album gets an epic video treatment. Oh, yeah, and he’s playing a secret concert in Norman this weekend.

I once had an extensive discussion with a friend about the mash-up that opens Girl Talk’s fifth album, “All Day,” one of my personal favorites and probably the most fun disc of 2010. The two prominent songs sampled are Ludacris’ “Move Bitch” and Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs,” the former of which my friend Nathan (a gigantic metalhead), said he first listened to in high school while bumping up and down on a tractor on his family’s farm in northwest Oklahoma. If that’s not a funny image, then I don’t know what is.

Whoever’s behind this “Girl Walk // All Day” Kickstarter Campaign (not actually associated with Girl Talk) probably finds similar humor in listening to compulsive dance music in everyday situations. They’ve filmed 12 videos (ostensibly one for each song on the album), which they’ll be premiering each week until mid-January over at The Gothamist.

The first one’s below, and it features a sassy, rogue ballet dancer, a robot-dancing mechanic creep and a bunch of confused onlookers. I just wish I were brave enough to dance like this outside the protective confines of my car.



Also, yes, Girl Talk will be playing somewhere in Norman this weekend, but the location and time of the show have yet to be announced. Axe Body Spray is sponsoring the concert, and tickets will be given out on the University of Oklahoma campus tomorrow. I’ve currently got about a half-dozen surrogates keeping an eye out for me, because I’m not missing this chance to dress up like a goof and unfurl that Girl Talk-loving freak flag of mine.

Also, earnest question: What is an ice cream paint job? Or do I even want to know?
by Matt Carney 12.01.2011 2 years ago
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