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VOTD: Odyssey to Tulsa

Tulsa’s Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey plays ‘Lost in the Battle for Greenwood’ ... in Greenwood.

Ah, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey. One of my hometown’s finest treasures. It’s the QuikTrip of eclectic, often improvisational fusion jazz.

The band recently headed out to the Greenwood District in Tulsa with This Land Press to shoot an impromptu performance of one of the songs on its most excellent, most recent LP, “The Race Riot Suite,” which tells the mostly untold story of the Tulsa Race Riot in 12 songs.

Also of note is pianist Brian Haas’ melodica, which is much more convenient than lugging a piano around the streets of Tulsa. Watch:



by Matt Carney 01.30.2012 2 years ago
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Craig Finn — Clear Heart Full Eyes

The Hold Steady’s songwriter steps out on his own to write some songs about loneliness.


Indie

Matt Carney
I think the best way to compare the songwriting material in 40-year-old Craig Finn’s first-ever solo album with the excellent stuff that constitutes his catalogue with Brooklyn-by-Minneapolis rockers The Hold Steady is to just embrace the truth that you can’t have fun all the time.
 
Monday, January 30, 2012

Hooked on ’phonic

After a brief hiatus, The Polyphonic Spree returns to spread its sweet brand of symphonic pop to all its followers.


Music

Joshua Boydston
The Polyphonic Spree with New Fumes
8 p.m. Tuesday
Opolis
113 N. Crawford, Norman
opolis.org
820-0951
$25

 
Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Steady as he goes

Finding success with The Hold Steady, why would Craig Finn want to take a break? To be alone again, naturally.


Music

Matt Carney
Craig Finn with Horse Thief and Mount Moriah
6:30 Thursday
The Conservatory
8911 N. Western
conservatoryokc.com
607-4805
$12 advance, $14 door
 
Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Music Made Me: Nicholas Ley

Colourmusic’s drummer dishes on the five albums that tinted his musical roots.

 
Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Snow Patrol — Fallen Empires

Techno-fueled nostalgia trip starts strong, but loses momentum after a run-in with oversentimentality.


Indie

Jonathan Davis
Its first record in two years, "Fallen Empires" blends Snow Patrol's specific brand of thoughtful pop-rock with some electronic influences.
 
Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Austin-bound

Which Oklahoma bands made the cut for this year’s SXSW festival?

Congratulations are in order for a handful of local bands named to the official South by Southwest festival schedule this week! They are:

Jacob Abello
The Boom Bang
Defining Times
Junebug Spade
The Non (guitarist Zach Zeller pictured)
Horse Thief

Looking forward to seeing and hearing you guys represent the north side of the Red River well! Feel free to check out the rest of the bands listed at the SXSW site.

Former OKSee skipper Stephen Carradini and I will in Austin, Texas, next month (next month, you guys!), possibly with regular Gazette contributor Joshua Boydston, whose press credentials we’re waiting to receive. We’ll be crawling all over town to bring you recaps and photos from these and other bands’ sets, so be sure to check back with OKSee and follow us on Twitter, too.
by Matt Carney 02.01.2012 2 years ago
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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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Land of the Lost

For his latest musical project, Matt Sheehy brings Lost Lander out of the woods and into the starry sky.


Music

Joshua Boydston
Lost Lander with Kefalonia
8 p.m. Monday
The Conservatory
8911 N. Western
conservatoryokc.com
607-4805
$6
 
Wednesday, February 8, 2012

VOTD: Drink the Kool-Aid

We mean indie-pop band Cults’ cut for ‘You Know What I Mean.’

Cults — in case you forgot — were the delightful big-label-masquerading-as-indie-darlings pop surprise of 2011. Regardless of who distributed their excellent debut album, it’s, well, excellent.


This video of guitarist Brian Oblivion taking a massive-scaled circus plunge off a platform and into the heart of cutie-pie singer Madeline Follin matches the tender tone of the ’60s girl-group song, at least until her daddy gets mad and another circus stunt goes wrong.


by Matt Carney 02.10.2012 2 years ago
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