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And for as long as there has been death, there have been monuments — whether austere or understated, abstract or concrete, prominent or tucked away in private — erected by the ones they loved to assure that remembrance, at least for a time.
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Admirals - Amidst the Blue

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.

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Kierston White - Don't Write Love Songs

The Tequila Songbirds have become just as beloved as about any group around these parts. And how could they not?

Featuring a revolving cast of the Sooner State’s most badass female performers, it’s a power hour of some of the best songwriting coming out of central Oklahoma. Sure, they might not technically be family, but they are clearly a band of sisters all the same, bonded by the same brand of whiskey running through their veins.

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Depth & Current - Dysrhythmia

"Overproduced" is a term thrown around all too indiscreetly nowadays, usually applied when the thing that sticks out about a song or album is how it sounds rather than how it is constructed. Yet some of the most compelling albums ever crafted embodied a certain aesthetic that was just as skillfully and meticulously put together as any Bob Dylan or Miles Davis record — which is to say production is as crucial to our enjoyment of music as much as anything else; it's also the most overlooked.
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Weak Knees - “IceBevo”

Indie rock has been in a good place as of late. Not caring about being cool is the new cool, and a couple of dudes on guitar, bass and drums can make catchy, earworm songs without being armed to the gills with computer software and vintage synthesizers.
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Five Lips albums on vinyl for Record Store Day

Stephen Carradini April 13th, 2011

Get ready, Flaming Lips fans: It’s almost time to “Race for the Prize.”

Although they’ve often abandoned traditional music-delivery methods for more unique ones, The Flaming Lips do, in fact, have albums. And on Record Store Day, April 16, Oklahoma’s most famous weirdos will reissue a decade’s worth of records on actual vinyl, in a box set titled “Heady Nuggs: The First 5 Warner Bros. Records 1992-2002.”

Including 1992’s “Hit to Death in the Future Head,” 1993’s “Transmissions from the Satellite Heart,” 1995’s “Clouds Taste Metallic,” 1999’s “The Soft Bulletin” and 2002’s “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots,” the individually numbered collection will be available at both Guestroom Records locations for $125.

And you thought it was already as heavy as could be.

Each of the albums, except “Bulletin,” has been unavailable on vinyl for almost 10 years, so for those who have come late to the Lips’ party (or vinyl itself), now’s the time to snap these up. If the Lips aren’t your favorite (or you don’t have a buck and a quarter lying around), Guestroom has more than 200 of the other exclusive, limited-edition Record Store Day releases ordered.

Both locations will feature bands playing in-store: at the 3701 N. Western location during the day and the Norman’s 125 E. Main location in the evening. Wayne Coyne, however, is not scheduled to roll his hamster ball through either. —Stephen Carradini

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