Tuesday 22 Jul

Manmade Objects - Monuments

No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.

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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California dreamin’

L.A.-via-Oklahoma trio Modern Pantheist found its creative spark after moving to the West Coast.

Joshua Boydston July 2nd, 2014

Modern Pantheist with The Wurly Birds and Larry Chin

9 p.m. Sunday

Blue Note Lounge 

2408 N. Robinson Ave.




Chris Anderson was a fixture of the Oklahoma music scene for much of the past 10 years, both as the chief force behind The Electric Primadonnas and co-founder of The Wurly Birds. And he prospered here, with each project garnering sizable local — even regional — followings.

But he couldn’t fully ignore the part of him that beckoned him elsewhere.

“Destiny,” Anderson bluntly answered when asked what prompted his move to California.

He applauds and champions the imagination of his home state, noting Oklahoma might even trump California in that department. But Anderson is also aware that it might not have been the healthiest place for him to pursue music.

“I fell into an inward spiral of creative insanity with The Electric Primadonnas because I wanted to do everything with it,” he said. “It’s so easy to take on too much in Oklahoma and then, unfortunately, spread oneself thin.”

Modern Pantheist, his new band and sole focus, is the perfect fit between creatively ambitious and practical, adding an urgent sense of purpose that didn’t necessarily have a hold of Anderson before. The group formed soon after Anderson made his trek out to the West Coast and met a fellow transplant, veteran musician and drummer Dave Ferrara. (The band would later add bassist Chris Sandler).

“We all came out to Los Angeles, and we all take it very seriously,” Anderson said. “It’s a struggle to make ends meet there, and you have to be serious about whatever you’re serious about.”

Ferrara echoed those sentiments. 

“None of us are locals here,” he said. “We came here to accomplish something.”

Modern Pantheist has made quick work of things, too. Formed in 2012, the duo has already released its full-length, self-titled debut in July of last year, followed by the eight-song Sun Abuse EP released this May.

“We record like madmen,” Anderson said. “When we want to do something, we get it done, and we get it done quickly.”

The trio’s big, trippy sound borrows heavily from The Beatles, amplified by modern psych-rock bands like Tame Impala with a little classic soul added for good taste.

“We’re trying to make a big sound with just three guys,” Sandler said, “and we’ve been doing a good job of it.”

Though Sun Abuse is barely a month old, Modern Pantheist already has enough new material for a second full-length, and — thanks to Ferrara’s own downtown L.A. recording studio — the band plans to release yet another album within a year’s time while hopefully adding a keyboardist into the fold.

Playing Sunday at Blue Note Lounge, Anderson is excited to share everything he has created in his new home away from home, eager to reunite with his favorite “community of freaks.”

“It’s inspiring,” he said of Sunday’s show. “There’s an energy there and excitement for showing people what I’ve been up to rather than it just slowly dripping out over time.”

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