It’s been a slow couple of months for interesting new music from established acts, be they indie or mainstream. Other than Kanye and Jay-Z’s epic collaboration on “Watch the Throne,” we haven’t heard much from the usual suspects.
But that’s not to say times are tough! Plenty of great music is streaming and downloadable right now, both from up-and-coming indie acts and locals. Here are my picks for the week.
Thundercat made himself known to indie audiences when he guested on Flying Lotus’ excellent “Cosmogramma” last year. FlyLo reciprocated by producing his debut LP, “The Golden Age of Apocalypse.” Stream it over at Hype Machine.
Tulsa and Enid have combined to give us Good Morning Grizzly, a pretty, pop-rock project that put this first big track up for download. It’s called “Stars and Satellites,” and you can snag it at the band's Bandcamp page.
Okie Chase Kerby (The City Lives) is getting back into the pop-rock game with Defining Times. Their debut EP was up for free download earlier in the week, but now it’ll set you back $5. I call that money well-spent.
Peter Bjorn and John stopped by KEXP’s studios in Seattle to play a couple of tracks off their latest record, “Gimme Some.” Watch “Breaker, Breaker” (complete with cowbell!) below.
Experience local rapper Jabee’s love letter to OKC.
So this way-cool, beautifully shot Jabee music video premiered at this past weekend’s 2012 Addy Awards as part of a campaign “to educate advertisers about the wealth of quality original musical available to them for their local advertising campaigns.” To date, OKSee has never agreed more vigorously with a press release.
It goes on: “When musicians are supported by the arts AND the business communities, the likelihood of them being able to attempt to make a full-time career in music here, rather than Nashville, Austin, LA, et al goes up = economic and cultural stimulus.” Boo-yah!
So yeah, 200 thumbs up to producer/director Digital DK and creative director Robot House Creative for this one, which has Jabee spitting his love for his hometown all over said hometown.
The fun doesn’t stop there. The aforementioned campaign came with a two-disc, 37-track compilation of local songs that you can download for free! Artists included are Broncho, Sherree Chamberlain, O Fidelis, The Rockettops, Horse Thief, Zach Winters, Crocodile and plenty more!
Speaking of Jabee, dude’s just announced a Kickstarter project to fund his next album, and he’s aiming high. Like, $25k high. Watch and donate:
Drama Phil Bacharach
It’s not as if there’s been a grievous shortage of movies detailing the horrors of the Holocaust. Even so, Poland’s In Darkness,
which is scheduled to open Friday at AMC Quail Springs Mall 24, adds
something to the cinematic discussion, chiefly in the form of its
OKG7 things to do Gazette staff
Before Val Kilmer had an A-list career he since has squandered, he was
considered quite the charming up-and-comer. Case in point: 1985’s
weird-science sleeper Real Genius.
See the cult college comedy back on the big screen at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday at Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch, but with the live
bonus of Central Michigan University professor Adam Mock discussing the
flick’s laser technology. Repeat: lasers! Tickets are $5-$8. Call 236-3100 or visit okcmoa.com.
The Freemasons, Knights Templar and Scottish Rite are subjects of a documentary being shot in part in Guthrie.
Features Mia Cantu
Freemasonry is the world’s largest and oldest fraternity, which some believe dates as far back as the construction of King Solomon’s temple in Jerusalem. It is based off the belief that every man is responsible for making the world a better place.
Renaissance man Takeshi Kitano peruses Japan’s mean streets.
Thriller Rod Lott
A pact is worthless when it exists between two criminal families. Piss
one off, and war breaks out. In his 15th directorial outing, Outrage: Way of the Yakuza,
Takeshi Kitano examines one such flare-up and its ever-brutal
consequences. The gangster world marks material he's delved into before,
but so has Martin Scorsese, and Kitano is arguably Japan's equivalent.