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Music Video Tuesday: Mesmerizers

A whole bunch of beautifully shot vids

Colourmusic is now important enough that Vevo has jumped in on their music videos! The lovable Stillwater weirdos celebrate by making a video of ultra-closeups of Ryan Hendrix’s beard, face and skin. It’s disgusting but mesmerizing:



Jabee gets an interview and two songs in this clip from Ackerman McQueen Music. Jabee was a fifth-grade Michael Jackson:



Jake Troth pairs whistling, onomatopoeia and oh-so-smooth electronic pop in an is-it-ironic-or-not? tune. The video’s pretty slick, too: 



Delay Trees’ video for “Cassette 2012” is gorgeously shot in soft hues. It’s not really of anything, but it’s beautiful and, thus, entertaining:



The video for Seun Kuti and Egypt 80’s “Rise” is also fascinating and beautifully shot. I love the dancing here:



While you’re here, grab these MP3s:
“Run” — The Clutters. Rock ’n’ roll that could have been made 50 years ago or 50 years in the future.
“I Love My Family” — The R’s. Quirky pop/rock from an Italian band signed to Nat Geo Music. Yes, National Geographic.
“Back in the Day” — Red Elk. Local rapper speaks to and sounds like olden days of hip-hop.
by Stephen Carradini 06.07.2011 2 years ago
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VOTD: Get ‘Nasty,’ y’all

Is Nas our greatest rapper?

A lot of hip-hop critics’ criterion for great rap is in the combination of social criticism and delivery. I agree, and I don’t think anybody’s climbed further up that totem than Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones.


Hardly in his 20s, the self-educated, middle-school dropout’s debut, “Illmatic,” captured life in early ’90s New York ghettos with more imagery than any series of photographs and in truer, grittier, more dizzying prose than any novelist could. Or has.

Now 38, Nas debuted the video for “Nasty” yesterday, and if it’s any indication of the forthcoming LP, “Life Is Good,” then we’re in for another high-caliber album. The video was shot in his home neighborhood of Queensbridge, and just look how elated those little kids are to see him and mug for the camera. Actors can’t do that. Watch:



And now a few lyrical samplings:

Self-aggrandizement:
• “Queensbridge leader, no equal / I come from the will of Ezekiel / to pop thousand-dollar bottles of scotch / smoke pot and heal the people.”
• “I’m skinny, but I’m still too big for a Bentley”
• “Gotta bunch a niggas in prison, braggin’, sayin’ it was Nas I used to hustle with”

Insults:
• “Your flow cheap as limousine liquor”
• “Any rebuttal to what I utter gets cut”

Philosophy:
• “I guess entertainment means blatantly lyin’”

Allusions
• Jackie Onassis
• “Carlito’s Way”
• Faith Evans
• Michael Jackson

Nas’s technical game is as impressive as ever. I’m excited to see if his production and concepts on “Life is Good” are on par.

by Matt Carney 10.12.2011 2 years ago
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These Amazing Shadows

What movie love lurks in the heart of man? ‘Shadows’ knows.


Documentary

Rod Lott
At the start of the documentary “These Amazing Shadows,” various film lovers talk about the magic of going to the movies, using phrases like “window to the world” and “religious experience.” But the way things go at the multiplexes these days — texters, talkers, popcorn-munchers — when’s the last time you felt that sense of awe?
 
Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Come on, Pilgrim


CFN

Gazette staff
As Michael Jackson (tear!) once sang as he morphed, it doesn’t matter if you’re black or white. Or, by extension, a pilgrim or Indian, right?
 
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

In the ’zona

Headed west, sports fans? Tote this Arizona agenda along for your OU and OSU bowl season touring.


Features

Matt Carney
Pokes and Sooners, riding together! Mass hysteria!
 
Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Weeknd — Echoes of Silence

The best trilogy since ‘Lord of the Rings.’ At least in the field of eerie, Canadian R&B.


Hip Hop/Rap

Matt Carney
Two leering, damaged R&B mixtapes in and I was nearly certain that provocative Toronto collective The Weeknd (the brainchild of remarkable singer Abel Tesfaye) had exhausted its scuzzy-production-and-luxurious pop-voice-singing-about-banging-groupies shtick.
 
Thursday, January 5, 2012

‘Immortal’ engagement

Cirque du Soleil interprets the music of Michael Jackson for a production unlike any other.


Performing Arts

Jenn Scott
Cirque du Soleil
Michael Jackson: The Immortal Word Tour
8 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday
BOK Center
200 S. Denver, Tulsa
bokcenter.com
918-596-7177
$50-$175
 
Friday, February 17, 2012
 
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