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VOTD: French cinema

Watch shirtless, sweaty rockers WU LYF bring the noise two times inside an underground club in Paris.

One of the Internet’s consistently best things is La Blogothéque’s Concerts à emporter, or Takeaway Shows if you’re an unsophisticated American. Video producer Vincent Moon regularly captures the finest storytelling details of the planet’s best bands, whether performing in actual concert (as WU LYF does, below) or in some out-of-context staging that spontaneously spotlights the band’s strongest music sensibility (see Local Natives’ soaring vocal harmonies in a spacious shopping mall, for instance).

In WU LYF’s case, the sepia tones here really match that lush organ that haunts every one of their songs, hanging over the aggressive, soaring sonic mess they create with each performance. Also, it’s just nice to actually have some video of their performance; proof that they’re actually a real thing. Their relative anonymity is one of the reasons I liked the mysterious Englishmen’s debut album so much, and these two tracks, “Summas Bliss” and “Heavy Pop” just made me really sad that they’re busy bouncing between Europe and the American coasts.

Also, massive respect for the Clarence Clemons shoutout in between songs. May the Big Man rest in peace.



Also, turns out the band just put out a video for the song “We Bros.” It’s below.

by Matt Carney 11.15.2011 2 years ago
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VOTD: Spend an hour with Other Lives ... in French

‘Monsieurs and madams, straight from Stillwater, Oklahoma, America: Other Lives!’

Nobody from Oklahoma’s had a bigger year than Other Lives, what with the release of a fine album, successful tours across the States and Europe, and the recent announcement that they’ll be opening the first leg of Radiohead’s upcoming U.S. tour. It’s hard to believe that one of the last times I saw them, they were playing for maybe 50 people inside Opolis.

Well, they look to be building on all that success with more shows in the U.S. and Canada, in addition to the dates accompanying Radiohead. They’ll be touring with a fellow mini-orchestra that goes by JBM, which I can assure you you’ll most definitely like if Other Lives make your kind of music. Those dates are listed below.

12.05.11 - Crepe Place - Santa Cruz, CA *
12.06.11 - Cafe du Nord - San Francisco, CA *
12.08.11 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR *
12.09.11 - Media Club - Vancouver, BC *
12.11.11 - The Tractor Tavern - Seattle, WA *
12.14.11 - Hi-Dive - Denver, CO *
02.06.12 - Jackpot Music Hall - Lawrence, KS
02.07.12 - Ciceros - St. Louis, MO
02.08.12 - Waiting Room - Omaha, NE
02.09.12 - 7th Street - Minneapolis, MN
02.10.12 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL
02.11.12 - The Basement - Columbus, OH
02.13.12 - Ninth Ward - Buffalo, NY
02.14.12 - Drake - Toronto, ON
02.15.12 - Sala Rossa - Montreal, QC
02.16.12 - Great Scott - Boston, MA
02.17.12 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
02.18.12 - Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA
02.21.12 - Red Palace - Washington, DC
02.22.12 - Brillobox - Pittsburgh, PA
02.23.12 - The Southern - Charlottesville, VA
02.24.12 - Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC
02.25.12 - TBD / Pour House - Nashville, TN / Charleston, SC
02.27.11 - American Airlines Arena - Miami, FL ^
02.29.11 - St. Pete Times Forum - Tampa, FL ^
03.01.11 - Philips Arena - Atlanta, GA ^
03.03.11 - Toyota Center - Houston, TX ^
03.05.11 - American Airlines Center - Dallas, TX ^
03.07.11 - Frank Erwin Center - Austin, TX ^
03.09.11 - Scottrade Center - St. Louis, MO ^
03.11.11 - Sprint Center - Kansas City, MO ^
03.13.11 - 1st Bank Center - Broomfield, CO ^
03.15.11 - Jobing.com Arena - Glendale, AZ ^

* w/ JBM
^ w/ Radiohead

Included in the announcement was this awesome hour-long video of them performing for Le Mouv, which appears to be some sort of French radio station/media outlet. Please let me know if that’s not the case, as I do not speak French. I’ve seen a ton of these shows as they’ve played for KCRW, NPR’s Tiny Desk series and plenty of others, but few are this long and none are on such a glossy, professional-looking stage as this. Watch:



And don’t worry, Okies: Other Lives’ Twitter handle has assured me they’re looking to book a return-home show sometime in late January. Keep your calendar cleared. It’s gonna be an incredible homecoming.


by Matt Carney 11.17.2011 2 years ago
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What’s good, KD? Part 2

What does Durantula think about the new Drake record?

You might recall my first entry in this series, wherein I tried to guide Oklahoma City Thunder some European basketball club’s starting small forward Kevin Durant toward meaner hip-hop from Pusha T, but judging by his recent Facebook post, “mean” and its many derivatives (“MEEEEAANN,” “MEEANN,” “MEEEEEEEAAAANN,” et. al.) is just a general term for a rap track he likes.

Early Tuesday morning, the reigning NBA scoring champ recommended the new Drake album, “Take Care,” via Twitter, and invited people to discuss it by way of Facebook. It’s a clear endorsement from a guy who’s long been singing the Canadian rapper/R&B crooner’s praises. Recall this ditty from December 2010, less than a month after the release of Kanye West’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”:


It’s easy to see why KD digs Drake. They’re both über-famous youngsters (Drake’s 25, Durant’s 23), coming of age amid worldwide stardom. Drake captures that feeling and shoots it up with some serious swagger on “Under Ground Kings” when he says, “It’s been two years since somebody asked me who I was.”

It’s been even longer than that for the prodigious Durant, who, at 6’9’’ and a freshman starter at Texas, commanded the spotlight in high school and during a brief college layover on his way to being drafted second overall in 2007. Drake’s rise shows a sharper upward trajectory (known first or his work on the teenage show “Degrassi,” he boasts nearly four times Durant’s Twitter followers), most likely because he’s rocketed to international pop star-status.

One Twitter follower asked KD what his favorite tracks from “Take Care” were. He responded with the opening track, “Over My Dead Body” (airy and slow, it’s a sonically curious selection, but a sensible one when you consider the opening lyric), and the more hype “Under Ground Kings,” which is built on wafting notes that vaguely recall the Chicago Bulls’ iconic intro music. The typically smug Drake sandpaper verse “I think I killed everybody in the game last year” is the aforementioned lyric, and if there’s a better description of two-time NBA scoring champ’s offensive prowess, I’d love to hear it.

If there were such a thing as an NBA season right now, every KD highlight video on YouTube would be soundtracked by “Under Ground Kings,” but the way things are going now we’ll probably just have to wait until he formally signs with whatever overseas ball club offers the best deal. Anybody know how much it costs to get the Israeli Basketball Super League package on cable?
by Matt Carney 11.17.2011 2 years ago
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VOTD: The most wonderful time of the year

Scott Weiland is really into ‘Mad Men,’ apparently.

Remember Stone Temple Pilots? How about Velvet Revolver? Magnificent Bastards? If not, then you’re too young to be using the Internet.

The rest of you then will recall Scott Weiland, who fronted those cock-rockin’ bands. The glammy, oft-arrested-for-cocaine-and-or-alcohol-related issues, writer of the lyrics to “Sex Type Thing,” has announced a Christmas album. Of course! Because when I think Christmas, I think of the guy who claimed to move into a hotel to shoot up with Courtney Love for two whole months in 1995.

Well, like it or not (I encourage you to join me in loving it because it’s just so much more fun that way), we’ve got this fantastic video of Weiland responsibly enjoying eggnog, sharing gifts and riding in an ostensibly horse-drawn carriage with friends in approximately 1963.

Also, the “Yeah!” that caps this video is the perfect, corny end. Watch "Winter Wonderland":

by Matt Carney 11.18.2011 2 years ago
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VOTD: Vincent can go

Tulsa-born pinup St. Vincent plays six songs, expresses love for Robert Fripp and Dimebag Darrell.

In case you missed it, Tulsa-born Annie Clark recorded one of the year’s best albums in “Strange Mercy,” a rich, artful record that’s spiked with moments of morbidity and unexpected sonic textures, mostly supplied by her unique approach to guitar playing.

That style is on clear and wonderful display in these videos from a recent show shot by MTV Hive. Be sure to check out the Frippy, trippy guitar solo on ... well, all most of these songs, but especially “Northern Lights,” which races its way to a climactic finish. Early album standout “Your Lips Are Red” gets a seriously badass, almost metal-heavy facelift here. Also, Annie earns super bonus points for the end-of-show, noisy, crowd-surf move. What I would give to be that lucky stagehand...

Yeah, so come play a hometown show please, Annie. Also, tweet @OKmattcarney if you’d be interested in dating interviewing a fellow Tulsan who loves your music. OK, you got me. I really did mean “dating.” I promise Taylor and I are through.

by Matt Carney 11.21.2011 2 years ago
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VOTD: It ain’t easy being ... from New Zealand

Bret McKenzie and Kermit the Frog sing an original song from ‘The Muppets.’

There is a poster promoting “Flight of the Conchords”’ second season on HBO in my office. Thus, any video of Bret McKenzie playing or writing songs on the fly are an automatic VOTD, doubly so when accompanied by any Muppet.

That’s the case here, thanks to The New York Times magazine, which corralled the New Zealand comedian into a studio to talk about his work composing original songs for the new “Muppets” movie and even perform one with the little green guy. It’s a fun little feature, and most definitely worth your time (click through to watch). Turns out writing songs for Muppets is extra-tricky, as McKenzie learned.

Also be sure to read Rod Lott’s super-exclusive interview with Jason Segel. And pick up a copy of tomorrow’s Gazette for a review of the film, which also opens tomorrow.

by Matt Carney 11.22.2011 2 years ago
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VOTD: Stuck in the ‘Limelight’

Local filmmaker, musician team up to shoot a video on a camera that fits in your pocket.

Kyle Roberts is at it again.

You may recall the filmmaker from one of the year’s flat-out best local music video, for The Nghiems’ pixilated dreamy, poppy “Dum Dum Dah Dah.”

Or maybe it’s from his hilarious, attention-grabbing stop-motion work on “Battle of the Bonds.” Either way, he’s returned to the Internet by teaming up with Chase Kerby’s pretty, new alt-rockish act, Defining Times, to film a video completely on a GoPro HD Hero 2, a camera so small you can pretty much take it anywhere. In this case, it looks like Kerby and Roberts chose a local park.

Watch the happy-go-lucky, skater-boy video for “Limelight,” and listen to the band’s EP below:





by Matt Carney 11.23.2011 2 years ago
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VOTD: A work of fiction

New Bon Iver video kicks off a series promoting the deluxe re-release.

Googling “Hinnom, TX” will produce a bunch of pages about song lyrics, but no directions to any city. That’s 'cause it doesn’t exist! Except in Bon Iver’s excellent self-titled album, which former OKSee helmsman Stephen Carradini and I recently agreed upon as a definite Top 10 OKSee Record of 2011.

This song really stands out from when I caught the band’s Kansas City set at the Uptown Theater a few months ago, mostly just because it was kinda humorous visually. Those lofty-pitched backing vocals came from Reggie Pace (a stout, cheerful black man) and Michael Noyce (a skinny, mousy, mop-haired white guy), who were standing at opposite sides of the stage. Opposites attract to form beautiful tones, I suppose.

Watch as the sun does its best impression of a living being:



AS-OF-THIS-MORNING UPDATE: The band’s posted all 10 of the aforementioned videos to its official YouTube page. Gorge yourself on these visually stunning vids, friends.
by Matt Carney 11.29.2011 2 years ago
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NMF5 Open Call is ... open!

Attention, Oklahoma musicians: This is your cue.

Do you like Norman Music Festival? I like Norman Music Festival. For a lot of reasons. Here are eight, off the top of my head:

1. It’s free.

2. It’s local. 

3. I can walk to it.

4. It’ll be the only opportunity my mariachi Elton John cover band, Elton Juan, ever gets to play an attended show.

5. It always features a butt-ton of my favorite local, regional, and national bands.

6. It’s well-run, and easy to navigate, thanks to the always hardworking Norman Arts Council.

7. It’s the only chance I’ve ever had to see The Dirty Projectors (OK, that’s kinda tied to No. 5, but whatever).

8. It’s a community-run, community-supported and otherwise community-dependent event that shows off our state’s most talented people! So enter your band in this year’s Open Call!

Photo: Brine Webb performs at the Blackwatch Stage at NMF 4.
by Matt Carney 11.29.2011 2 years ago
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VOTD: Mmm, delicious ...

Like Broncho? Then you’ll probably also like Cymbals Eat Guitars.

New York indie punks Cymbals Eat Guitars appears to be a band very much worth seeing live. Especially if you value things like fireworks, car-window boobies, smashing car windows, punching dads in the face, and distorted guitars. All of which appear in this video for the song “Keep Me Waiting,” directed by Adam Kurland.

Kids these days. You never know when they’ll try to run you over with a car. Watch:

by Matt Carney 11.30.2011 2 years ago
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