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VOTD: Roundup!

Have some NYE Freakout leftovers, Iron & Wine, Craig Finn and Youth Lagoon, won’t you?

Youth Lagoon — “July”
Youth Lagoon proved 2011’s most fragile new sound, and this song’s a textbook example. Watch a sad, bloody teenage drama unfold here. Also note the car driving on the wrong side of the highway near the video’s end.



Iron & Wine — “Godless Brother in Love”
Less fragile than delicate, this Iron & Wine video supporting the very-good 2011 album “Kiss Each Other Clean” goes camping. This one’s much more into celebrating youth than mourning it. Warning: chicks with armpit hair abound.



Craig Finn — “Jackson”
Here, The Hold Steady front man (who plays The Conservatory on Feb. 2!) plays a reminiscent, kinda downtrodden song off his forthcoming album, “Clear Heart, Full Eyes,” due out Jan. 24 on Vagrant Records. “It’s good” is all I have to say about it.



Phantogram — “Running from the Cops” live in OKC
I actively decided not to listen to dark-toned New York indie-synth act Phantogram prior to its NYE Freakout opening set, just to be surprised. Turns out I was overwhelmed. Here’s a trippy, strobed-out video I helped Nathan Poppe shoot on night one of the festivities. Nathan says he’ll have a video from Neon Indian’s night-two opening set by the end of the week.


by Matt Carney 01.04.2012 2 years ago
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Nice wheels!

Art Moves brings free daily art to you.

Greetings! Welcome to 2012, everyone. My guess is that you're probably sizing up those resolutions you made. Just how keepable are they?

Well, if you made one involving the cultivation of your involvement with the art community, I've got fantastic news for you: Arts Council of Oklahoma City and Devon Energy, along with local artists in a variety of creative media, have teamed up to bring art to you.

Art Moves is a free (that's right: free!) daily art show that happens from noon to 1 p.m. throughout the week.  Featuring pianists, opera singers, modern dance routines and much more, you'll be able to enjoy your lunch break with a healthy dose of art appreciation.

Tomorrow, catch Local Honey, a local folk duo.

Next Monday, start your workweek off right with a jazz ensemble, The Larry Pierce Combo. Mix it up Friday with a bookbinding demonstration with OKC's Regina Murphy.

Check out the full list of January events, as well as map for locations to plan your art adventures.

Get out and enjoy your city, OKC! It’s working hard for you.
by Jenn Scott 01.05.2012 2 years ago
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At a clip

‘YERT’ in for a treat with several upcoming local screenings.

• In 2012, if you see only one documentary whose title is an acronym, make it “YERT.” Standing for “your environmental road trip,” the award-winning film follows a yearlong trip through all 50 of these United States to meet those men and women tackling environmental crises. The travelers also pledged to do so by creating less than one shoebox full of garbage per month, including recyclables. 

Filled with heart and humor, “YERT” screens at 7 p.m. Jan. 13 at Oklahoma City University’s Kerr McGee Auditorium in the Meinders School of Business, 2501 N. Blackwelder. Admission is free, thanks to the fine folks at Transition OKC, Sierra Club and Technology Unlimited Inc. For more information, visit goinglocalokc.com.



• Directed by Yukon resident Ryan Scott, the all-Okie indie comedy “Wolf Head,” gets a big-screen debut at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at Harkins Bricktown Cinemas. Tickets are $7 (cash only), which isn’t bad at all to support a local fimmaker who, judging from the quality of the trailer, looks like he knows what he’s doing:



• “Clerks” director/airlines scourge Kevin Smith comes to town — well, beamed live, at least — with the one-night-only event, “Kevin Smith: Live from Behind.” Showing at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at AMC Quail Springs Mall 24, Cinemark Tinseltown USA and Norman’s Hollywood Spotlight 14, the three-hour show includes a Q-and-A with theater audiences and guest Jason Mewes for a recording of their “Jay and Silent Bob Get Old” podcast. Tickets top $15, because pot ain’t free, you know. Visit fathomevents.com.



• One night before, at Tinseltown, you can catch “The Chemical Brothers: Don’t Think,” a sure-to-be-supper-trippy concert film filled with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews. It’s another one-time event, so if you’re into block-rockin’ beats, mark your calendars for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1. Visitfathomevents.com.



• Anime nerds, unite! Japan’s “Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos” will screen for one day only, Jan. 20, at Harkins Bricktown Cinemas. If you know what that title means, this movie is geared directly toward you.



• Finally, one for your own living room: For the conspiracy theorist in you, Free Mind Films recently released “A Noble Lie: OKC ’95” on DVD. Directed by James Lane, the documentary raises questions about the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Spoiler alert: The official story is refuted. —Rod Lott



by Rod Lott 01.06.2012 2 years ago
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Let ‘The River’ run

Catch a Renoir classic for free, thanks to OCU.

Oklahoma City University continues its 30th annual Film Institute series on Jan. 22 with Jean Renoir’s “The River,” based on Rumer Godden’s 1946 novel.

The 1951 drama serves as an unconventional romance, centered on three girls in India who fall in love with the same man, an American solider (Thomas E. Breen) who lost one leg in the war. No less a cinema master than Martin Scorsese deems the Technicolor production as one of “the two most beautiful color films ever made. I watch that film three times a year. Sometimes four.” 

When Scorsese showed to Wes Anderson, the younger director was inspired to make “The Darjeeling Limited.” (If, like me, you found “Darjeeling” to be a blight on Anderson’s otherwise spotless filmography, blame Marty, I guess.)

According to a press release from OCU, “The River” was one of the two most requested films on the evaluation forms from last year’s series.

“The River” screens for free at 2 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Meinders School of Business’ Kerr-McGee Auditorium, 2501 N. Blackwelder.

Still to come are:
• “Children of Heaven,” Feb. 5;
• “The Milk of Sorrow,” Feb. 19; and
• “Sansho the Baliff,” March 4.

For more information, call 208-5472. —Rod Lott
by Rod Lott 01.09.2012 2 years ago
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VOTD: Whole lotta ‘Lover’

Watch laid-back local rockers Junebug Spade pranking and playing.

Yeah, so this new Junebug Spade video totally confirms the band’s reputation as fun-loving stoners.

“My Lover” alternates between silly sped-up and rewound shots of them dousing each other with water and what appears to be bags of flour; swirling, psychedelic food dye in what appears to be a toilet (for tripping on a budget!); and a cool, throwback film treatment that definitely doesn’t appear to be your typical DSLR fare. Nice work for matching your sound, gents!



And yeah, if Junebug Spade had a signature track, this one might just be it, all lazy licks and sexual angst before it kicks into a catchy, noisy chorus. Watch:



by Matt Carney 01.09.2012 2 years ago
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VOTD: You’ve got a little something on your, ah, everywhere …

Gentle Ghost: back and bloodier than ever!

Gentle Ghost’s continuing collaboration with Delo Creative on the “Be Nice to Your Kids” video series has yielded not one, but two (!) visual accompaniments for new songs. Check out “Dark Parts,” a nuanced, five-minute track that changes pace a couple different times and has a cool “cut out the heart” lyric, apropos for all the dried blood that’s all over the place.


This one doesn’t include a keyboard and is a little less urgent than “Spearherder,” which we first heard last week, but the songwriting has a bit stronger, more present narrative to it, I think. Watch:

by Matt Carney 01.10.2012 2 years ago
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Odds and ends

New local tunes, info on that Polyphonic Spree show, and a free Flaming Lips documentary.

OKSee got sick last week — the doctor said it was a sinus infection, although I was hoping for “Cat Scratch Fever”— and in so doing, fell woefully behind the times. So here I am catching back up with Oklahoma music-centric news and notes from the last week. Let’s get to it.

First up, we’ve got a couple of hip-hop mixtapes — both from Tulsa rappers, sure enough — that you can cop for free on these here Internets. First is P.D.A.’s “Occupy Hollywood” ...



 ... and next is aDDLib’s “99% of My Fans Wear High Heels.”



Secondly, Other Lives, now a major thing outside our humble borders, are playing shows in Oklahoma City and Tulsa before month’s end. The Stillwater indie band graces the Blue Note on the 27th, so be sure to snag your tickets ($12) as far in advance as possible. As in, right now.

Coincidentally, they also recently announced a headlining date at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City and Coachella Music Festival in Indio, Calif. Awesomesauce.

Thirdly, it appears that Pitchfork has inaugurated a new video series titled “Classic,” with a documentary  about our own balloon-busting, psychedelic-rocking, jelly-not-using Flaming Lips. Specifically, it’s about their 1999 opus, “The Soft Bulletin,” and I can personally say it’s pretty compelling stuff, especially if you still think that “The Spiderbite Song” isn’t about mainlining heroin. Watch the 45-minute doc over at Pitchfork.

Fourthly, The Polyphonic Spree is returning to Norman! The last time the group was here, it headlined the inaugural Norman Music Festival on an adequately sized stage. This time, at 8 p.m. Feb. 7, the Tim DeLaughter-led band’s 20-plus members intend to pack Opolis. I think at this point, if Girl Talk can play a show there, anybody can.

Here are a few details:
• New Fumes are opening.
• Only 150 tickets are available.
• The first set of tickets goes on sale tomorrow at all three Guestroom Records locations.
• Tickets are $25 each, cash only.
• Fifteen pairs of tickets will be given away from The Spy FM Spywagon at various locations throughout the OKC/Norman area on Friday, Jan. 13. Follow @fowlervw on Twitter to find out when and where.

Fifthyly, but surely not leastly, Samantha Crain has a brand-new 7-inch single out. It’s produced by Mr. John Vanderslice and is positively lovely. Snag “A Simple Jungle” and “The Dam Song” at her website.

Other Lives photo by James Rhodes
by Matt Carney 01.10.2012 2 years ago
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Other Lives to play with Radiohead

The Stillwater band scores the opening slot for U.S. tour's first leg.

A senior in high school, I was visiting friends in Stillwater when I saw Kunek for the first time. If you’d told me that night that some of the dudes in that band would one day open for the guys who recorded “Kid A” and “OK Computer,” then I would’ve considered giving you a few bucks to leave me alone, because you were probably a crazy homeless person.

But Jesse Tabish and the dreary, indie-pop mini-orchestra that is Other Lives have toured across this country and many others in support of the mindful, gorgeous “Tamer Animals,” to the acclaim of fans, critics and fellow musicians. Colourmusic’s Ryan Hendrix (the two bands, both from Stillwater, are very close) told me that Radiohead’s managers are friends with Other Lives’, which was a pretty big factor in the alt-Brits’ appearance at Other Lives’ show at Oxford’s historic Jericho’s Tavern in August.


But you don’t just ask somebody along on your tour as a favor to your manager.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, according to Radiohead's website. So far, Other Lives are set to open on 10 dates across the South and Midwest, and you can bet a ton of Okies will drive down I-35 for that March 5 date in Dallas, this writer included. I just can't imagine how much more ethereal and soulful Tabish's voice will sound pouring out of two-story speakers, how much more space the band's mid-tempo beauty will have to surround and envelop you.

Until then, feast your ears on “Tamer Animals”:



Other Lives perform at the Blackwatch Stage at the 2011 Norman Music Festival/Photo by Nathan Poppe
by Matt Carney 11.07.2011 2 years ago
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Down in ‘The Boondocks’

A controversial cartoon concerning Martin Luther King Jr. will be screened at UCO.

As part of its “King Week” activities in observance of Monday’s national Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the University of Central Oklahoma has a unique screening planned: an episode of the Adult Swim animated series “The Boondocks.”

Based on the daily comic strip by Aaron McGruder, “The Boondocks” has proven both popular and highly controversial since beginning its run on Cartoon Network’s late-night block in 2005. 

At 1:30 p.m. Jan. 19, you can see why. The first-season episode “Return of the King” will be shown in Room 300 of the Nigh University Center. Originally aired on King’s 77th birthday, the ep won a Peabody Award in 2006, but not without some serious feather-ruffling.

“Return” imagines that King wasn’t felled by his assassin’s bullet. Instead, he plunges into a three-decade coma, only to awaken to find he doesn’t like the African-American leaders who have emerged in his absence: “Is this it? This is what I got all those ass-whoopings for? ... I've seen what's over the horizon, and I promise you, you niggas have nothing to celebrate! And no, I won't get there with you.”

No stranger to complaining to the press, an offended Rev. Al Sharpton demanded an apology and that the episode be pulled. Instead, the network issued a statement that read in part, “We think Aaron McGruder came up with a thought-provoking way of not only showing Dr. King's bravery, but also of reminding us of what he stood and fought for.”

A discussion will following the screening, which is free and open to the public. For more information, call 974-3588. —Rod Lott



by Rod Lott 01.11.2012 2 years ago
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Two Suns rise

Not about Tatooine.

Norman-based indie recording project Two Suns just announced a novel release model for a very promising album.  “Dream Familiar” will be released at the rate of one song a week at the group’s Bandcamp page.


Opener “Ran Wild” is a pretty compelling six minutes of Radiohead-style ambient guitars (think  slowed-down take on “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi”’s swirling sound) with tribal and drum ’n’ bass rhythmic patterns. Toss in a breakdown with some cooing, shoegazey lyrics and we’ve got ourselves a neat little art project. Listen:



Read about Two Suns’ previous, eponymous EP,  and give ’em the ol' Facebook like.
by Matt Carney 01.11.2012 2 years ago
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