When I took charge of OKSee from Stephen Carradini (who’s currently crashing with me on his first vacation from graduate school at Auburn), the main change I instituted was posting a music video of the day, almost every day.
I’ve spent the last couple days going back through the archives to tabulate the VOTDs you noble OKSee readers watched the most, and the following are the results. Glad to see you all skewed heavily in favor of locals! So we’re going to celebrate by naming our Video of the Day of the Year (VOTDOTY)!
While digging around, I also found some of Stephen’s most-trafficked video posts from earlier in the year and selected a few choice clips from those, as well as a few of my own favorites I felt deserved some recognition, for better or worse. Somebody went to the trouble of re-imagining LCD Soundsystem's greatest song in Lego form, for crying out loud. pictured, clip from The Nghiems' "Dum Dum Dah Dah"
2011, we’re gonna miss you dearly, so we’re celebrating you all week long with a commemorative series that counts down all the way to OKSee’s Favorite Albums of 2011, compiled by myself, Mr. Carradini and Gazette regular Joshua Boydston.
So stay tuned — tomorrow we’ll look back at the year in photos; Wednesday, we’ll be playing with playlists; and Thursday, we’ll have our list of OKSee Honorable Mention albums before the big reveal on Friday.
The dudes at Delo Creative really nailed this one. Broncho’s pop-punk songs inspire crowds to act more like hardcore-punk freaks, as evidenced by this summer show at the Crystal Pistol in Tulsa. Funny story: I went to this show — suit, tie and all — after attending my freshman-year roommate’s wedding. Don’t regret it (the sartorial choice) in the slightest.
Spoiler: Even after stripping down a Maybach and letting the sparks fly, the hip-hop superstars didn’t generate as much traffic as when a certain local singer/songwriter hopped in the back of a van and covered Otis Redding truer. More on that later.
Y’all got really excited when Paul Simon came to town last month. So excited that you watched YouTube user OkieSully’s video of Rhymin’ Simon entertaining a Civic Center lobby-full of fans a couple hundred times.
Tulsa’s Ol’ Savior hasn’t released an album, but thanks to your efforts, it may well soon. Drummer Nathan Price told me a few months ago that he and Ben King (his Broncho co-conspirator) planned to take a bunch more Ol’ Savior songs into the studio, thanks to all the positive feedback they heard when these two leaked. Huzzah!
The day this stop-motion gem premiered, I was afraid all my social-media platforms had been hijacked by Okie video guy Kyle Roberts — not that that’s a bad thing. Gah, re-watching this video just helps reinforce how eternally catchy and perfect this little song is.
Technically, this one wasn’t even a VOTD. But I asked you if you preferred Tulsa singer Ben Kilgore’s Otis Redding cover to Hov and Ye’s “Try a Little Tenderness” sample, and you responded by clicking on this Nathan Poppe-shot video 500+ times. Good work, Oklahoma.
Also I think my favorite part of this video is how Kilgore, just after nearly bursting his awesome pipes on this classic, finishes it by declaring, “Sweet cheese!”
Everybody and their dogs’ imaginary friends absolutely freaked out when Axe Body Spray announced it was sponsoring a Girl Talk show inside Opolis earlier this month. You guys clicked on this ambitious bit of fan art more than any other video on this blog this year, and lucky for us, the fun’s far from over. “Girl Walk // All Day” is currently going strong on its sixth installment. Click through at risk to your work today.
Carradini and I agree this is probably one of the best songs in the last 10 years. I’ve always loved the video that originally went with it, and this Lego rendition really just sends it over the top for me. The little yellow, face-painted James Murphy communicates all the song’s sentiment almost as well as the real guy.
Mastodon — “Deathbound”
Mastodon was really on a roll there for a while, what with completely absurd album and song titles, and this Muppets-from-hell video. It’s too bad I didn’t get a reviewer’s copy of the album, as I probably would really loved all the campiness.
This comedy star-studded clip for a new song celebrates everything the Beastie Boys were about … a decade and a half ago. Love how they actually got Ted Danson in a restaurant for the line about opening up a restaurant with Ted Danson.
This is literally the creepiest thing I’ve ever watched on the Internet. I was so weirded out. Thankfully, Gazette managing editor Rod Lott is unafraid of such things, and posted it over at Rod & Reel.
Thunderbird Casino — “Casino Lady”
Sorry. I really shouldn’t have put this here. Oklahoma, people!
What with last week’s 2011 retrospective, the holiday season and all, I’ve recently
lagged behind in posting local music videos. Important lesson learned: It’s
dangerous falling back of OKC’s creative folk, as they just continue to pump
new stuff out by the hour.
For starters, Delo Creative (the dudes behind Change Yr Life OKC) have a new series
they’ve dubbed “Be Nice to Your Kids” (BNTYK, for short), which they christened
with a pair of videos of The Boom Bang playing in a dirty men’s room. For
whatever reason, it just makes sense. Watch “Vietnomnomnom” and “Sugar Ray
More exciting though are these two energetic vids from post-punk-rockers Chud,
who cover themselves in glowing paint while they tear through “Handsome
Vampires” and “Control, Alt, Complete.” Something shatters near the end of the
latter song. What it is, who knows? Check back soon for a BNTYK session with
Also, I’d be remiss to neglect this nutso Flaming Lips cover of John Lennon’s
nutso classic “I Am the Walrus,” also shot by Delo. NYE is coming, folks, and
rumors abound of Beatles covers for the visiting Mrs. Ono. Watch Steven Drozd
completely lose his mind, below.
If you missed this ridiculous Zane LaRue-shot Chrome Pony video for “Christmas
Babes,” his contribution to the Blackwatch Christmas album,
then I pity you.
Also, Nathan Poppe snuck into Blackwatch Studios to do this simple, elegant one-shot of
Beau Jennings covering Woody Guthrie’s lone Christmas song, assisted by the
awesomely-bearded Daniel Foulks. This winsome beauty’s called “1913 Massacre”
and it makes “Blue Christmas” sound about as happy as “Super Bass.”
Former OKSee skipper Stephen Carradini and I will in Austin, Texas, next month (next month, you guys!), possibly with regular Gazette contributor Joshua Boydston, whose press credentials we’re waiting to receive. We’ll be crawling all over town to bring you recaps and photos from these and other bands’ sets, so be sure to check back with OKSee and follow us on Twitter, too.
New Pornographers leader A.C. Newman covers a Leonard Cohen classic.
With the bevy of on-the-go, takeaway-style performances these days, it’s sometimes really refreshing to hear great musicians play in an actual recording studio. As opposed to, you know, a dirty bathroom, a tree, or a brand-new Chevy Sonic outfitted with pneumatic arms. Not that these locations are inherently bad, it’s just that too much of trying to find a funky place to play sometimes distracts from the pure, simple goodness of a richly written song.
“Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye” is such a song, and it gets a terrific treatment with a some beautiful cinematic video to match its rich traditional arrangement. A.C. Newman’s anecdote is pretty poignant, too.
Leonard Cohen’s latest album, “Old Ideas,” is out now.
They may not be aiming, high, but The Boom Bang are sure realistic.
Singer James Smith announced to The Buffalo Lounge earlier this evening that
the garage-housed four-piece were “probably the worst band to play here all
night.” He was kinda right, but that didn’t make their set any
Smith mumbled his way through their usual schtick: noisy, propulsive rock
styled after The Ramones’ sonic blitz and Andrew W.K.’s intentionally stupid
revelry. It was a tie-loosening; a rowdy break in between two much headier
bands — The Defining Times and The Non — that brokered the evening’s bill of
rock acts nicely.
The show ended with a brief episode involving the sound guy, who chased a fan
off the stage when the latter yelled “Fuck you!” into a microphone, shortly
after McKenzie and drummer Brian Whetstone traded places for a final, scuzzy
jam. If ever there was a better end to a Boom Bang show, I wasn’t there for it.