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Topic: Matt Carney

VOTD: Kanye-Z do ‘Otis’ at the VMAs

In case you were curious what two of the world’s biggest pop stars performing live for the masses looked like.

Well, this is exciting. Kanye and Jay-Z played their new hit together at the VMAs, and, despite apparently not rehearsing, they totally rocked an arena full of cheering fans (save for a certain Biebster who did not appear impressed). I think I speak for the planet when I say that it needs a “Watch the Throne” tour.

by Matt Carney 08.29.2011 2 years ago
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It’s almost like ‘Being There’

Missed Wilco’s last appearance at Cain’s, too? Worry not — the set streams on their website.

Wilco’s March 8, 2008, performance at Cain’s Ballroom during my freshman year of college changed my life.

Known for workmanlike shows, Jeff Tweedy — looking fly in a white suit stitched with roses and a cardinal — and company rocked 29 songs in about three hours, ranging from the guitar-oriented tracks off their then-new “Sky Blue Sky” LP to “Summerteeth”’s many pop classics, super-old material (”Forget the Flowers” from 1996’s “Being There”), a slew of Woody Guthrie covers, and all the best work on their experimental Americana opus “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.” That show is the reason I’m typing this sentence right now.

Anyhoo, if you’re an idiot like me and had to leave town the weekend of the band’s glorious May 8 return to Tulsa, then you can stop punching yourself in the head and go to Wilco’s website, where you can stream the show in its entirety. There are only 22 songs this time, but they look to be a pretty good balance of the group’s catalogue. “Jesus, Etc.” is a standout sing-along here, moving Tweedy to declare it “top-5, all-time.” Enjoy.


by Matt Carney 08.29.2011 2 years ago
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The Weeknd — Thursday

Damaged and menacing, The Weeknd continue to push R&B to its scariest limits.


Hip Hop/Rap

Matt Carney
I was finishing up college when the then-more-mysterious R&B project The Weeknd dropped their first mixtape, “House of Balloons,” for free online. Unfortunately for 21-year-old Canadian Abel Tesfaye (who’s credited as singer and songwriter) not enough has changed in that time to warrant increased praise for “Thursday,” although that’s not to say he’s produced (with the help of veteran Doc McKinney and the also-mysterious Illangelo) a bad album.
 
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

VOTD: Ol' Savior

Ain’t heard of them? Well that’s because they’re a local band that currently only sort of exists.

When Blackwatch Studios’ Jarod Evans speaks, people listen. The guy’s worked with all the best local musicians around, and — with partner Chad Copelin — regularly works with regional and national-caliber talent. So when I woke up to find a Facebook message from Evans saying that Tulsa jack-of-all-trades artist Nathan Price has developed “2 or 3 records’ worth” of material with Broncho bandmate Ben King over the last two years, well, I got pretty excited.

Evans said that they’re looking to get an Ol’ Savior album out in early 2012. He also was kind enough to upload two unnamed tracks to Vimeo, which you can hear below. They’re soulful and steady, mostly acoustic, rich with grand piano and just a hint of synthesizer as some spice. Price sings low, and King sings high, and they complement each other beautifully.

I just can’t really get over how talented these guys are, especially considering how starkly this stuff contrasts against the punk music they’re gearing up to tour behind.




You can follow the band on Twitter and like them on Facebook for further updates.

by Matt Carney 08.30.2011 2 years ago
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Soundcheck: 'This Machine'

OCCJ adopts the message of Oklahoma's greatest folk singer to fight injustice.


Music

Matt Carney
Woody Guthrie didn’t die in 1967.
 
Wednesday, August 31, 2011

VOTD: The Hold Steady shows us ‘The Power of Love’

You probably didn’t expect someone admit to Huey Lewis’ coolness today, did you?

It’s too bad that Marnie Stern’s session with The A.V. Club’s “Undercover Series” wound up unusable due to technical difficulty, because I’d have been a lot more interested in hearing an interpretation of Huey Lewis from a very different artist.

However, with The Hold Steady, we do get to hear a couple of pretty solid, cheesy guitar solos from Tad Kubler and Steve Selvidge. Now close your eyes and try to re-envision “Back to the Future” through a Hold Steady lens.


by Matt Carney 08.31.2011 2 years ago
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VOTD: America experiences Iceage

Want to watch Danish punks bowl?

Scandinavian punk bands are soooooooo in right now.

Most notably, the aggressive, teenaged Iceage is currently traversing our United States, inspiring kids to do dumb stuff to each other. See for yourself in this video, wherein the band climbs on rocks, tosses rocks in rivers, bowls, grabs barbed wires, and throws traffic cones at each other, wrestles, and other dumb teenaged stuff.

I know: I kid, I kid. But seriously I do like this song a bunch. Enjoy.



by Matt Carney 09.01.2011 2 years ago
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VOTD: Law man

Watch the Choctaw folksinger pick, chat about life on the farm.

Local guy Ryan Lawson has a Twitter handle, but not a TV or access to the Internet. Interesting.

He’s also got a bunch of good, authoritative songs in folk, country and bluegrass styles, so maybe there’s something to living out on the fringe. He also plays his guitar the approximately the same angle Paul McCartney played his bass, which you can watch below, thanks to the “Chevy Bricktown Showcase”:

by Matt Carney 09.02.2011 2 years ago
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Kashing in

Call Tim Kasher, the former Cursive and The Good Life front man, ‘TNT.’ Because he knows drama.


Music

Matt Carney
Tim Kasher with Aficionado and O Fidelis
8 p.m. Thursday
The Conservatory
8911 N. Western
conservatoryokc.com
607-4805
$10
 
Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Want to hear your name in a Flaming Lips song?

All it costs is a donation. Of $100.

The Flaming Lips’ much tweeted-about six-hour song now has a name! Drumroll, please! ... It’s called ... “I Found a Star on the Ground.”

And more awesomely, you can purchase a little real estate in it. For the low, low price of $100, the band will cryptically announce your name while they record this song, which they are doing, presumably right now. Head over to the band’s site to lighten your wallet’s load for a pair of good causes; the OK Humane Society and ACM@UCO.
by Matt Carney 09.06.2011 2 years ago
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