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OKG Newsletter


Topic: OK Gazette

Truth and taxes


Letters to the Editor

B. Ellis
I recently read D.W. Tiffee’s letter (“Soak the rich,” Sept. 28, Gazette) responding to Mike Brake’s Sept. 14 letter (“Batchelder logic”) on taxing the “rich.”
 
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Go, Gringo, go!

Gringo Star keeps the indie-pop faith with its new identity.


Music

Chris Parker
Gringo Star with the Wurly Birds and Dad
9 p.m. Tuesday
Opolis
113 N. Crawford, Norman
opolis.org

820-0951
$8
 
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Not OK in OKC?


CFN

Gazette staff
Everything was coming up roses last season as the Oklahoma City Thunder made it to the NBA’s Western Conference Finals. Now things are in limbo with the lockout, and one report is raising questions about the inner workings of the big league franchise.
 
Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Doing a 180

The Myriad Botanical Gardens project takes a major step in redefining downtown OKC.


News

Clifton Adcock
On Oct. 15, organizers are hoping to take a major step in redefining downtown Oklahoma City.
 
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Occupy OKC

Watch interviews with a pair of Occupy movement protesters in Oklahoma City.


News

Clifton Adcock
Occupy OKC protesters set up camp in Kerr Park on Monday evening, beginning what they determined an indefinite occupation of the park.
 
Tuesday, October 11, 2011

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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VOTD: Ra Ra sis-boom-bah!

Ra Ra Riot do Fallon, on their way to OKC.

On Tuesday night, Syracuse indie-pop mini-orchestra Ra Ra Riot (or “the not-so-dancey Passion Pit,” as my old boss once so aptly described it) stopped by the big city to play “Shadowcasting” for “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”

We’re less than a month away from the band’s Nov. 2 appearance at ACM@UCO, and I couldn’t be more excited. Its first record, “The Rhumb Line,” was somehow tender, vulnerable and catchy all at the same time, and one of my favorites from 2008. Watch:

by Matt Carney 10.13.2011 2 years ago
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MPFree: It’s a smorgasbord

Here’s your weekly roundup of downloads and streams, with a little bit of everything.

Indie rockers, both young and classic, original and remixed. Ambient Goth, pop singers and dance-rockers. And locals, too! This week’s edition of MPFree is probably the most widely varied as there’s ever been. Let’s get started.

STREAM: M83

Urban Outfitters (your source for hipster apparel) is streaming the new, much-anticipated double LP from M83, “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.” It’s due out Oct. 18. Six tracks into the nearly 80-minute album, it’s lush and gorgeous, and ranges from nostalgic to charming. I’ve got a feeling it’s going to sag pretty heavy somewhere between tracks 10 and 20, but we’ll see if Mr. Anthony Gonzalez can keep us interested.


STREAM: My Brightest Diamond and Future Islands

Per usual, NPR Music First Listen has a couple of good indie releases for you to choose from. My picks this week are My Brightest Diamond’s “All Things Will Unwind” and Future Islands’ “On the Water.”


STREAM: Paul Simon and Radiohead (remixes) 

Ah, AOL Spinner. You outdid NPR this week not just in volume (which you do every week), but in quality as well. Paul Simon’s about to start touring behind the career retrospective “Songwriter” (with Punch Brothers in support, he’ll be at the Civic Center Nov. 6), which boasts some really terrific live versions of all his classics, including a gospel take on “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. Radiohead’s remix album “TKOL RMX 1234567” is also out, if you’re looking for some ambience to get you through the work day.


DOWNLOAD: Dead Can Dance

DCD is back! And readying for a world tour! The long-defunct, ambient, creepy godparents of shoegaze are celebrating by giving away four live tracks for just the cost of your email address. “Live Happenings — Part 1” is the EP’s name, and the first track, “Nierika,” has just turned my cubicle into the setting for “The Lion King.”


STREAM: The Juan Maclean

For my fellow dance-punk, DFA, and LCD Soundsystem fans, The Juan Maclean’s got a new album spinning over at … Spin.


STREAM: Ryan Parker 

Local guy and Brianna Gaither guitarist Ryan Parker’s got a loopy, folk-gospel, singer-songwriter album that he’ll be celebrating with a CD-release party on Oct. 27 at the Paseo’s Oh! Space. You can stream two of the songs at his bandcamp page, as well as a sampler of the album in full.  


STREAM: Hare Tracks

If you haven’t heard of Hare Tracks, don’t worry: I hadn’t either until about 10 a.m. yesterday. It’s the artist moniker for Mac Kennedy, a freshman at UC Santa Barbara in California who went to high school at Heritage Hall here in Oklahoma City. He’s one of huge number of talented, self-producing, laptop-wielding kids across the country right now, and it sounds like his trip west has paid off for his music career. Stream his eponymous album at his Facebook, which combines laptop looping with more traditional instrumentation.

by Matt Carney 10.14.2011 2 years ago
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This one’s Occupied

Watch another video of protesters at Occupy OKC, now in its fifth day of formal protest.


News

Clifton Adcock
After five days, the protesters at Occupy OKC still are occupying downtown’s Kerr Park, and plan to continue to indefinitely.
 
Friday, October 14, 2011

VOTD: It always feels like somebody’s watchin’ me

A creepy local song gets a creepy local video.

In the Oklahoma music scene, few are eerier than Norman's Magnificent Bird, and just last week, the band posted an odd, alluring video to YouTube, to go with the song “Nowhere to Hide.” All rainy and black-and-white, a pretty, pale ghost haunts a depressed English major around the University of Oklahoma's campus. Watch it below.

You can stream their album “Superdark Can Happen to Anyone” at their Bandcamp page for free, or purchase it for $9.99. Also, the track “Cowboys are Blue Because of What They Have to Do” is available for free download.

by Matt Carney 10.17.2011 2 years ago
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