Only a couple hours away from Oklahoma City is Denton, Texas. It’s the homebase for Midlake and it’s only a tank of gas away. However, it still feels surreal to have the band pile into the Spy Van. The sextet is known worldwide and its new album “Antiphon” would fit nicely in any year-end music list.
Thanks to the guys for taking a break from their tour with Pearl Jam and performing a stripped down version of “It’s Going Down.” They definitely made the flute sound dangerous again. We wish the boys good luck and happy touring. We’re sure they’ll be jumping the pond before too long.
We must unknowingly be attracting talented Seattle bands to Oklahoma City.
Last week we featured Rose Windows and this week we have the pleasure to bring you Ivan and Alyosha. This might have something to do with the SuperSonics trade, but we’ll chalk it up to fate. Regardless, we definitely aren’t complaining. There isn’t an Ivan or Alyosha in this band but the talent in this quintet can’t be denied. The guys performed a lively rendition of “Don’t Wanna Die Anymore.”
A big thanks to Ivan and Alyosha for braving the cold and whistling better than any band has in the van.
Rose Windows traveled quite a long ways to wind up in Oklahoma City.
Chris Cheveyo and Rabia Shaheen Qazi of the Seattle-based outfit took the plunge and performed a track off of the band’s 2013 album, “The Sun Dogs.” A song like this feels like it traveled a long ways too. Maybe not so much in distance but more so through time. It’s a warm, warped warbling ballad that’s made all the more fragile with this stripped down performance.
A big thanks to the band for stopping by and heating up a cold winter day.
We’ve got a tasty treat for anybody who grabs a party favor at our 2013 Mainsite art show. It’s a mix CD with a few of our favorite sessions. Here’s the track list:
- Kopecky Family Band – Are You Listening?
- Samantha Crain – Traipsing Through The Aisles
- Tallows – Flat Bones
- Tyson Meade – Postcard From Heaven
- The Polyphonic Spree – It’s The Sun
- JD McPherson – Scandalous
- The Vaccines – Do You Want a Man?
- Broncho – Try Me Out Sometime
- Kyle Reid – Shot of Whiskey
- Ali Harter – Lee County
- Parker Millsap – Disappear
It’s not every day you make it to 100.
And we couldn’t be happier to spotlight Grooms for our centennial episode. To us, it just makes sense. The band has roots in Oklahoma but is making waves nationally. We are trying to do the same thing. We haven’t augmented our roots like when the Muggabears made the trip to Brooklyn and formed Grooms, but we strive to find new audiences throughout the country.
Although Grooms’ latest album “Infinity Caller” is a dreamy and fuzzy rock adventure, Travis Johnson treated us to an acoustic version of “Very Very Librarian.” It’s quite a departure from the guitar pedals and sonic sound from the album but we love it just the same. Thanks for making an exception for us, Travis. We think it turned out to be great.
Here’s to 100 more episodes.
Check the newsstands at your favorite Oklahoma City eateries for a copy of the latest Look@OKC. George Lang and Jonathan Sutton wrote some nice words about the first 100 episodes of the show. Read the articles here.
Kyle Reid sure knows how to throw a party.
We know he’d bring along friends for his session but we didn’t expect a horn section. Kyle was joined by Steve Boaz on washboard, Johnny Carlton on bass, John Calvin on guitar, David Leach on trombone and Marcus Spitz is on trumpet. No one here is complaining because the results were spectacular. The Low Swingin’ Chariots only sweetened the session.
I think the only instrument we haven’t had in the band now is a harp. Any takers?