Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Oklahoma Lefty Podcast # 8

This week we've got brand new stuff from Nothington, Notches, The Warning Shots, and Higley plus great stuff from Two Cow Garage, toyGuitar, and a cult classic from Pegboy. Don't forget the Oklahoma Lefty Podcast giveaway. We have 10 digital copies of Lights & Motion's excellent album Dear Avalanche to give away. Just Tweet #OLPGiveaway to @OklahomaLefty

Listen to "Oklahoma Lefty Podcast # 8" on Spreaker.

1. "That's Not Me" by Higley (from Higley)
2. "The Lies I Need" by Nothington (from In The End)
3. "Battleground" by The Bouncing Souls (from Battleground)
4. "Homemade" by Aim Higher (from Homemade)
5. "Through My Fingers" by Pegboy (from Three Chord Monte)
6. "Back On The 9" by Michael Kane and the Morning Afters (from Adding Insult to Industry)
7. "Five Miles" by Muncie Girls (from Five Mile [Demo])
8. "Smoking Stem" by Notches (from Change My Mind)
9. "Move Like a Ghost" by toyGuitar (from Move Like a Ghost)
10. "A Lullaby of Sorts" by Two Cow Garage (from Brand New Flag)
11. "The Kids of Today" by The Warning Shots (from Tonight!)
12. "Lonnie & Clyde" by Worship This! (from Solidarity Mixtape Volume Two)
13. "Let Me In" by Austin Lucas (from Stay Reckless)
14. "Anais & Me" by Snowball II (from Flashes of Quincy)
15. "Shaggy" by RVIVR (from The Tide b/w Shaggy)
16. "We Only Have Forever" by Lights & Motion (from Dear Avalanche)
17. "Municipal Geography Lesson" by Deforesters (from Leonard)

*Note* All music played on this show is done so with the express written permission of the artist, artist representative, and/or the record label.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Video of the Day: "I Am My Radio" by Bullet Proof Lovers

Song:  "I Am My Radio"
Album:  Shot Through The Heart (BandCamp [Bullet Proof Lovers], BandCamp [Rum Bar Records], BandCamp [Ghost Highway Recordings])
Artist:  Bullet Proof Lovers (Facebook, YouTube, BandCamp)

Currently Listening

Today (February 20, 2017) Nirvana's Kurt Cobain would have turned 50.  That's a sobering realization for someone who was coming of age in the midst of the band's explosion into the mainstream in 1991.  Little did we know that just three short years later, Cobain would have taken his own life, finally succumbing to the demons and darkness that plagued him.  Knowing full well that I am probably looking back through the lens of nostalgia, that era of the late '80s, early '90s alternative music scene was magical.  The outside world hadn't yet completely invaded and pillaged our scene.  When you saw someone in combat boots, with a haircut that was half shaved head and half long bangs, or wearing any number of various band t-shirts that they most likely got out of a Sessions skate catalog, you would nod at each other because you both knew you were part of the same subculture.  That was the culture that Kurt Cobain so loved and identified with, the culture that has come to define my entire life.  That time and those records were incredibly special and while I'm not someone who believes that the only good music is from the past, I can't deny something powerful was going on in those small clubs, local record shops, and label run out of garages and basements.  Sometimes I would what Kurt would think of the world that he left behind.  Would he be proud of the generation that he so reluctantly represented?  Would he be sickened by our current state of affairs?  We'll never know.  What I do know is that those years of my youth are very long since passed and the legacy of Nirvana will outlive my generation.

This playlist includes songs from that era, songs that we were listening to in our Dr. Martens boots with our crazy haircuts, spouting our righteous teenage angst at the man.  Rest well Kurt.  I hope the journey after this world has been better for you and you found your peace.  

1.  "Busy" by Jawbreaker (from Unfun)
2.  "Territorial Pissings" by Nirvana (from Nevermind)
3.  "Teen Age Riot" by Sonic Youth (from Daydream Nation)
4.  "Waiting Room" by Fugazi (from 13 Songs)
5.  "I Apologize" by Husker Du (from New Day Rising)
6.  "Brave Captain" by fIREHOSE (from Ragin', Full On)
7.  "Freak Scene" by Dinosaur Jr. (from Bug)
8.  "Allison" by Pixies (from Bossanova)
9.  "Just Like Honey" by The Jesus & Mary Chain (from Psychocandy)
10.  "Is This Music?" by Teenage Fanclub (from Bandwagonesque)
11.  "Never Mind" by The Replacements (from Pleased To Meet Me)
12.  "#1 Hit Song" by Minutemen (from Double Nickels On The Dime)
13.  "White Minority" by Black Flag (from The First Four Years)
14.  "We'll Be Here Tomorrow" by The Effigies (from Remains Nonviewable)
15.  "Salad Days" by Minor Threat (from Salad Days)

Sunday, February 19, 2017

EP Review: 'Views From The 666 (EP)' by Serenity Now

Title:  Views From The 666 (EP) (BandCamp [Fireworks Collective], BandCamp [Serenity Now])
Artist:  Serenity Now (Facebook, Twitter, YouTubeBandCamp)

Toronto's Serenity Now two-song EP Views From The 666 is nothing short of exhilarating.  Released as a teaser for the band's forthcoming full-length Serenity Now!: Music From The Motion Picture, this  EP is staggeringly good.  The opening track "Educate Me" has this crazy hook that is accentuated by these incredible four-part layered vocals.  Now to be clear, the four members of the band take turns singing different lines from the chorus making the song feel like a huge, group experience.  The second track "I've Seen The World And I'm Tired Now" is an equally catchy pop punk number about moving on from a bad situation.  Both songs on Views From The 666 are catchy, fun, high energy numbers but more than that both bring solid, empowering lyrics to the table making this the full package.  And while pop punk is probably the best way to describe Serenity Now's music because it is poppy and punky, the band does a tremendous job of avoiding the tired troupes and cliches that often give the sub-genre of pop punk a bad name.  More than anything though, this teaser EP excels are getting you ready for the full-length release, and honestly if you are not excited for that record after listening to these two songs, I have to wonder: what's wrong with you?

Video of the Day: "Alone in Memphis" by Austin Lucas

Song:  "Along in Memphis"
Album:  Stay Reckless (New West RecordsAmazon, iTunes, Spotify)
Artist:  Austin Lucas (Official, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Spotify, Wikipedia)

Oklahoma Lefty Podcast # 7

This week on the Oklahoma Lefty Podcast I interview Pod from Deforesters, plays great stuff from They Stay Dead, Adult Magic, and Joe McMahon, plus new stuff from Beach Slang and the aforementioned Deforesters, and announces the first Oklahoma Lefty Podcast giveaway.

(Note:  So apparently I'm an idiot and didn't save the setlist, hence not including it here or in the show notes.  What I can tell you is that I played some freaking awesome stuff and you should listen anyway.)

Listen to "Oklahoma Lefty Podcast # 7" on Spreaker.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Oklahoma Lefty Podcast # 6

This week on the Oklahoma Lefty Podcast we talk about finding home and family in music, the Super Bowl halftime show, and we play new stuff from High Up, Snowball II, and The Cheap Cassettes.

Listen to "Oklahoma Lefty Podcast # 6" on Spreaker.

1.  "Jersey City Street" by Hudson Falcons (from La Famiglia)
2.  "Bottles of Wine" by Don't Make Ghosts (from Death Ride)
3.  "Hindsight" by Red Arms (from Let Every Nation Know)
4.  "Juicy J" by No Thank You (from Jump Ship)
5.  "Cobblestones" by Nothington (from Cobblestones)
6.  "Average" by Armstrong (from Dick: The Lion Hearted)
7.  "Wreckless" by The Cheap Cassettes (from All Anxious, All The Time)
8.  "Mocking Love Out of Nothing at All" by Gentlemen Rogues (from A History So Repeating)
9.  "Don't You Forget" by Arliss Nancy (from Greater Divides)
10.  "I Don't Believe You" by The Thermals (from Personal Life)
11.  "Your System Failed You" by High Up (from High Up)
12.  "Movin' On" by The Inciters (from Movin' On)
13.  "Better Heavens" by The Superweaks (from Better Heavens)
14.  "Knowing" by The Addisons (from So American / Standing Outside Your Door - Single)
15.  "Anais & Me" by Snowball II (from Flashes of Quincy)
16.  "Take It or Leave It" by The GC5 (from Everything's Too Fast to Last - Rarities and Unreleased)

*Note*  All music played on this show is done so with the express written permission of the artist, artist representative, and/or the record label.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Great Band Alert: Red Arms

I found Red Arms by chance.  I was working on a review of the new Serenity Now! EP and in the process followed the band on Twitter and in the Suggest section was Red Arms.  The description read "Punk, post-punk, loud rock and roll" and included a link to their BandCamp page.  Intrigued I clicked the link and was immediately drawn to The Songs of Husker Du, a tribute the band recorded with the band Wasted Potential.  After listening to their excellent take on the Husker classic "Makes No Sense At All" I knew that I had to hear more.  So I clicked on their latest release, 2015's Let Every Nation Know, hit play, and after a few seconds in to the opening track "Hindsight" my jaw was on the floor.  The song blew me away with its energy, hooks, big chorus, and epic post hardcore punk anthem nature.  How in the hell had I not heard these guys before?  I listened to the rest of the EP and was completely impressed.  Immediately and eagerly I downloaded everything the band had available.  What a freaking revelation!!!

Hailing from London, Ontario, Canada, Red Arms is a four piece band that mixes elements of punk, post punk, post hardcore, college rock, indie rock, and straight up rock 'n' roll that pulls elements from the likes of Husker Du, Leatherface, Guided By Voices, Naked Raygun, and Superchunk.  Or as the band puts it on their Facebook page "...noisy post-punk fueled guitar hooks and fill heavy drums, kick out the jams in a distortion-heavy wall of sound, mining the likes of all your favorite SST, Merge, Touch and Go, and Matador records in the process."  Since 2013 the band has released four EPs including the previously mentioned Husker Du tribute and is currently in the studio working on their full-length debut.

For more information on Red Arms check out the band's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube, and BandCamp pages.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Currently Listening

1.  "Hang My Head" by The Flatliners (from Nerves)
2.  "North East South West" by Japandroids (from Near To The Wild Hearts Of Life)
3.  "Anything Could Happen" by Bash & Pop (from Anything Could Happen)
4.  "With You" by Dave Hause (from With You)
5.  "A Living Human Girl" by The Regrettes (from Feel Your Feelings Fool!)
6.  "(Messy Endings) In Middle America" by Tenement (from The Blind Wink)
7.  "Tonight" by Dude York (from Tonight)
8.  "You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You're Told)" by The White Stripes (from Icky Thump)
9.  "Show Me Mary" by Catherine Wheel (from Crank)
10.  "12:03" by Against Me! (from Shape Shift With Me)
11.  "Thick as Thieves" by The Menzingers (from Thick as Thieves)
12.  "I Wanna Die in Loas Angeles" by Dead To Me (from I Wanna Die in Los Angeles)
13.  "Cobblestones" by Nothington (from Cobblestones)
14.  "DVP" by Pup (from The Dream Is Over)
15.  "No Halo" by Sorority Noise (from No Halo)