Sunday, January 22, 2017

Video of the Day: "The Sand In The Gears" by Frank Turner

Song:  "The Sand In The Gears"
Artist:  Frank Turner (Official, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Spotify, Wikipedia)
Release:  Recorded live at the Fillmore, Silver Spring MD, USA, 19th January 2017

(h/t: Dying Scene)

Oklahoma Lefty Podcast # 5

This week we discuss the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, the protests that have occurred since the election and comparing them withe the protests that followed the election of Barack Obama, a plea for compassion and kindness, and great music from the likes of No Thank You, Two Cow Garage, and Latterman just to name a few.

Listen to "Oklahoma Lefty Podcast # 5" on Spreaker.

1. "Thanks Obama" by Adam Darowski (from YAY!)
2. "History Now" by Two Cow Garage (from Brand New Flag)
3. "Losing My Mind" by Antarctigo Vespucci (from Leavin' La Visa Loca)
4. "Two Questions" by Ben Lee (from Freedom, Love, And The Recuperation Of The Human Mind)
5. "Marie" by Get Married (from Four Songs)
6. "Your Revolution Song" by Mark Lind & The Unloved (from The Truth Can Be Brutal)
7. "We Have Nothing To Lose But Our Chains..." by Arms Aloft (from What A Time To Be Barely Alive)
8. "Don't Let the Bastards Bring You Down" by Hudson Falcons (from Dancing Underneath the Moonlight)
9. "Upside of Sorrow" by Don't Make Ghosts (from Death Ride)
10. "Ode" by MakeWar (from Developing a Theory of Integrity)
11. "Juicy J" by No Thank You (from Jump Ship)
12. "Monsters Among Us" by Smoke or Fire (from The Speakeasy)
13. "There's No Way "Punk Was Meant To Be Done" (You Clown Doctor)" by Latterman (from Turn Up The Punk, We'll Be Singing)
14. "Library" by Talk Show Host (from Perfectly Competent)
15. "Public Witness Program" by Fugazi (from In On The Kill Taker)
16. "Politician" by Swingin' Utters (from More Scared)

*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, January 16, 2017

Album Review: 'Top Ten' by Spill

Title:  Top Ten (BandCamp, No Sleep Records, Amazon, iTunes, Spotify)
Artist:  Spill (Facebook, Twitter, InstagramTumblr, BandCamp, Spotify)

Hailing from Lancaster, PA and boasting former members of Placeholder and We Were Skeletons, Spill has produced a captivating full-length debut in Top Ten.  Released at the tail-end of 2016 on No Sleep records, Top Ten is an enthralling mix of  indie rock, 90s emo, and post hardcore with vocals that have the feel and vibe of early shoegaze bands without at all sounding like vocals from a shoegaze band.  On the surface, this record is an unusual mix of disparate elements but somehow Spill make it work.  This is kind of hard to explain considering the similarities and commonalities found in emo, post hardcore, and indie rock bands, but Spill has done a tremendous job of taking the elements from those sub-genres that are the farthest apart, mixing them together, and coming out the other end with a staggeringly fascinating sound and record.

EP Review: 'Perfectly Competent' by Talk Show Host

Title:  Perfectly Competent (BandCamp, Amazon, iTunes, Spotify)
Artist:  Talk Show Host (Facebook, BandCamp, SoundCloud, Spotify)

Hailing from Toronto, Canad, Talk Show Host is a power trio that plays poppy punk indie rock.  According to the band's Facebook page, they are "two recovering punks and an indie rocker" which is a very fitting description.  Their latest EP, Perfectly Competent sounds like a love song dedicated to the punk and indie rock of the early to mid 1990s, while at the same time feeling modern and relevant.  Released late in the year, Perfectly Competent is the second EP Talk Show Host put out in 2016 and is catchy collection that perfectly blends elements of pop punk, indie rock, and power pop.  The four-song record opens with the highly energetic "Library" perfectly setting the stage for what's to come.  All in all, Perfectly Competent is a fun release by a band to watch.  I can't wait to see what these guys do next.

Video of the Day: "No Sorrow" by The Superweaks

Song:  "No Sorrow"
EP:  Modern Baseball / Thin Lips / The Superweaks Split (Big Scary Monsters, Lame-O Records)
Artist:  The Superweaks (OfficialFacebook, Twitter, Instagram, BandCamp, Spotify)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Oklahoma Lefty Podcast # 4

This week we discuss that most grand of times in a person's life -- high school.  Prompted by a status making the rounds on Facebook of 10 records that made a lasting impression on you as a teenager, host Dave Brown reminisces on his high school career and how music played a big part in shaping who he was and who he became.

Listen to "Oklahoma Lefty Podcast # 4" on Spreaker.

1.  "Only in Memories" by Great Cynics (from Only in Memories)
2.  "Evil Way" by Shit Present (from Misery + Disaster)
3.  "Out of Step (With the World)" by Minor Threat (from Complete Discography)
4.  "Velvet Room" by Buffalo Tom (from Let Me Come Over)
5.  "Totally Fucked" by Pass Away (from Totally Fucked)
6.  "Shaggy" by RVIVR (from The Tide b/w Shaggy)
7.  "Bottles Of Wine" by Don't Make Ghosts (from Death Ride)
8.  "Randall Commander" by The Rentiers (from Bring Me the Finest World Map Shower Curtain in all the Land)
9.  "The Bad Parts" by Timeshares (from Already Dead)
10.  "The James" by Tim Barry (from Lost & Rootless)
11.  "Girl Talk" by Euclid Crash (from Euclid Crash)
12.  "Tightrope Walker" by Broadcaster (from Tightrope Walker)
13.  "American Love" by Aree & the Pure Heart (from Heartsongs EP)
14.  "What A Shame" by Classics Of Love (from Classics Of Love)
15.  "Two Out Of Three Ain't Rad" by Red City Radio (from Red City Radio)
16.  "Bored Teenagers" by Beach Slang (from Here, I Made This For You [Beach Slang Mixtape Vol. 2])

Friday, January 13, 2017

Album Review: 'Bring Me the Finest World Map Shower Curtain in all the Land' by The Rentiers

Title:  Bring Me the Finest World Map Shower Curtain in all the Land (Jigsaw Records, BandCamp, Amazon, iTunes, Spotify)
Artist:  The Rentiers (Official, BandCamp, SoundCloudSpotify)

In just two short years, The Rentiers appeared, knocked out a series of stellar EPs and singles, broke down genre stereotypes and walls, and called it a day.  The brainchild of Plow United and Ex Friend's Joel Tannenbaum, The Rentiers was a "band" that always defied definition by simply being great.  Hosting a revolving set of members (often a slightly different lineup for each release) the band mixed elements of power pop, indie rock, synth pop, and indie pop, with pure punk ethos resulting in a sound that was invigorating, melodic, and unbelievably catchy.  And that's just the music.  Lyrically Tannenbaum is an utter genius.  These songs are clever, poetic stories that are at times literal and at times metaphoric with their sophistication, heart, and nuance.

Bring Me the Finest World Map Shower Curtain in all the Land collects nearly everything the band has recorded including the Here is a List of Things That Exist, Black Metal Yoga, and Amateur Hour EPs, the singles "The Early 2000s," "Don't Go to College," and "Brooklyn's Been Good to Me" plus four previously unreleased songs.  Often anthology's feel like a haphazard collection of songs that don't necessarily go well together or just present the songs in order of release (which in and of itself isn't a bad thing).  In purely fitting Rentier's fashion, Bring Me the Finest World Map Shower Curtain in all the Land does neither of those things.  Instead the record flows like a traditional album, making it feel like a cohesive unit and not a collection spanning material written and recorded over a two year period by various people in multiple locations.  To illustrate this point, the record opens with the uplifting and inspiring anthem ""Hang Out or  Die Trying" which was the closing track on the Amateur Hour EP but works perfectly as the beginning to this collection and as an introduction to this wonderful band.  But because this band has always been defiant in doing their own thing, the last four songs of the record are the first four songs the band released and appear in same order they originally did on the Here is a List of Things That Exist EP.  There is a poetic symmetry in that conclusion, ending things where they began.  

If this really is the end of The Rentiers, then it is a fitting, complementary, and satisfying way to go out.  I have been a fan of this group since the beginning and have eagerly awaited and anticipated each release.  It makes me sad to know that this is the end.  Joel Tannenbaum is a tremendously talented musician and an extremely nice guy whose career I will follow wherever it takes me,  For those who have never heard The Rentiers, Bring Me the Finest World Map Shower Curtain in all the Land is the perfect introduction and conclusion presenting everything that this amazing act had to offer.  This is a band that I am truly going to miss.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Oklahoma Lefty Podcast # 3

Welcome to third edition of the Oklahoma Lefty Podcast.  Thanks again to The Spark Radio Network for hosting the show and if you are in a band or a label that would like to submit your music for the Oklahoma Lefty Podcast, please drop a line to 

Listen to "Oklahoma Lefty Podcast # 3" on Spreaker.

1. "Cobblestones" by Nothington (from Cobblestones)
2. "Nosebleed Song # 2" by The Fairweather Band (from Meow)
3. "Electric Light" by The Flats (from Auburn In The Everlast)
4. "Crack Whore" by The Fluffy Whites (from Crack Whore)
5. "996 Tears" by Hard Girls (from A Thousand Surfaces)
6. "Sad" by Hagfish (from Buick Men)
7. "Don't You Forget" by Arliss Nancy (from Greater Divides)
8. "You're Gonna Be Golden" by Signals Midwest (from At This Age)
9. "East St. Louis" by Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds (from I'd Rather Die Than Live Forever)
10. "I Miss You" by Candy Hearts (from All The Ways You Let Me Down)
11. "Wave Goodnight To Me" by Jeff Rosenstock (from Worry.)
12. "Swann Street" by 3 (from Dark Days Coming)
13. "Girl's Got Money" by Kurt Baker (from Girl's Got Money b/w Yeah? Yeah!)
14. "Power Chords and Fragile Words" by Adam Darowski (from YAY!)
15. "Future Mixtape for the Art Kids" by Beach Slang (from A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings)
16. "Xenophobe: A Car" Armchair Martian (from Armchair Martian)

*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, January 09, 2017

Album Review: 'Dear Avalanche' by Lights & Motion

Title:  Dear Avalanche (Deep Elm Records, BandCamp [Deep Elm], Amazon, iTunes, Spotify)
Artist:  Lights & Motion (Facebook, Twitter, InstagramYouTube, SoundCloud, BandCamp, SpotifyDeep Elm Records, Wikipedia)

What word do you use when "epic" simply isn't enough?  To call Lights & Motion's fourth album Dear Avalanche epic would be an understatement.  The follow-up to the act's brilliant 2015 record Chronicle, takes everything that was great about that album rips it up, rebuilds it better than it was before, and adds new layers and elements making for a powerful, expansive, haunting, driving, and stunningly epic listening experience.  Composer and multi-instrumentalist Christoffer Franzen has truly outdone himself with Dear Avalanche by once again creating a masterpiece of gigantic sound, all performed by one man (minus the background vocals, which add a remarkable extra layer to the already fortified music).  The truly raw and dynamic emotions that Franzen is able to invoke without uttering a single word is astonishing.  This is cinematic post-rock at its finest and is a colossal tour de force of instrumental music magic that pushes the boundaries of what it means to be cinematic, instrumental, and fantastic rock 'n' roll.

Currently Listening

1.  "Still Be Around" by Uncle Tupelo (from Still Feel Gone)
2.  "Belong" by R.E.M. (from Out Of Time)
3.  "With You" by Dave Hause (from With You)
4.  "Lookers" by The Menzingers (from Lookers)
5.  "The '59 Sound" by The Gaslight Anthem (from The '59 Sound)
6.  "For All We Care" by Chuck Ragan (from Till Midnight)
7.  "Running To Stand Still" by U2 (from The Joshua Tree)
8.  "The Stairs" by INXS (from X)
9.  "Bedlam Bridge" by Midnight Oil (from Blue Sky Mining)
10.  "I Was a Teenage Anarchist" by Against Me! (from White Crosses)