Saturday, August 19, 2017

Currently Listening

1.  "Puddle of Blood" by Hard Girls (from Puddle of Blood)
2.  "Normal" by The Homeless Gospel Choir (from Presents: Normal)
3.  "Retardent Jig" by Armchair Martian (from Playing 4 Square)
4.  "Get Bent" by Fresh (from Fresh)
5.  "Goin' Back to Wyo" by Teenage Bottlerocket (from Goin' Back to Wyo)
6.  "Kind of Like Smitten" by The Ergs! (from Jersey's Best Prancers)
7.  "Wembley" by Beach Slang (from Here, I Made This For You [Beach Slang Mixtape, Vol. 2])
8.  "Jazz and Cinnamon Toast Crunch" by Micah Schnabel (from Your New Norman Rockwell)
9.  "The Tide" by RVIVR (from The Tide)
10.  "Ever" by The Lemonheads (from Lick)
11.  "Not This Time" by Bash & Pop (from Anything Could Happen)
12.  "Louder In Outer Space" by Skating Polly (from New Trick)
13.  "The Possibility" by Worriers (from The Possibility)
14.  "Grumpy's" by Cayetana (from New Kind of Normal)
15.  "Link in Bio" by Diet Cig (from Swear I'm Good At This)
16.  "Lucy Stone" by Katie Ellen (from Cowgirl Blues)
17.  "Mosquito Bite" by Daddy Issues (from Deep Dream)
18.  "Just Start Dancing" by Early Riser (from Currents)
19.  "Loved to Death" by Static Radio (from Resentiments)
20.  "Kid Candy" by Seaweed (from Four)

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Oklahoma Lefty Podcast # 13

On this edition of the Oklahoma Lefty Podcast we have doubleshots that include new stuff from Habits, Dead Bars, Fire In The Radio, Benchmarks, and Red City Radio plus classics from 7 Seconds, One Man Army, and Drag the River, and much more including questioning the effect of streaming music services and record labels that pull releases from them.

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1.  "The Tide" by RVIVR (from The Tide b/w Shaggy)
2.  "Life Moves" by RVIVR (from Life Moves)
3.  "Three Easy Pieces" by Buffalo Tom (from Three Easy Pieces)
4.  "The Seeker" by Buffalo Tom
5.  "April Fire" by Benchmarks (from American Night)
6.  "Let You Down" by Benchmarks (from Our Undivided Attention)
7.  "Real Eternity" by Bombers (from Memorial Day)
8.  "Unconditional Rough" by Bombers (from Hospital Museum)
9.  "Evil Way" by Shit Present (from Misery + Disaster)
10.  "Anxious Type" by Shit Present (from Shit Present)
11.  "Ladders Made Of Smoke" by Scott Reynolds (from Stupid World)
12.  "Jesus, Satan, Gene Beeman, His Car, & Pizza Hut" by Scott Reynolds & The Steaming Beast (from Adventure Boy)
13.  "Drug Life" by Fire In The Radio (from New Air)
14.  "June 14th" by Fire In The Radio (from Telemetry)
15.  "Scared of Heights" by Micah Schnabel (from Not The Boy You Used To Know)
16.  "Jazz and Cinnamon Toast Crunch" by Micah Schnabel (from Your New Norman Rockwell)
17.  "Catching" by 7 Seconds (from Praise)
18.  "99 Red Balloons" by 7 Seconds (from Walk Together, Rock Together)
19.  "Far To Fall" by Habits (from Train Wreck)
20.  "Here's To Us" by Habits (from Don't Panic)
21.  "Little Fighter" by Red City Radio (from Red City Radio / The Gamits)
22.  "If You Want Blood (Be My Guest)" by Red City Radio (from If You Want Blood [Be My Guest])
23.  "Wembley" by Beach Slang (from Here, I Made This For You [Beach Slang Mixtape Vol. 2])
24.  "Wasted Daze Of Youth" by Beach Slang (from A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings)
25.  "Calloused Heart # 2" by Drag the River (from Closed)
26.  "She Used to Smile" by Drag the River (from Chicken Demos)
27.  "It's Empty" by One Man Army (from Rumors and Headlines)
28.  "The Radio Airwaves Gave Me a Lobotomy" by One Man Army (from BYO Split Series, Vol. 5)
29.  "No Tattoos" by Dead Bars (from Dead Bars / The Tim Version)
30.  "Dream Gig" by Dead Bars (from Dream Gig)

*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, June 28, 2017

Currently Listening

1.  "Cut Your Hair" by Pavement (from Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain)
2.  Lionel Hampton Was Right" by Fire in the Rain (from New Air)
3.  "Shine" by Doughboys (from Crush)
4.  "Sad Girls Club" by Katie Ellen (from Sad Girls Club)
5.  "Friend of Mine" by Big Drill Car (from No Worse for the Wear)
6.  "Sleepy Eyed" by Harker (from A Lifetime Apart)
7.  "Can't Say I'm Sorry" by Habits (from The Defeatist)
8.  "Back to the Bright" by Needles//Pins (from Back to the Bright)
9.  "Dramamine" by Jeff Rosenstock (from Dramamine)
10.  "2016 Was..." by Garrett Dale (from Two Ts EP)
11.  "Sorry in My Mind" by Pillow Talk (from This Is All Pretend)
12.  "Future Me" by Worriers (from Future Me)
13.  "Brand New Love" by Sebadoh (from Smash Your Head on the Punk Rock)
14.  "Certain for Miles" by Cayetana (from New Kind of Normal)
15.  "Tattered Edge / You Should Be Happy" by Goo Goo Dolls (from You Should Be Happy)
16.  "Sunrise" by The Vansanders (from Sunrise)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Album Review: 'Your New Norman Rockwell' by Micah Schnabel

Album:  Your New Norman Rockwell (BandCamp, Last Chance Records, iTunes)
Artist:  Micah Schnabel (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, BandCamp, Big Cartel)

Micah Schnabel's latest album Your New Norman Rockwell is a powerhouse release of poignant poetry, biting social commentary, and personal heartache, all held together by brilliant hooks and heart wrenching melodies.  There is a power and a purpose behind each and every one of these songs and though the subjects are often dark, the world is a far better place because of their existence.  There is a wisdom in these words, born from a point of view that puts others before self refusing to dwell in the gutter of self-service and delusions of grandeur.  Schnabel gives a voice to those who feel alone and worthless and powerless, to those who have been marginalized, belittled, and demonized, and he does it in the best way possible.  It's very easy for those who feel low and stepped on to become angry and bitter and filled with hate.  And that's what makes Your New Norman Rockwell so utterly and completely special.  This record does none of that.  Yes there is anger and frustration but there is no wallowing in self pity or cries for vengeance.  This record is all about making the world a better place by taking care of each other.  It's a musical plea, appealing to the better angels of our nature, begging people to take the higher road of love and compassion and serving others.  And if all of that wasn't enough, these songs are brilliantly crafted mixing the best elements of folk, punk, indie rock, classic rock, and country.  One shining example is the best song that The Replacements never wrote "Jazz and Cinnamon Toast Crunch" with its ridiculous riff, incredible hook, and driving melody that tell the story of growing up making music.  Then there's the soul crushingly moving "The Interview" with it's Lou Reed / Bob Dylan-esque delivery and drives home the desperation of feeling lost and without hope.  Those are just two examples of the 11 exquisite musically diverse moments that make up Your New Norman Rockwell.  From start to finish the album is a roller coaster of emotions and styles held together by Micah Schnabel's voice and words.  This is an exceptionally important record, one that should be felt as great poetry as much as enjoyed as fantastic music.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Currently Listening

1.  "Passing" by Fresh (from These Things Are Not That Fun)
2.  "Heavy Petting Zoo" by Sad Blood (from Legion of Gloom)
3.  "Summer At Home" by Great Cynics (from POSI)
4.  "The Tide" by RVIVR (from The Tide/Shaggy)
5.  "Rebels" by Red City Radio (from Rebels)
6.  "End Transmission" by Nothington (from In The End)
7.  "No Johns" by Fox Wound (from In Passing, You Too Faded)
8.  "True Love And A Free Life Of Free Will" by Japandroids (from Near To The Wild Heart Of Life)
9.  "Everest" by Lights & Motion (from Dear Avalanche)
10.  "Another Nightmare in America" by Cory Branan (from Adios)
11.  "Emergency" by Dead Bars (from Dream Gig)
12.  "Easy to Love" by Cayetana (from New Kind of Normal)
13.  "Latchkey Kid" by John Moreland (from Big Bad Luv)
14.  "Oh, What a Bummer" by Micah Schnabel (from Your New Norman Rockwell)
15.  "Little Conversation" by Drawstring (from Cool)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Album Review: 'Bury Me in Philly' by Dave Hause

Title:  Bury My in Philly (Official, Rise RecordsAmazon, iTunes, Spotify)
Artist:  Dave Hause (Official, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Spotify, Wikipedia)

Dave Hause's third solo full-length is an absolute, unequivocal, incontrovertible joy.  From start to finish Bury Me in Philly is pure rock 'n' roll gold that harkens back to the pop rock glory days of the 1980s.  Now on the surface that might sound like a bad thing but trust me, it isn't.  Taking cues from artists like Bryan Adams and The Hooters, Hause has crafted a record that is dipping with hooks, melodies, and earnest pop sensibilities.  Produced by Hooters' frontman Eric Bazilian, Bury Me in Philly truly is the modern descendant of Bryan Adams' 1984 classic Reckless.  The songs are catchy, full of heart, and powered by pure soul.  I understand that comparing a punk-turned-troubadour singer/songwriter to one of the 1980s pop rock megastars may seem odd if not sacrilegious but it works.  I was in elementary school in 1984 when Reckless came out and I remember with great fondness the power and heart of songs like "Heaven," "Summer of '69," and the brilliant duet with Tina Turner "It's Only Love."  There was a simplicity and an innocence to those songs that filled you with joy and that is the same kind of feeling I get each time I listen to Bury Me in Philly.  What Hause has over Adams and The Hooters is depth and a sincerity born from coming up through the punk rock underground.  Had this album come out at a time when rock 'n' roll records still churned out hits, I have no doubt that songs like "With You," "The Flinch," and the title track would have ruled the charts and airwaves.  

I have been listening to this record for months, picking apart the lyrics and practically meditating on the melodies, and each time I put it on I find something new to love.  Each and every song on this album kills in its own unique way making for a satisfying and spiritual journey.  Trying to put into words how much I love this record has been a challenge.  From the moment I got it, I knew that I was hearing something truly special and that feeling has only grown stronger and deeper with each passing day and rotation.  Bury Me in Philly is the kind of record that speaks not only straight from the heart but straight into your soul.  Dave Hause is a tremendous songwriter and this record is the perfect showcase for his ever expanding talents and skills.  Bury Me in Philly fills my heart with hope, brings joy to my soul, and gives me chills all at the same time.  This is truly a rock 'n' roll masterpiece, a timeless piece of musical perfection that is destined to save souls through its power and purpose.  Thank you Mr. Hause, thank you.

Video of the Day: "Hey Kids!" by Girls Club

Song:  "Hey Kids!"
Artist:  Girls Club (Facebook, InstagramBandCamp)
Album:  Lavender Scare (BandCamp)