DECEMBER 2 - DECEMBER 152015 VOL. 11 ISSUE 24
LOCAL ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS FOR PEOPLE WHO PAY ATTENTION
GET THE NIGHT SWEATS ON PAGE 12 | TOP 10 ALBUMS OF THE YEAR ON PAGE 14
I never had the mind of an accountant.My brain tends to jump on getting the next project done and out of way for another. So, I enjoyed writing this cover story. It helped me slow down and think back on the year. I guess I should credit Ferris Bueller for his advice of slowing down once in a while.
Although I did my best togather all the Okie music accomplish-ments in once place, I know I missed some spots. For example, Ryan Tedder of One Republic is from Oklahoma. I didnt know that until a month ago. Maybe youre
not a huge fan but it bears men-tioning that he helped write a song on Adeles 25. Check out the track Remedy and stew on the fact that theres an Okie on the biggest album of the year.
I spendheaps of time following Oklahoma music. I feel pretty lucky to be able to do that for a living. I try to share my findings in words, photos and videos. I attended more Okie festivals this year than in any year prior. I listened to no less than 75 Okie albums this year. Sorry, this is sounding like a resume. Theres a point. I swear.
Sharing is my favorite thing in the world. Nothing is better than pointing someone to music they might love, and its a bonus when that music is made here. I get a thrill when people share music and art with me. If you flip over to the cover story, youll soon realize some of the biggest Okie artists have even more material on the way.
So, Ill be here waiting and trying to figure out better ways to share the best of it.
But wevestill got two more issues this year, somy LOOKatOKC fun is far from over. Take a peak at all the music stories in this issue, btw. Matt Carneys column once again dissects the pop music world and he even lists 100 songs you have to listen to before the New Year. Weve even got the Top 10 albums of the year figured out.
What can we say? We love music.
One of my favorite Okie music moments in 2015 was when Dawes invited John Moreland onstage and became his backing band. [NATHAN POPPE, FOR LOOKATOKC]
N A T H A N P O P P Efrom the editor
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30 | Caf do Brasil celebrating 10th anniversary
11 | House call: Film crew invades Guthrie home
Cafe do Brasil started as a dream from Larry and Anna Davis. The duo are cele-brating 10 years of the Midtown restuar-ant. Check out what it took to make their dream a reality.
When filmmakers visit Oklahoma, we want to be there catching the magic. Our editor Nathan Poppe dropped by the set of The Scent of Rain and Lightning to see what made the Okie production tick.
6 | In praise of Courtney Barnetts Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Some-times I Just Sit
Nobody listens to more new music than our pop music critic Matt Car-ney. Check out what made him freak out about Courtney Barnetts sensa-tional full-length album.
8 | OKC Artists for Justice founders see activism as extension of creativity
Creativity doesnt just mean pretty pictures. Sometimes it extends to activism and current events. See how the OKC Artists for Justice founders are making their thoughts heard.
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Its become this column spaces tradition to spend the years last dispatch regaling my favorite record of the year. This year, two minor changes in programming: 1) Its not the years last column, which, yes, I know, deal with it you pedantic nerds. And 2) If you flip a few pages over youll notice that my pick for the years best record is Sufjan Stevens articulate meditation on death and familial loss, Carrie & Lowell. Thing is, I already went on about it back in May.
So this years love letter instead goes to my runner-up, Australian Courtney Barnetts charm-ing and rambling, wise-beyond-her-years debut Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit.While Carrie & Lowell gets tripped up real bad and heavy on mortality, Sometimes I Sit and Think tours the listener through a wide range of the human experience: anxiety, sentimentality, thrill, depression, flirtation, embarrassment, hope, and the confusion of experiencing diametrically opposed feelings at once. Barnetts ideas run free, carried even faster by her brighter take on 90s grunge and 70s power-pop.
Here, as the title might suggest, the stakes are not particularly high. Barnetts songs come from the mundane: elevator rides, a house-hunting expedition to the suburbs, exercising at the pool. But what most writers would ignore as boring the everyday stuff that protagonists dont have time for Barnett mines for rich material, spinning her many observations into witticisms and irresistible melodies that enter your skull through your ears, exiting early and often on your tongue. In the months since the record came out, Ive often caught myself humming along or, apropos of nothing, singing the most memorable lines to myself in the way you do in the downtime when your brain suddenly feels the impulse to entertain itself.
Save perhaps Carly Rae Jepsens pure throw-pack pop glitter-fest EMOTION, there isnt a more quotable record to come out this year.
In part because Sometimes I Sit and Think is so wordy but also because Barnetts sense of meter is so developed, her deliverys more like a rappers than a rock singers. Take for instance the albums opening track Elevator Operator: You can tell when Barnett shifts from narrating an exchange to the actual dialogue between the two characters, just by her phrasing. Shes reached John Darnielle-level on her first album.
And goodness, some of these lines of hers. At first listen I thought maybe Barnett was simply witty, but the writing goes deeper than that, often into insight and even wisdom. My internal monologue is saturated analog. She looks him up and down with a Botox frown. Im not sui-cidal, just idling insignificantly. Its a California bungalow in a cul-de-sac. That last one comes from the song about house-hunting in the Mel-bourne suburb of Preston, as good a descriptor of anything youll hear in a song all year.
That songs called Depreston, and without it the record wouldnt hold up nearly as well. Its the centerpiece; a moody, resonant lite-country shuffle thats all narrative, no exposition. But in that short four-and-a-half minutes Barnett captures a distinct and moving portrait of twen-ty-something anxiety, one that dares to build a hypnotic refrain out of the words of a realtor, sung in Barnetts most detached, disaffected tone. The message seems pretty clear: I dont know if I much care for this world Im expected to join.
Courtney Barnett. [PHOTO PROVIDED]
In praise of Courtney Barnetts Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
M A T T C A R N E Yheadphonetics F O L L O W @ O K M A T T C A R N E Y O N T W I T T E R
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90 GREAT NEW SONGS OF 2015Standout singles and epic album cuts, chart-toppers and cassette-only releases, hi-fi, no-fi, rock, electronica, country, soul, hip-hop, pop, and who knows what else. Heres 90 great new songs I heard this year.YG Twist My FingazModern Baseball The Thrash ParticleConnan Mockasin & Devonte Hynes Feelin LovelyVince Staples SeoritaLos Colognes Baby, You Cant Have BothRoadside Graves Gospel RadioAll Dogs That Kind of Girl Jamie xx (feat. Popcaan and Young Thug) (I Know) Theres Gonna Be Good TimesTitus Andronicus Dimed OutDestroyer Dream LoverSheer Mag Fan the FlamesKendrick Lamar AlrightEskimeaux Broken NecksShamir Call It OffHeems SometimesDan Deacon Learning to RelaxTokyo Vanity Thats My Best FriendBattles The YabbaCarly Rae Jepsen Boy ProblemsFather John Misty The Ideal HusbandScreaming Females Criminal ImageCorb Lund Sadr CityRae Sremmurd Unlock the SwagCourtney Barnett DeprestonSpeedy Ortiz Raising the SkateWet DeadwaterDwight Yoakam The Big TimeAction Bronson Terry
Brandon Flowers Dreams Come TrueGrimes Kill V. MaimMain Attrakionz (feat. Shady Blaze) Shoot The DiceSleater-Kinney Price TagRP Boo Your ChoiceSports PanamaThundercat (feat. Flying Lotus) Them ChangesMac Miller 100 GrandkidsHop Along Powerful ManBeau Jennings Me & WileyMigos Dab DaddyPublic Access TV In Love and AloneSkylar Spence Cant You SeeJustin Bieber (feat. Skrillex & Diplo) What Do You Mean?Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment Sunday CandyGirlpool ChinatownSufjan Stevens Fourth of JulyThe Mountain Goats The Legend of Chavo GuerreroJohn Moreland Hearts Too HeavyYoung Thug (feat. Birdman) Constantly HatingGiorgio Moroder (feat. Kylie Minogue) Right Here, Right NowMiguel CoffeeVeruca Salt Prince of WalesWilco Random Name GeneratorFuture March MadnessDrake Hotline BlingDrake & Future JumpmanTame Impala Cause Im a ManAshley Monroe Im Good at LeavinNebraska Stand Your Ground
Deafheaven Brought to the WaterThe Weeknd Cant Feel My FaceJulia Holter Feel YouKacey Musgraves Dime Store CowgirlTelekinesis Sleep InTallows The Dead SeaJanet Jackson No SleeepJoanna Newsom SapokanikanDJ Spinn (feat. Danny Brown) DubbyLil B & Chance the Rapper We RareNight Beds CornerHusbands Stay GoldWidowspeak GirlsWeaves TickRayland Baxter Yellow EyesNative Lights Black Wall StreetNao Inhale ExhaleMissy Elliott (feat. Pharrell) W.T.F. (Where They From)Frankie Cosmos YoungJeremih OuiBlood Orange Sandras SmileThe Very Best Let GoIsaiah Rashad NellyChromatics ShadowNeon Indian SlumlordSilento Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)Sex Snobs Burnt Around the Edge/Pop Songs and Other Ways to DieHoundmouth My Cousin GregJacob Tovar & The Saddle Tramps One Track Minded BabyThe Sun Parade Hearts OutRihanna (feat. Kanye West & Paul McCartney) FourFiveSecondsMakthaverskan Witness
Drake. [AP PHOTO]
F O L L O W @ O K M A T T C A R N E Y O N T W I T T E R M A T T C A R N E Y headphonetics
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art speaks O K C A R T I S T S F O R J U S T I C E
By Ebony Iman Dallas
At the heart of every artist lies a sense of purpose. The desire to make mean-ing of the world around them and deeply seated emotions are fuels that drive them. This is why art and activism marry, effortlessly.
This is how chaos seeded the minds of local poets Grace Franklin and Candace Liger (who also
is a dancer) to create OKC Artists for Justice on Oct. 1, 2014. These women, along with a group of dedicated members, work to address injustices committed against women of color through advo-cacy and support in the state of Oklahoma.
They currently are supporting the 13 women who have accused DanielHoltzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, of stalking, sexual battery, forcible oral sodomy and rape. Holtzclaw is being tried in Oklahoma County District Court
on 36 counts, including eight counts of rape.In this interview, co-founder Grace Franklin
shares the inspiration behind OKC Artists for Justice, their work and how to get involved.
Q: What drives you as a poet and activist?Grace Franklin: Creativity is the ability to be open and available to feel and express what is around you. Being a poet is very much about observation. In observing, you learn that we are the same and
OKC Artists for Justice members and supporters in front of the Oklahoma County Courthouse during the trial of former Oklahoma City police officer, Daniel Holtzclaw. [PHOTO BY VALERIE ROLLINS-VAUGHN OF WITHUNMIND PHOTOGRAPHY]
OKC Artists for Justice founders see activism as extension of creativity
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art speaksO K C A R T I S T S F O R J U S T I C E
Above, OKC Artists for Justice co-founder Candace Liger leads chants in front of the Oklahoma County Court-house. Below, I Am Her painting and protesters outside of Oklahoma County Courthouse. [PHOTOS BY VALERIE ROLLINS-VAUGHN OF WITHUNMIND PHOTOGRAPHY, PAINTING BY TIFFANI N. SANDERS]
different. Activism for me is an extension of creativity. How do you express the injustice and oppression that you see and experience beyond a poem? It is with action.
Q: What message do you hope to convey through your work?Franklin: Socially, economically, spiritually, artistically, individually and collectively, black women matter. And it doesnt diminish anyone elses value. We cannot discuss injustice with the intention to change it if we are unwilling to look at society in all its complexity in the light of day. We must discuss it all, especially what is uncomfortable. We can change anything we choose when we are truthful.
Q. How was OKC Artists for Justice formed?Franklin: Candace and I were discussing the (Holtzclaw) case. The fact that his bail was reduced from $5 million to $500,000 was so insulting and infuriating, we wanted to stand up and say No. This is not OK. You cannot let a man who (charges allege) attacked and raped 13 women, per the charges, go home and have Christmas dinner with his family while those women are still in fear. We are black women. It could have been us. We are both artists who speak about the power of women and the need for each woma...