Its the end of the year, and that means lists. Ive actually been making a list of the best best-of lists (1. Paste Magazine, 2. MySpace, 3. Rhapsody), which means that Ive officially gone overboard.
But this means nothing but good things for you, dear reader. Here are a ton o lists that chronicle the year in Oklahoma City music, because Im in that kind of mood.
10 RELEASES WE LOVED, IN ABC ORDER
1. Bummer Camp by The Boom Bang: A messy, disastrous delight.
2. Diamonds & Gasoline by Turnpike Troubadours: Roots-rock gem that shines with bright songwriting and masterful musicianship.
3. Feel Spectres by Feel Spectres: 37 minutes of purist indie-rock goodness.
4. No Bees, No Honey by Ali Harter: Buzz-worthy for sure.
5. Say Youre a Sinner by Green Corn Revival: An earthy, tribal quality that fuses gospel with rural retro charm.
6. Stay Gold by Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: As solid as they come.
7. Taddy Porter by Taddy Porter:
Riffing that will stick in your mind for days.
8. Taking Over the World by Skating Polly: Skating Polly could very well make good on the albums titular promise.
9. The Samson Mammoth by Tony Browns Happy Hour: Marks an excellent hello to the metro music scene.
10. You (Understood) by Samantha Crain: Its unexpected in almost every way.
4 BANDS POISED FOR AN ENORMOUS 2011
1. O Fidelis
2. The Non
3. The Boom Bang
4. Skating Polly
1 ALBUM AT 37 ON BILLBOARDS ALBUM CHART
1. All American Nightmare by Hinder
4 ENTERTAINING VIDEO PROJECTS ON LOCAL MUSIC
1. Acoustic Oklahoma: youtube.com/InnerStateStudio
2. The VDub Sessions: vdubsessions.wordpress.com
3. The Chevy Bricktown Showcase: youtube.com/ChevyBricktown
4. The O Fidelis YouTube Channel: youtube.com/ofidelisTV
5 REASONS NORMAN MUSIC FESTIVAL 3 WAS AWESOME
1. The Non played a max-capacity set with an orchestra at Sooner Theatre. (Someone please put the group on the main stage next year!)
2. The Latin stage was all sorts of cool.
3. The festival was large enough to have stages that may or may not have been official, like the Studio 360 stage, which was headlined by the incredible American Glamstand.
4. Hip-hop and metal had a much larger presence, ushering in an admirable diversity.
5. It was (still!) free.
3 GONE BANDS WE WILL MISS
1. The Uglysuit
2. El Paso Hot Button
3. The City Lives (OK, almost gone)
3 GONE BANDS THAT RETURNED
1. Little League Hero
2. The Hex
3. American Boyfriends
1 MUSIC DVD THAT RULED
1. Drugs: The Videos by Dustin Prinz
5 NATIONAL RELEASES WITH ONLY A TANGENTIAL RELATION TO OKLAHOMA
1. Sigh No More by Mumford and Sons: Track 11 is Dust Bowl Dance.
2. The Suburbs by Arcade Fire: Edmond, represent!
3. This Is Happening by LCD Soundsystem: Oklahoma is, in fact, also happening. We exist.
4. The Age of Adz by Sufjan Stevens: Which was proof that his 50 states project most likely will not encompass Oklahoma.
5. The Monitor by Titus Andronicus: This concept album about the Civil War sadly does not cover the Battle of Honey Springs or the Battle of Chustenahlah, which happened in our fair state.