Video of the Day: Ben Kweller, “Jealous Girl” July 27, 2012 |
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Ben Kweller’s “Go Fly a Kite” saw the Texas guitar marvel return to the pop-rock he does best, and the video for standout track “Jealous Girl” offers a dark counterpoint to the track’s beautiful, Big Star-like shimmer.
Video of the Day: Heartless Bastards, “Only For You” July 26, 2012 Bradley Beesley, director of all your favorite Flaming Lips videos, “Okie Noodling” and “Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo,” directed this fantastic new HB video. Kids today grow up so fast. Read More
Video of the Day: Bat for Lashes, “Laura” July 24, 2012 Natasha Khan’s new album, “The Haunted Man,” is due Oct. 15, so it’s going to be a long two and half months, but this first video from the album will make the wait more tolerable. “Laura” premiered on Radio 1 yesterday, breaking the relatively long silence since 2009′s “Two Suns. Read More
Music Review: Frank Ocean, “Channel Orange” July 19, 2012 Rating: 92 Last month, when Frank Ocean posted a December 2011 letter in which he intelligently and poetically discussed his bisexuality, the revelation touched off the expected dialogue on homophobia in the R&B and hip-hop communities and how such an announcement from a respected singer-songwriter could... Read More
Movie Review: “The Dark Knight Rises” July 18, 2012 With “The Dark Knight Rises,” the final film in director Christopher Nolan’s meditative and brutal “Batman” trilogy, Nolan orchestrates an artistically brave, uncompromised conclusion. It does not top 2008′s “The Dark Knight,” but it sustains that film’s excellence, building tension throughout and... Read More
Afghan Whigs Cover Frank Ocean’s “Lovecrimes” July 16, 2012 Greg Dulli and the reunited Afghan Whigs have been covering this standout from the 2011 mixtape “Nostalgia, Ultra” practically since it came out, but they just released their studio version of it, and in classic Afghan Whigs style, Dulli makes everything about the song much creepier. This is to be expected,... Read More
Video of the Day: Frank Ocean Plays “Bad Religion” on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” July 10, 2012 Ocean’s new album, “Channel Orange,” releases in physical form next week, but went to digital platforms such as iTunes today. Ocean, the lead singer of Odd Future, performs the song with The Roots and a a full string section. UPDATE: After listening to “Channel Orange” today, I’m convinced it’s... Read More
Beach House/Wild Nothing at Cain’s Ballroom — Monday July 9, 2012 July 10, 2012 Of all the shows I’ve attended at Cain’s Ballroom I can’t recall an opening act as well received as Blacksburg, Virginia’s Wild Nothing. It certainly helped that their wistful, chiming white-boy melodies and pedestrian tempos are cut from the same gauze as headlining Sub Pop act Beach House, but their... Read More
Video of the Day: Father John Misty Covers The Flaming Lips’ “Do You Realize??” for AV Undercover July 05, 2012 J. Tillman, the former Fleet Foxes member who now records under the name Father John Misty and released his debut, “Fear Fun,” this spring, tackles the official Oklahoma Rock Song. It’s one of the most faithful of the AV Undercover entries this year, by far, but very nice indeed. Read More
Video of the Day: Grouplove Covers Andrew W.K.’s “Party Hard” for AV Undercover June 26, 2012 The recently ubiquitous folk-rock band Grouplove offers a pastoral take on this classic by motivational speaker, white shirt enthusiast and “My Little Pony” lover Andrew W.K. Would have loved a medley with “It’s Time To Party” and “Party Til You Puke,” but Grouplove is clearly committed here, as... Read More
Video of the Day: Polyphonic Spree cover Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” for “AV Undercover” June 19, 2012 Tim DeLaughter gets the choir on the same page for this lush but faithful version of Neil Young’s classic. The only thing missing is a Jimmy Fallon cameo. Read More
Happy Birthday 70th Birthday Paul McCartney June 18, 2012 In honor of Paul McCartney’s birthday today, I’m reprinting my 2009 review of his unforgettable 2009 concert at Tulsa’s BOK Center. One of the best and most memorable concert experiences I’ve had. No other living musician’s work has had a greater impact on my life. Paul McCartney at the BOK Center... Read More
Video of the Day: Sugar Free Allstars, “Gotta Get Up” June 14, 2012 Chris Wiser and Dr. Rock of Sugar Free Allstars stage their own “Toy Story” thanks to some animated brilliance by filmmaker and Static producer Kyle Roberts. This is the first single from the Oklahoma City “kindie rock” duo’s new album, “All On a Sunday Afternoon. Read More
Bat For Lashes Announce New Album June 13, 2012 Three years after the stunning “Two Suns,” Natasha Khan returns with Bat For Lashes’ third album, “The Haunted Man,” on October 15. Few details are known other than a series of European tour stops, but this is quite obviously a bold-type calendar entry in StaticBlog’s 2012. Read More
Video of the Day: The Roots, Jimmy Fallon and Carly Rae Jepsen do “Call Me Maybe” backstage on “Late Night” June 13, 2012 Fallon and the Roots have the best late night music on television, and this backstage video, not even part of the broadcast, shows why. This is one of Fallon’s most popular non-parody viral videos since he took over “Late Night,” and for good reason — infectious song, joyously performed. Read More
deadCENTER Film Festival Movie Review: “Love Free or Die” June 11, 2012 Rating: 81 “Love Free or Die” first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year, and the coordinator of deadCENTER knew he had to get it the moment he saw it. It follows Gene Robinson, the first gay bishop of the Episcopal Church in some of his more vulnerable moments. The documentary starts at the... Read More
deadCENTER Film Festival Movie Review: “Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry” June 11, 2012 A documentary film featured at Dead Center Film Festival examines the life and accomplishments of Ai Wei Wei, the controversial Chinese artist and political activist. “Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry,” directed by Allison Klayman, introduces the rebellious and bold personality of the artist, his struggles against... Read More
deadCenter Film Festival Movie Review: “Side By Side” June 11, 2012 Rating: 84 A documentary featuring the titans of the film industry gathered together in one film to discuss the future of the film industry and what road will be taken to arrive there… Yes please! As director Christopher Kenneally begins his doc; which features interviews with the Martin Scorsese, George... Read More
deadCENTER Film Festival Movie Review: “Holiday Road” June 10, 2012 The holiday-themed anthology “Holiday Road” can be summed up in one word: Silly. The movie starts off with a New Years Eve party countdown to midnight. When the countdown ends, two of the characters start counting down for the next New Year, starting at 31,536,000. This goes on for an entire year. They go... Read More
Nick Offerman takes a double helping of OKC at 12th Annual deadCenter Film Festival June 07, 2012 Nick Offerman arrived at the Chesapeake Boathouse for the opening of the 12th annual deadCenter Film Festival just as the rainstorm hit the area Wednesday afternoon, but the “Parks and Recreation” star’s view of Oklahoma City could not be dampened by the weather. “I have become such a big fan of Oklahoma... Read More
Staticblog" is a repository for the musings and harangues of Assistant Entertainment Editor George Lang, featuring indie music videos, movie news.
Articles from George Lang
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- 2013 summer movie preview
- Concert review: Fleetwood Mac at the BOK -- better live now than ever?
- Static: Sundance releases 'Top of the Lake' to Netflix
- The Joy Formidable brings rootsy energy to Norman Music Festival
- Outlook 2013: Oklahoma musicians go South by Southwest