Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Album Review: 'In The End' by Nothington

Title:  In The End (BandCamp, Red Scare Industries, Amazon, iTunes, Interpunk, Spotify)
Artist:  Nothington (Official, Facebook, Twitter, Bandsintown, BandCamp, Spotify)

Nothington's fourth full-length album In The End is the kind of nearly perfect record that somehow gets better with each and every listen.  This record is the perfect mixture of aggression and melody, gruff edges and pop sensibilities, punk and rock.  The album is classic Nothington with 11 songs of big choruses, tight melodies, gruff dueling lead vocals, excellent harmonies, and hooks that refuse to let you go.  It's that killer melding of melodic pop punk with country twinges and classic rock anthems that hits some many different sweet spots.  Then there's the lyrics.  This record deals with desperation, love, and growing older without ever diving into complete despair, offering glimmers of hope for a better tomorrow.  In fact it's those lyrics that really drive this record home taking it from great to unfuckingbelievable.  This is the kind of record that hits you first with its incredible sounds and then knocks you out with its words.

In the past few years, it has become increasingly obvious that Nothington has quietly become one of the most influential bands in modern punk.  You can hear their impact on the music of acts ranging from Red City Radio to Arms Aloft to Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves to Timeshares, just to name a few.

From top to bottom this record kills.  I've been listening to it constantly for a couple of months now and each time I put it on, I find something new to love.  Bottom line, In The End is a completely and utterly satisfying record musically, lyrically, and emotionally.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Oklahoma Lefty Podcast # 10: Interview with Benchmarks

This week we interview Todd Farrell Jr. from Benchmarks, play new stuff from Oklahoma's own Brad Fielder, The Bigger Empty, Early Riser, Dave Hause, and Dead Bars, plus a debut from OKC's Get Fired, a classic from Armchair Martian, and much more.

Don't forget the Oklahoma Lefty Podcast giveaway. We have 10 digital copies of Lights & Motion's excellent album Dear Avalanche to give away. Just Tweet #OLPGiveaway to @OklahomaLefty

Listen to "Oklahoma Lefty Podcast # 10: Interview with Benchmarks" on Spreaker.

1. "I Am My Radio" by Bullet Proof Lovers (from Shot Through The Heart)
2. "Maybeing" by Armchair Martian (from Hang on Ted)
3. "The Sea Around Us" by Erica Freas (from Patient Ones)
4. "The Nevers" by Early Riser (from The Nevers)
5. "Take My Heart With You" by The Bigger Empty (from Lakes & Oceans Vol 1 : Michigan)
6. "Randall Commander" by The Rentiers (from Bring Me the Finest World Map Shower Curtain in All the Land)
7. "The Enemy Within" by Ben Lee (from Freedom, Love, And The Recuperation Of The Human Mind)
8. "Frames" by Benchmarks (from Our Undivided Attention)
9. Interview with Benchmarks' Todd Farrell Jr.
10. "Girls and Boys" by Benchmarks (from Our Undivided Attention)
11. "The Only Thing That Matters is Whatever's After the Hashtag" by Get Fired (from Too Old to Dream)
12. "Always Bet On Clark" by Dead Bars (from Dream Gig)
13. "Don't Speak" by NOTCHES (from Change My Mind EP)
14. "Mr. Shepherd's Bandage" by The Pavers (from Local 1500)
15. "The Brick and the Broom" by Brad Fielder (from Vernacular Songs)
16. "Burn After Reading" by Nothington (from In The End)
17. "With You" by Dave Hause (from Bury Me In Philly)

*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.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Currently Listening

I went to see Logan yesterday and man that was a brutal flick.  I'm planning on writing a full review but in the meantime all I can say is that was an incredibly powerful and emotionally draining film that left me exhausted for the rest of the day.  This playlist was partially inspired by the film and partially inspired by my conversation with Benchmarks' Todd Farrell Jr. which will be part of the next edition of the Oklahoma Lefty Podcast.

1.  "Hurt" by Johnny Cash (from American IV: The Man Comes Around)
2.  "King Of Birds" by R.E.M. (from Document [R.E.M. No. 5])
3.  "Hummer" by Smashing Pumpkins (from Siamese Dream)
4.  "Don't Follow" by Alice In Chains (from Jar Of Flies)
5.  "Seasons" by Chris Cornell (from Singles - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
6.  "Chloe Dancer/Crown Of Thornes" by Mother Love Bone (from Mother Love Bone)
7.  "You Are The World" by Live (from Mental Jewelry)
8.  "Euphoria" by School Of Fish (from School Of Fish)
9.  "Black Gold" by Soul Asylum (from Grave Dancers Union)
10.  "Name" by Goo Goo Dolls (from A Boy Named Goo)
11.  "All Apologies" by Nirvana (from In Utero)
12.  "Never Mind" by The Replacements (from Pleased To Meet Me)
13.  "A Murder Of One" by Counting Crows (from August And Everything After)
14.  "Something I Can Never Have" by Nine Inch Nails (from Pretty Hate Machine)

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Album Review: 'Higley' by Higley

Title:  Higley (BandCamp, Amazon, iTunes, Spotify)
Artist:  Higley (Facebook, BandCamp, Spotify)

Higley is the brainchild of former G-WHIZ guitarist Kevin Carl and is nothing short of brilliant.  Boasting members of ALL/Descendents, Pollen, and River City High, Higley plays absolutely perfect melodic pop punk.  The band recorded and released two songs back in 2012 and is now back with a new lineup and a flawless full-length debut.  The album opens with the instant classic anthem "That's Not Me" a song that poignantly deals with the confusion of growing up and losing oneself in adulthood and middle-age.  This is a theme that is found throughout the record's 12 songs and while there is a frustration that is palpable, there's also hope and a desire to make tomorrow better than today.  It's that uplifting undertone, a need for the simple things in life, that really brings Higley together and makes it something truly special.  And that's not even getting in to how insanely good this record is musically.  The hooks in these songs have their own hooks, the choruses are powerful, the melodies are tight, and the vocals drip with passion.  Oh and the band completely shreds.  This record is a must for fans of pop punk, melodic punk, melodic hardcore, or just top notch pop songs played at 11.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Oklahoma Lefty Podcast # 9

This week was have an interview with the amazing Austin Lucas plus tons of new stuff from the likes of Nothingtong, The Bombpops, The Warning Shots, Higley, Dead Bars, and a cult classic from Mojo Nixon. Don't forget the Oklahoma Lefty Podcast giveaway. We have 10 digital copies of Lights & Motion's excellent album Dear Avalanche to give away. Just follow me on Twitter and Tweet #OLPGiveaway to @OklahomaLefty

Listen to "Oklahoma Lefty Podcast # 9" on Spreaker.

1. "Butterfly Net" by Great Cynics (from POSI)
2. "Earplug Girl" by Dead Bars (from Dream Gig)
3. "Dying Star" by Slingshot Dakota (from Broken)
4. "Comforting the Disturbed and Disturbing the Comfortable" by Dead To Me (from I Wanna Die In Los Angeles)
5. "Might We Dance" by Druglords of the Avenues (from New Drugs)
6. "Beck and Call" by Sundressed (from The Same Condition)
7. "Wild For The Night" by The All Brights (from ...Are Wild For The Night)
8. "The Lies I Need" by Nothington (from In The End)
9. "Educate Me" by Serenity Now! (from Views From The 666)
10. "Goodnight Old Ghost" by Higley (from Higley)
11. "CA in July" by The Bombpops (from Fear Of Missing Out)
12. "Tonight" by The Warning Shots (from Tonight!)
13. "Don't Speak" by Notches (from Change My Mind)
14. "Municipal Geography Lesson" by Deforesters (from Leonard)
15. "Alone in Memphis" by Austin Lucas (from Stay Reckless)
17.  Interview with Austin Lucas
18. "Ain't We Free" by Austin Lucas (from Between The Moon & The Midwest)
19. "Take Me To Your Leader" by Mojo Nixon (from Gadzooks: The Homemade Bootleg)

*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.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Oklahoma Lefty Podcast # 8

This week we've got brand new stuff from Nothington, Notches, The Warning Shots, and Higley plus great stuff from Two Cow Garage, toyGuitar, and a cult classic from Pegboy. Don't forget the Oklahoma Lefty Podcast giveaway. We have 10 digital copies of Lights & Motion's excellent album Dear Avalanche to give away. Just Tweet #OLPGiveaway to @OklahomaLefty

Listen to "Oklahoma Lefty Podcast # 8" on Spreaker.

1. "That's Not Me" by Higley (from Higley)
2. "The Lies I Need" by Nothington (from In The End)
3. "Battleground" by The Bouncing Souls (from Battleground)
4. "Homemade" by Aim Higher (from Homemade)
5. "Through My Fingers" by Pegboy (from Three Chord Monte)
6. "Back On The 9" by Michael Kane and the Morning Afters (from Adding Insult to Industry)
7. "Five Miles" by Muncie Girls (from Five Mile [Demo])
8. "Smoking Stem" by Notches (from Change My Mind)
9. "Move Like a Ghost" by toyGuitar (from Move Like a Ghost)
10. "A Lullaby of Sorts" by Two Cow Garage (from Brand New Flag)
11. "The Kids of Today" by The Warning Shots (from Tonight!)
12. "Lonnie & Clyde" by Worship This! (from Solidarity Mixtape Volume Two)
13. "Let Me In" by Austin Lucas (from Stay Reckless)
14. "Anais & Me" by Snowball II (from Flashes of Quincy)
15. "Shaggy" by RVIVR (from The Tide b/w Shaggy)
16. "We Only Have Forever" by Lights & Motion (from Dear Avalanche)
17. "Municipal Geography Lesson" by Deforesters (from Leonard)

*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.