Check out the impressively cinematic music video Tulsa/Seoul, South Korea-based electro-pop outfit Kite Flying Robot recently released for its single “Criminal Supervixen.”
The video – a sort of 1980s girl-demon dance party revenge fantasy – was helmed by American-Korean commercial/music video/film director Nick Neon helmed. He co-wrote the storyline with Kite Flying Robot mastermind Nikolas Thompson.
You can download the song at http://kiteflyingrobot.bandcamp.com.
Bearden singer-songwriter John Fullbright recently performed three songs live in Malibu, Calif., for the “Jam in the Van” series. His new song “When You’re Here” was among the songs he played for what JamintheVan.com called “one of the prettiest sessions we’ve ever shot.”
The Oklahoma musician performed two other songs, “Fat Man” and “Satan and St. Paul,” both from his Grammy-nominated 2012 album “From the Ground Up.”
MP3s of all three songs are available for download if you register for the site; to do so, click here.
Fullbright will play three sold-out shows this weekend at what he calls his “Point A” – the Blue Door – as part of the Oklahoma City listening room’s 20th anniversary. For more information, go to www.bluedoorokc.com. Look for part of my new interview with him about the Blue Door on Friday.
As previously reported, Bearden singer-songwriter John Fullbright spent much of last month in Europe for a tour that included stops in Brussels, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
While in the U.K., the Grammy-nominated musician gave a solo acoustic performance of “Satan and St. Paul” on “Later… with Jools Holland,” a music-based show that airs on BBC Two.
Fullbright’s appearance on “Later … With Jools Holland” will air for the first time in the U.S. tomorrow 9 tonight on the music channel Palladia (Cox HD channel 749).
I posted the video of his performance on the show last month, but some good things are worth repeating, leading me to embed it here.
Fullbright will play three sold-out shows this weekend at what he calls his “Point A” – the Blue Door – as part of the Oklahoma City listening room’s 20th anniversary. For more information, go to www.bluedoorokc.com. Look for my new interview with him about the Blue Door on Friday.
Stop-motion animations/special effects legend Ray Harryhausen died Tuesday at London’s Hammersmith Hospital, where he had been receiving treatment for about a week. He was 92.
According to the Associated Press, Harryhausen made 17 movies that are cherished by devotees of film fantasy.
George Lucas, who borrowed some of Harryhausen’s techniques for his “Star Wars” films, told the AP: “I had seen some other fantasy films before, but none of them had the kind of awe that Ray Harryhausen’s movies had.”
Among Harryhausen’s best-known movies are 1981′s “Clash of the Titans,” 1963′s “Jason and the Argonauts,” 1973′s “The Golden Voyage of Sinbad,” and 1956′s “Earth vs. the Flying Saucers.”
Harryhausen’s method was as old as the motion picture itself: stop motion. He sculpted characters from 7.5 cm to 38 cm (3 inches to 15 inches) tall and photographed them one frame at a time in continuous poses, thus creating the illusion of motion. In today’s movies, such effects are achieved digitally.
Harryhausen admired the three-dimensional quality of modern digital effects, but he still preferred the old-fashioned way of creating fantasy.
“I don’t think you want to make it quite real. Stop motion, to me, gives that added value of a dream world,” he said, according to the AP.
To read more of his AP obituary, click here, and check out these highlights from his lengthy, innovative career:
Wednesday Video Spotlight: John Fullbright releases “Gawd Above” video, returns to Oklahoma City’s Blue Door this weekend
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter John Fullbright, who hails from Bearden, recently released the official music video to “Gawd Above,” from his 2012 album “From the Ground Up.” Ovvio Arte directed the black-and-white video.
Fullbright will return this weekend to what he refers to as “Point A” of his burgeoning music career – the Blue Door.
He is playing sold-out shows at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday as part of the fabled listening room’s 20th anniversary celebration.
I got the chance to chat with Fullbright by phone earlier this week about the Blue Door; look for that feature Friday.
Wednesday Video Spotlight: Pistol Annies release “Hush Hush” official video, perform on “Today,” “Letterman,” “The View”
It’s been a big week for country trio the Pistol Annies – Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert, Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe – who released on Tuesday their sophomore album, “Annie Up.”
The album is the follow-up to their successful 2011 group debut “Hell on Heels,” which Lambert took to Twitter (@mirandalambert) today to announce has gone gold.
The Annies also have released the official music video to the new album’s first single, “Hush Hush.”
Plus, the trio has been on a big album release TV blitz in honor of the new album, including appearances on the “Today” show, “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “The View.”
They will play Monday on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and Tuesday on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”
The trio is planning a series of live shows in support of “Annie Up,” too. The group will play June 13 at First Council Casino in Newkirk and June 14 at Lucky Star Casino in Concho. For tickets and information, go to www.ticketstorm.com.
Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert has scored her fifth No. 1 hit with “Mama’s Broken Heart,” my favorite song from her latest album, “Four the Record.”
Lambert got the news that the sassy song had soared to the top spot on the Billboard Country Music Chart while attending her third consecutive Kentucky Derby Race as the guest of the Barnstable Brown Gala, according to her website.
“It never get(s) old knowing that people enjoy my music. Thanks for playing it….and buying it….and coming to see it live. #blessed,” Lambert posted on Twitter (@mirandalambert).
Lambert also took to Twitter today to announce that she and her trio Pistol Annies, who released their second album earlier this week, scored a gold album with their 2011 debut “Hell on Heels.”
Weleetka native Amber Hayes has released a lyric video for her uplifting current single “Any Day Is A Good Day.”
The A-OK Entertainment/GMV Nashville recording artist is featured in the colorful video, which was shot and edited by Thomas Newton and illustrated by Christen Cole.
The single is the first release off her new album, “Any Day Is A Good Day,” and it is currently at country radio.
Billboard Magazine recently reviewed “Any Day Is A Good Day” for the current issue, and Billboard journalist Jill Menze wrote, “Country hotshot Hayes is full of wide-eyed optimism on her latest single, which may prove to be her breakout.” To read the full review, visit here.
Wednesday Video Spotlight: Vince Gill talks reuniting with Universal Music Group, pays tribute to Mindy McCready
Norman-born and Oklahoma City-bred country music star Vince Gill recently played a Universal Music Group showcase for radio broadcasters at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. In his usual droll way, he talked about reuniting with the label, as you can see in this fan-shot YouTube video.
“I’m surprised to be back, I must say. I came last year and I had spent 23 years with MCA Records and UMG … and loved that relationship. And I came in last year and just said, ‘You know, my contract’s done and I’m no longer there.’ There was no weirdness and then all the sudden I see everywhere that they’re talking about it, this and that, ‘They split up,’ and I was like, ‘Man, all that happened is the contract ran out.’ And then the neatest thing happened: Mike Duncan, after he took over, called me up and he said, ‘Hey, I want to make a record with you.’ So I said, ‘Done,’ and I went back.”
The Country Music Hall of Famer said he planned to start on the new album soon. Since he didn’t have any new songs, he decided to play “in this holy place” a tribute to Mindy McCready, the former country star who committed suicide in February.
Gill played his lovely ode “Go Rest High Upon that Mountain,” which as previously reported, he also performed last week at George Jones’ funeral. Such a beautiful song:
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Oklahoma City-based experimental rockers The Flaming Lips, which formed in 1983.
The band has been staying busy, recently releasing their new album “The Terror,” a special Record Store Day remastered vinyl of their 1997 experimental opus “Zaireeka” and various music videos, as well as playing shows.
Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd also have been doing interviews with various publications about their 30th anniversary and recent activities, including these chats with Forbes and Billboard: