Posts Tagged ‘oklahoma state’

Feature: Sherree Chamberlain

September 17, 2010

  • If you are over 21, check out the Sherree Chamberlain Band for free Friday night at 9 inside Eskimo Joe’s, 501 W. Elm Ave. Tulsa acts OK Sweetheart and Fiawna Forte are opening. This story ran in the Friday edition of The Daily O’Collegian and The Oklahoman.

It’s frightening how quickly breakfast can turn into bedlam.

On a rainy morning in early July, Oklahoma City-based songwriter Sherree Chamberlain was driving near the Paseo Arts District.

The Oklahoma State University alumna had a full day planned.

Breakfast with a friend. A paid gig in downtown Oklahoma City with Stillwater rockers Taddy Porter and The Flatland Travelers. Dinner with her soon-to-be manager.

While pulling across traffic, a car slammed into her and knocked her head against the driver’s window. Her car was totaled, and she was stuck in the rain with a car full of instruments.

When Chamberlain snapped back to reality, she said she didn’t want a doctor.

She wanted pizza.

Her bandmates, Eric Kiner, Jonathon Mooney and Joey Morris, heard what happened and got a hold of Chamberlain.

“I was like, ‘Are we going to play or not?’” Kiner said in a phone interview.

Chamberlain said she knew the ball was rolling. Her band was getting paid for playing. She needed to start saving cash for a new car.

“It made sense to play,” she said in a phone interview.

After a trip to an emergency room and an OK from a doctor, Chamberlain’s parents drove her to the Wormy Dog Saloon. As neon signs buzzed and beer bottles clinked, the Sherree Chamberlain Band flew through a set of several songs in front of about 300 listeners.

“Sherree’s insane,” Morris said with a laugh over the phone. “When she got that mild concussion, I couldn’t really tell the difference. She’s crazy anyway … It was the perfect show. We didn’t have time for rehearsal, and we played like she had rehearsed for hours.”

Fast forward through the summer to last Sunday.

The rainy afternoon and the allure of bed sheets delayed Chamberlain from an interview, but she quickly apologized for her tardiness and began detailing her active morning.

She worked on music and prepared for the two classes she started teaching at Edmond Santa Fe High School this semester, but she got overwhelmed and hit the hay again.

She said she’s having a “24-year-old meltdown.”

“I’m feeling so old, and I don’t know what’s going on. I’m having anxiety about everything,” Chamberlain said. “I’ve been listening to music I love, lately. I keep going, ‘I wish I could be in this band, or I wish I could be in that band. Why am I not writing music I love to play?’”

She’s balancing a lot, though, teaching classes and preparing for a sophomore album.

Her debut, “Wasp in the Room,” was a gentle folk album that embellished the singer’s talents and her simple, elegant songs.

After a visit to Stillwater on Saturday, she’s taking “a little step away from the cutesy pop singer/songwriter and a little bit more toward being a cohesive band and setting a mood.”

No matter what happens, music is going to be around Chamberlain.

She lets her students at Edmond Santa Fe listen to music while they work. One afternoon a student walked up to Chamberlain and wrapped headphones around her ears. It was her album playing.

Sometimes her students aren’t the biggest fans though.

“I heard one of them the other day go, ‘Miss Chamberlain, I downloaded your stuff off of LimeWire,’” she said.

Another kid asked what she sounded like. He responded with a review saying Chamberlain’s music is weird. Something you’ll either love or hate.

If her student’s review and a car accident won’t stop her from making music, little will.

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SHOW PREVIEW and VIDEO UPDATE: “on.” episode 16 (part 2) – Josh Jones of Evangelicals singing “Stoned Again”

February 19, 2010

BROTHER GRUESOME

(from left Brother Gruesome Todd Jackson and Levi Watson)

  • GRUESOME TWOSOME

Here’s a chance to get to know Brother Gruesome before its show in Stillwater on Saturday.

Calling Todd Jackson while he’s celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans is a mistake.

Lots of yelling is involved.

Celebrating Jackson’s music is a much better idea and that’ll be possible Saturday at 10 p.m. when his band Brother Gruesome joins Stillwater’s DEERPEOPLE and Oklahoma City’s The Boom Bang at Vault, 716 S. Main St.

Jackson and Levi Watson comprise Brother Gruesome, an Oklahoma City duo who’s crafting seductively simple rock tracks catchy enough to make you strap on dancing shoes and dreamy enough to make you forgot only two people are playing.

Brother Gruesome isn’t your father’s rock band, but the duo records for your creepy uncle’s tape deck. Brother Gruesome chose to contain its first music effort via cassette tape.

Jackson said he has a connection to the classic plastic device.

“I started recording on cassettes when I first started writing, and it felt like the right thing to do at the time,” Jackson said. “CD’s as a medium is on their way out. Listen to tracks on ITunes then you’ll listen to them cassette player, it’s just a lot different sound.”

The five tracks from the self-titled EP took about 10 months to record for a good reason.

Hit rewind a few times on a dusty Sony Walkman, and you’d find Jackson and Watson playing in a psychedelic six-piece named The Hex. This is where he caught the attention of the Evangelicals in the early 2000s.

Since then, Jackson has spent his time playing with Brother Gruesome and the Evangelicals, a band who has opened for acts the Flaming Lips and Conor Oberst.

Evangelicals frontman Josh Jones said Jackson takes an active role in Evangelicals with the direction that band has taken. Evangelicals bassist Kyle Davis said there’s more to Jackson than his musical prowess.

“For shows he does guitar, plays keyboard, does backing vocals and he’s even handy with a wrench,” Davis said.

A majority of these talents will be on display tomorrow. Leave your wrenches at home.

  • DON’T FORGET THIS DATE…

DEERPOSTER

VIDEO UPDATE: “on.” had its first house party

February 6, 2010

VIDEO UPDATE: “on.” episode 14 featuring DEERPEOPLE INTERVIEW (pt. 3)

February 4, 2010
  • THE DEER WHISPERER

After DEERPEOPLE set its instruments down, the band joined “on.” in the living room for an interview.

The format of the interview is a little different from what “on.” usually does.

The good people at Everynone were the influence. Let us know what you think.

  • DON’T FORGET…

You can see DEERPEOPLE play for free this weekend. Here are the details.

“on.” episode 13 – The Uglysuit HOLIDAY SEASON FINALE

December 21, 2009
  • SEASON’S GREETINGS

Holiday breaks are a time for people to slow down for a while, but The Uglysuit hasn’t had much time to rest.

  • “Chicago” by THE UGLYSUIT – LIVE @ THE CONSERVATORY

  • “1902, Deep Ocean” by THE UGLYSUIT – LIVE @ THE CONSERVATORY

I caught up with the OKC sextet at The Conservatory the day before Thanksgiving at a benefit show.

Somehow, I managed to sit down all six members of the band to discuss how it operates like a family. It was no simple task to get everyone to sit down in one place, but I learned the trick is to use rhino tranquilizers and a couch.

  • FAMILY MATTERS (From left Crosby Bray, Dustin Maynord, Colin Bray, Kyle Mayfield, Israel Hindman and Jonathan Martin)

I thought talking about family was an interesting topic because The Uglysuit was performing in front of several of its family members and for other families too.

Positive Tomorrows, an OKC organization working to educate and help the homeless, collected canned goods for the less fortunate.

The tunes were good and it was all for a good cause.

Not a bad way give thanks this year.

  • A FOND FAREWELL

This is the last episode for the first season of “on.” and I hope you’ve enjoyed our videos. If you have any interest in the show or any ideas drop a comment or shoot an e-mail to nathan.poppe@okstate.edu.

We are looking forward to being back next semester with more sounds from Stillwater and Oklahoma.

I hope you’ll join us.

  • SPECIAL THANKS GOES TO

Dean and Dianna Wilhite for letting the “on.” crew rest at their home.

The Conservatory for letting us steal a couch from inside the venue. Check out who’s playing there now.

  • MORE UGLYSUIT HERE

This isn’t the first time “on.” has tangoed with The Uglysuit.

Flaming Lips release awesome fetus ornament

December 9, 2009

Move over “Santa Baby” because the Lips just released a wonderful Christmas decoration available at here.

Lips frontman Wayne Coyne explains all you need to know.

The ornament is in the shape of a fetus and it’s silver. Umbilical cord sold separately (but really not at all).

“on.” LIVE CONCERT REMINDER: James Price and The Non playing tonight

December 4, 2009

Dead Week is no more at OSU.

That statement is truly music to my hears and there’s plenty more music to come tonight.

“On.” featured artists The Non and James Price are playing shows in Stilly. Here’s all you need to know.

“on.” LIVE SHOW PREVIEW: Flaming Lips New Years Eve Freakout

December 3, 2009

Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne voices his enthusiasm for the latest Lips concert in Oklahoma City.

He mentioned the upcoming New Year’s show will feature the world’s largest balloon drop, mirror ball and a lot of people completely freaking out.

Oh, and the Lips are playing some album called “Dark Side of the Moon” with fellow OKC rockers Stardeath and White Dwarfs at midnight.

I expect more confetti than a dozen exploding Party Galaxy’s.

The video wizard George Salisbury threw this together. Check out another epic video below and more here.

“on.” LIVE SHOW PREVIEW: Deerpeople/Evangelicals/The Non

December 1, 2009

A great way to liven up your DEAD WEEK.

  • DEERPEOPLE (Stillwater, OK)
  • EVANGELICALS (Norman, OK)
  • THE NON (OKC, OK)

shot “on.” no. one: The Rum Fellows “Bully in the Alley”

October 29, 2009

Every day is Halloween for The Rum Fellows.

Several members strong, the Norman act dresses, sings and plays traditional pirate music. Before the salty crew played in a pirate ship in downtown Stilwater Tuesday night for the Halloween festival, the Rum Fellows played “Bully in the Alley” for “on.”

Without a doubt the band lived up to the expectations its album “Okie Maritime Music for the Landlocked Pirate” created.