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The New Honey Shade Cassette Release

Check out The New Honey Shade’s new tape. Available at thenewhoneyshade.com, thenewhoneyshade.bandcamp.com and scissortailrecords.com, Mark Kuykendall has outdone himself!

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The Panda Resistance Self Titled Debut Album For Sale!

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Urban Tulsa Weekly
New Tunes: Album Review of The Panda Resistance

Organum Release

The Panda Resistance’s self-titled debut EP is an EP in name only. The seven-track disc approaches proper album status as it flourishes for more than 40 minutes, crammed airtight with melody, rhythm and texture.

The trio of musicians is obviously well versed in their craft from even a casual listen. The super-imposition of jazz, funk and minimalism over a canvas of instrumental indie rock is both tasteful and well calculated. On the album, homage is paid to a diverse cast of unusual suspects such as Philip Glass, Tortoise and Mogwai, while retaining the sense of identity that the band has accumulated in their short time together.

The largely instrumental collection of music seems to be exercises in musical ideas; dreamscapes painted under varying emotional influences that pivot and shift in unexpected ways. The material teeters back and forth between dreamy and dark, between furious and gentle, from the melodic to the abstract–often in the same song.

The compositions begin to feel like their own little journeys, starting with one concrete musical or melodic theme and ending much farther down the road.

CM Rodriguez, UTW

the album is for sale on itunes, digstation.com, a lot of other great online stores like cdbaby.com etc. ,    you can also buy one at shades of brown coffee in tulsa,  Ida red in tulsa,  and Guestroom Records in Norman, OK

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Paul Benjaman Band’s “Something” Special

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The band’s debut disc is currently in the mixing stages, with a goal of having it finished and packaged in time to distribute at SXSW. Writing continues, however, and Benjaman said they already have nearly half of the material for the group’s next disc, even before the debut has been mastered and released.

Although some bands might resent a strong comparison to the classic Tulsa Sound, Benjaman welcomes it, acknowledging the very thing that was attractive about the old scene is exactly what he’s thriving in and enjoying about the current music climate. The high level of musicianship, paired with a camaraderie that pushed each player without becoming competitive.

“When I’ve got writers block, those are the sources I go back to (J.J. Cale and Bob Wills),” he said. “Usually it reminds me to simplify and find the groove…”

While Tulsa audiences have certainly taken notice and started praising the band (the group recently won the “Rock the 918″ battle of the bands), it has also gained attention regionally with appearances at Wakarusa, Backwoods Bash and a few other festivals. As of late, though, the attention hasn’t only been coming from jam-oriented festivals, as Paul Benjaman Band has added to the lineup of the North by 35 Festival in Denton in early March, followed by an Urban Tulsa-sponsored appearance at SXSW the following week.

With a new disc in the pipeline and the group’s regional following starting to build (recent trips have taken the band to Colorado and St Louis), you can certainly expect to hear more about the band in the near future. With a focus on networking and making strategic connections at SXSW and appearances at other festivals, Benjaman’s goal is to make playing (and specifically, touring) a full-time, paying gig.

From what we’ve witnessed so far, that doesn’t seem like an unreasonable goal by any means. You can be sure that Urban Tulsa will be keeping a close eye (and ear) on the band, and we’ll certainly be reporting back on the band’s appearance at SXSW.” – G. Hizer, Urban Tulsa Weekly

For Sale on ITUNES , and Digstation.com, as well as many other fine online stores… Shades of Brown Coffee, Ida Red

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Triangle // New Music Video for Upcoming Record

Check out Lindsey Neal’s new music video for the band Triangle: “Production Consumption,” from upcoming record, “The Physical Holdup: Issues of the Human Condition.” The record is due out spring 2010.
Go to > http://www.youtube.com/user/TriangleChannel

Check out Triangle on Facebook, and be sure to add Organum Records as a friend, too.

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She’s just a girl who says that I am the one…

Chris Combs, Bo Hallford, Clay Welch, Jeff Porter, and Andrew Bones say, “Billie Jean is not my lover.” Enjoy…

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Organum Records / Fresh Produce Art Show @ Shades Of Brown – June 2009

 

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Organum Records has partnered with Fresh Produce artist collective out of Lawrence, Kansas to bring you an art show at Shades of Brown for the entire month of June, 2009. Come check it out all month!

Artist featured include (but not limited to): Andrew Bones, Whit Bones, Dylan Aycock, Mark Kuykendall, Erin Turner, Christopher Mantle, Brian Rawson, David Council, Hannah Phillips

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Organum Named one of Urban Tulsa Weekly’s Hot 100 for 2009!

“Organum Records. This group of local musicians earns major points for its pride for Tulsa and its mission to boost the music scene in town. We love the eclectic and improvisational style that it shares with the community.” 

It’s hard to believe that we’re already a decade into the 21st century. 2008 flew by, leaving a lot of interesting developments in its wake. It was a year of transformation for good ol’ T-Town, and the people at the forefront of its evolution have created even more room for our city’s growth. And it is with this new cohort that we introduce the Hot 100 list for 2009, along with a few fun ones thrown in for good measure. We have been fortunate to witness physical changes in our city, the fruits of promises purloined. In a way, places like the John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park symbolize making peace with a disturbing past. Only by recognizing our mistakes can we move on in a constructive manner. Leaders and ordinary citizens alike have worked to bridge rifts between mainstream Tulsa and its minorities, whose diversity undeniably gives our city its color and vibrancy. As the years go by, our solidarity will become more pronounced and our efforts to make Tulsa a better place to live will be far more effective. Some argue that the deterioration Tulsa has seen during the last few decades is inherently tragic. Cycles of growth and decay are natural for any organism; and without these disturbing voids, we wouldn’t have room to implement the changes we want to see. This is the year for re-creation! This year’s Hot 100 list scratches the surface of innovative Tulsans who have made it their duty to revamp our fine city. Many groups and individuals have been part of the Hot 100 for some time now, and we have had to retire them to make room for the newbies. If you’re wondering where “so-and-so” is, consider him or her part of the unspoken, though indispensable foundation that makes possible the potential leaps and bounds made in 2009. Let us all be grateful for progress we’ve seen in the recent past, while opening our minds to other changes that we hadn’t considered before. Initiatives to include citizens’ input have been established so that we can execute new developments knowing we have explored all possible options. UTW’s Hot 100 list is a testament to Tulsa’s willingness to take into account distinct ideas and points of view. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, we hope you enjoy!

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Organum Records in Tulsa People

An excellent article by Joy Jenkins feature Josh Raymer and Paul Benjaman!

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IT ALL STARTED a year and a half ago with a casual conversation on a front porch.

Paul Benjaman, a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter, and Josh Raymer, a drummer with Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, were chatting with other local performers about a current movement in the Tulsa music scene. Made up primarily of jazz musicians, the group was seeing a resurgence of the “Tulsa Sound” that permeated the city in the 1970s, with the likes of Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, and J.J. Cale recording in local studios. Benjaman and Raymer say this focus on world-class, orginal music was emerging again in Tulsa, and they wanted to create an organization to help it thrive. Thus, Organum Records was born.

The name may sound like an indie record label, but Benjaman sas the group is actually a collective of like-minded artists who enjoy performing together and want to make more people aware of their talent. “So we just decided to give a name to it – to promote our music, to inspire each other and to continue to create and also serve as a gateway so people could meet and see whate we’re doing.” he says.

Organum initially began as a MySpace site with links to 10 local artists. That gave way to Wednesday night jam sessions, during which any Organum artist who is free can show up at Capella’s at 10pm to perform. The Musicians the hosted an Organum showcase OCt. #, which included performances from seven bands in a variety of genres. In addition to encouraging creativity, Organum also is helping to promote all-ages shows in Tulsa, which Benjaman says have dried up over the last few years. “So instead of taking a political stance, we’re offering a gateway.” he says.

The musicians hope Organum also might be a gateway to booking more performances and tours and increasing exposure. Raymer says there also have been talks of a compilation CD and tour. Mostly , though, the musicians want to establish that with the Organum name comes quality music.

“We have this Organum name that automatically when people see it, they trust that and know it’s going to be good.” Raymer says.
EDITOR’s NOTE: For a list of upcoming Organum artist performances, visit www.myspace.com/organumrecords

January, 2009

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Organum Records in Urban Tulsa Weekly

Orgnaum Records Soundcheck

 

Low Ego Interference
Not every local act deserves a pat on the back, but the musicians behind Organum Records certainly does

BY JOSH KLINE

Being a proactive fan of music in Tulsa can sometimes feel like an exercise in futility. As a writer, I strive to be fair, open-minded and unassuming in my approach to covering local music.

 

Covering music for Urban Tulsa is a bit like standing in a room full of people and telling each of them whether you like them or not, and why. You criticize one, praise another, ignore someone else. The criticized get pissed for obvious reasons, the praised get mad at you for criticizing their friends. The ignored get resentful over being left out. Personal taste becomes suspect; you like too many people with brown hair, and the blondes start accusing you of being biased. Eventually, everybody hates you.

That’s not the greatest analogy, but you get the point. Writing about music is not a purely promotional endeavor–everybody has an opinion, so I better have one as well. Unfortunately, our city is small and our music scene is fairly incestuous. Everybody wants to see our scene flourish, so criticism is frowned upon as something counterproductive to our common goal.

At the end of the day, most music discourse boils down to a bunch of nerds arguing arbitrary opinions based on not much more than personal whim. Transcending this low level of discourse is surprisingly difficult, but that shouldn’t stop you from trying.

It’s certainly not going to stop me. I believe in our city, and I believe in our musicians. So when I see something that I don’t like, that I think is detrimental to our growth, I’m going to throw a fit about it. And so should you.

Community Vision

Now, I’m going to single out somebody in the room who I happen to like quite a bit.

Several months ago, I told you about Organum Records. The bourgeoning art and music collective (consisting of a handful of Tulsa’s better musicians) has grown a bit since then, and on October 3rd (this Friday), the group will be throwing a coming-out party of sorts at the Blank Slate. Over the past few months, they’ve held weekly jam sessions (Capella’s, every Wednesday evening) that have grown increasingly popular.

Think of “The Show That Homies Made” (the official name of Friday’s show) as the culmination of those jam sessions. It’s an artist’s showcase in the best sense; a get-together for close friends who will be performing as brothers and sisters in support of one another. Scheduled to play are Jesse Aycock, the Doldrums, Stone Trio, Lindsey Neal, Paul Benjaman Band, the New Honey Shade, and Clay Welch

In addition to the music, artwork from Fresh Produce (out of Lawrence, KS) and our own Live 4 This will be on display.

“It’s our collective statement of what’s going creatively, musically and culturally in Tulsa,” Chris Combs, guitarist for Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Stone Trio and the Doldrums, explained. “We’ve got eight different bands and two different art collectives. The cheese factory, an online radio station, is going to be there, and we’re going to be registering people to vote.”

Combs also said that the Hub, a community recycling project, will be at the show as well.

What it amounts to is the foundation for what could potentially swell into a significant cultural movement in Tulsa, and the group is well aware of the event’s possibilities.

“Cultural movements that happen in Austin or Seattle or wherever you choose to look, they all take a lot more than musicians to make music happen,” Combs said. “There are a lot of people who are working really hard to make Tulsa a happening place, and it’s exciting to see that on all levels.

“It’s a really powerful artistic movement that’s happening in Tulsa right now,” he continued. “And we’re all just really excited to be making our stamp on it.”

The group hopes that Friday’s showcase will be the first in a long line of Organum-hosted cultural events.

“There’s already talk about the next one that’ll probably be happening in early ’09,” Combs said.”It’s very goal oriented; the Organum name is going to be spread as much as the individual artists, so we can hopefully continue to grow.”

As I said back in July, it’s both refreshing and encouraging to see a large group of musicians, all with talent to spare, so eager to share the stage with one another. As is always the case with Organum, there’s no clear headliner for the show, and there’s not really meant to be.

“There’s very, very low ego interference in what we do,” Combs said. “Everyone assumes the roles they need to without having a central organizing point. That kind of stuff starts to take away from the community vision that this whole thing is based around.

“It’s a group that’s based on friendship and love for each other. From there, we start creating some pretty badass shit.”

The show starts at 8pm, and it’s all ages. The cost is $5 if you’re over 21, and $7 if you’re under.

Weekly Round-up

Here’s what’s happening this week in the music world.

On Thursday: New Riders of the Purple Sage invade the Blank Slate, Dale Watson performs at Mercury Lounge and Tony Danza, Arsonists Get All the Girls and Stray from the Path destroy the King of Clubs (in Claremore).

Friday find the above-mentioned Organum show at the Blank Slate, Brian Dunning and the Rock and Roll Trio at Mercury Lounge, and Big Smith at the Cain’s.

October, 2008

 


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