When you start off your Saturday night set with a cover of the Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer," you're going to grab attention. I've said it before, there's not enough odd Oklahoma alt-rock bands in the world. Scattergun Tape Deck are setting the balance right.
Singer/guitarist Russell Majors said he and his bandmates began jamming together about two years ago. Bassist Clint Cook, bass/vocals; and drummer Chase Moore were all looking for something new that would allow opportunity to merge their influences of everything from "rock/folk/punk/ alternative/whatever we feel like playing." When you list the Violent Femmes as your first on a list of influences, that says a lot.
"We played our first gig at the opening of a comic book store, and this June, we'll be playing at the Sharon Dirt Drags which will be headlined by 80s metal legends Quiet Riot," Majors said. "Our influences and styles vary greatly (hence the name Scattergun Tape Deck)."
Fans of everything from Tool to Neil Young, Slipknot to Slightly Stoopid and all styles between, their live set list was a great mix of covers and originals. They paid homage to The Stooges with "I Wanna Be Your Dog," The Pixies with "Where Is My Mind?", and Hank III with a rowdy and fun take on "Crazed
Country Rebel." Fighting through sound issues, they held the crowd with a feisty cover of Nirvana's "Breed" and The White Stripes' "Fell In Love With A Girl." They held the crowd who would play many of those songs on the jukebox but had never heard live in the club before.
The band's originals were no less loved by the audience. Songs like "De Ja Vu" and "Bethany Sez" provided moments equal parts Dead Kennedys and 1980s-era Butthole Surfers. Their closing originals "The Mary Jane Song" and "Brainsloth" were fire.
Check out a live version of one of the originals:
•Scattergun Tape Deck - "Emily the Emu (Just Got A Haircut)" - https://youtu.be/95VBoR2Bwqo.
The band felt the love from the audience. Many members of the audience were still talking about Scattergun Tape Deck during Sunday activities. This made Majors happy.
"We've felt the joy of being in the crowd, and that's the main inspiration for us to get out and play, to bring that same joy to others," Majors said.
You can keep up with Scattergun Tape Deck via its Facebook page, as well as music on its You-Tube channel. They'll be returning to Lawton soon and, hopefully, will make an appearance in Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for the column's radio show.
Cyril native and now citizen of the nation as he travels while working in the oil field, Murdock Howard keeps on making sweet music.
After his beginnings in his early teens as a member of Shade of the Son (and then known as "Roy"), by adulthood Howard charted his own path from the Christian rock circuit. His self-produced album "Love," released in 2004 remains a staple of my playlist.
Earlier this week, Howard dropped his latest single "The Most" on all major online platforms. With heart on his sleeve lyrics and a country melody, Howard's reaching the potential first noticed when he was a teen. Check it out:
•Murdock Howard – "The Most" - https://youtu.be/ffjl3e9W_2Y.
"Of all the stuff I've done solo I am by far the most proud of this one," Howard said. "Being in the studio working with (former Shade bandmate) Davy Thompson was an absolute blast, getting to have Shana Thompson doing harmonies was such a gift, and having Katrina Thompson play violin on it was an absolute dream, I've wanted a track of mine to have violin on it for so long."
Studio Blanket/Tent Fort rocked with the Today's Best Soundemonium! Springtastic Post Paddy's Hangover Cure Mix Tape 2019 Edition AF with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist. How can you go wrong with this kind of playlist: Just Strangers, "Georgia on a Fast Train"; David Smith, "I Kinda Do"; Ray Bordelon, "Blind"; Southwest Pride Barbershop Chorus, "My Wild Irish Rose"; Bannister Chaava, "Love Will Tear Us Apart"; Cody Newby & Lynn Moon, "Marie Laveaux"; and Dirty Red & The Soul Shakers, "It Ain't Easy" (Live).
Jokey went to the Guardians of the Galaxy for this week's joke set-up. Here's the punchline:
"I am grout."
Jokey's Corner - Andrew Deacon, with opener Ryan Green, will be the featured comedian for the weekly Saturday night series to be held in the Summit Ballroom at the Apache Casino Hotel, 2315 E. Gore. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets for the 21-and-up show are $10 and may be purchased at the casino cage or online atwww.apachecasinohotel.com.
Preacher Lawson, Friday, July 5. Tickets are on sale and are priced at $20, $25 and $30. Tickets may be purchased at the casino cage or online at www.apachecasinohotel.com.
Turn your radio dial to Magic 95.3 FM Radio around 6:25 p.m. each Thursday (if not much earlier) or stream the half-hour show online: http://s1.phx.icastcenter.com/start/kmgz953/or www.onlineradiobox.com; or on the Apple or Android apps or on the TuneIn app, or: http:// www.kmgz.com/.
And, hey, if you have a song you want us to check out, email us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apache Hotel & Casino, 2315 E. Gore, 9 p.m, Friday and Saturday: DuPree; Tuesday through Thursday: Coyette and the Haywire Band; Event Center: 7:30 p.m., Friday: Blood, Sweat & Tears; April 26: Sawyer Brown; May 17: Marshall Tucker Band; June 21: Chubby Checker; Aug. 9: Herman's Hermits featuring Peter Noone; Oct. 25: Mickey Gilley & Johnny Lee; Nov. 22: Three Dog Night. BrookRidge Retirement Community , 7802 Quanah Parker Trailway. 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, free. 536-9700: Frank & Friends Musical Entertainers. Cooperton Senior Citizens 2nd and 4th Saturday Dance, Cooperton School. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday. Kenneth Boyd, 580-530-9067: live band, free refreshments, family-friendly, smoke and alcohol free. Lawton-Ft Sill Catholic Community Center , 911 NW Hilltop Drive, dance Fridays, 7 p.m., Wichita Sounds, traditional country, early R&R and ‘50s pop, ballroom; $7 cover and includes refreshments. No alcohol, no smoking. Everyone welcome. 574-1942. Felicita's Mexican Restaurant , 2102 Cache Road. 6-9 p.m. Saturday: TBD, 580-583-4747. The Silver Spoon Kitchen and Bakeshop, 529 SW C,Friday, 6:30-9 p.m.: Danny Harrison; 6 p.m. Thursday: Jonathan Moots - Free. 357-6800. www.facebook.com/SILVERSPOONLAWTON. Chianti Wine Bar , 5370 Cache Road, 366-3057, 7-10p.m., Friday: TBD; 7-10 p.m., Saturday: TBD. Red Dirt Reloaded Bar & Grill, 6425 Cache Road, 699-3478, 4 p.m.-2 a.m., Monday-Saturday: Thursday, 9 p.m.: Karaoke Dude; Friday, 9 p.m.: TBD: Saturday, 9 p.m.: TBD. Park Tavern , 198 E. Lake Drive, Medicine Park, live music and karaoke; medicineparktavern.com. Friday, 8 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 8 p.m.: TBD; second Thursday each month, 8-11 p.m.: Open mic night with Bob Avila and Jack Smiley. Railhead Saloon , 909 S. Sheridan, live music begins at 9 p.m., alternative/metal/hardcore/punk. Live music Friday 10 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 9 p.m.: A New Day Falls, Thousand Pound South, Pvt. Wilhelm: 8 p.m., The Walking (Watching) Dead, Karaoke Dude and the Sunday Funday Hangover. Guitar Bar , 1816 S. 11th, Monday: TBD; Tuesday: karaoke; Wednesday: acoustic open mic with Kris Brown; Thursday: acoustic with TBD; Friday, 9 p.m.: live music, Jack Tidwell; Saturday, 9 p.m.: karaoke; Sunday: 7 p.m.: open mic jam. Fubar Saloon , No. 4 W. Lee, 699-3550, Friday, 9 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 8 p.m.: TBD; March 30: Cade Roth & The Black Sheep. Mountain Boomer Tavern, 1320 NW Homestead Drive, Friday, 9 p.m.: Friday's Follies; Saturday, 8 p.m.: TBD; Sunday, 11a.m.: Sunday Brunch; March 30: Lb. Salt. Robinson's Landing Marina & BBQ , north side of Lake Lawtonka, 1 mile west of Ann's Country Kitchen to Lawtonka Road and down the shore line, free and open to the public, Friday, 6 p.m.: TBD; 8 p.m. Saturday: TBD; second Friday each month: 2nd Friday Open Mic with Dave Laurence.