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Sunset Cassette 2017 - Now Available Online!

MUSIC, LocalDusty GilpinComment
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Last summer I partnered with 46 RPM, Anthem Beer, and BurnTapes to produce one of the most fun projects I've ever worked on. We hosted 4 concerts throughout the summer featuring two bands each. To pair with the concert series, we created a cassette tape featuring two songs from each band. The final product looked fantastic, Greg Terry did an incredible job creating the cassettes, and Steven Silva and I teamed up to create the branding. As a topper to the whole thing, we had HuckWheat and RodMalone of the Sativa Prophets narrate in between every track.

Until now, the music has only been available on the limited edition cassette tape. If you want to give the tracks a listen, check it out below:

Here is a complete track listing. Click the name of the band to find out more about the artist!

Side A:

  1. Bowlsey - Who Are You?
  2. The Nghiems - Ain't Nobody
  3. Rousey - Cadence
  4. The Ivy - Gold
  5. Haniwa - Absolutely
  6. Astral Planes - Everlasting Glow
  7. Cosmostanza - Gossip
  8. Sativa Prophets - Cloud Dancer

Side B:

  1. Astral Planes - Run Print
  2. The Nghiems - Lonely Beast
  3. Rousey - Alright
  4. The Ivy - She
  5. Cosmostanza - Guillotine
  6. Haniwa - Feels
  7. Bowlsey - Copperheart
  8. Sativa Prophets - No Limit

STATE OF THE UNION: Bike the Plaza, Plazafest, Sunset Cassette

STATE OF THE UNION, PLAZA DISTRICT, MUSIC, Local, ART, AdventuresSteven SilvaComment

Yo, September and October are always such busy months. The weather is in its prime, sports happen, and every event known to man is crammed into the calendar-equivalent of a Brooklyn studio apartment. 

With that in mind, here's a look at some of our upcoming events:

9/8 LIVE ON THE PLAZA: Bike the Plaza (7-11 PM)

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Tired of guzzling price hike gas and parking problems? Pedal down to the Plaza Friday night. It'll make bar-hopping that much better. Excellent graphic artist and DJ Aaron Cahill is this month's feature. He'll be performing with the DAMN HAZE. We'll also throw some new stuff on our in-store press. Ride on by!

9/16 State Fair Graffiti Jam (All Day)

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If you're going to elbow your way through the maze of fried food, you might as well stop by and say hi as we paint panels. We've expanded the event again this year, going from 6 artists a few years ago, to 15 last year, to a whopping 18 this year. Each artist will bring their own ideas and unique styles. Take pics and tag us with your favorites. If you're an aspiring painter or arts supporter, check it out! 

9/14 Pencil Pushers (7-10 PM)

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Our free, biweekly drawing hangout sesh is open to all skill levels interested in developing the craft. No curriculum, and our only hard and fast rule is that you respect others. Post up, bring supplies, meet designers, graffiti artists, comic book creators, and casual doodlers. Swap tips, learn about supplies, and scribble away your worries. BYOB. 

9/17 Sunset Cassette: Haniwa & The Ivy (9-11 PM)

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The final show of our summer series anticipates cool weather and dreamy tunes from local bands Haniwa and The Ivy. Listen below for delicious indie-pop vibes.

PS - This show will start later to accommodate the musicians' open house at Tower Theater. We're shooting for something like 9-9:30.

9/30 Plaza District Festival (11 AM - 11 PM)

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Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 30th - this will be a whole day of celebrating local arts, culture, and the revitalization of our little neighborhood. There will be craft tents, three stages of music (headlined by the ever-cool Sports), food trucks, fresh murals, and good times.

Well there you go, now you have plans. Let the good times roll.

Grounded Sounds Podcast

INTERVIEW, Local, MUSICSteven SilvaComment

We had the chance to be on the Grounded Sounds podcast at the Tower Theater this week, and the whole experience was a blast. In the search for consistent, quality acts on the spirited level of Tulsa's bouncy Cain's Ballroom, the Tower Theater really has a chance to be that warm, historical venue OKC's previously lacked.

The doors opened all the way back in 1937, premiering films as the city's cinematic crown jewel for forty years. Now, after a long hiatus, the building has finally reopened. The guts have been completely reinvigorated. Stephen Tyler, Chad Whitehead, and Jabee Williams have pressed the right buttons bringing the project together. 

I'll throw a special thanks to Jen, Able, and Evan for hosting us - they were super kind and kept us from getting bogged down on all the microphones. Their second floor studio setup was an interesting mix of old and new, dotted with eclectic toys – a Marty McFly hoverboard, a Portal gun, and a 30 foot plush snake in the rafters. Equally exciting? The mini fridge was loaded with local beers. Shout out Grounded Sounds! Thanks again for the hospitality.

 Chumps infiltrate Grounded Sounds

Chumps infiltrate Grounded Sounds

If you're not familiar, the podcast itself is an arm of Cellar Door Music Group focusing on intersections between local businesses and the local music scene.

For this episode we were mic'd up alongside local indie pop group Haniwa, one of the bands featured on our Sunset Cassette summer mixtape. They'll be bringing some jams to our backyard stage in a show with The Ivy on 9/17

In the podcast, we talk a little bit about our involvement in the local music community, printing posters for hip-hop legend Talib Kweli, and even touch on the history of the name Tree & Leaf. Haniwa caps it off with a fantastic, stripped down performance. You can listen to the whole thing here: