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Naughty or Nice, Local Music Lovers Receive Holiday Gift
By Tourism Industry Partner
NORMAN, OKLA. (November 9, 2010) — Fowler Volkswagen and Nice People Records have teamed up to offer a holiday gift to local music lovers — a free album filled with original holiday music from local musicians and a free holiday concert to follow.
Released today, Checking It Twice: A Nice People Holiday Companion features local acts such as The Boom Bang, Evangelicals, Gang Starr Museum, Crocodile and more.
Chris Harris, owner and operator of Nice People, said the album includes nine original songs and one cover.
“We're giving you 10 holiday songs that are all very good,” Harris said. “So much for the same old songs over and over all holiday season. We love the holiday classics, but mixing in some modern classics will make everyone's holiday season a little better.”
The album is available for free download online at http://nicepeople.bandcamp.com. In addition, 1,000 free vinyl copies will be distributed to local businesses throughout the Oklahoma City metro area. Fowler VW will announce where and when the vinyl copies are available through Twitter (@FowlerVW) and Facebook (Facebook.com/FowlerVW).
The free holiday concert, featuring bands that contributed songs to Checking It Twice, will be held at Meacham Auditorium in Norman on December 11th.
Fowler VW covered costs for manufacturing the album and hosting the concert, while Nice People organized the album’s production.
“Part of our shop’s mission is to contribute to a community where local artists and musicians can thrive,” said Fowler VW General Manager Jonathan Fowler. “Through the album and concert, we’re hoping to spread some holiday cheer and also spread the word that Oklahoma has some exceptionally talented bands.”
Derek Brown of Crocodile said his band has always wanted to record Christmas music and Checking It Twice was the perfect opportunity.
“It can’t hurt anything when anyone from outside Oklahoma sees that an indie label in Norman can release a Christmas record for free — on vinyl, nonetheless,” Brown said. “And hopefully it sends a message, along with the music on the record, that Oklahoma has a portion of its population that is vibrant, creative and progressive.”
Fowler, who is past chairman of the Norman Music Festival and currently serves on the Norman Public Arts Board, said the future of Oklahoma’s music industry is bright.
“We’ve got incredible musicians and an incredible support system of businesses and nonprofits that are all working together to build a nationally recognized music industry in Oklahoma. Checking It Twice is a great example of the arts and business coming together to take another step toward accomplishing that goal.”
The Boom Bang — The Coast of Christmas Trash
Kite Flying Robot and Brother Gruesome — Tell the Tale
Depth & Current — Xmas Feeling
Student Film — Slay Belles
Penny Hill — No Whiskey Snow Cone
Gang Starr Museum — Comanche Christmas Eve
Crocodile — Birthday Boy
Gentle Ghost — The Creature’s Eyes
Locust Avenue — At Christmastyme
Evangelicals — A Cruel Heart (On Christmas)
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