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Thanh "TL" Le sings a new tune with summer single

Thanh "TL" Le stopped into Studio Blanket/Tent Fort to kickoff his newest solo single's release and to have some fun. It was a success on both fronts. Part of that comes from the presence of his 8-year-old kiddo Alyssia who was more mature than the big kids hosting the show.

While things are still going strong with his collaboration with Oli Rey Ben in 1GCrew, Le said there are some songs that are meant for another setting. His latest single premiered on the show and fits that bill. Check it out: •Thanh "TL" Le — "Hard to Find" — https://youtu.be/tskJo4wVkHQ.

"It's got a different vibe than anything I've done," he said."This is the first video I did any hands on editing myself. It was a good experience for me."

That's why artists have to create and expand their comfort zones. Le said the song, and the EP he's producing with the same title, is about believing in yourself and your vision.

"It's a dedication to anyone who believes in what they have, be it love, passion, dreams," he said.

Le shared his summer spirit with a snippet of a great cover tune: •Thanh "TL" Le — "Body" — https://youtu.be/Yl60GBY8va0.

Following a fully booked summer of shows, a big opportunity is arising Aug. 7. Le will be featured artist at "Oklahoma Live: The Hottest R&B Showcase" at Hubbly Bubbly Hookah and Cafe, 2900 N. Classen Blvd., in Oklahoma City. Show starts at 9 p.m. for the 18-and-up audience and it'll be worth your time to see a rising star continue to ascend.

But don't forget about 1GCrew. They released their latest single in June and it and the video are fire: •1GCrew — "Catch 22" — https://youtu.be/FI1igt5EVkM.

Keep up with Le and 1GCrew via all social media outlets.

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The newest release by Oklahoma's psychedelic pioneers The Flaming Lips, "The King's Mouth" is a unique effort in a time where artists release singles in a seeming disconnect to the album format. Their latest is a throwback to the days of concept albums.

Narrated by Mick Jones (The Clash, Big Audio Dynamite), it combines Mother Goose and Greek mythology mixed with a Disney creation dipped in acid and reconfigured through a pane of both digital and acoustic instrumentation to be, both, like and unlike anything the band has tackled before.

For me it works on multiple levels. Inspired by singer Wayne Coyne and his band's art installation of the same name (now housed at Factory Obscura in Oklahoma City), it begins with the words: "We don't know how and we don't know why ..." Taken as chapters to a storybook, each narrative introduction by Jones and song that follows shapes a fantasy myth of the "Giant Baby" that becomes the "King." There is no "reason" for the "Giant Baby," only that he is.

Each song or instrumental interlude fuses together its tale. That's not to say there aren't song that stand alone without the tale's context. "How Many Times" carries one of those patented positive Lips choruses amidst a host of irreverent sonic moments to make a cool pop song.

The electronic stomp of funk mixed with whimsy makes "Feedaloodum Beedle Dot" a favorite, even as it chimes the news that "the King is dead!" Followed by the dirge of "Funeral Parade," the progression of the final three tracks takes you sonically into the mouth of the art piece that served as inspiration.

From the internal voice of the King's head, "Mouth of the King" shares the gathered energy found inside the interactive art piece where you enter and leave your energy within. Closing with "How Can A Head," the album is an anthem of wonder at all the positivity collected within the installation and the fairytale's protagonist, even as he passes from physical to ethereal presence.

If you're a Flaming Lips fan, this collection is a must have. If you're not but you enjoy adventurous sonics and the innocence in storytelling, this could be what makes you a fan. It's quickly becoming a favorite in my rotation. I can't wait to see them perform the entire collection in concert. 

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TL's visit to Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for this week's edition of Today's Best Soundemonium! with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist made for a feel good summer vibe.

Jokey McJokerson went for the Shark Week timeliness with this week's joke set-up. Here’s the punchline:

"A great white snark.'”

Jokey’s Corner — TBD will be featured for Comedy Night 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.

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: soundemonium@gmail.com.

#Sundaymonium — Remember that every Sunday night you can listen to a rebroadcast of the prior week’s show followed by this latest show: 6 p.m., Full Throttle Cruizers; 6:30 p.m., Thanh "TL" Le.

Tune in after Sunday’s show at 7 p.m. for the Steve-O’s weekly show, B-Sides Besides.

Visit, “like” (“love”) and follow our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/steveoandthescribe/.

Soundemonium Musaic Lawton music archive homepage: Scott Rains — https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPw__GedGPOUD-wROFcuZ8w.

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