WATCH // Okkervil River Shares “THE MAKING OF ‘BLACK SHEEP BOY'” Three Part Video


Okkervil River is elated to share a three part mini-documentary that captures a behind-the-scenes look at making Black Sheep Boy. They’d almost forgotten it was filmed, let alone that they’d kept the footage. Filmed (mostly) by Zachary Thomas, a founding member of the band, the video lets us step inside the little tin shack where these songs came to life. The hours of charming home-video recordings have been culled by Will Sheff into three distinct chapters: Part 1 – Learning The Songs, Part 2 – Recording, and Part 3 – Finishing The Album.

From Will Sheff:

On our first day of rehearsing the songs that would go on to become our album Black Sheep Boy, Zachary Thomas showed up to the little tin shack out by the Austin Airport where we were rehearsing (and where I was living) with a little consumer-grade miniDV camcorder in his hand.

Our original bassist and one of the founding members of Okkervil River, Zachary was a new father and had bought the camera to document the arrival of his son Graham into the world, but he figured he’d bring it to a couple of rehearsals and studio sessions. I actually remember being a little annoyed at him pointing the camera at me – I was feeling thin-skinned and was obsessing about making Black Sheep Boy into the album I dreamed it could be, and when I noticed I was being filmed I would often get self-conscious and distracted from making the record. Pretty soon, though, I started enjoying waving the camera around or else I would just kind of forget it was there.

When Jagjaguwar asked me earlier this year if I had any interesting artifacts from the making of Black Sheep Boy – photos or video footage or bonus tracks or anything – I initially told them no, because I had forgotten all about that little miniDV camera. I finally remembered, contacted Zachary in North Carolina, where he now lives with his wife and three children, and sent him on an errand digging through his house for the tapes.

It took some doing but he finally found them and mailed them to me and, once I managed to borrow a miniDV camera and figured out how to get them onto a hard drive (thanks to Nate Fernald and Lisa George-Decker), I discovered several hours of charmingly rough home-video footage covering rehearsal for the album, the recording of several of the songs in producer Brian Beattie’s house and garage studio, and the mastering and sequencing of the record during a torrential rainstorm in Wimberley, TX near the end of the year.

It’s so funny to me now that I was ever irritated or psyched out by that little camera because now I’m so grateful it was there. Watching this stuff again really rocketed me back in time. Thanks Zach!

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Watch the full documentary and find a complete list of tour dates below.






Okkervil River Tour Dates:
(more info and links here)

Fri. Nov. 20 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat ^ SOLD OUT
Sat. Nov. 21 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom ^ SOLD OUT
Sun. Nov. 22 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom ^ SOLD OUT
Mon. Nov. 23 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom ^
Tues. Nov. 24 – Boston, MA @ Royale ^
Sat. Dec. 12 – Austin, TX @ Cactus Cafe ^
Sun. Dec. 13 – Austin, TX @ Cactus Cafe ^ SOLD OUT
Mon. Dec. 14 – Seattle, WA @ Columbia City Theater &
Tues. Dec. 15 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge &
Wed. Dec. 16 – San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall &
Fri. Dec. 18 – San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall & SOLD OUT
Sat. Dec. 19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Masonic Lodge & SOLD OUT
Sun. Dec. 20 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Masonic Lodge & SOLD OUT

^ = An Evening With Okkervil River
& = Okkervil River (solo)

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NEW ZEALAND MUSIC AWARDS // Unknown Mortal Orchestra Win ‘Best Alternative Album’ At New Zealand Music Awards

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra, who were recently awarded the 2015 Apra Silver Scroll, won Best Alternative Album for Multi-Love last night at the New Zealand Music Awards.

Watch their video for “Necessary Evil” which premiered recently on Adult Swim.

LISTEN // The Besnard Lakes Release ‘The Golden Lion’ 12″ EP, Share Track “The Motorway”

B-side “The Motorway” opens the blinds and surges with glorious heat…” – Stereogum

The Golden Lion 12″ EP is out today worldwide, and Stereogum premiered “The Motorway,” which is exclusive to the EP. A Coliseum Complex Museum, the fourth LP with The Besnard Lakes and Jagjaguwar, is out in January 2016.

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The Besnard Lakes Tour Dates:
(more info and tix here)

11/15/15 Brighton, UK – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
11/16/15 London, UK – 100 Club
11/19/15 Paris, FR – Le Pop Up du Label
11/20/15 Utrecht, NL – Le Guess Who? Festival
11/21/15 Haldern, DE – Haldern Pop Bar
11/22/15 Cologne, DE – Blue Shell
11/23/15 Berlin, DE – Magnet Club

WATCH // Unknown Mortal Orchestra Premiers Video For “Necessary Evil” on Adult Swim

If you had your eyes tuned to or their Facebook page, you may have seen a curious animated short film set to Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s “Necessary Evil,” one of the stand-outs from this year’s acclaimed record Multi-Love. Illustrated and directed by Sean Solomon (Lucas Bros. Moving Co.), the video will also air nationally on Adult Swim during their “Toonami” block on Saturday, November 21st!

Solomon said this about his video for “Necessary Evil”:

The video is an abstract love story about two characters whose insecurities and paranoia eventually drive them apart. I tried to show both character’s perspectives using elements from the lyrics. I had a team of amazing animators and friends.

The band is currently on tour in Europe, and will soon head to Australia and a homecoming of sorts in New Zealand, where Ruban Nielson and his brother Kody recently won the country’s most prestigious songwriting award, the APRA Silver Scroll, for co-writing the title track “Multi-Love.” They’re also nominated for four New Zealand Music Awards, including Album and Single of the Year (ceremony on Nov. 19th). They’ll then return to the states for a winter tour with Lower Dens. The whole tour is likely to sell out, so those looking to attend are encouraged to get tickets while they can!

UMO Tour Dates:
(tix and info here)

Nov. 12 – Madrid, ES @ Penelope
Nov. 13 – Lisbon, PT @ Armazem F – SOLD OUT
Nov. 14 – Porto, Portugal @ Hard Club – SOLD OUT
Nov. 16 – Istanbul, TR @ Salon Iksv – SOLD OUT
Nov. 18 – Tel Aviv, IL @ Reading 3
Dec. 3 – Perth, AUS @ Astor Theatre
Dec. 4 – Sydney, AUS @ Metro Theatre – SOLD OUT
Dec. 5 – Berry, AUS @ Fairgrounds Festival
Dec. 6 – Brisbane, AUS @ Triffid
Dec. 8 – Melbourne, AUS @ Corner Hotel – SOLD OUT
Dec. 9 – Melbourne, AUS @ 170 Russell – SOLD OUT
Dec. 11-13 – Meredith, AUS @ Meredith Music Festival
Dec. 12 – Auckland, NZ @ St. James Theatre
Dec. 14 – Wellington, NZ @ Bodega – SOLD OUT
Dec. 15 – Christchurch, NZ @ Allen St
Dec. 16 – Dunedin, NZ @ Chicks Hotel – SOLD OUT
Dec. 17 – Dunedin, NZ @ Chicks Hotel – SOLD OUT
Dec. 18 – Wellington, NZ @ Bodega – SOLD OUT
Jan. 28 – Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw Theatre*
Jan. 29 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune*
Jan. 30 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall*
Feb. 1 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore*
Feb. 2 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory*
Feb. 3 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre*
Feb. 5 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace*
Feb. 6 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger*
Feb. 7 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s*
Feb. 8 – Houston, TX @ Numbers*
Feb. 9 – Dallas, TX @ Trees*
Feb. 11 – New Orleans, LA @ Republic New Orleans*
Feb. 12 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn*
Feb. 13 – Nashville, TN @ Exit In*
Feb. 14 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel*
Feb. 16 – Richmond, VA @ The National*
Feb. 17 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club*
Feb. 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer*
Feb. 19 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza*
Feb. 20 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza*

* w/ Lower Dens supporting

WATCH // Pink Mountaintops And White Lung Release Video For “Chinese Watermelon”

The song’s video is wild—there are dancing mimes, a guitarist cowboy emerging from cake, people rocketing into the sky, and a golden Stephen McBean emerging from Mish Way’s torso.
Happy Halloween…
” – Pitchfork

Last weekend, Steve McBean (Pink Mountaintops, Black Mountain) and Mish Way (White Lung) premiered a video for “Chinese Watermelon” from their collaboration Pink Lung, made for the Cons EP Vol. 3, a series of colab releases that Converse sponsors. We aren’t sure what to expect from these two in the future, but if this video is any indication, it’s going to get freaky.

The Motorway by The Besnard Lakes
Golden Lion by The Besnard Lakes
Boys Life by Small Black
No One Wants It To Happen To You by Small Black
Back At Belle's by Small Black
Words by Sharon Van Etten
Druganaut by Black Mountain
Black Mountain (Demo) by Black Mountain
Surrender by Briana Marela
I Don't Want to Let You Down by Sharon Van Etten
Just Like Blood by Sharon Van Etten

Necessary Evil by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Dani by Briana Marela

Boys Life by Small Black

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