It’s been a minute since we’ve delivered some news on Lightning Dust, but fans will be happy to hear the duo have a new split 7″ coming out with Hard Drugs this fall. On October 4, The Storyboard Label will release Lightning Dust “Never Again” b/w Hard Drugs “Summertime Blues” in the form of a white vinyl 7″. These are limited to just 550 copies, and will be available in select Vancouver record stores and Lightning Dust will have some for sale during their upcoming European tour dates. The 7″ is also available for pre-order on The Storyboard Label’s website starting today!
Lightning Dust on Tour
09/02/11 Vlieland, NL – Into The Great Wide Open Festival
09/04/11 Dorset, UK – End of the Road Festival
09/05/11 London, UK – Lexington
09/06/11 Paris, FR – Cafe De La Danse
09/07/11 Zurich, CH – Fiasko
09/08/11 Dudingen, CH – Bad Bonn
09/09/11 Ravenna, IT – Hana Bi
09/10/11 Rome, IT – Init
09/11/11 Genova, IT – TBD
09/13/11 Tilburg, NL – Incubate Festival
09/14/11 Ghent, BE – Vooruit
Earlier this month when Okkervil River were in Norway performing at the Oya Festival, they made a stop at the cozy Oslo bookstore Cappelens Forslag. Watch the video above of the band playing a stripped-down version of their current single “Your Past Life as a Blast” as patrons browse the store.
Okkervil will be all over the globe this fall with performances in Spain, End of the Road Festival in the UK, and Fun Fun Fun Fest in their home of Austin, TX. These are all scattered amongst a US tour in September, Australian dates in October, and finally a UK tour in November! See the full list of tour dates HERE.
Join us on a walk down memory lane as we recall the magical March evening when some Jagjaguwar staffers became honorary GAYNG members in the shadows of the Mohawk stage, while promises of the party-after-the-after-party lured the rest of us to brave uncharted territory of suburban Austin, Texas.
Here are some new videos of GAYNGS headlining their Mohawk showcase at SXSW 2011.
Blonde Redhead must know that anything Gayngs touches turns to gold. The veteran rockers reached out to our favorite Minneapolis collective to remix/ throw in a few signature Gayngs gunshot sounds to a track from their 2010 LP Penny Sparkle. Hear the result in the player below, along with Blonde Redhead remixes from other artists including Pantha Du Prince, Salem and more.
I haven’t participated in the running of a record label since 1997, when Chris Deden and I stopped releasing music on Sing, Eunuchs! Records. We found that the main problem running a small, independent label was that the majority of independent distributors refused to pay us after they sold our records, despite numerous phone calls, faxes, and threatening letters. There was an understood convention of withholding payment on sold goods until the label released another title the distributor wanted to carry. It seemed criminal and against the spirit of the whole independent music ethos but it was how things were done. Bigger independent labels could afford to subsidize their distributors by waiting on funds until the next record came out but we actually needed the money from the previous release just to fund the next record. It was a dispiriting, debt-ridden situation and when we hung up our hats after five years I vowed never to run a record label again unless I could circumvent what I considered an unfair distribution system.
We have another release on the way from Okkervil River, this time a 7-inch featuring “Your Past Life as a Blast,” the third single from the band’s latest studio release, I Am Very Far. The single is backed with b-side “Gold Faces” and will be available on August 2 just in time for a new leg of tour dates.
This fall Okkervil has a run of European dates, a few North American shows with The Decemberists, and then a US tour in September. Check out the full list of tour dates HERE or find them after the jump.
Also, be sure to read Will Sheff’s interview with Performer Magazine, where he talks about the origin of the band’s name, working with Roky Erickson, and what it’s like to perform for people night after night.
Okkervil River did a stunning unplugged in-studio with Sirius/XM a few weeks ago, and now it’s hitting the satellite waves. Subscribers can tune in to Sirius XMU to hear it during the scheduled times listed below; and for Okkervil fans who don’t have a subscription, try listening to the show via SiriusXM’s online free trial. The band will be performing tracks from their new album I Am Very Far.
Okkervil on Sirius XMU schedule:
Thurs, 6/16 at 4pm ET
Fri, 6/17 at 9am ET
Sun, 6/19 at 11am ET
Also, be sure to look for the Okkervil River feature in the issue of New York Magazine on stands now. The article is also available online HERE.
While the rest of America was at BBQ’s and pool parties this weekend, the lucky folks at Sasquatch Music Festival were hanging with some of Minneapolis’ finest. S. Carey and Gayngs both played at the festival and NPR was there to document their sets. Stream the concerts below.
On Friday night Okkervil River returned to the small screen to make their second television appearance of the year. This time the band played on The Late Show with David Letterman, and filled the stage with players who helped deliver a lively performance of “Rider.” If you missed it the first time be sure to check out the re-run above!
We’re pleased to report that S. Carey of Bon Iver is hitting the road in June in support of David Bazan on the East Coast. This dream show will be in your town soon, tickets are available now.
In other news, S. Carey has been moved to the Bigfoot Stage at Sasquatch on the May tour with Other Lives as support. Full tour dates after the jump. Be sure to catch a show now before S. Carey goes on hiatus for Bon Iver!
Hey there brahs and sahs! Today in conjunction with Jagjaguwar imprint Brah Records, we’re celebrating the release of Shinji Masuko’s Woven Music LP. Oneida / Brah mastermind Kid Millions wrote the following special message for the occasion:
It is a very special day for all of us at Brah – arguably the most beautiful recording we’ve ever released (excepting the Dirty Faces’ Rocky Bleier) is available today!
Shinji Masuko is the founder of DMBQ and the guitarist and official luthier for the Boredoms. . .transformed some music originally recorded to run underneath sections of the Boredoms’ incredible Boadrum composition into stand alone as a single release. It’s coming out on limited edition vinyl and download. . .
If you wanna check out how heavy these tracks are before you pick up the vinyl check them out on Soundcloud HERE. Read more about Shinji and Woven MusicHERE.
Last weekend Oneida played their latest installment of Live at the Ocropolis, a day and a half long jam session, consisting of six improvisational sets before a select audience in their Williamsburg studio and rehearsal space. Organized as a charity event, The O is working with JagBrah recording artist and Boredoms leader Shinji Masuko to raise money for disaster relief efforts in Japan.
NYC Taper was there to record all six sets and now the recordings are available for download as MP3s and FLAC files. In exchange for a donation in the amount of your choice to Shinji Masuko’s Japan Relief PayPal Account, you can forward your receipt to NYC Taper and you’ll receive a password to download the files. Read more about the show, donate, and download the recordings HERE.
The gears inside the Jagjaguwar HQ are grinding at full speed today to bring you the pre-order of Okkervil River’s I Am Very Far. Visit our online store HERE to pre-order the CD or LP version of the record and have it waiting on your doorstep for the May 10 release date, or for the diehard Okkervil fan, read on about a special deluxe I Am Very Far pre-order package (pictured above).
In the wake of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan, our friends at Thrill Jockey Records have collected a staggering number of tracks in a compilation album to help relief efforts. Benefit for the Recovery in Japan Compilation is made up of contributions from over sixty diverse artists around the world, and is available for just $15 HERE. 100 percent of the proceeds go directly toward the recover and relief effort taking place in Japan.
Better yet, it includes tracks from our very own Parts & Labor, as well as Brah Records’ newest addition, Shinji Masuko. Check out the massive tracklist after the jump.
Whether you’re kicking yourself for missing some of your favorite Jag artists at SXSW last week or you were there for every minute and are dying to relive the experience, you’re in luck! iTunes is now offering a Lia Ices EP and a Small Black EP, both recorded during their performances at the festival.
Lia’s EP, recorded at her March 17 show at Saint David’s Sanctuary, includes the following tracks:
Okkervil River have confirmed a European tour, kicking off in London on May 16, supporting their highly anticipated new album I Am Very Far out May 10. Check out the full list of European and US tour dates after the jump, but first be sure to download the album’s first single “Wake and Be Fine” from the widget below.
For another take on “Wake and Be Fine,” check out Rolling Stone.com’s exclusive video of Okkervil River performing an acoustic version of the song, along with fan favorite “In A Radio Song.” The video also includes an interview with Will Sheff. Watch it HERE.
I Am Very Far Tracklist: 1). The Valley
4). Lay Of the Last Survivor
5). White Shadow Waltz
6). We Need A Myth
7). Hanging From A Hit
8). Show Yourself
9). Your Past Life As A Blast
10). Wake And Be Fine
11). The Rise
U.S. tour dates in support of I Am Very Far kick off May 31 in Atlanta, GA and will be preceded by three shows at SXSW, plus a support slot for Arcade Fire on April 30. See all dates after the jump.
If you have plans to be in the Austin, Texas vicinity next week, stop by and see us at the Jagjaguwar/ Secretly Canadian/ Dead Oceans SXSW showcase! We’ll be at Red 7 all night Wednesday along with Okkervil River, Parts & Labor, The Cave Singers, Small Black, Lia Ices and more.
Check out all of their festival schedules after the jump.
Grammy nominee Will Sheff of Okkervil River meets Mayor Bloomberg and Jennifer Blakeman (NARAS NY chapter governor)
It’s great to watch the Grammys from the comfort of home, but nothing beats the excitement of attending a star-studded awards show, red carpet and all. Join us in living vicariously through Okkervil River’s Will Sheff, who shared his Grammy night diary with Billboard.com. Will was a Grammy nominee this year for his liner notes to the Roky Erickson album “True Love Cast Out All Evil.” Read all about his red carpet experience HERE.
Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis has a couple of lovely new solo tracks streaming now at the Sub Pop Records website, so be sure to swing by and check them out. J’s new album Several Shades of Why will be out next month via our friends at Sub Pop, and today they released the second single, “Is It Done.” The first single, “Not Enough,” is also available. Listen to them both HERE.
Nearly all acoustic, Several Shades of Why, was recorded at Amherst, Massachusetts’ Bisquiteen Studios and is J’s first solo studio record. The album drops March 15.
You can celebrate with Lia at the Grown Unknown release show at Joe’s Pub in NYC next Tuesday, February 1. Look for tickets HERE. For fans outside the New York area, Lia and her band will be back on the road in March on tour with the Cave Singers. See all the dates HERE.
CONGRATULATIONS to Okkervil River’s Will Sheff who has been nominated for a Grammy! Will is nominated in the Best Album Notes category for writing the liner notes to Roky Erickson & Okkervil River’s True Love Cast Out All Evil. Read more about Okkervil’s collaboration with Roky Erickson HERE.
We’re pleased as punch and ready to start planning the Grammy viewing party! See the official nomination listing with all of the nominees in this category and more at Grammy.com.
Anyone who has heard GAYNGS is already familiar with Justin Vernon’s soulful side, but an audience at Duke University got a special show this weekend as the Bon Iver frontman joined Megafaun to reinterpret the “Sounds of the South.”
Three nights of performances by Megafaun and Fight the Big Bull paid homage to Alan Lomax’s 1959 field recordings that resulted in the Sounds of the South song collection. Justin and Sharon Van Etten joined the lineup as special guests, and produced what a writer for Duke’s performance blog called “moments of radiant beauty.” From Duke’s performance blog, The Thread, “…Vernon took a soulful lead vocal on Fred McDowell’s “When I Get Home,” backed by a heavily bearded trio of R&B-style backup singers who might consider a side career as ‘ZZ Pips.’”
Sounds like an awe-inspiring show! According to the Duke blog, these performances were recorded, so we’ll be patiently waiting for the recordings to surface. Read more about the Duke Performances and see photos from the show HERE.
Inter-Be,the new album by Minneapolis’ Peter Wolf Crier will not be available in stores until May 25, but you can pre-order the album starting today. All pre-order’s receive an instant download code for the entire album, and the first fifteen people to submit their pre-orders will receive an ultra-snazzy limited-edition poster, which you can spy below the jump. Besides being a visual stunner, the poster includes text by The Buddhist monk, teacher, and world-reknowned peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh, which gives greater insight into the origin of the term “Inter-Be.” It is a new understanding about the interconnectedness of the universe, the fallacy of simply “being” and the reality of “inter-being.” Pre-order the album right HERE. Read more tour news after the jump.
Yes, that’s Oneida in someone’s kitchen- but it’s not pots & pans upon which they are drumming. The band recently played a kitchen concert in a rural western Massachusetts home and luckily Impose Magazine was there to capture the whole thing in a photo essay. See the full photo essay HERE.
It’s been a while and we hope you are doing well. We have been taking a little bit of a breather over the past few months — reconnecting with family and friends, renovating houses and building chicken coops, and – most importantly – writing and recording a new Okkervil River album that should be ready early next year.
In the meantime though, we are getting ready for the release of our collaborative album with Roky Erickson, True Love Cast Out All Evil, which comes out April 20th on Anti Records; The album consists of original material from Roky Erickson with Okkervil River as the backing band and Will Sheff as producer. Visit the site at www.truelovecastoutallevil.com for more information.
Piano man and Jagjaguwar alum Parker Paul has a new record, and is now offering it as a free download at his website. Head on over to Parker-Paul.com for a taste of his new album Food Service.
And in just a couple of weeks, Parker Paul will be helming the piano all night at the Food Service record release show on April 10 at the Treehouse in Columbus, OH. Special guests will include members of Orchestraville, Black Swans, Bird and Flower, and also Kyle Sowash, Keith Hanlon, Kate Wilkinson, Bela Koe-Krompecher, Sarah Jurcyk, and open slots for piano karaoke.
We’re counting down to 4/20, the date on which you can pre-order the GAYNGS debut lp Relayted and receive an instant gratification download of the entire record. In the meantime, GAYNGS leader Ryan Olson released the first single and first photo of the band today on The Fader website.
Don’t forget to catch up on all the GAYNGS videos and learn how to throw the proper GAYNGS sign, especially if attending The Last Prom on Earth.
The Last Prom on Earth is not only the title of the last cut on the album, but it is also a musical celebration of Olson’s project. As GAYNG Leader, he’ll be arranging a night of music from Relayted with all players involved with the record. The performance will litterally be the last prom we’ll ever go to, and it’ll be at 1st Avenue in Minneapolis on 5/14. An early, all-ages show will commence at 5pm, and a rowdy (and a scootch more gaudy) version will be at 10pm. The tuxedo joints in The Cities will be hit hard.
GAYNGS Relayted will be released in stores on 5/11 (5/17 in the UK).
When Ryan Olson decided to make a record with Solid Gold members Zack Coulter and Adam Hurlburt, it was clear to them what the result would be: a collection of drugged-up keyboards and slick bedroom production almost exclusively inspired by 10cc’s “I’m Not In Love.” To be fair, they weren’t entirely off. What they didn’t know was that it would spiral into a project of epic proportions, enlisting the talents of over 25 musicians from various scenes around the country, relocating the base of operations from Olson’s Minneapolis bedroom/studio to the Wisconsin-based studio April Base, and the genesis of a musical super-family, GAYNGS.
ALSO: Pre-order CD and LP now, and download the full album immediately!
If you’ve been paying attention to your internet, you should have an inkling that The Besnard Lakes is going to reign down holy horse fire upon the record players of the world with their March 9th (8th in the UK) release, The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night.
The Besnard Lakes shall then rule the kingdom, and they will traverse all of the climate zones of North America in a glittering night fog. Before all that, though, they will travel to Austin, Texas to clink Tecates with their SXSW minions and play a roaring song.
This spring Okkervil River joins 13th Floor Elevator frontman and psychedelia legend Roky Erickson as the backing band on his first album in fifteen years. Okkervil and Erickson teamed up on the forthcoming True Love Cast Out All Evil, due out April 20.
Kid Millions of ONEIDA shared this eulogy to Jay Reatard this morning on www.enemyhogs.com.
An Eulogy to Jay Reatard
I walked away from my first meeting with Jay Reatard unsettled. It was early 2000 in Memphis – Oneida was playing a one-off festival for reasons I’ll let Bobby tell his grandchildren someday. But the point being – my good friend John Garland introduced me to Jay as the leader of the Reatards. They were about to go to Europe – I think for the first time but that’s not really an important detail. Anyway – I was standing outside this downtown Memphis show space, chatting with a young guy with an enormous personality, a visible chip on his shoulder while feeling his subtle emanations of ungovernable menace. From the first – Jay presented the not unusual combination of insecurity and confidence.