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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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LADYHAWK appear in documentary about Silkworm

Ladyhawk make an appearance in a documentary about Silkworm called Couldn’t You Wait? The Story Of Silkworm. Check out the trailer:

LADYHAWK documentary to be released

“Let me Be Fictional”, a documentary about LADYHAWK is hitting the festival circuit and will be released later this year.

In “Let Me Be Fictional”, Vancouver based indie-rock band, Ladyhawk, face their past, uniquely deal with society’s view of what makes a functioning adult and consume vast quantities of sangria during the process of recording their second album Shots.

Ladyhawk are four guys ranging from 25 to 29 years that formed as a band in 2003. Although they formed in Vancouver, all four grew up in the same rural city in British Columbia. For their sophomore album, the band decide to return to their hometown of Kelowna and rent an old gutted farmhouse as the site of the recordings. The unique space is an escape from their everyday lives and adds to the atmospheric tone of their songs. Plus, because there is no running water, the band must use a bucket as a urinal.

During the 10 days in Kelowna, they reflect on their past which informs their future, they encounter people they grew up with, they enjoy themselves at a Pride Tiger concert, and they allows themselves the luxury of concentrating on their music.

While returning to Vancouver to complete the record, their touring van, full with instruments, flips over in the snowstorm. They all survive without injury, finish the record in a hurried 2 days, and begin a 6 week tour that ends in a picturesque seaside town.

A Trailer for the film can be found here
and here

About the filmmakers:

Mona Mok
Mona is a Vancouver-based filmmaker and graduate of Vancouver Film School’s Sound Design Program. Besides completing audio post-production on 6 short films and 4 documentary trailers, she has also produced, written, directed and taken cinematography duties on ‘Departures’, her first short film. Her involvement in the Ladyhawk documentary include directing, producing, second camera, editing, and audio post-production supervision.

Rob Leickner
As Co-Founder and recording engineer of one of the most significant indie rock recording studios in Vancouver (, Rob got his start in the entertainment business through The Hive recording studio where he saw this bedroom studio grow into a 3,000 square foot complex.
After achieving success in that medium Rob felt his creative output pulled to the world of film. He immersed himself in cinema and redirected the passion that drove his commitment to The Hive into another medium: independent filmmaking. Since 2002, Rob has written 3 feature scripts, produced and directed 4 short dramatic films, is in development on a documentary with veteran documentary producer and director David Vaisbord, and has embarked on his own independent documentary about Ladyhawk. Rob is glad to be working in a venue that allows him to let his true creative voice be heard.

“There is an intense sense of melancholy surrounding the music of Ladyhawk-despite the fact that they turn out jam after jam, and clearly love to party, their songs are what happens because of, and as a reflection of that.” – FADER

Ladyhawk’s new album “Shots” will be released on March 4th!

MP3 for “I Don’t Always Know What You’re Saying”

Tour Dates:

03/19/08 Hamilton, ON – Casbah w/ Immaculate Machine
03/20/08 Montreal, QC – Le Divan Orange w/ Immaculate Machine
03/21/08 Ottawa, ON – Zaphod Beeblebrox w/ Immaculate Machine
03/22/08 Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern w/ Immaculate Machine + Flash Lightnin + Arkells
03/27/08 Winnipeg, MB – Pyramid Cabaret w/ Black Mountain
03/28/08 Regina, SK – The Distrikt w/ Black Mountain
03/29/08 Saskatoon, SK – Amigo’s w/ Black Mountain
03/31/08 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room w/ Black Mountain
04/01/08 Calgary, AB – The Warehouse w/ Black Mountain
04/02/08 Kelowna, BC – The Habitat w/ Black Mountain
04/05/08 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom w/ Black Mountain

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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

Mothers of the Sun by Black Mountain

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The Plain Moon by Besnard Lakes, The

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra
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