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LISTEN // Will Sheff & Oneida Featured in the Radio Drama ‘Wayne Coyne’s Human Head-Shaped Tumor’

Here’s your listening activity for the next hour. McSweeney’s presents Wayne Coyne’s Human Head-Shaped Tumor, a radio drama much like that of War of the Worlds. Premiering on KCRW last week, you’ll recognize many of the voices and music featured in the program; Will Sheff and Oneida both partook in the show centered around an imaginary tumor. Listen below!

Okkervil River Announce New Tour Dates, Play Cultivate Music Fest

Okkervil River are set to tour the United States, making stops in the South, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest throughout the month of August. They’ll also co-headline Denver’s Cultivate Music Festival with Best Coast this October. Cultivate is Chipotle’s FREE outdoor festival, created to bring together local farmers, celebrity chefs and great music. For more information on the fest, click HERE. See full list of tour dates below.

Download the second edition of Okkervil River’s Golden Opportunities series, featuring covers of songs by Bill Fay, Jim Sullivan and more. Find it HERE.

Tour Dates:
08/24/12 Baton Rouge, LA- Spanish Moon
08/25/12 Mobile, AL- Alabama Music Box
08/27/12 Charlotte, NC- Visulite Theatre
08/28/12 Charlottesville, VA- Jefferson Theater
08/29/12 Baltimore, MD- Ram’s Head Live
08/30/12 Millvale, PA- Mr. Small’s Theatre
08/31/12 Bloomington, IN- Upland Brewery
10/06/12 Denver, CO- Cultivate Music Festival @ Denver City Park w/ Best Coast

Okkervil River Release Golden Opportunities 2

As a follow-up to their 2007 Golden Opportunities Mixtape, Okkervil River is releasing yet another Free EP for fans! Golden Opportunities 2 is made up of covers from lesser-known musical gems like Motown session-player Ted Lucas and mysterious L.A. singer-songwriter Jim Sullivan.

The complete track listing is:
It is So Nice to Get Stoned (by Ted Lucas)
U.F.O. (by Jim Sullivan)
One Soul Less On Your Fiery List (by David McComb)
Plan D (by Bill Fay)
Dry Bones (American Traditional)

And it’s all available right now for free download on the Okkervil River web site!

Also, if you’ve missed Okkervil River live this year, you can catch Will Sheff solo on December 2nd at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Bird of Youth and Sondre Lerche.

 

New video for “Your Past Life as a Blast” on IFC

There’s a brand new video for “Your Past Life as a Blast” from director Isaac Ravishankara available today on IFC’s website. The new flick attempts to answer the question, “How do you capture a memory?” Gorgeously shot in upstate New York, the video follows a boy and a girl on an adventure to a secret lake where they jump into the water and swim out as far as they can.

Ravishankara says the hardest part of the shoot “were all of the water scenes. We spent hours in the lake and it was awfully cold. By the end of the day, Ben and Margaret and I were so cold, our shivers had turned to full-on uncontrollable shaking, which Kevin (Haden, DP) thankfully captured. That last shot in the video is my favorite shot I have in anything I’ve ever made.”

Okkervil River will be on tour through the end of November in Europe. You can see a full list of dates here.

Okkervil River premiere new video for “Your Past Life as a Blast”

Pitchfork has premiered the new video from Okkervil River for their song “Your Past Life as a Blast.” Band leader Will Sheff explains:

“When I was writing the lyrics for I Am Very Far I kept fixating on the idea of being new, specifically memories of being very little and being conscious of the fact that I was a new person, that I hadn’t existed before. I kept thinking about the way the brain works when it’s not trying overly hard to put ideas or thoughts in order, either because it’s new or maybe because it’s dreaming or maybe because it’s been disarranged in some way.
The lyrics to “Your Past Life as a Blast” deal with a lot of different things and in a kind of disarranged way, but it felt to me like it was the sweetest moment on the record, a moment of nostalgia and tenderness and sunnyness. When I was writing the lyrics, certain images flashed in my head, and some of those images were specifically from my childhood, or of the way I remember earliest childhood feeling to me.
Like many kids of the late 70s and early 80s, my dad was often hovering around with a Super 8 camera, filming my mom and me and – as time passed – my younger brother and sister. I remember him projecting these movies on a bare wall and, eventually, the movies becoming as much a part of my memory as the original events he had filmed. I thought it would be cool to use actual footage of those memories in the video itself, to make a really personal kind of rock video.
For the “Your Past Life as a Blast” video, I worked with the editor Alan Del Río Ortíz to turn my dad’s home movies into a short condensed film of someone’s childhood, a little home-movie music video, about moms and dads and kids, and how it felt.”

Okkervil River will also be on tour in October with dates in Australia and Europe, including stops in Perth, Sydney, Glasgow, Manchester, and London as well as a solo performance by Will at The Toff In Town in Melbourne. The band will also be making an appearance at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin on the Orange Stage. Tour dates are listed here.

Taking Chances by Sharon Van Etten
Lines of Latitude by Small Black
North Hollywood Microwaves by Pink Mountaintops
Fire-scene by S. Carey
Crown the Pines by S. Carey
Forgiven/Forgotten by Angel Olsen
Everyone is Noah, Everyone is the Ark by Moonface
Byegone by Volcano Choir

North Hollywood Microwaves by Pink Mountaintops

Taking Chances by Sharon Van Etten

Real People by Small Black

Crown The Pines by S. Carey

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