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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!

Tribeca Film Acquires North American Rights to “The Comedy”

We’re so very proud to announce that Tribeca Film will be distributing Rick Alverson’s The Comedy throughout North America. The Jagjaguwar-produced drama was one of this year’s most talked about films since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was in U.S. dramatic competition. Variety called it “compulsively fascinating” and Film Threat described it as “one of the most wildly inappropriate and pitch black comedies I’ve ever seen”.

What exactly does this mean? In addition to having a limited theatrical run, the drama will soon be available in over 40 million homes through video-on-demand, iTunes, Amazon Watch Instantly, Xbox, Samsung Media Hub and the like.

Alverson, who directed and wrote The Comedy, is someone Jagjaguwar has been working with for a very long time (since 1996). Jagjaguwar has released over nine albums with Alverson, and The Comedy is just one of four dramas Alverson and Jagjaguwar have collaborated on. Like Jagjaguwar, Alverson is also very excited about Tribeca Film’s involvement. “My hope is that The Comedy may be seen as both a challenging, cautionary tale and an unapologetic immersion in a culture of irony and recreational cruelty many have come to find liberating,” said Alverson. “We’re very happy to be in the competent hands of Tribeca Film and look forward to a partnership that will bring this movie to a wide audience.”

The Comedy features Tim Heidecker of the “Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job,” as an aging hipster spending his aimless recreation with like-minded friends (“Tim & Eric” co-star Eric Wareheim, LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy and comedian Gregg Turkington a.k.a.“Neil Hamburger”) in games of comic irreverence and mock sincerity. There are several cameos by musicians Jagjaguwar friends, Will Sheff (Okkervil River) and Richard Swift (The Shins).

Read more about the acquisition HERE.

Okkervil River’s Will Sheff Talks with artist Will Schaff

“Interesting Rock Talk. No, Really.” that’s the headline at the New York Times for the above interview between Okkervil River lead singer and songwriter Will Sheff and Will Schaff the artist behind all of Okkervil River’s iconic record covers. For year’s the two have been confused as the same person, and here lies video proof that they are indeed different gentlemen. It’s a great conversation between these two artists and an interesting look into how their collaboration has worked over the years. You can also check out an in-depth interview w/ Schaff on his work with Okkervil River over the years HERE.

 

Okkervil River’s I Am Very Far Out Today! Stream The Full Album On Spinner

Okkervil River’s new album I Am Very Far is available in stores today! The album has been met with wide critical praise from Spin Magazine calling Will Sheff “Dylan for the Facebook generation” to the New York Times calling it the “most musically ambitious [album] yet released by Mr. Sheff and his crew.” Check out the Pitchfork review HERE, and all this week you can stream the full album on Spinner HERE. You can also catch Okkervil River performing live on WNYC’s Soundcheck tomorrow (May 11), and on David Letterman this Friday (May 13).

Starting May 31 Okkervil River head out on tour in North America with a supporting cast of openers that includes Titus Andronicus, Julianna Barwick, Future Islands, and New Villager. You can check out full tour dates HERE.

 

Okkervil River’s Will Sheff Shares Grammy Diary with Billboard

Grammy nominee Will Sheff of Okkervil River meets Mayor Bloomberg and Jennifer Blakeman (NARAS NY chapter governor)

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.

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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
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Byegone by Volcano Choir

North Hollywood Microwaves by Pink Mountaintops

Taking Chances by Sharon Van Etten

Real People by Small Black

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Atlanta, GA - The Earl

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Milwaukee, WI - Club Garibaldi  w/ White Hinterland

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