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LISTEN // Okkervil River Share “I’m In Love With Susan Smith,” Announce 10th Anniversary Edition Of ‘Black Sheep Boy’ and Tour Dates


In celebration of the ten-year anniversary of this iconic album, Jagjaguwar is proud to present the Black Sheep Boy 10th Anniversary Edition, a three-LP set combining the classic Black Sheep Boy album and its counterpart the Black Sheep Boy Appendix with an all new unreleased album of covers entitled There Swims A Swan: full-band recordings made six months prior to the release of Black Sheep Boy which illuminate the album’s roots in the traditional American songbook. Featuring beautiful, emotional readings of songs popularized by such artists as Washington Phillips, Lead Belly, The Louvin Brothers, and Roscoe Holcomb, There Swims A Swan takes the listener through the songs that inspired Will Sheff while composing Black Sheep Boy and plays like a run-through of that album’s themes.

Black Sheep Boy is celebrated for its album artwork as well as its music, and the 10th Anniversary Edition collects that artwork in a meticulously reworked packaged, combining every previous element of (longtime Okkervil River illustrator) William Schaff’s imagery – not to mention a large new piece by Schaff depicting an updated Black Sheep Boy. The release also includes lengthy liner notes by Will Sheff walking the listener through the circumstances surrounding the album. Later this year Okkervil River will perform both Black Sheep Boy and Black Sheep Boy Appendix albums at a handful of shows. Not to mention, Will Sheff will have a short run of West Coast solo performances. Full list of dates below.

For Okkervil River the 10th Anniversary Edtion is a loving, comprehensive, richly expanded presentation of a record many consider to be on the of the band’s best. For those new to the band, this might be the best place to start, the first step on a long road, the opening to a forest you can get lost in.

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Okkervil River’s Black Sheep Boy (10th Anniversary Edition) Tracklisting:
Volume I: Black Sheep Boy
1. Black Sheep Boy
2. For Real
3. In A Radio Song
4. Black
5. Get Big
6. A King And A Queen
7. A Stone
8. The Latest Toughs
9. Song Of Our So-Called Friend
10. So Come Back, I Am Waiting
11. A Glow

Volume II: Black Sheep Boy Appendix
1. Missing Children
2. No Key, No Plan
3. A Garden
4. Black Sheep Boy #4
5. The Next Four Months
6. Another Radio Song
7. A Forest
8. Last Love Song For Now

Volume III: There Swims A Swan
1. Goodnight Irene
2. I’m In Love With Susan Smith
3. See See Rider
4. Knoxville Girl
5. Satan is Real
6. Good Liquor Gonna Carry Me Down
7. Willow Tree
8. Moonshiner
9. Oh, The Wind And Rain
10. What are They Doing in Heaven Today
11. Trouble in Mind

Okkervil River Tour Dates:
Fri. Nov. 20 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat ^
Sat. Nov. 21 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom ^
Tues. Nov. 24 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair ^
Mon. Dec. 14 – Seattle, WA @ Columbia City Theater &
Tues. Dec. 15 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge &
Fri. Dec. 18 – San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall &
Sat. Dec. 19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever &

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

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.


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