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.
Above is the artwork for Okkervil River’s new album I Am Very Far, due out on Jagjaguwar May 10. Okkervil River returned to long-time visual collaborator Will Schaff to design the new album artwork. Pitchfork has an interview with Okkervil River front man Will Sheff, discussing the album artwork and the recording process behind I Am Very Far. Pitchfork is also streaming the new non-album track “Mermaid” which is available now as a 12″ vinyl single. Spin Magazine also caught up with Sheff yesterday. There’s a track by track analysis with Sheff on their website, which you can check out HERE. Below you’ll find the complete track listing for I Am Very Far. Stay tuned for more details on the new record coming soon.
I Am Very Far Track Listing:
1. The Valley
4. Lay of the Last Survivor
5. While 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 Free
11. The Rise
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.
Okkervil River’s Will Sheff recently played a solo show at The Living Room in New York. During the set he broke out two new songs “Walked Out On A Line” and “Lay of the Last Survivor” which you can watch below. Whether these songs will appear on the next Okkervil River record only the future knows, but the strength of these songs is evident, even with only the bare bones accompaniment of Will’s acoustic guitar. Good signs of things to come! Those of you in the Seattle-area can catch Okkervil River live September 11 at Maymoor Park opening for The National.
Okkervil River and Roky Erickson played an Ice Cream Social to possibly their youngest audience to date (although sharing music with youth is a passion Will Sheff has shown before). Sponsored by Ice Cream Man and the FYF Festival, the event was open to all ages, and the kids came out in numbers, digging into free scoops of ice cream as they listened to Roky and Okkervil River perform. While some seemed more interested in the ice cream than the music, there were definitely some discerning listeners in the bunch. When the band opened up the floor for a Q&A, Roky and crew fielded such questions as “Why is the Zombie song so loud?” and “What’s your opinion on ukuleles?” (!) And when one little girl was asked “is this your first rock show?” her mother quickly secured her child’s hipster cred by interjecting “oh, she went to see Patti Smith,” discerning indeed! All and all this was a wonderful wonderful event that makes all those dark bar shows drab in comparison and begs the question of why more rock n’ roll can’t be a family affair? See the full video below courtesy of Pitchfork.tv