Okkervil River – “What Friends Do”

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Okkervil River have shared “What Friends Do,” the theme song to Amazon Prime’s animated holiday special Click Clack Moo: Christmas At The Farm. Based on the book series from Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin, the special is written by Will McRobb, directed by Jennifer Oxley, and features the voices of Crazy Ex Girlfriend’s Rachel Bloom, … More »

74 Artists On Their Favorite Tom Petty Song

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I once got busted trying to steal a magazine from my hometown library. The 8/8/91 issue of Rolling Stone apparently had one of those sensors on the last page and it beeped from my backpack on the way out. I was gonna bring it back. I just wanted to take it home to read the … More »

Okkervil River – “Mary On A Wave” Video

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Okkervil River - Mary On A Wave videoOkkervil River released their album Away last year, and they’ve already made videos for its songs “Okkervil River R.I.P.,” “The Industry,” “Judey On A Street,” and “Call Yourself Renee.” The band’s latest clip is for the song “Mary On A Wave,” and it shows a story about a wild-looking little … More »

Okkervil River – “Anthem” (Leonard Cohen Cover)

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Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbHOkkervil River are in the UK right now, wrapping up a European tour in support of their new album Away. Yesterday, at their show in Bristol, the band honored the late icon Leonard Cohen by covering his song “Anthem,” and now they’ve shared a recording of their rendition. “It’s been a terrible week, over … More »

Okkervil River – “Call Yourself Renee” Video

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Okkervil RiverOkkervil River’s latest LP, Away, came out last month, and we’ve seen a few lovely, cinematic videos for some of its stand-out tracks. We watched Will Sheff bury himself in the clip for “Okkervil River R.I.P.,” then we saw him dress up like an astronaut for “The Industry,” and we peeped a … More »

Okkervil River – “Judey On A Street” Video (NSFW)

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Okkervil River - "Janey On A Street" VideoOkkervil River just dropped their album Away less than a month ago. It’s an excellent collection of earthy, jangly, beautiful literate rock songs, and perhaps the one that perhaps epitomizes the album best is “Judey On A Street.” Today, the band shares a set of visuals for the song that embodies the aesthetic of the … More »

Wilco, Local Natives, The Head and the Heart, Okkervil River

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Holy overload, Batman – there are a ton of releases today. I mean, in a very real way we were unable to choose what went on the list this week because there are just so many incredible releases. Normally there’s a revving up to the onslaught of music that comes out in the fall – but this week the power that be decided to just throw us in the deep end. There are new records from Wilco and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds today – that’s probably what it feels like when you die and your spirit is released into pure light and beauty. So stop reading and start listening.

Playlist

Allah-Las – Calico Review

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Grouplove – Big Messa

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Jack White – Jack White Acoustic Recordings

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Local Natives – Sunlit Youth

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M.I.A. – A.I.M.

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Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree

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Okkervil River – Away

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Psychic Twin – Strange Diary

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The Head and the Heart – Signs of Light

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Wilco – Schmilco

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clipping – Splendor and Misery

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Stream Okkervil River Away

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Okkervil River - AwaySince releasing 2013’s The Silver Gymnasium, the last Okkervil River, Will Sheff, the sharp and literate songwriter who masterminds the band, has changed the entire lineup of the group. Sheff has relocated from Austin to New York, and he seems to be investigating the question of what it even means to be in a band … More »