Okkervil River’s got a new album coming out soon… here’s a link to their first single from it.

August 13th, 2008

It’s 2008, and I don’t love Okkervil River in the way I loved them five years ago. But, still, this band. When I first read their lyrics, posted in plain text, I went from infatuation to love. Their words look like stories, not like songs crafted to fit some sort of A A B A structure. They put the story before the song, they tackle complicated emotions … so, yeah, I dig ’em. They’ve got a new album coming out September 9th, and here’s a link to the first single from that album, Lost Coastlines.

Here’s a blurb about the song from their record label, Jagjaguwar:

The album features 11 songs and includes the track “Lost Coastlines,” on which Sheff and recently departed Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater share a duet on the joys and hardships of trying to keep the band together. Of the process Will Sheff explains, “We had so many songs we were excited about that we briefly threw around the idea of just putting out a double record. Instead, we decided to take a group of songs that fit with each other and turn that into The Stage Names, setting the rest aside for a future release, a The Stage Names sequel.”

And if you’re interested in ordering / pre-ordering the album, you can do that here.

The sad thing here for me is that while their tour dates include Lawrence Kansas, Omaha Nebraska, Fargo North Dakota and Arizona, they don’t include Colorado. I blame gas prices, and dumb bastard band managers.

U.S. tour dates:

  • 09/12/08 Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck
  • 09/13/08 Omaha, NE – Slowdown
  • 09/14/08 Madison, WI – Barrymore Theater
  • 09/15/08 Fargo, ND – Aquarium
  • 09/17/08 Seattle, WA – The Showbox
  • 09/18/08 Vancouver, BC – Richards on Richards
  • 09/19/08 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
  • 09/20/08 Eugene, OR – McDonald Theater w/ Sea Wolf + Zykos
  • 09/21/08 San Francisco, CA – Treasure Island Music Festival
  • 09/23/08 Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theatre
  • 09/24/08 Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern
  • 09/25/08 Tempe, AZ – The Clubhouse w/ Sea Wolf + Zykos
  • 09/26/08 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress w/ Sea Wolf + Zykos
  • 09/28/08 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
  • 09/30/08 New Orleans, LA – The Republic
  • 10/01/08 Birmingham, AL – Workplay Theater
  • 10/02/08 Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
  • 10/03/08 Athens, GA – The Soapbox Laundro Lounge
  • 10/04/08 Richmond, VA – The National
  • 10/06/08 New York, NY – Webster Hall
  • 10/07/08 New York, NY – Webster Hall
  • 10/08/08 Northampton, MA – Pearl Street Nightclub
  • 10/09/08 Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
  • 10/10/08 Buffalo, NY – Tralf Music Hall

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