Listening Station: Okkervil River’s Twin Cinema

May 23rd, 2007 // 4 Comments

has an MP3 of “Our Life Is Not a Movie or Maybe,” the opening track from Okkervil River’s forthcoming The Stage Names. Despite our recent frustration with any and all songs performed by bookish guys with guitars, it’s an enjoyably boisterous track, even if we did mishear one of the verses as “something something fake Master P”:

Okkervil River – Our Life Is Not a Movie or Maybe [MP3, link expired]
Okkervill River [MySpace]

  1. Kate Richardson

    Somehow Okkervil River does give the bookish guy with guitar genre a really stylish kick in the pants. Are they superior because they’re from Texas? Probably.

    They have a pretty wide selection of mp3s on their site: http://jound.com/okkervil/mp3.html

    I recommend “Red” and “Lady Liberty.”

    “I’m full of fictions and fucking addictions and miss my mother.”

  2. Feh Am Legend

    Indeed, there is something raw and urgent about a lot of their music that raises it above the usual lit-grad lyrics scored with folk-embellishments. While inventive musically, you never get the sense their just throwing instruments into the mix because they can. “For Real” “The President’s Dead” & “Westfall” are all amazing songs.

  3. heyzeus

    This band is that good. Life-changing good. In addition to the above suggestions, try out “Another Radio Song.”

  4. prolixrush

    Not only is Okkervil River really effin’ incredible on record and especially live, Jonathan Meiburg, the keyboard player/backup vocalist in Okkervil, has his own separate, equally awesome band – Shearwater. I can’t get enough of either of these two bands. Another killer O.R. song to seek out: “The Velocity of Saul at the Time of His Conversion”

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