Monday, August 20, 2012

Ticket Giveaway - Okkervil River - 8.30.12 - Mr Smalls - Show Preview - Concert Preview

Okkervil River are making another appearance at Mr Smalls next Thursday, 8.30. This is their first tour in quite some time and their first show in Pgh in four years. The band made our very first post back in 2008 as one of the top shows for that year. The band's last proper studio album was back in 2009 called I Am Very Far which was met with very favorable reviews. Their last release was an EP of covers entitled Golden Opportunities 2 which you can download from their website for free. The record reflected music from obscure songwriters from Ted Lucas, Jim Sullivan, David McComb, and Bill Fay. Be expecting the band to be trying out new songs on this tour. We have a free pair of tickets to the show. As usual just email us at to enter. 

From their press:

When Okkervil River released their breakthrough 'Black Sheep Boy' in 2005, Uncut wrote that "Sheff's novelistic lyrics and the dexterous blend of country, folk and nervy indie-rock suggest a band approaching the peak of their powers." A New York Times piece on their 2007 follow-up 'The Stage Names' (and its companion album 'The Stand Ins') echoed, "Sheff writes like a novelist," and Pitchfork called him, "One of the best lyric-writers in indie rock." But on 'I am Very Far,' Sheff emerges not only as a songwriter of the highest caliber, but a producer and arranger of singular vision. Abandoning the tidy conceptual arcs of Okkervil River's previous albums, 'I am Very Far' is a monolithic, darkly ambiguous work, one that doesn't readily offer up its secrets.

Work on 'I am Very Far' started in early 2009, after a year spent on the music of others. Sheff contributed vocals to The New Pornographer's album 'Together,' wrote a song for Norah Jones' 'The Fall,' produced an upcoming album for Brooklyn-based Bird of Youth, and helmed the Roky Erickson record 'True Love Cast Out All Evil,' for which his album notes received a GRAMMY nomination. "I'd never worked with Roky before and never produced someone else's record before. It was a life-changing experience," Sheff recalls, "When it was over I felt both completely drained and completely inspired." Immediately upon wrapping up work and leaving Erickson's company, Sheff drove to his home state of New Hampshire for lengthy isolated writing sessions. "I wanted to go back home and re-start writing again, like I'd never written a song previously," he says, "and I wanted the music and lyrics to be both completely wedded together and a little bit beyond my control. I kept trying to write from the state of mind of someone who had just been born, that feeling of being very young and being aware of not existing before a certain moment, which is a feeling I remember having as a kid."

Show begins at 8p with doors at 7p. Tickets are $16 and can be found here. More information about the band at these links:


  1. "i am very far" came out in 2011, not 2009.

  2. Work on "I am Very Far" started in 2009, not released in 2009, is how the sentence reads.