Okkervil River's The Stage Names
  • MONDAY, MAY 21, 2007

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It would be a stout hard sell someone would be relying upon if they were to ever try and convince me that Okkervil River’s magnificent ’05 release, Black Sheep Boy, received its’ just due. Released at a time when the rest of the world was oohing and ahhhing over The Arcade Fire’s brilliant debut (Believe me, I was to…Sadly, I didn’t discover BSB until a boozy evening eight months after its’ release), the passionate, bitter, raw, emotional storytelling that Will Sheff filled the songs of Black Sheep Boy with were, undoubtedly, swept underneath the rug to make way for Win Butler and company.

So, in an effort to make sure this kind of thing never, ever, ever happens again to Okkervil River, consider this my first attempt to bang the drum for the Austin band. Set for an August 7th release, The Stage Names “dynamites the walls of Black Sheep Boy's gothic, moss-walled castle from the inside to let in the glaring sun.” A bright and sunny Will Sheff? The same man who hypothesized about the death of the president? Well, I can’t wait to hear it…

Check out “Our Life Is Not a Movie or Maybe” from the album below, courtesy of Jagjaguwar Records and Pitchforkmedia.com.

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