Last year, I secretly started a new band with Emily and Dan from Cross Record, called LOMA—and our new FULL-LENGTH ALBUM is available for pre-order from Sub Pop Records as of today (!) . Lots of info + video here: https://www.subpop.com/artists/loma. Please share! (FB page at Loma the band) (JM).
Can't hear "the ides of march" without this extremely timely classic playing in my head. (Bonus points for making it to the end). Hail Caesar! (Thor Harris, I'm thinking of you). (JM)
Don't let NRA apologists fool you: weapons like AR-15s (and the rounds they fire) really *are* even worse than other guns. That they are legally available to most Americans is insane. This piece explains why. (JM)
What a perfect day for US Citizenship and Immigration Services to oh-so-subtly remove "a nation of immigrants" from its mission statement. Germany/England/Ireland/Scotland, here I come! #MAGA
Hard to believe this was 2 years ago. EL's wrong about the "all-powerful" part...but my inner 12-year-old did love shooting lasers out of my hands every night. Can't wait to come back to London with Loma the band on 31 May. (JM)
The Loma the band album comes out today in all formats, everywhere (!) To celebrate, here's an album-length video (by Emily Cross). (JM)
Time for our (biweekly?) round of vilifying the mentally ill while ignoring our glut of guns and ammo, and the mainstream [male] fantasy of using them for mass murder. Hard to see any change while the NRA - National Rifle Association of America has the govt in its pocket. #USAToday #Platitudetime #MAGA #NRAVacay (JM)
How could I not share this on Valentine's Day? (JM)
I'm grateful, as always, that my old friend Mr. Sheff, without whom SW would never have gotten off the ground, is still kindly inviting me to sing backup on his albums; and this one has some of his best songs on it. I think I say that every time he releases a new one, but it's always true. (JM) Okkervil River #InTheRainbowRain
I’m so excited to announce a brand new Okkervil River record called 'In the Rainbow Rain' (out April 27th on ATO Records). I conceived of this record while on t...our for Away, when I had hired that band to be my new band and we were having so much fun as fast new friends that I decided I wanted to make a record immediately. This time around everyone was in such a good mood that the music ended up capturing this new spirit of freedom and playfulness and joy and sounding totally different than Away, even though my working approach was similar. I didn’t really fight it, because everything felt so good. It was a really happy and productive period of music-making during a very terrifying (and ongoingly terrifying) time period, and I felt like it was appropriate to try to make something uplifting and encouraging.
I’m so proud of this thing – it’s maybe the most fun Okkervil River record ever. And it’s going to be so fun to play live.
Listen to first single 'Don't Move Back to LA'
Pre-order the album on limited edition colored vinyl:
And finally, catch us on the road this spring! Tickets for the US tour + London go on sale this Friday. We'll also be doing SXSW and many more shows to be announced throughout the year!
April 27 Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade NYC(Album Release Show)
May 20 Washington, DC @ Black Cat DC
May 21 Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
May 22 Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5
May 24 Dallas, TX @ The Kessler
May 25 Houston, TX @ The Heights Theater
May 29 Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Theatre
May 31 Los Angeles, CA @ The Teragram Ballroom
June 01 Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
June 02 San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo's 365 Club
June 04 Seattle, WA @ Neumos
June 05 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
June 07 Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room
June 08 Denver, CO @ The Bluebird Theater
June 09 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room Lounge
June 11 St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
June 12 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
June 13 Detroit, MI @ El Club
June 14 Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
June 15 Woodstock, NY @ Colony Woodstock NY
June 16 Boston, MA @ Royale
October 10 London, UK @ KOKO London