Music News - Okkervil River

There was some exciting news that came from the folks at Jagjaguar today. Looks like Pop Headwound favorites Okkervil River will be having a busy 2007 ahead of them. The band is currently working on the follow-up to 2005’s brilliant Black Sheep Boy (which would have come in at #2 on our year-end list, had we existed). The as-yet-untitled album is being produced once again by Brian Bettie, the man behind the boards on Black Sheep Boy and Don’t Fall In Love With Everyone You See, and will be released sometime later this year. We seriously can‘t wait. Inhale. Exhale. Repeat.

In other exciting news, the band will be releasing a 2xCd deluxe edition of Black Sheep Boy. The definitive edition is set to include the original album, the Black Sheep Boy Appendix EP, the song “The Next Four Months” (from the “For Real” single) and a video of a new take on “No Key, No Plan”. Also included will be the requisite huge booklet and gold sleeve. Look for it March 6.

Unfortunately, Okkervil River lead screamer, Will Sheff, has been sidelined after damaging his vocal chords. Doctors advised him to rest up for a while. He’s had to cancel a string of solo appearances where he was to be opening for Josh Ritter. Get well man.

Just so you don’t forget what Will sounds like, here’s a reminder:

MP3 - Black (from Black Sheep Boy)
MP3 - No Key, No Plan (from Black Sheep Boy Appendix)

Check out the band at their myspace.


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