Video: Will Sheff/A.C. Newman

Last week came the first taste of what to expect from the forthcoming Okkervil River album The Stand-Ins with the release of the "Lost Coastlines" mp3. That there’s now the first in a promised series of stand-in performance videos that will further help promote the album. And yes, that’s Carl “A.C.” Newman of The New Pornographers standing in for Will Sheff on the song, and Sheff standing in for the now departed Jonathon Meiburg. That Will Sheff is so clever. Turns out Newman is a great choice here, as he not only does a knockabout job on the song but he’ll soon have something of his own to promote - his solo follow up to the excellent The Slow Wonder (from 2004) will be released in early 2009. Get Guilty is the name, January is the tentative release time, Matador is the label, and Pitchfork has more details.

MP3 :: Drink To Me Babe, Then
MP3 :: Miracle Drug
(from The Slow Wonder. Buy here)

MP3 :: Lost Coastlines
(from The Stand-Ins. Pre-order here)

And in semi-related Pornographer news, Muzzle of Bees reported recently that Neko Case will be releasing her next solo album, Middle Cyclone, on Anti in March of 2009. No word yet on how many records Dan Bejar will release next year.

Stream :: Hold On, Hold On / Star Witness
(from Fox Confessor Brings The Flood)

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