Song of the Day: Okkervil River – Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe

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Okkervil River, Noise For The Needy Benefit, Neumo’s 6/10/07
photo by Laura Musselman

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe by Okkervil River from their forthcoming album The Stage Names, being released on Jagjaguwar.

Okkervil River – Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe (MP3)

This Austin band has been accumulating a slew of die-hard fans with their highly evocative brand of folk-rock. A former creative writing student, singer/guitarist Will Sheff creates character-driven songs rife with peril and vigor, never settling for stereotypes or triteness. The upcoming album was intended as an early summer release, but due to the inherent strain touring takes on the vocal chords, Sheff and company took a slight break from recording. Fans of the band may have heard Our Life Is… performed live acoustically as Sheff toured with Josh Ritter earlier this year. As one of the first tracks laid down for the album and the album’s opener, this song is a great lead-in to what promises to be another stellar Okkervil River album.

Tracklist for The Stage Names (8/07/07):
1. Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe
2. Unless It’s Kicks
3. A Hand to Take Hold of the Scene
4. Savannah Smiles
5. Plus Ones
6. A Girl in Port
7. You Can’t Hold the Hand of a Rock and Roll Man
8. Title Track
9. John Allyn Smith Sails

A full North American tour kicks off 9/3 in San Diego. Damien Jurado performs opening responsibilities throughout. Keep checking the band’s website and MySpace page for all the details. Here’s a fan shot video for the song from their performance for KEXP’s SXSW broadcast in March, which you can listen to in full here on our Live Performances page.

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