September 9th saw the return of Okkervil River via their first LP in three years, Away, a record principal Will Sheff has described as “me taking my life back to zero and starting to add it all back up again.”
Below, we are screening the group’s performance at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust recorded this past July. “I wanted to get together with a lot of the musicians who recorded Away and play these songs all together live in New York once before the record came out”, notes Sheff. “I wrote the set based around vinyl sides, and divided it into A, B, and C. In between, we played some old songs… it was nice to get together in this beautiful Brooklyn performance space and just play the whole thing through before all the touring got underway.” The occasion marks the sole performance with the members of yMusic and the orchestra, and was the first time the group played the album in full.
Sitting on the outdoor patio of a popular coffee spot in Los Feliz, Danny Fuentes and I are trying to revive ourselves after our party-packed weekends. We’re sucking down massive iced caffeine drinks (his has three espresso shots) through purple straws and hiding behind dark shades, trying to get un-hungover….