Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Okkervil River back Roky Erickson

I saw this on Pitchfork this morning and I said, "DUDE!" Roky Erickson is a music legend, pioneering the psychedelic garage-rock sound with his band 13th Floor Elevators in Austin, TX, in the mid-1960s. Various drug, mental, and legal problems have plagued Erickson for most of his career, and he hasn't published any original music in 14 years. His new album True Love Cast Out All Evil will be released on April 20 on Anti-. My favorite indie rockers Okkervil River back Erickson on this album, and OR lead singer Will Sheff produces. If nothing else, it will a very interesting collaboration.

13th Floor Elevators
- You're Gonna Miss Me.mp3
You can find this song on a number of psychedelic compilations. This particular one is from the below soundtrack. Sadly, there is no proper compilation of 13th Floor Elevators recordings.
Buy: High Fidelity Soundtrack (2000)

Okkervil River - You Can't Hold the Hand of a Rock and Roll Man.mp3
Buy: The Stage Names (2007)


Anonymous said...

Thers a NEW ALBUM, fuck me i've waited a long time for that. There are lots of 13th floor elevators comps out there, best off through just getting their two proper albums before drug use, mental illness and personal disaster took an understandable toll, easter everywhere and psychedelic sounds of are both fantastic albums (bull of the woods less so), also get rokys solo albums especially don't slander me which is probably the most coherant.

Truersound said...

Great news indeed. Best Roky Album to get is the "The Evil One (Plus One)" remaster from Sympathy For The Record Industry.

For 13th Floor stuff get the first album at least.

There is a Roky Anthology you can get too called "I Have Always Been Here Before" that includes work with the Elevators and all through his career. It's pretty good but will only make you want to buy The Evil One!

The documentary on Roky called aptly "You're Gonna Miss Me" is also well worth seeking out.

All that said, I can't wait to hear this, as The Evil One is one of my all time favorite albums.