Okkervil River is probably a pretty familiar band to those that regularly trawl the blogosphere. I discovered them first with the ragged epic "The War Criminal Rises and Speaks," and I've been with them ever since. There's something unhinged about these guys - the charmingly circuitous lyrics; the lead singer's cracked, semi-hysterical voice; the warm-yet-eccentric instrumentation. Somehow, they strike me as a more lo-fi and eclectic Decemberists.
Hard on the heels of their 2005 LP Black Sheep Boy, Okkervil River will release a bonus EP on November 22. Like everything else they've done, it will surely be worth a listen.
[MP3] [left-click] "No Key, No Plan [from the EP Black Sheep Boy (Appendix), 2005]
[MP3] [left-click] "Black" [from the LP Black Sheep Boy, 2005]
[MP3] [left-click] "The War Criminal Rises and Speaks" [from the LP Down the River of Golden Dreams, 2003]
[MP3] [left-click] "Westfall" [from the LP Don't Fall in Love with Everyone You See, 2002]