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Photos: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Wampire @ Aladdin Theater, Portland 4/5/13

Unknown Mortal Orchestra played a homecoming show at Aladdin Theater in Portland over the weekend. Wrapping up their tour with fellow Oregonians and recent BTW Wampire, UMO played a drum jam-filled set, including an encore with covers of Jay Reatard’s “My Shadow” and Pink Floyd’s “Lucifer Sam.” Check out Colin McLaughlin’s pictures from the show. More »

By: Stereogum / April 8, 2013 - 11:49 am

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark) (Lindstrøm Remix)”

Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark)” from Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s recent LP II is quaint and lackadaisical, all clean riffs and soothsaying vocals. When Norway electronic luminary Lindstrøm takes it for a spin, it becomes an ecstatic dancefloor cut, with the same clarity, only via synths instead of guitar. It’s fun to imagine the saucy… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / April 3, 2013 - 1:50 pm

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark)” Video (NSFW-ish)

The video for “Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark),” a flinty and idiosyncratic indie-pop song from Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s new album II, has a cast made up entirely of marionette puppets, many of whom are seen perving out in vaguely NSFW ways. In particular, the clip tells the story of one alienated compulsive masturbator, telling… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 4, 2013 - 8:55 am

Wampire – “Spirit Forest”

On “Spirit Forest,” Portland duo Wampire show how you can take a few simple elements and combine them to create something greater than its parts. The track is far more laid back than their glitzy first single; drums and bass create a groovy foundation, while organs and guitar riffs dance around on top. Like I… More »

By: Miles Bowe / February 28, 2013 - 3:11 pm

Watch Unknown Mortal Orchestra Play Fallon

Before last night, the Portland/New Zealand indie-pop trio Unknown Mortal Orchestra had never shown their faces on American television. But they still looked pretty casual on last night’s episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, chewing gum and keeping their eyes downcast as they ran though “So Good At Being In Trouble,” the oddly funky… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 26, 2013 - 10:22 am

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “So Good At Being In Trouble” Video

Today, the twitchy indie trio Unknown Mortal Orchestra release sophomore album II, and they’ve also chosen this morning to drop their video for the surprisingly graceful and funky single “So Good At Being In Trouble.” The director, frequent Animal Collective collaborator Danny Perez, mostly leaves behind his usual brain-melt visuals to tell a relatively straightforward… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 5, 2013 - 9:31 am

Stream Unknown Mortal Orchestra II

The Portland/New Zealand tricky psych trio Unknown Mortal Orchestra return in two weeks with their sophomore album II, and the two early singles we’ve posted “Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark)” and “So Good At Being In Trouble,” both clean up the sounds from the band’s first album, putting them in a more straightforward po… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 21, 2013 - 10:07 am

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “So Good At Being In Trouble”

“So Good At Being In Trouble” is the second single from Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s sophomore album II. It’s a laid back tune with a heavy bass backbone that adds a little bit of funk to the song’s lonely, heartache-y tone. Check it out below. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / January 15, 2013 - 11:40 am

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark) (Little Dragon Remix)”

Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s original “Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark)” is a mellow, sweetly gauzy pop track. The thing about sharks is that even when they’re asleep, they are constantly moving forward — they don’t ever stop moving onward — and that’s what it sounds like when Little Dragon gets their hands on it. Instead… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / January 9, 2013 - 11:24 am

Sky Ferreira – “Everything Is Embarrassing (Unknown Mortal Orchestra Remix)”

At the 12.12.12 concert the other night, Brian Williams panned over to his tank of phone operators, previously filled by the celebrity likes of Whoopi Goldberg, the SNL cast, and Mark Messier, now populated by a group of “models”; the one closest to him was Sky Ferreria. I don’t know what the deal was with… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 14, 2012 - 10:50 am

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark)”

Here’s the first look at Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s forthcoming LP on Jagjaguwar, a glimmering rock track called “Swim And Sweep (Like A Shark).” It symbolizes a logical progression for the group, as the single showcases cleaner textures that prop up singer Ruban Nielson’s songwriting a little bit more. Stream it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / September 18, 2012 - 10:46 am

Melody’s Echo Chamber – “Endless Shore” & Unknown Mortal Orchestra Cover

In May, we posted the debut single from the one-woman outfit Melody’s Echo Chamber, a psych-tinged pop track called “Crystallized” recorded by like-minded collaborator Kevin Parker (Tame Impala). Today, they’ve got another one that floats in the same sonic territory, a heady, lush rock number called “Endless Shore.” Stream it below alongside Unknown Mortal Orchestra’… More »

By: Corban Goble / July 10, 2012 - 3:16 pm

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “I’ll Come Back 4 U”

Every summer, the people at Adult Swim give us a free song a week through their Adult Swim Singles Series, showing a hit rate and a level of taste that’s frankly staggering for a cross-promotional vanity project. This summer, they’ll be giving us tracks from people like Wavves, Wye Oak, and the Field. And today,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 18, 2012 - 4:08 pm

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Nerve Damage” Video

For an indie band with only one album, Unknown Mortal Orchestra sure have a lot of videos: “Little Blu House,” “Ffunny Ffriends,” “Bicycle,” “Thought Ballune,” “Strangers Are Strange.” Now, there’s another one, for “Nerve Damage.” The creepy low-budget sci-fi clip involves neon skulls, glowing eyes, and empty gas cans, and the Repo Man flashbacks it… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 4, 2012 - 10:38 am

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Strangers Are Strange” Video

Never strangers to an odd video concept, Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s new clip for “Strangers Are Strange” involves a highly-stylized, excessively amateur stakeout. Watch the Sam Kristofski-directed clip down below. More »

By: Corban Goble / February 20, 2012 - 2:15 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

If this week’s music videos have anything in common, it’s that many of them are flush with violence and disturbing visions. But my two favorite of the week didn’t have any of that, even though the razor gloves and anthropomorphic horses probably could’ve been freakout material in other directors’ hands. Instead, Perfume Genius and Nat… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 20, 2012 - 3:09 pm

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Thought Ballune” Video

Definitely fans of weird video concepts, indie rockers Unknown Mortal Orchestra dropped the strange, but cool, clip for “Thought Ballune” today. What a bunch of … wait for it … airheads. You’ll see what I mean. Watch below. More »

By: Corban Goble / January 17, 2012 - 3:40 pm

The Gummy Awards: Your Top 10 New Acts Of 2011

Having already revealed Your Top 10 Tracks and Your Top 10 Music Videos, next box to be punched on the Gummys’ advent calendar is the Top 10 New Acts Of 2011 category, and, unlike the Grammys, Stereogum’s readers did a nice job of representing 2011’s singular breakout artists. And, based on post count, we were… More »

By: Stereogum / December 14, 2011 - 12:21 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

The real best music video of this week wasn’t an actual video; it was a tantalizing glimpse of one. Joanna Newsom’s forthcoming clip for “Good Intentions Paving Company” looks to be a whimsy-dazed force of nature, and the minute or so that we got to watch was enough to pop eyeballs. In the absence of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 9, 2011 - 3:05 pm

Unknown Mortal Orchesta – “Bicycle” Video

Young, beautiful people wiling out; apparently it’s a national epidemic. But, I guess if you get the chance to go hammer in a destructive, vividly-colored dreamscape, you just gotta do it, which is what I think Unknown Mortal Orchestra is trying to tell us here. But, at the same time, maybe not — I really… More »

By: Corban Goble / December 7, 2011 - 4:04 pm