The Stage Names

Release date
7 Aug 2007
Running length
9 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Our Life Is Not a Movie or Maybe 4:25 104,961
2 Unless It's Kicks 4:38 104,250
3 A Hand to Take Hold of the Scene 4:45 77,204
4 Savannah Smiles 3:37 77,576
5 Plus Ones 3:42 78,543
6 A Girl in Port 6:35 74,499
7 You Can't Hold the Hand of a Rock and Roll Man 4:43 65,786
8 Title Track 5:21 60,839
9 John Allyn Smith Sails 4:33 69,448

About this album

The Stage Names is the fourth full-length studio album by band Okkervil River, released on August 7, . The album was recorded in Austin, Texas, with longtime Okkervil producer Brian Beattie, and with mixing from Spoon drummer and producer Jim Eno. Like other Okkervil River albums, the accompanying artwork is the work of artist William Schaff. The cover refers to a line from Unless It’s Kicks. The record was also released as a limited-edition 2-CD set that included a second disc of solo acoustic demos. A newly recorded version of Love to a Monster, which appeared in rough demo form on the band’s tour EP Overboard and Down was originally intended to appear on the album, but didn’t make it on, and appears as a bonus track when the album is purchased through eMusic. Shannon Wilsey On The Starry Stairs described by lead singer and songwriter Will Sheff as “kind of a sequel to Savannah Smiles and kind of a sister song to John Allyn Smith Sails”, is included as a bonus track when the album is purchased through iTunes.

The Stage Names was originally conceived as a double album. Sheff said about the inspiration for the album, “There’s this idea of living in a world of pop culture history, high art history and low art history, full of images that are extremely common and meaningful to people but are essentially empty and disembodied. I wanted the record to exist in a universe of reference of signals, signs and bullshit.”

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  • Sergeant1705

    Not a single bad song on the album [4] I like it better with each spin. [2]

    17 Mar 2014 Reply
  • svbayer_linchen

    not a single bad song on the album [3]

    12 Sep 2013 Reply
  • vtsl

    one of the most mellow albums I've ever listened to.

    21 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    not a single bad song on the album [2] i like it better with each spin.

    8 Jan 2013 Reply
  • patinthehat

    best okkervil river album for sure. one of my personal all-time favourite albums as well

    2 Dec 2012 Reply
  • SpyKiisMaGiC

    can't really get into anything after Plus Ones.. Savannah Smiles is great though.

    31 Aug 2012 Reply
  • viragom

    Not a single bad song on the album

    29 Nov 2011 Reply
  • UpDownAeroplane

    their best album, imo.

    3 Nov 2011 Reply
  • daysrunaway

    a hollywood babylon bikeathon for breakdancers all broken down in their beds, now intravenously fed from a bag hanging over their heads

    22 Jun 2010 Reply
  • rptrilling

    used to hate the track ordering, but it starts strong, ends strong and is warm (and a little sappy) in the middle. perfect when you consider the album themes.

    15 Feb 2010 Reply

    2nd to Black Sheep Boy, and a close second. :)

    31 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Cryptomnesiac

    I almost forgot how good this album is.

    14 Sep 2009 Reply
  • yomanhiphopper

    @svolou10: They certainly don't copy The Beach Boys. That song is an old folk tune, older than The Beach Boys.

    10 Apr 2009 Reply
  • boggart91

    I just wanna have it. Help me!?

    28 Dec 2008 Reply
  • lm525

    Fantastic album, lyrically and musically just wonderful.

    12 Sep 2008 Reply
  • bbc6music

    Check out Steve Lamacq's latest blog on Okkervil River...

    18 Aug 2008 Reply
  • iCamp

    the album plays like a soundtrack to the lyrics. the music works more like a backdrop than a centerpiece.

    8 Jun 2008 Reply
  • trout7

    Great live show from DC 2007 on All Songs Considered.

    6 Mar 2008 Reply
  • svolou10

    it's great!!!i LOVE it!!each song is fabulous...and i really liked that in the end of the last track[john allyn smith sails]is taken from beach boys' sloop john b!![i mean those guys copy and it sounds really good]one of the best in indie [short]history!!=]

    22 Jan 2008 Reply
  • urchin08

    Unless it's kicks is the best song iv'e heard in ages. Impressive lyrics. Very true.

    5 Jan 2008 Reply
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