UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA

As Unknown Mortal Orchestra, New Zealand by-way-of Portland songwriter and guitarist Ruban Nielson marries psychedelia with sharp Soul touchstones. Timeless pop hooks are produced with a soft buzzsaw edge so that the effect is akin to Stevie Wonder producing Plastic Ono Band into Nuggets-like gems. It's a one-two punch that has caught the ear of hip-hop community heavyweights (?uestlove, El-P, Big Boi) and indie-world heroes (Liars, Toro Y Moi). With bassist Jacob Portrait and drummer Riley Geare, Unknown Mortal Orchestra is preparing a full-length for Jagjaguwar in early 2013.

WATCH // UMO Premiere New “Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark)” Video at VEVO, Announce SXSW Schedule

Just when you thought things could not get any weirder in comes Unknown Mortal Orchestra with a puppet-starred video for their “Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark), ” a track off UMO’s recently released II. The video features some choice activities – watch ABOVE.

Not to be outdone, UMO will head to Austin next week for all the SXSW festivities! See their performance schedule below and check out all their tour dates HERE. They have also just added a free show at New York City’s Seaport Music Festival on June 28th.

SXSW DATES
03/13 – 5:30pm – Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop – KEXP Showcase
03/13 – 11pm – Scoot Inn – Life or Death PR Showcase
03/14 – 3:45pm – 1100 Warehouse – Pitchfork Unofficial Day Party
03/14 – 1am – Red 7 – Jagjaguwar Label Showcase
03/15 – 1:50pm – Stubbs BBQ – SPIN Media Official Party
03/16 – 5pm – Old Emos – Brooklyn Vegan

LATE NIGHT TV DEBUT // UMO Destroy Fallon Stage

Good afternoon fine folks of the interwebs. Last night, Unknown Mortal Orchestra made their late night television debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Our leather daddies wasted no time in getting right down to business. Playing II’s “So Good At Being In Trouble,” UMO destroyed the stage with their performance, and Ruban even threw in a golden god guitar solo at the end. ENJOY ABOVE.

If you like what you see, be sure to catch NPR Music’s live stream of UMO and Foxygen’s gig tomorrow night at Rock & Roll Hotel. Show starts at 9:00 PM ET. Details details details. Lastly, we will wrap this note up by reminding you to check out all the upcoming tour dates!

WATCH // UMO Performs Live for OPBmusic

Ruban Nielson stopped by OPBmusic to perform a stripped down version of II standout track, “Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark).” Can you believe Ruban just acquired an acoustic guitar within the last couple of months? It’s hard for us to. Become mesmerized – stream the song above!

Unknown Mortal Orchestra are currently on tour with Foxygen and Wampire, playing Austin’s Mohawk tonight. You can find all their dates HERE.

“Unknown Mortal Orchestra were one of those live acts that could make it feel like an actual orchestra was rampaging through a place. Though there were only three people playing away on stage, their powerful brand of spacey psychedelic rock/pop was impossible to not focus on. The music they played ranged from sing-a-long songs for hallucinogenic drug lovers and people who seek to live out the lyrical scenarios told by Juicy J to material that felt like a condensed version of smoky kraut-rock and jam band grooves.”OC Weekly

HAPPY RELEASE DAY // UMO’s ‘II’ Out Now, Watch the New Video for “So Good At Being In Trouble”

Unknown Mortal Orchestra waste no time in getting you their long-awaited, sophomore album II. The record is available for all your purchasing pleasure at SC Distribution, iTunes, Amazon, merch tables and your local record stores.

To make today even sweeter, UMO share their new video (the first to accompany the record) for “So Good At Being In Trouble.” You should recognize a couple of familiar faces in the video (hint hint: McLovin). Enjoy the video, directed by Danny Perez, above!

You will want to experience these songs in person. UMO is headed out on tour in support of II. Joining the guys are Foxygen and Wampire. See the full list of shows and ticket links HERE.

Finally >>>> check out the awesome II infographic the fine folks over at The Fader created!

From The Sun by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark) by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

So Good At Being In Trouble by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Multi-Love by Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark) by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

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Seattle, WA - Barboza

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Spokane, WA - The Bartlettt

05/20/15
Bristol, UK - Thekla

05/21/15
London, UK - Islington Assembly Hall

05/22/15
Coventry, UK - Warwick University  w/ Django Django

05/23/15
Liverpool, UK - Liverpool Sound Society  w/ Django Django

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