Album Review: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, II (Jagjaguwar)


The first album by Unknown Mortal Orchestra was exactly that: a first album—the creation of a fine band which had the pieces of a unique ‘60s psych-soul combination in front of it, yet could only construct the framework. Sometimes that yielded some impressively warped constructions, like “Strangers Are Strange” and “Boy Witch,” but otherwise came off as rabbity and muddled. There is absolutely ...   More
Thursday, January 31, 2013 ROBERT HAM

The Lost Year

In 2011, Ruban Nielson created Unknown Mortal Orchestra. It almost killed him.

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Ruban Nielson thought he was going to die.  Not in the metaphorical sense, either: In his first year touring with Unknown Mortal Orchestra, his blog-approved psych-pop group, the 32-year-ol   More
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Cut of the Day: "Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)," Unknown Mortal Orchestra


According to Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Facebook page, its new album for Jagjaguwar is finished and ready to be mastered. So what does that mean? We have to wait until 2013 to get our hands on it!! Not cool, fellas. Well, at the very least, UMO knows how to keep fans hungry for more. Throw that little bone out there, with the added gristle of the release of this new single "Swim and Sleep ...   More
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Top Five Summer Shows In Odd Places

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The Great Idea, Friday, Aug. 10, at Enchanted ForestIt’s a show in a creepy theme park for kids. And Quasi is playing. Come on, what more do you want?Pop-Up Pool Party, Sunday, Aug. 19, at Portland    More
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 WW MUSIC STAFF

Video Roundup: Poor Boy's Soul, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, And And And, Strategy, Youthbitch, Aaron O'Bryan Smith


Poor Boy's Soul - "Nails In The Pine"Lots of cavorting in this edition of the Video Roundup. In this case, it's a bunch of well-dressed young folk playing leapfrog with tombstones, playing dice and smooching in a church, and boozing it up to the sound of Poor Boy's Soul's one-man stomping folk-blues.Unknown Mortal Orchestra - "Strangers Are Strange"Leave it to Unknown Mortal Orchestra to come up with ...   More
Monday, February 20, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Everything You Wanted to Know About Unknown Mortal Orchestra


The secret is out there, if you look hard enough. Ever since the mysterious Portland-based project Unknown Mortal Orchestra debuted last year with the rousing (and oddly spelled) pysch-pop gem "Ffunny Ffrends," the blog-world has been clamoring to put a name and face behind one of the most promising Portland acts to appear in a long time. There has been all sorts of speculation (The band is from New ...   More
Friday, February 11, 2011 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Unknown Mortal Orchestra, "FFunny FFrends" (Self-Released)

In the age of the Internet, it's very rare that a band can make it very far without being discovered. For all the great things that the net and digital media have given us, they've also caused an incredible proliferation of ideas, to the point where we are overexposed to not just music but the musicians who are making the music. Think about all the crass things John Mayer says on Twitter; the 24/7 ...   More
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER


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