Friday, June 26, 2009

Jamey interview

Jamey was interviewed backstage at Sasquatch! festival (apparently by some college kid, as part of his journalism end-of-the-term exam or whatever...), and the mp3 of the interview can be found here. It is quite insightful, and a very enjoyable listen (if you can get past the very annoying beeeeps that occur every 30 seconds or so). Jamey discusses the most shocking thing they ever did on stage (and it may not be what you think), what it's like to adapt Kevin's songs to a live setting, how the guy who wrote the review of their show and who thought it was Nietzschean was completely wrong, and also his solo album and the upcoming shows (I heard the words "super group" and now I'm all excited...).
I am hoping that a transcript of this interview will eventually show up on some website, or in Boise State's college newspaper, so if any of you of Montreal fans from Idaho happens to find it, please contact us. Otherwise I might have to do it myself.

For Our Elegant Caste acoustic version

This Is Fake DIY TV (I'm not kidding) posted this video on youtube yesterday, but I can assure you that it was shot on October 14th (or 13th or 12th) last year. Anyway, it was on the same day the Bandstand Busking session was shot (scroll back down if you've forgotten), in some London park.

Thanks to Illuminated for the heads-up!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

of Montreal in Rolling Stone

Here is the smallest article ever written about the band!
Good to see that they reached the level of popularity where they don't need to buy their own stuff anymore.

Listen to "For Our Elegant Caste" remixed

Prefixmag has posted a streaming mp3 of the Depressed Buttons' attack on For Our Elegant Caste. The song has been beaten into pulp and doesn't sound anything like the original version - you won't recognize the hooks, the rhythm, or even Kevin's voice for that matter.
The Depressed Buttons actually are two guys from the Faint (Todd Fink and Jacob Thiele - I am not familiar with their names but I hope one of them is the sexy guitarist with the dazzling dance moves!) and if you've ever seen them live or heard one of their records, you won't be too surprised with the result.
Anyway, you can stream it here, and decide whether you like or not.

If you can spare 5 bucks, For Our Elegant Caste is available on blue or red vinyl from the Polyvinyl Store.

of Montreal covers Prince, gets covered.

For their tribute album to Prince's Purple Rain, Spin got 9 current artists to cover each one of the original songs. of Montreal got (or chose) Computer Blue (live version downloadable from the Sasquatch! set).
The great thing about "Purplish Rain" is that it is free for Spin readers and subscribers (and people with no qualms about cheating) on the magazine's website right now.
If you want to compare it to virtually every cover the band has ever played, point your compasses to You Ain't No Picasso, where Matt has been building a comprehensive archive of oM covers. Hats off!

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The Vitamin String Quartet recorded an orchestral version of Everyday Feels Like Sunday on their new compilation. The 15-track album comprises The New Pornographers' Bleeding Heart Show, Animal Collective's Banshee Beat, among other indie favorites. The result is an ear-pleasing album that could be just the job when you're inviting the in-laws over for lunch. Buy it from Vitamin Records.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Snippets from upcoming documentary

As you probably already know (because you are very well-informed fans and you've been doing your homework), of Montreal commissioned their (my, your, everybody's) friend Spenser Simrill to follow them around and shoot them as they touring Europe earlier this year, and Spenser has started posting excerpts on his vimeo account a couple of weeks ago.

The first excerpt features the band at a karaoke bar in Glasgow, and the second one Kevin's musings (set to the incessant, poignant croaking of seagulls) on the historic beach of Brighton (would have Kevin sided with the mods or the rockers?).
The editing is, in my humble opinion, quite fantastic (live action, interview, candid camera moments, Al Pacino making a guest appearance - it's got it all!), both artsy and watchable. About a million light years from of Montreal's previous effort (the rather dull "Cause We Were Virgins To Your Kisses" DVD that came out last year)

Of Montreal: Glasgow Karaoke from Spenser Simrill, Jr. on Vimeo.

"Welcome to the psychiatric patient ward, America"

On January 25, 2009, Scotland celebrated the 250th birthday of Robert Burns, its national poet. Of Montreal had the day off in Glasgow, and so the band decided to check out the festivities, which concluded with Karaoke at a local bar. Most gracious Glaswegians, Dez and Charlie, bought round after round, as Davey, Michael, and BP belted out hit after hit. Incidentally, the night revealed a striking resemblance between Kevin Barnes and Robert Burns, two poets known for their unique mixture of mirth and melancholy.

Kevin Barnes

Robert Burns

Of Montreal: Brighton Beach Fever from Spenser Simrill, Jr. on Vimeo.

"But then I realized that I wasn't supposed to attact the Terradactyl."

More to come on Spenser's documentary as the Booty Patrol gets more information.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Bonnaroo video and audio

Hats off to MozzaC for taping his third of Montreal show this year, and once again for sharing it with the rest of the world. Unfortunately, the band's set was marred by technical difficulties and poor sound quality, and the recording reflects that. You've been warned!! That being said, of Montreal premiered a new song, tentatively called "Girl Named Hello" (41 minutes into the set, if you want to jump straight to it), and even though you can't really hear half of the lyrics, or the keyboards at all, it gives you a very rough idea of what it may sound like on record. Check out Mozza's other Bonnaroo recordings!

For a better sound, there's always nemi doonam's video - it is the same one that streamed on Sunday afternoon, so it's unfortunately not the full set, but the 40 first minutes, and it doesn't include the new song nor The Past Is A Grotesque Animal.


Kevin in Paris (Oct. 15th, 2008), prancing about in an outfit (or lack of) that would have been more appropriate for summer in Tn.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Skeletal Lamping Comic Book

Those of you who have been following the Booty Patrol for a long time must remember the early days when the "fan art" section was alive and kicking. Well, maybe not kicking, but definitely still gasping for air... It is time for this section to be reactivated, as the best compliment you can ever get as an artist is that you are a source of inspiration to other budding artists... of Montreal fan Camille Wells has set her mind on drawing a comic book based on Skeletal Lamping, and has agreed to share it with the world, song by song!
So far, you can check out the 6-page-long "Nonpareil Of Favor" by clicking on the image below. Wicked Wisdom will obviously be up next, and we are hoping to make it a weekly feature for the next 15 weeks.


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Bonnaroo Festival

of Montreal is set to stun the good people of Tennessee once again on Saturday, and the good news is that 45 minutes of the 75 minute-long performance will be webcast the following day at 5:45p.m. (CT). Since they make you download their own player, you may want to do that right now and avoid the usual last-minute "why isn't this £*#? thing working?"

The Booty Patrol wishes the band and all the fans a great festival (isn't the lineup fantastic this year?). Don't forget, of Montreal : This Tent : 5:15p.m. on Saturday. And online at 5:45p.m. on Sunday.


Friday, June 5, 2009

Jamey in Muso's Guide - part 2 and 3.

Part II and III of Jamey's interview with Muso's Guide have now been posted. Check out Jamey's Musings : The Sequel and Jamey's Musings : The End.

(Thanks to the lovely Monica for the picture)

And in case you're hungry for more Jamey (and frankly, who wouldn't?), here's another 3-part interview he did for Salmon of Rock back in December.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

of Montreal on NPR's World Cafe

of Montreal recorded a World Café session while in Philadelphia last month. The show will be broadcast tomorrow, but what with it being NPR, it has to be very complicated otherwise it's just not fun, right? So head over to their schedule and figure out for yourself on which local station and when you will get a chance to hear it. If you are not a US resident, head to XPN's website and work your way through the maze.
Otherwise you can subscribe to their podcast and *fingers crossed* get the show straight to your iTunes in a little while.
Bless super kick-ass tour manager/bass-playing pig Michael for the heads-up. You can read his original post at the Townhall and see if his explanations make more sense than mine.


Michael (as a pig) sharing the stage with of Montreal and the Pecan Sandies. Pictures by I Rule The School.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Sasquatch! bootleg available

Many many thanks to our favorite Australian bootlegger, MozzaC, for taping of Montreal's hour-long set at Sasquatch! on May 24th, and for sharing it. The sound quality is quite not as good as Mozz's previous recordings (possibly due to the fact that it was an outdoor show?) but it is still a very enjoyable listening experience.
As we all know by now, it was the very first time the band covered Computer Blue (and the last time, too, according to Dottie), and the second time Kevin smashed his guitar. See what the fans and Bryan had to say about the show at the Townhall or on of Montreal's Twitter.


As for the picture above, it was taken by Tracalto, who kindly agreed to let us use it. Check out his photo gallery.

Setlist :
01. Nonpareil of Favor
02. Bunny Ain't No Kind Of Rider
03. Sink The Seine
04. Cato As A Pun
05. Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse
06. Teenage Unicorn Fisting
07. For Our Elegant Caste
08. Touched Something's Hollow
09. An Eluardian Instance
10. Id Engager
11. The Party's Crashing Us
12. Computer Blue
13. October Is Eternal
14. A Sentence Of Sorts In Kongsvinger
15. She's A Rejector