Pardon Our Progress

I get it. You're wondering why you haven't heard from us in awhile. You're wondering why we haven't announced any new shows, in Brooklyn or anywhere else.

There's a reason.

The flooring guy offered us invisible carpeting, but we're not sure where we stand on that.

The flooring guy offered us invisible carpeting, but we're not sure where we stand on that.

We're renovating The Hope Space (the place where we rehearse, record, write songs, plot world domination, practice cross-stitch, etc.). We've been in there since February of 2009, and the list of things needing fixing has been growing steadily that whole time. So we decided to take some time off and tackle all those little problems: new carpeting, fixing the AC, hanging the monitors, securing the wall-mounted bottle opener...

While we're at it we're installing an entire new recording rig that will allow us to start tracking album-ready mixes right in the same place we rehearse. We're also exploring some options for recording live videos there, or even streaming live concerts to you real-time. There's some extremely exciting potential unraveling here.

So don't worry. We're still trucking along, writing new material, polishing the new-ish material and occasionally goofing off with our instruments. We'll be in touch soon when we can share these experiences with you live from a stage somewhere, or even from the comfort of our own studio. Thanks for your patience, and know that we miss you as much as you miss us.

This Sunday at the Mercury Lounge

9pm Sunday 9/14/14 at the Mercury Lounge

The most important thing to know about this one is that you need to buy your tickets now, while they're just $8°°. Because Sunday they go up to $10°°.

Now that we've got that out of the way, we'll tell you a bit more about it. Come at 6pm, because the whole bill's great! We're appearing alongside our new friends in Late Cambrian and The Hate My Day Jobs on a bill partially-curated by the talented and lovely recent ex-New Yorker Lauren Stockner, whom we know from her stint as the low end of The Courtesy Tier. Now she's peddling her skills to some lucky musical acts on the other coast, but thankfully she's still meddling in booking affairs over here.

Jump right in, the water's fine.

Jump right in, the water's fine.

10pm: manicanparty
9pm: Oceanographer
8pm: Late Cambrian
7pm: The Last Hombres
6pm: The Hate My Day Jobs

The Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY 10002  (Map
(212) 260-4700 

Doors: 6:00 PM / 21+ 
Tickets: $8°° advance [Buy Now]
($10°° day of show)
Facebook RSVP

Also appearing are Minneapolis tribal electro-pop duo manicanparty, as well as upstate roots-rock outfit The Last Hombres (who once featured the late great Levon Helm on drums).

All in all it's slated to be a great show and we hope to see you there. We'll be playing our brand new song for the very first time in a not-acoustic version.

And while you're at it, why don't you visit the Facebook event page and tell the world you're attending?

See you Sunday night!

 

Acoustic Show at Muchmore's Next Week with Sondra Sun-Odeon and Jasmine Dreame Wagner

Come out and see us: You deserve it.

What a time to be living in. There are earthquakes,  ice buckets, incurable diseases and wars galore. I believe we all deserve to turn our minds to the more sublime for a few hours and enjoy some good music. As a wise man once said, "There is much pain in the world but not in this room," and we're hoping to bring that kind of spirit to Muchmore's in Williamsburg a week from tonight, where we can all gather for some quiet ethereal sounds and relax with a glass of wine, pint of beer or mug of tea.

Thursday, 9/4/2014 (FB RSVP)

11pm - Oceanographer
10pm - Sondra Sun-Odeon
9pm - Jasmine Dreame Wagner

Muchmore's
2 Havemeyer St Brooklyn, NY 11211
http://www.muchmoresnyc.com/

$8°°
All ages

To that end we'll be performing an acoustic set as a full band for the first time since we did a radio appearance over eleven years ago. We've got a brand new tune in a funky time signature and we're pulling out a cover song we've never performed together before. We've re-worked a lot of our full-volume wall-of-noise joints into new delicate arrangements, and Thursday's the only chance you'll ever have to hear them (probably).

We're honored to be appearing alongside the lovely and talented Sondra Sun-Odeon as well as the lovely and talented Jasmine Dreame Wagner, fresh off their coast-to-coast tour here from Los Angeles. Welcome them home and come enjoy a cupful of divine reprieve with us next week.

Some words about our talented friends, with whom we'll be sharing the stage next week:

“Epically divine sounds transcend minds in the musical dreamworld of singer / songwriter / multi-instrumentalist Sondra Sun-Odeon. Her impeccably orchestrated debut solo album, Ætherea, is a truly delicate thing of beauty replete with a psych-folk tapestry (a la Angels of Light) soaring and weeping behind her.”

— Brad Cohan, Village Voice

Sondra Sun-Odeon

Sondra Sun-Odeon

Jasmine Dreame Wagner is an American poet, artist, and musician. A songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Jasmine has performed at the CMJ Music Marathon, free103point9 Wave Farm, and the Olympia Experimental Music Festival.

She is the author of Rings (Kelsey Street Press, 2014), Rewilding (Ahsahta Press, 2013), and Listening for Earthquakes (Caketrain, 2012). Her writing has appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Colorado Review, New American Writing, Verse, and The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (Ahsahta Press.)

Using a variety of mediums including music- and text-based performance, drawing, photography, and printmaking, her artwork explores the post-industrial landscape and the natural life that persists in the face of environmental degradation and decay.

Jasmine Dreame Wagner

Jasmine Dreame Wagner

We Play The Knit with Ponyhof; OhMyRockness Gives Away Free Tickets To See Us; Eric Fixes My Amp, Impersonates Me

Oceanographer To Play Brooklyn Knitting Factory with friends Ponyhof

So we're playing at The Knitting Factory (the one in Brooklyn) Thursday (May 15th) with our friends in Ponyhof. If that sentence sounds familiar it's because we've played with Ponyhof before. They're kind of an awesome sprawling female-fronted post-rock trip-hoppy thing. We guess. They sound like some of those Massive Attack tunes featuring that one Cocteau Twin. Among other things. We love them, and we're happy we're going to play with them again.

We're kind of stoked to play The Knitting Factory, too. It's around the corner from The Hope Space (that's where we rehearse, record, write songs, plot world domination, practice cross-stitch, etc.) so we can just walk over there with all of our gear. But also The Knitting Factory is a historied institution that's been around since 1987.

Ponyhof made this spaced-out poster. Isn't it pretty?

Ponyhof made this spaced-out poster. Isn't it pretty?

The New York City branch of The Knit currently resides on Metropolitan Ave, where the second incarnation of the Luna Lounge used to be (which is a whole 'nother story in and of itself). Prior to that it was in TriBeCa, and yours truly once worked security there (stamping hands, taking drinks away from minors, all fun stuff). It was at the TriBecA Knit that in 2004 a little band called Oceanographer played their first NYC show after moving to the Big Apple from little ol' Denton, TX. But that is the distant, distant past. And Thursday, May 15th is the future.

Well, for a few more days.

Thursday, May 15th
9pm - Oceanographer
10pm- Ponyhof

The Knitting Factory
361 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Buy Tickets
Facebook RSVP

Oh My Rockness is Giving Away Free Tickets To The Show

Yeah. That's a cool thing, right? Follow this link, roll the dice, and maybe we'll see you on Thursday without you having to pay a dime.

Eric Fixes My Guitar Amp, Impersonates Me

So my guitar is going to sound especially awesome on Thursday because my amp just came back from the shop and now it can do things I never even knew it could do before. How much did it cost me?

Nothing! Because Eric, out of the kindness of his heart, just walked it down to Southside Guitars and fixed it himself. That's what a nice guy he is. On top of being a talented maniac and handsome devil. When he brought my new-and-improved amp back to The Hope Space he decided to let me know by sending me this video. I thought I'd share it with all of you on the off chance you'd find it amusing.

We hope you find it amusing. And we hope to see you Thursday.


— Jeremy

"Amp is back. I'm not really a guitar player but I tested it out; video attached!" —Eric to me, via email

SPRING! ...means Radio Bushwick, Columbia University, Glasslands and Union Hall!

So we're in New York City and it doesn't feel like arctic death any more. So we thought we'd celebrate by playing a bunch of shows.

First off we're playing this Saturday 4/5/14 at Radio Bushwick, with Spirit Kid, Dead Letters and Two Seconds to Midnight.

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Bushwick Daily calls Radio Bushwick "the newest and the most promising addition to Bushwick’s bustling music scene ... Bushwick’s first professional concert hall [it] features a killer sound system, a bar with 12 taps of beer, and its own 24-hour internet streaming radio station." Our drummer Zach popped his head in last week and said it's Brooklyn's very own Mercury Lounge.

Bushwick Daily also put this show as #2 of it's top ten shows to see this weekend. I'm beginning to think we see eye to eye here, Bushwick Daily.

FB RSVP here

Next we're playing at Columbia University for their Live at Lerner Sounds series. It's at high noon at the Alfred Lerner Hall, Wednesday 4/9/14. There's no cover, but for our non-Ivy League fans we're sorry to say that only Columbia staff and students can attend. You gotta have a campus ID to get there.

FB RSVP here

Then Saturday 4/12/14 we're back to Williamsburg at Glasslands. We'll be playing at 10pm, after our good friend Sharif Mekawy with his Sharif Mekawy Group and the inimitably-named Sandwich Droppers.

And our bassist Mark Kelley (also of The Roots) will DJ in between sets and after the show.

Tickets here
FB RSVP here

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Lastly (for now) we're heading as far south as we've been for a few years to Union Hall in Park Slope. This is a cozy little venue and it's going to be an intimate time. We're playing with our good friends in Courtesy Tier, alongside The Sound is Fine and Aaron n Brooke.

Tickets here

That's about it for now. Expect new tunes at each of these shows, and we'll have some new content to post to the web soon for those of you who don't live near us. We really do miss you as much as you miss us. Pinky swear.

— Jeremy

Happy New Year! Brooklyn Bowl Thursday!

Friends!  Countrymen!  Fellow World Citizens!

Happy New Year!  We survived another trip around the sun, another twelve-chapter tour of the old calendar, and it's time we can pretend none of the stupid mistakes we made matter and we can feel like we are starting over with a blank slate.

HOORAY!  Now let's start mucking up this whole 2014 business!

Oceanographer is celebrating by playing a bunch of new songs (well, four new songs) at Brooklyn Bowl this Thursday.  These are tunes we've been working on with Mark Kelley, the guy from The Roots we've been telling you about.  And I gotta tell you, he's making some surprising adjustments to our sound.

We'll be playing first, at 8PM, and following us is some of my personal friends in Wild Yaks as well as some crazy guys in a crazy band called Workout.  This line up is really acrobatically jumping all over the map as far as style and sound goes.  So come on out and bowl and listen to some music.  We play at 8PM.

BUY TICKETS HERE!

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Thursday, January 9, 2014
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11249 (United States) - Map 
(718)963-3369
Set: 8:00 PM
Doors: 6:00 PM
21+
Tickets: $10 
Buy Now 

And later this month...

...we're playing two weeks from TODAY at The Grand Victory for their second anniversary fête  So keep that on the calendar too.  Details:

Sunday, January 19, 2014
The Grand Victory's 2nd Anniversary Party @ The Grand Victory
245 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (United States) - Map 
(347) 529-6610
Set: 7:00 PM 
Doors: 6:00 PM 
21+ 
Tickets: TBA 

Thanks as always for paying attention to us; we are, after all, desperately lonely and hungrily seeking attention.  See you at some shows coming up soon!


 — Jeremy

Mark Kelley joins full time / Live performance on TV / Live show at The Mercury Lounge

Mark Kelley (of The Roots) joins Oceanographer full time

After spending a month with us, Mark Kelley decided he wanted to make the long term commitment and has joined Oceanographer full time.  We've been working on writing new material with him and he's been taking us in some exciting new sonic directions.  We're hoping to debut some of the brand new tunes when his tour schedule with The Roots settles down and we can do some weekend shows in Brooklyn and Manhattan in August.

That's Mark Kelley on the left.  The handsome one.

That's Mark Kelley on the left.  The handsome one.

Live Performance on the Artie Lange Show, Friday June 5th at 9PM (EDT)

Would you believe we actually made a press release about this, and sent it to real press people?  I'm going to quote it right here:  "Oceanographer will be making their first televised appearance as musical guests on The Artie Lange Show on Friday, June 5th LIVE at 9pm EDT on DIRECTV ch. 239."  If you can't tune in to see it we'll send everyone a link soon where they can watch the video after the fact.

 

Live *EARLY* show at The Mercury Lounge, Monday June 10th at 6:30PM

We're playing with a great Canadian band called Half Moon Run.  We think they kind of sound like a cross between Band Of Horses, Fleet Foxes and Grizzly Bear.  They're definitely worth seeing.  We go on at 6:30PM and they go on at 7:30PM.  It's a perfect time for you to cut out of work a tad early, hit the lounge and grab a drink just in time to catch our first song.  Then the show's over in time for you to get home and get a full night's sleep before you wake up to the daily grind all over again.

Just to be safe you should RSVP to the Facebook event here.

And then you should just go ahead and buy advance tickets here.

Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St., New York, NY 10002 (United States) - Map 
(212) 260-4700Set: 6:30 PM 
Doors: 6:30 PM 
21+ 
Tickets: $10 

Buy Now Also Playing: Half Moon Run (7:30 PM)

 

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And with that, we hope you are having a good transition from spring into summer and we'll see you soon!

— Jeremy

 

New video! Celebrity guest bassist! Shows!

We made a video!

Eric made a video for one of the songs from our holiday EP using an old Super 8 camera he fixed up.  It's our first video ever, so it marks the launch of our YouTube channel.  Welcome us to last decade.

 

We have a celebrity guest bassist!

Andy is in India, but we still wanted to play shows so we asked our friend if he could learn seven of our songs and do a couple gigs with us.  That friend is Mark Kelley, of The Legendary Roots Crew.  Yeah.  We're just as excited and dumbfounded as you are.  He'll be playing with us tonight in Brooklyn.  Speaking of that...

We're playing some Brooklyn shows!

We're also playing on Saturday, May 18th at Bar Matchless (also in Brooklyn) but we don't have any more details than that as of yet.  Stay tuned for more dates, some potentially outside the New York City area (!).

Thanks as always for listening, and we'll see you soon!


— Jeremy

'Tis the season! Have a free Oceanographer EP!

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah and Season's Greetings from the members of Oceanographer according the various religious backgrounds our members represent!  To celebrate the time of year everyone seems to celebrate, we made a five-song EP with an old Oceanographer song re-tuned ("Grey Holiday" from On Leaping From Airplanes) and three covers by Mojave 3Low and Steve Earle.  We did two versions of the same Mojave 3 song because we like it that much.  Upon reflection we realized that we may have made the single most depressing piece of holiday music we've ever encountered.  But gee, is it pretty!

AND WE'RE GIVING IT TO YOU FOR FREE!

That's right!  You can stream it or even download it and keep it for your very own all for free.  Here it is, the Grey Holiday EP.

We hope you enjoy listening!  If you're traveling this holiday season, travel safe.  We'll see you in the New Year!

T shirts for sale / Free show tonight

Just in Time for the Holidays

Kevin being a sexy model.
Kevin being a sexy model.

Our gorgeous Jezebel Stationery-designed T shirts are now for sale online, available to ship anywhere, and they come with a free download of our new album Spilling Blood.  Order here and you can get them in time to make your loved ones the happiest lucky ducks this whole holiday season.

And we're playing some holiday covers at a free show tonight at The Grand Victory, where you can also purchase T shirts in-person and save on shipping.  Eric wasn't able to make it so we thought we'd hastily throw together an alternative set for anyone that hasn't left town for Thanksgiving.  You can RSVP on Facebook here and see the detailed listing on the venue site here.

Happy (early) Thanksgiving to everyone, let's start this holiday season off right!