New Album / Release Party / New Website

New Album Spilling Blood available now

If it seems like we've been announcing a forthcoming album that's "just around the corner" every few months for the last several years it's because we have.  I think initial studio sessions for what became Spilling Blood started nearly three years ago, and these projects always seem like they're almost done at nearly every step of the process.  In the end it's good news that it took so long— we kept scrapping what we had in favor of newer, better songs, and we held out over and over again to perfect things that were important to us so we could give you something we're truly proud of.  I'm confident in saying this is our best studio output to date, and I think listening will bear that out.

We recorded Spilling Blood at long-standing staple of NYC's Lower East Side Eastside Sound.  It was engineered and mixed by our own Eric Elterman and mastered by Scott Hull at Masterdisk.  Full credits (and album art details) can be found here.

As much as we'd love to we aren't doing a physical release of Spilling Blood at this time.  If all goes as planned it will come out on vinyl someday, but that's expensive and we have NYC rent to pay.  In the meantime look to the right sidebar of this email or purchase from the links at the bottom of this page.

That said, we will be giving away lots of free downloads to our friends and fans, and there are more ways than I can count to get a free copy.  Everyone on this email list will get a free download very soon, for instance.  As will all of our Twitter followers.  By purchasing a download you are not just getting music you could listen to free otherwise; you're supporting the band, and we do need support to keep doing what we're doing.  Making a purchase through Bandcamp is the biggest financial help to us.  And if you must listen to us for free, please do so through Spotify— each listen gives us one thousandth of a penny!

Spilling Blood release party

We'll be celebrating our new album in style with friendsAppomattoxThe Archive and Monuments at NYC's The Bowery Electric this Saturday, October 13th.  Everyone that pays to get in gets a free download code on a 4.75" x 4.75" copy of the album art and credits.  We'll also have brand new T shirts for sale— gorgeous high-quality apparel designed by Jezebel Stationery.  These shirts will not be available for sale anywhere else until the following week.

RSVP via Facebook.  Buy tickets here.

New website and newsletter format

We have a brand new home on the Internet, and you're on it right this second.  Pretty, huh?

We also have a new newsletter format.  You should subscribe to our newsletter here.

Why?  There's more ways now than ever to connect with an audience, and we understand that it's easier to "Like" us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter than it is to receive our newsletter.  If you sign up for emails, we'll make extra special content that will only be available to you, our email subscribers.  You'll be the first to get offers on new Oceanographer stuff.  We'll also send you videos and streams made specifically for you.

A Taste of the New Record

Here's a three-song trailer (tracks two through four: Lightning, Finally Here, Spilling Blood) of our new album Spilling Blood, which we just had mastered at Masterdisk by Scott Hull.   Why is it three songs, all in one file?  Just to be difficult.

So yes, we finally finished this record.  We're working on cover art, and as soon as that's hammered out it will be available as a pre-release download while we shop it to labels, play it for our girlfriends and in general decide what direction we're going to go with this thing.

In further news, you may have noticed that the site doesn't look as good as it used to.  All the sidebar navigation has switched places with the top navigation bar, and neither of them look right in their new homes.  We haven't changed anything on our end and we're not sure why that happened.  In fact in older browsers it still looks right.

Anyway, I'm in the process of building a new site with a different content management service, so we're all just going to have to deal with this for the time being.  When the new site's up it'll include new music, new photos, new videos and new everything.

For now, enjoy the excerpt of our next record!

FREE SHOW TONIGHT at The Grand Victory

Sorry for the long radio silence.  It's entirely my fault.  We have so much news to share with you, but I have to get ready for tonight's show, so it will have to wait.

Tonight we're playing a show with Autumn Bells, Slow Country and Wilderlands at The Grand Victory, 245 Grand St between Roebling and Driggs in beautiful Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  I'll quote in entirety The Grand Victory's post about tonight's show:


  • 10:30 PM— Oceanographer is a Brooklyn five-piece featuring our own bartender, Jeremy, on guitar and main vocals.  Metromix New York had this to say about them:  “Deftly bridging the gap between the lovely French electronic movements of Air and the touching classic American soft rock of a Gerry Rafferty or Michael Murphey—all the while including the subtle rancor found within the products of such otherwise grandiose bands as Coldplay and U2—Oceanographer arises from the BK indie pile as a singular, wonderful delight.  Led by the sad, steady vocals of Jeremy Yocum, this group can easily aim for levels of midlevel major success, and if the right ears find them… well, let’s just say Oceanographer could very well end up a band you’ll want to be able to brag that you saw back when they were only playing the little stages in town.”  Listen here.
  • 9:30 PM— Autumn Bells is a newer band, fronted by ex-Hula drummer Alex Beard and featuring some of NYC’s best indie veterans.  Autumn Bells would like you remain quiet as they play, please, or else you’ll miss the gorgeous subtlety of what they’re doing.  There’s only drums when they’re absolutely needed, and if a song doesn’t need to reach a climax then it doesn’t need to reach a climax.  There’s a meloncholic country twang injected into Beard’s previous band’s reinterpretation of Bedhead.  There’s no Autumn Bells site up yet, but you can listen to one of their tracks at their previous website, from when they were called The Bottoms of our Hearts.  Just click here and it should start playing.
  • 8:30 PM— Chase King is one of the singers and songwriters in Brooklyn’s Slow Country, one of our favorite NYC bands.  He’ll be playing tonight backed by a few of Slow Country’s members.  This is a place where Mojave 3 meets The Clientele, and all vocals are languid and verbed-out.  Perfect for a drive through the countryside on a rainy day when the last thing you want to think about is your destination.  Listen here.




     
  • 7:30 PM— Jeff Malinowski (of Basement band, Ghost Gamblers and other projects too numerous to list here) will be joining his wife Amal Bouhabib, also of Ghost Gamblers, to unveil their newest project Wilderlands.  While still minimal Americana folk, their music lacks the melancholia of the rest of tonight’s acts, instead tugging at the heart with a gentle contentment paired to a slight yearning for sunny fields and fresh lemonade.  Philip Sterk will be joining them on pedal steel.  They don’t quite have a site up yet, but you can hear an acoustic porch-front performance in Maine on the video here.

 

So please, if you live in the New York City area, come see us!  If not, stay posted, as we'll be unveiling some big things in the coming days.

See you tonight!

 

— Jeremy

Our song's in a jewelry video, plus we're playing on Friday at a DIY space in Bushwick / Bed-Stuy

You can hear one of our songs ("All That I'm Good For," from our upcoming record Spilling Blood) in this short video featuring the jewelry of Catbird, models Anya Skidan and Matt Greene, Kevin's little dog Teepee, shot in the apartment where he lives with his wife Leigh.  It was made in conjuntion with East Side Bride.

After the Honeymoon from Laramie Dennis on Vimeo.

In local news, we're playing a show at the Bushwick / Bed-Stuy DIY space Family Haus this Friday.  It will be $5 at the door (cheap!) and you can BYOB or get affordable drinks from the bar at the show.  We'll be appearing with New Atlantic Youth, Bloom, and Philadelphia's Trololo.  Doors at 7, music at 8, and we go on at 11PM.  This is going to be a good time, more party than concert, so we hope you'll come hang out with us.

One last thing:  We're aware that many of you had a problem getting into our show at Pianos on Februay 10th due to a miscommunication between the club's management and their security.  We understand that it was pretty much a nightmare, full of stress and frustration, and (though it is in no way our fault) we would really like to make it up to you.  If you were one of the people turned away or hassled by the security at Pianos that night please contact us so we can figure out something very nice to do for you.  Thanks for understanding, and we'll see you Friday!

On Shoegazing, Breakthru Radio, New York Gazers, and The Deli Magazine

This Tuesday we were featured on DJ Mojo's weekly podcast on Breakthru Radio.  It's a track you've probably heard before ("Niagara," which is available on just about every page of Oceanographer's entire web presence at the moment), but Mojo has some very warm things to say about us and we're alongside some other really great music, so we thought we'd point you in the direction of this podcast.  Thanks, Mojo!

Also, I just became aware that New York Gazers, a new Facebook group, recently started up and is putting together information about New York City shoegaze bands, live performances and events, and anything that combines shoegaze and our grand City.  It's in fledgling form, but I'd love to see it succeed, so please follow the link and "like" it!

And lastly, at the direction of New York Gazers I stumbled across this page on The Deli Magazine's New York City music scene blog.  It's a list of New York area shoegaze bands, compiled in order of either "Web Buzz" or "Popularity," ranked automatically according to what I'm sure is an arcane and totally accurate algorithm.  We were surprised to find ourselves ranked at 27 and 28 (respectively) out of 55, and in fact we're thankful to be included at all.  Who'd have thought?

And a small word about that whole shoegaze thing: I'm aware that for a couple of reasons our music doesn't exactly fit into the specifications of the genre.  The vocals are not effects-laden or buried in the mix.  You can understand (most of) the lyrics.  The song structures are a little out-of-the-ordinary for the genre.  We have at least a little bit of stage presence.  All the same I've always used the word to describe our music because we do use a lot of guitar pedals and soundscapes and we focus a lot on texture.  OK.  Glad we straightened that out.

So... check out our new show listings, have a good week, and I hope we see you soon!

Playing a brand new venue in two days

We're very excited about our upcoming show, at The Grand Victory— the new venue where Bruar Falls used to be.  Its grand opening was on Thursday, and I have to tell you the place is absolutely gorgeous (click on the thumbnails to the left to see for yourself).

In the interest of full disclosure I am a little bit biased, as yours truly will be working there Saturday nights, so I'm a little emotionally invested in the venture.  But it really is a picturesque place to see us play, maybe the best sounding room in an intimate venue in Brooklyn, and with inexpensive drinks (or high end cocktails, whichever floats your boat).  And with a $5 door charge and a forecast of above-freezing temperatures there's really no excuse to miss this.

Joining us will be our friends Money / Paper / Hearts (their drummer, Drew Mendenhall, used to play in a side project with me and Eric) and Eagle Hawk Falcon Owl.  Both of these bands are definitely worth catching, so why not come by at 8:00PM and stay for the whole show?  I mean, it's three bands for $5.  What a deal.  Hope to see you there!

We have live video from last weekend, plus new photos from Tuesday night in the studio

Eric and Kevin and I spent several hours in the studio on Tuesday night and we posted four pictures from the evening.  I know, real exciting.  But let's be real, we both know you wanna look at them.  We are so close to finishing all the tracking, mixing and hope to have it in the mastering house by February.

In other news, Eric's sister Jayme took this video of our song "Finally Here," which will appear on our upcoming record, Spilling Blood.  This was from our show last weekend at Bar Matchless here in Brooklyn.  Hope you enjoy it.

As for the photos?  Have a gander.

We wrote a new song! And you can hear it this Saturday in Brooklyn

For the first time in several months we're changing up our set, pulling out a couple songs we haven't played since last year, unveiling a brand new song that sounds like nothing we've done before, and you can only hear it all for the low low price of $7 this Saturday, December 10th at Matchless in Brooklyn.

We'll be appearing with our new friends Ichicuts, our old friends Autumn Bells (who you may remember as The Bottoms Of Our Hearts from our show at Trash Bar a few months back, and you may remember features Alex Beard of the late great Hula), as well as some new bands we hope to become friends with— The Beach Arabs and The Dazzling Dooms.

The whole shebang starts around 7:30PM, and we play at 10:00PM.  Since The Dazzling Dooms go on at midnight and must be done by 1AM, set times will be pretty strict.  So just to be safe?  Turn up at 8PM and stay until the wee hours of the morning.  It's not a school night, after all.

New songs and a show on Friday, November 18th

So we've decided on a title for our forthcoming record (it's called Spilling Blood!) and we thought we'd announce this by bringing out two tracks that will appear on said forthcoming record:  "Doing Just Fine" and "Niagara."  Give them a listen so you have an idea what to expect when Spilling Blood finally gets out.  They're on the song players on the right side of the web site, if you like QuickTime, or you can go to the songs page and download them if you're old fashioned (or you want to keep them forever and put them on your iPod and listen to them all day every day).

In lesser news, we also added a page to the site with reviews and interviews, as well as an archive page and a function to search the whole website, if there should ever arise a reason to do such a thing.

Yeah.  Moving on.  In more important news, we're also playing a show this month.  We'll be appearing at Alphabet Lounge in the East Village with TinVulva and The Handsome Men.  We go on at 9:30PM sharp.  Early show.  Ten dollars.

See ya there!