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Listen: Okkervil River - “You Don’t Love Me Yet” (Roky Erikson Cover)

Taken From Amazon's Love Me and Love Me Not Valentine's Day Playlists

Feb 03, 2017 Roky Erickson
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Okkervil River released a new album, Away, last year via ATO. Now the band’s Will Sheff has covered Roky Erikson‘s “You Don’t Love Me Yet” for Amazon and two Valentine’s Day playlists they’ve put together entitled Love Me and Love Me Not. The original song can be found on Erikson’s 1995 album All That May Do My Rhyme. Listen to the cover below.

Okkervil River was Erickson’s backing band on his 2010 album True Love Cast Out All Evil. Sheff had this to say about the cover in a press release: “In the early stages of producing True Love Cast Out All Evil, I was given a large amount of archival video and audio from Roky’s life, as context and for possible use in some found-sound collages for the noisier bits of the album. I remember combing through them slowly and being deeply moved by a home movie of Roky performing ‘You Don’t Love Me Yet’ on an out-of-tune guitar. The song - especially in this performance - seemed to capture, for me, all of the wisdom and spirit and childlike tenderness that’s accessible underneath the more gruff and scary side of Roky’s persona. This version was recorded with the old lineup of Okkervil River, doing that home movie arrangement, everybody live in the studio, playing it once and moving on. It’s kind of like a snapshot of a snapshot.”

Joyce Manor, Surfer Blood, American Wrestlers, Hurray for Riff Raff, Tacocat, and Ladyhawke are among the other artists on the playlists, which you can check out here.

Read our 2016 interview with Okkervil River’s Will Sheff.

Okkervil River Tour Dates:

2/3 - New York, NY - Lincoln Center

Select Acoustic Trio Tour Dates:

5/2 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater
5/3 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
5/5 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
5/6 - Seattle, WA - The Triple Door

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