BARACK OBAMA's music pick WILL SHEFF talks about being on the President's playlist and Lou Reed.
It's not just Barack Obama who is drawn to Will Sheff's music, Lou Reed was a massive fan as well. Like his mentor Lou Reed, Sheff is a bit of a polymath, but best known for being the lead singer for the indie darling rock band Okkervil River straight out of Austin, Texas. Sheff is also an artist and prolific and pithy writer. You can check out his drawings on his website and read his essays on art and fiction in McSweeney’s, The Talkhouse, Magnet, Billboard, and the Austin Chronicle, where he worked as a film critic for a spell. In 2010, Sheff’s liner notes for the Roky Erickson album True Love Cast Out All Evil, which he also produced, were nominated for a Grammy. I didn't even know liner notes could win a Grammy! More recently, Sheff directed, composed the music and wrote the script for the indie film Down Down the Deep River, which reflects on his childhood of growing up in the 1980’s. Okkervill River is celebrating the ten year anniversary of their popular albim Black Sheep Boy with a new release and all sorts of previously unreleased goodies. We got to hear a favorite and as well as new one. Sheff is currently touring so go see him live. After you hear him on Employee of the Month, you'll know why I sent you. Employee of the Month Show was taped live at Joe’s Pub. Come see it live! www.employeeofthemonthshow.com @catielazarus