Tuesday, August 30, 2005

"Oh No" is "In Stores"
The new album is out today! Pick it up in an actual store, or at places like iTunes and music.msn.com.

For fun, you can hear Damian talk about Oh No on NPR's All Things Considered this afternoon. While you're listening, check out a1000000ways.com if you haven't yet, as the boys are celebrating the release of the album by making it easier for you to get free music and spread the love.

Better yet, read some recent reviews and interviews (and if you find more, post them in the comments section):

E! Online, A-: "Just go buy this album already...OK?"

ign.com, 9.2: "OK Go returns to what made them great, but kicks the dial to 11 and delivers a more guitar-driven helping of pop wonderment"

Houston Chronicle, 3 1/2 stars: "...this is an album for sunny days and caffeine highs."

Dallas Observer: "The songs are sexier, fiercer and more diverse, and the production retains the energy of OK Go's live shows--an elusive feat for most bands."

Denver Westword: "OK Go is back with a sophomore release that puts its brilliant debut to shame."

allmusic.com, 4 stars: "OK Go has written an album that coats its incredibly accessible nuts and bolts with an effervescent rocket sauce, and that's just the way it is."

NY Post, 3 stars: "strong, irresistable pop 'n' roll..."

Kansas City Star interview with Tim: "One small step for bass players, one giant leap for rhythm-section kind."

altsounds.com interview with Damian: "I think the entire world of rock would be invigorated with dance wars going on."

MTV.com article: "crunchy guitar rockers 'Invincible,' 'Do What You Want' and 'It's a Disaster' mix the downtown punch of the Strokes with an ear for pop hooks."

Jim Derogatis: "too clever and way too smarmy for their own good... annoying... gag-worthy..."

36 Comments:

Blogger jackie said...

My Quest for Oh No! I felt the need to share...so I went to Virgin records on Michigan Ave to purchase the new OK GO! cd only to find their shipment was late and not even out yet. Do they have any respect for the Chicago bands? I continued my journey to Borders to find the CD still in boxes and insanely expensive.At this point I was tired, hungry, and frustrated...ok slighty dramatic but I was hungry. Alas, third time is the charm,I finally called Best Buy and reserved a copy for my listening enjoyment this evening. Mission accomplished. BTW listened to it at VH1.com and fell in love. As always boys you are precious!

2:41 PM  
Anonymous Becky said...

I so love you guys. The new album is so insanely fantastic in every way. Come back to Tulsa very, very, very soon, okay?

3:57 PM  
Anonymous Kill said...

In my haste, I bought the thing from Napster and forgot that would not give me the pretty paper innards. Ah well, it's not always easy to save the world, no?

Thanks, guys! I'm burning the thing now and saving it to listen to in my car so I can have the full listening experience.

See you in Seattle! I don't, however, have any puffy paints or shit like that so Mike Kent will have to depend on everyone else.

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...with an effervescent rocket sauce" that's some great descriptive adjectives! haha :)

4:43 PM  
Anonymous Jeh said...

I love the new album! Being at a loss for words I just have to say its brilliant. Good job!

And I must say, you were sexy minxs at the Denver show. And that is nothing but good things. The show was awesome.

Hope you liked the candy!

5:15 PM  
Blogger Hannah McLean said...

Damn it, Jorge,
THIS IS THE BEST THING I'VE HEARD... UH... EVER!!! It's truly the best think that's happened to me in the 16 years I've been on the earth... as pathetic as that might sound... I mean their first album was incomparable until I got this one... I was up at 5:45 saying oh crap damn shit... Best Buy doesn't open until 10!! I bought 3 copies... Not like they were all for me, that's not leaving anything for the other consumers, but I was literally spazzing out in the car and intensely reading every single word on every single page and devouring the sounds that blasted the speakers...

I think this cd is more a variety of awesomeness. Do what you want kind of sounds like Jet to me, Television, Television sounded like the Hives to me, A good idea at the time in a strange way sounds like Led Zeppelin to me, etc. THIS IS EXTREMELY AWESOME... being a dedicated member of the street team and spreading the word to all of my friends, it will be booming through our speakers, made in 1985, it would be a most worthy way for them to die. Anyway, it will be booming through our thrifty speakers at my "last chance to disco" party on Friday... Ever since I heard Ok go on Mad TV and then again on the "Queer eye for the straight guy" soundtrack, it was love.

Now I'm sure you don't need this many paragraphs, but at the point, my fingers are out of my control. I will be running down the street with so much enthusiasm next week and then I'll give my friend the 2nd copy of the cd she ordered and then the next day we'll both be roaring down the street with enthusiasm... I will be hooked to my mp3 player like it's life support. I will defy my parents and play my music very, very loud all night long until they are woken by it... then I'll put on my life support again... God I LOVE YOU GUYS! I seriously won't stop listening to this until I have to take a shower or die.

I will continue promoting Ok go as well until I die. I will stick the wrapper in my binder when school starts, I will still cry every time when I hear "here it goes again," and I have never felt so strongly about something since the first album.

Much love and luck in the future to you and the band,
Hannah McLean
HannahMcLean@yahoo.com
Juggling club id: Likehumansdo

5:26 PM  
Blogger Damo said...

We need this new album in the UK.

And we need more Damians in rock! :-)

5:48 PM  
Anonymous miss ichtus said...

This is the best birthday present I've given myself, ever.
I'm so glad that I traveled to two stores to find the CD. (And on sale no less!) You've provided me with hours of entertainment dancing around like crazy while there is no one else in my house.

Of course I'm telling everyone I know to buy it...I think they're tired of me talking about OK Go...they should obviously listen though.

Can't wait to see you guys live again!

7:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, the cd is absolutly spectacular! 'maybe, this time' is the epitome of a beautiful song! good job, boys

7:31 PM  
Anonymous Nikki said...

So, how are these reviewers and critics getting "3 & 1/2" stars from your new CD?

They should be beaten with a stick; this album is incredibly 5-star worthy.

Keep the substance comin', OK Go.

7:57 PM  
Anonymous Z said...

Just hear about you on NPR today. Saw the video and the table tennis thing - freaking hilarious.
Keep up the good work. Gonna go get the album.

Z
from DC

8:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

officially obsessed with "no sign of life"...

8:48 PM  
Anonymous Sam said...

Another excellent job boys.

After traveling to three different stores(I knew I should've just gone to Best Buy), I finally got it. I'm glad to report I was not let down.

Now... off to have another listen.

9:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, WOW! that's all I can say I'm at a loss of words!.....amazing, ya amazing that's a good one. Great job guys!

9:51 PM  
Anonymous Kle said...

I've been having a stressful week, and when I got this album, I was giggling before I even bought the CD. Seriously. I almost cried when I didn't see it with the new releases. But I asked the clerk and he presented me with my own little sealed case of music magic!

My absolute favourite tracks are 'A Million Ways', 'It's a Disaster', 'No Sign of Life', 'Invincible', 'Let It Rain', and 'The House Wins'.

But I really do have a question. Who sings what tracks? Is it all Damian? If so, he really has a knack for changing his vocal chords!

I'd also like to thank all of you (Ok Go and their friends!) because when I'm feeling down, the first group I listen to is you guys. First song I listen to: Bye Bye Baby. You four are an inspiration. I live in a suburb of Chicago and I am almost too proud to say that you guys are from there. Thanks a TON!

And Andy, I love you already. Good luck with the rest of the tour!

10:11 PM  
Anonymous Natalie said...

just a question: when you search for both "ok go" and "oh no" in pitchforkmedia's archaic search engine, they bring you to an exasperating page that says i haven't entered anything to search for. when really, we both know that's not true. so either you've programmed the pitchfork search engine to discriminate against ok go fans, or pitchfork secretly has a large and embarassing crush on all of you.

i believe the latter.

more to the point, however- i like the new album, especially the snazzy wrapping.

and i have to have my dependency on pitchfork resolved. please send angry emails.

10:16 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

I don't know about these people, but I just went to best buy in the first place. Love the new CD to bits and pieces. Had a splendiferous time at the denver concert. And I hope to see that loverly dance in person again sometime soon.

10:18 PM  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

Arggggh!

I'm currently broke, but I dragged my mother to Sam Goody's at the mall today, just to be able to hold "Oh No" in my hands...

I've been obsessing about it for months, telling people whom I barely know that Oh No is about to come out. Most of them say, "What's Oh No?"

My response is usually something along the lines of, "Only the upcoming album of the best pop-rock band on the market today, OK Go."

I sat listening to All Things Considered this afternoon, to get my Damian fix (I usually prefer to read newspapers for my news, because I feel you're better able to pick and choose what you want to focus on...I get rather depressed listening to an hour of interviews with hurricane victims, but that's another story).

...And Sam Goody's didn't have it! I've been staring at the iTunes cover mournfully, but when I'm broke, I'm SERIOUSLY broke. My birthday is in a week, so I'm dropping hints like crazy. Otherwise, I'll have to wait until I start work in the fall and get some spending money of my own.

Withering away, sans Oh No!,
Elizabeth
Elizzybeth@gmail.com

2:08 AM  
Anonymous myra said...

i love your new album, you sexy kids.

12:53 PM  
Anonymous MARISA said...

I've been listening to your sexy-wexy voices 24/7. Good CD, but it seems a lot different than your first. The sound seems heavier or something. Hard to convery with merely words on a screen!

Anyway, good job my darhhhling musicians....hand sculpted my angels, I swear. You guys are awesome stuff.

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Lori said...

You guys are a million ways to be awesomely fantastic. I ran into several people at the store in my excitement yesterday.

7:03 PM  
Blogger Sannie said...

I have to say this album totally rocks! I dragged my parents and my boyfriend to Best Buy to get it because I knew they would. Since buying it yesterday, I've listened to it 5 times and already added it to my iPod.

I think this album is definitely more rock than the first album (though it is nonetheless still good). Finally being able to hear these songs from my stereo rather than just remembering them from seeing you live is great!

Lastly, I'm not sure if it's just my copy, but there's a Track 14 that in iTunes is listed as "Bonus." Is there supposed to be a bonus track? Because I got 30 minutes of nothingness!

7:42 PM  
Blogger elizabertie said...

I picked it up on my lunch break yesterday.....I grabbed lunch real quick and wolfed it down so I could hit Sam Goody and make it back to my office in time. I got THE worst indigestion ever, and had stomach spasms for the rest of the afternoon. It was awesome though......I had great music to cramp up by!!!!!!

LOVE IT GUYS!!!!!!!

9:31 AM  
Anonymous Mor said...

i would just like to tell you guys that this album is amazing. you really know how to put a smile on someone's face and i love you guys for it! i absolutely love this cd and you guys and i really wish that you would come to North Carolina so i could see you live, then my life would be complete.
"you're so damn hot!"
love,
Mor

1:31 PM  
Anonymous madmik3 said...

Oh No = good.

However $4.95 for 9027 KM. (music.msn's price) is a bit expensive. And by a bit I mean a LOT. I can't say that I have listened to the entire track yet but I did open it up in my audio editor and listened to the few parts where there are some sounds slightly louder than the constant hum. I heard a girl laughing and maybe some belt/zipper like sounds. Maybe some people sleeping? Or like, I don't know, gettin it on- major quiet like.

Do you remember Sleep, the Blandy Snorehall film that was just a person sleeping for 8 hours? Yea that sucked too.

Please stick with he brainy, introspective, whitty , pop music thinger. Leave concpept art to he Russians.

madmik3 at gmail dot com

5:56 PM  
Blogger Mostly Muppet said...

Oh No is great! If you don't own it already, what are you waiting for?

My review: http://www.mostlymuppet.com/archives/2005/09/02/cd-review-ok-gos-oh-no/

3:26 PM  
Blogger Katy* said...

"Gag-worthy"? WTF is Jim DeRogatis smoking?

Anywho, I have thoroughly enjoyed "Oh No" so far, and I forced my mother to listen to it today in the car. :D I kept singing "Lately It's Been Quiet" at work yesterday. I think maybe a few customers noticed, 'cause I got funny looks. But that's definitely my favourite track. :D again.

Fabulous! You guys are awesome!

Hearts,
Katy

9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love love love love love love love love love love....and a few more is what i feel towards this cd.

love
julia

6:32 PM  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

To Sam Goody's credit, they did have Oh No when I came upon some cash and went back today.

I love it.

Love it, love it, love it.

This much:

<---------------------> (Not to scale)

I must echo the collective perplexitude that has been expressed regarding "Bonus." Is it "34 minutes and 46 seconds in the recording studio (minus the lovely men of OK Go)?" Or, perhaps, "34 minutes and 46 seconds of a hot, hot party (going on inside a soundproofed room)?"

It reminds me of that classical piano piece (John Cage "wrote" it, I think) where the pianist comes on stage and sits down at the piano. The audience waits in anticipation, sure the pianist will begin to play.

4 enormous minutes and 33 enormous seconds of coughing, nose-blowing, and babies crying later, the pianist stands up and leaves.

So...I've got 6 minutes and 4 seconds of "Bonus" left. And nothing interesting has happened.

It just makes me miss OK Go.

Anyways, you know I'm going to end up listening to it multiple times, trying to draw some deeper meaning from it. I'm going to stare forever at the wallpaper-backed portraits inside the liner notes. I'm going to read the lyrics (along with the music) until they're burned into my brain and I literally sweat musical brilliance.

Ah, OK Go! Ah, humanity!

Love to you all,
Elizabeth
Elizzybeth@gmail.com

8:49 PM  
Blogger veryspecial_k said...

I have literally danced my pants off, over and over, while devouring this delicious morsel of rock!!! For anyone out there who thought they already loved OKGO as much as they possibly could, who went to all the shows, listened to the first CD and the EP's till hearts and ear drums burst in unison... only to rush to their favorite record store this Tuesday past and fall head over heels in love all over again... I am with you!!! For a couple years now, I have proudly pushed, prodded, begged, and bombarded ALL of my friends, many family members, various strangers and random passers by to listen to and love OKGO- to much success! Of course, after persuading someone to at least listen, my work is done. They fall hopelessly under the spell of OKGOness! I can't find the words to express how great the new album is, or how it makes my everyday that much brighter. I simply can't get enough. I can hardly sit still long enough to type! With Crash the Party blarring... it's back to dancing my pants off!!! ( I mean literally, I just get sooo hot!!!)

10:49 PM  
Blogger veryspecial_k said...

that reminds me... Tim I hope you get word of this... I apologize that my friends and I weren't able to OBEY THE BLOG when you guys were in Kansas City! Alas, I heard it after I had already left my house for the show. I couldn't make an old pair of underwear into OKGO underwear, because I wasn't weraing any! oops. Maybe next time!!! I do think it's a fabulous thing, and hope yo keep it going.

10:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the people wondering about the bonus track: in Damian's interview at altsounds.com (the link to which is posted in the blog we are all commenting on) he states that it is 35 minutes of his girlfriend sleeping.

2:23 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Haha! Thanks for including that last blurb. Hee hee ha.

The music video is amazing--I am happy that it is makin' waves.

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

*reads the interview*

*sheepish*

That makes me feel pretty dumb. But thanks.

I still think the 4:33 analogy works, though. I'd rather have 35 minutes of OK Go than 35 minutes of Damian's girlfriend sleeping (not that she isn't, doubtless, a wonderful girl...).

If I were to make excuses, I would blame my ignorance on the fact that I'm too busy mourning having to miss the LA show in two days due to being out of town.

Elizabeth (again)
Elizzybeth@gmail.com

6:19 PM  
Anonymous joan said...

oh my god...i got the cd the day after it came out....truly amazing work! esp. oh lately it's so quiet and invincible!
and i saw the tonight show.......you guys are by far THE coolest band ever!

11:20 PM  
Anonymous Autumn Kladder said...

I too had been perplexed about the mysterious "Bonus" track. I was just playing as loud as my computer goes and finally heard something. However, it seems to be nothing but noises of people moving around, picking things up, and so on. But it's definitely not the sound of someone sleeping... Hmmm...

4:08 PM  

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