Modcast #82: Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Hailing from Portland via New Zealand, Unknown Mortal Orchestra like to maintain a bit of mystery. However super-sleuths would recognise main man Ruban Nielson from the now defunct Mint Chicks.

UMO's sound is one part Joshua Tree acid voyage, two parts tripped out tie-dye printing factory and three parts Ringo Starr-gazing catchy melodies.

We're fans. So we were thrilled when Ruban from UMO stepped forward with this weeks Modcast. It's Bobby Brown in a spacesuit, it's rhythm-n-blue-skies, it's the darkside of pyschedelia mixed with crystal clear pop acapellas. Have a listen and check the tracklist below.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra's debut dropped through Fat Possum last week, to glowing reviews. They've got a string of dates lined up over the coming weeks and months, all info over here and below we've got a live video for you to get into. Presents: UMO "How Can You Luv Me" from Yours Truly on Vimeo.


  1. Grayson Gilmore - I Am A Light (UMO Remix)
  2. DOM - Jesus (UMO Remix)
  3. Brandy - I Wanna Be Down (UMO Remix)
  4. SWV - Weak (UMO Remix)
  5. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Moebius' Theme
  6. Bone Thugs N Harmony - First Of Tha Month (UMO Remix)
  7. Brandy & Monica - The Boy Is Mine (UMO Remix)
  8. Neneh Cherry - Buffalo Stance (UMO Remix)
  9. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Iris' Theme
  10. Aaliyah - Try Again (UMO Remix)

July 1, 2011 at 2:15pm in modcast



01.08.14 - Lollapalooza

Chicago, IL, USA

01.08.14 - Osheaga

Montreal, QC, Canada

02.08.14 - Lollapalooza

Chicago, IL, USA

05.08.14 - Red Rocks

Denver, Colorado

06.08.14 - Beni

Beach Road, Bondi, Australia

06.08.14 - Cut Copy

Belly Up Aspen, Aspen, CO

08.08.14 - Cut Copy

Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV, USA

09.08.14 - Outside Lands Festival

San Francisco, CA, USA

09.08.14 - Beni

Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, Australia

10.08.14 - Outside Lands Festival

San Francisco, CA, USA

14.08.14 - Pukkelpop Festival

Hasselt, Belgium

16.08.14 - Sonorama Festival

Burgos, Spain

22.08.14 - Paredes de Coura Festival

Porto, Portugal

24.08.14 - Rock En Seine

Paris, France

27.08.14 - Cut Copy

Magnolia, Milan, Italy

28.08.14 - Cut Copy

Zurich Open Air, Opfikon, Switzerland

10.09.14 - Cut Copy

The Wall, Taipei, Taiwan

13.09.14 - Cut Copy

Samsung Hall, Manila, Philippines

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