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



20.09.14 - Movement

The Beacham Theatre, Orlando, FL, USA

21.09.14 - Movement

Grand Central, Miami, FL, USA

23.09.14 - Movement

Masquerade, Atlanta, GA, USA

24.09.14 - Movement

Cannery Ballroom, Nashville, TN, USA

26.09.14 - Movement

9:30 Club, Washington, DC, USA

27.09.14 - Movement

Union, Philadelphia, PA, USA

29.09.14 - On & On & On & On / Missive EP

29.09.14 - Movement

Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA, USA

30.09.14 - Movement

Terminal 5, New York, NY, USA

02.10.14 - Movement

Virgin Mobil Corona Theatre, Montreal, OC, USA

03.10.14 - Movement

Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, ON, USA

04.10.14 - Movement

St Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI, USA

06.10.14 - Movement

Double Door, Chicago, IL, USA

07.10.14 - Movement

Metro, Chicago, IL, USA

08.10.14 - Movement

First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA

10.10.14 - Movement

Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO, USA

11.10.14 - Movement

In The Venue, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

14.10.14 - Movement

The Showbox, Seattle, WA, USA

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