What to you get when you take Conor Oberst, M. Ward, Jim James and Mike Mogis?
Oh for Christ’s sake, you must be living under a rock if you didn’t know that the answer is Monsters of Folk!
How to describe this collaboration… Monsters of Folk is a glorified sort of hillbilly rock that leaves room for a little class and a lot bite (I mean, they are monsters after all). Since Tuesday, the debut of their self-titled album, I’ve been listening to this collection of 15 tracks on repeat to get a good, firm grasp on my opinions. They don’t seem to mess around with the music, so I won’t mess around with the review. But so far, I’m really liking it. The songs take you to other worlds. On my way back from Coolidge Corner last night, I pumped up ‘The Right Place’ in my earphones, and when I closed my eyes I saw people ho-downing in the grass at sundown.
A more formal review to follow, I promise.
But anyways, if you missed it last night or want to watch it again, check out their performance on Conan O’Brien:
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And go chew on some wheat and give ‘em a listen, you’ll be glad you did. Unless you have a gluten allergy, I guess you could throw on a pair of overalls or something… Conor opted for the aviators.
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