Bright Eyes: Rise From the Dead or Out With a Bang?

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I know that the splintered voice of Conor Oberst isn’t for everyone, but for those who’ve felt the warmth from the moans of Fevers & Mirrors, the happy-sad feeling of Lifted, the somewhat conditioned disappointment of Cassadaga, this is big news.

It seems, to my heart’s content (and to that of many others), Oberst still hasn’t gotten his fill from the Mystic Valley Band, nor from his ferociously folk counterparts. So with this, the heard-about-but-never-seen Yeti of a Bright Eyes album now has a concrete release date!

Oberst rounds up a few old faces, longtime band mate Nathaniel Walcott and producer (as well as a fellow MOF member) Mike Mogis to bring us (drum roll…) _The People’s Key. _It’s Bright Eyes’ seventh studio album and will be available February 15, 2011.

Here’s the track list… I never really understood why this is important to include so prematurely, but when you got the goods, show ‘em.

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The Story of Grizzly Bear and Patrick Daughters' Magical Brain

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Once upon a time there was this brilliant film director named Patrick Daughters who directed short films, commercials and videos for indie artists. They were brilliant. The end?

Ooh, not even close. This Cali cool man is all but 33 years old, pumping out more indie-related videos than a 17-year-old guitar player with a bad haircut and a YouTube account. He’s the one behind the avant-garde, split screen video of King of Leon’s ‘Bucket’ and the iPod-induced sensation of Feist’s ‘1234’ (not to mention the ultra chic ‘My Moon My Man,’ ‘Mushaboom,’ and ‘I Feel it All’).

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Aphex Twin Bright Eyes Mashup Video Song

Earlier this week, a new mashup videosong was released onto Youtube. This time it was a mix of Aphex Twin’s FlimBright Eyes\and Bright Eyes’ First Day of My Life. In case you were wondering, a videosong is a new type of medium comprised of two rules:

This amazing videosong is performed by Jack Conte. In his performance, Flim is played at a much higher tempo than in the normal song. I think that most people would agree Jack Conte’s vocal rendition is much better than Connor Oberst’s in the original Bright Eyes song as well.

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