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

Conor Oberst Bright_Eyes
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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Monsters of Folk Perform on Conan 9/22, the Same Day as Album Release

Monsters of Folk

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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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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