Rolling Stone says Bright Eyes’ new album, Down In the Weeds, Where the World Once Was, "reminds us why Conor Oberst was one of the best singer-songwriters of the 2000s." Conor Oberst joins us for an All Of It listening party for the band's tenth studio album, their first in nine years.
Singer-songwriters Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers, together known as Better Oblivion Community Center, join Kyle Meredith With... to discuss their debut LP, stage diving, covering "Shallow" from A Star Is Born, and eventually having enough albums for a greatest hits. On the more serious side, the three also talk about how themes of alienation and solitude pain this record, and how they've made each other better musicians. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst gives listeners a taste of his classic, wavering vocals in his first solo KEXP performance. Featuring his full band playing songs from 2014's “Upside Down Mountain” and one from the Bright Eyes release, “I'm Wide Awake It's Morning.” Recorded 09/29/2014 - 5 songs: Hundreds Of Ways, Zigzagging Toward The Light, Double Life, We Are Nowhere And It's Now, Common Knowledge.
Conor Oberst's new album has fast become my favorite of the Bright Eyes singer's solo projects, so having him come to NPR and perform a few of these songs at the Tiny Desk was especially exciting. The new music on "Upside Down Mountain" contains the sort of personal songwriting that got me loving him in the first place. His backing band for this tour is the roots-rock group Dawes, which has a huge following in its own right. At the Tiny Desk, Dawes brothers Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith joined in on beautiful harmonies, guitar and some light percussion. It was an especially sweet day — a rare weekend Tiny Desk Concert that had friends and families present, including Oberst's wife (Corina Figueroa-Escamilla) and his father Matthew. Oberst actually began making music on his dad's four-track cassette machine more than 20 years ago. Now 33, Oberst seems much happier, if his songs are any indication. You may even see that on his face as he performs these stripped-down and soulful songs on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.
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