“They say it’s murder on your folk career to make a rock record with The Disappeared.” In retrospect, Conor Oberst sang these lyrics on “Mall Of America” as something of a preemptive strike. Released mere months prior to his magnum opus, Speak Spanish is the exact opposite of Liftedâ€¦, a small batch of nasty, brutish and short punk songs with little ambition other than to rage against Omaha shrinking amidst the oppressive encroachment of suburbs, malls and more restaurants per capita. Saddle Creek’s angriest and rawest band, Desaparecidos remains a complete and fascinating outlier, and a beloved one as well judging by a triumphant reunion tour based on little more than a half hour of music.
By Lindsay Hood on 10.17.14 in News
Greetings! Top of the Morning is your daily AM news round-up. We paid attention overnight while you were sleeping and gathered relevant tidbits to share over that first cup of coffee. U2 addressed the recent criticism...
By Andrew Parks on 10.15.14 in News
Warner Bros. unveiled its latest round of limited Black Friday records today, including colored vinyl releases from the Flaming Lips, Green Day and Jenny Lewis and pic discs from Mastodon and Echosmith. Not the most bloc...
By Marc Hogan on 07.29.14 in News
On Conor Oberst's current tour, which has happily included Bright Eyes songs, he has brought along Dawes as his backing band. Supporting the indie-rock Oracle of Omaha's strikingly assured new album, Upside Down Mountain...
By Megan Seling on 05.20.14 in Features
Megan Seling reviews Conor Oberst's 'Upside Down Mountain.'