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Coachella 2009 30/30 Initiative: Conor Oberst

Posted by Amoebite, April 11, 2009 04:17pm | Post a Comment
127 Bands, 5 Stages, 3 Days and 1 Mean Sunburn.

"Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - April 17-19th, 2009 or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Find 30 Reasons To Love a Weekend in the Desert."

- By Scott Butterworth


Coachella Lineup  Conor Oberst

Day #23 - Artist #23 - Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band:
Conor Oberst
It's not the most recognizable name...yet it sits suspiciously high at the top of the Coachella lineup for Friday April 17, 2009, just under icons Paul McCartney, Morrissey, Franz Ferdinand, and Leonard Cohen.

Conor Oberst, born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, started his professional music career in 1993 at age 13. His first significant project was forming the band Norman Bailer (which later became The Faint), while he was only 14 years old! After sharing this info with my roommate, he exclaimed, "That makes complete sense now. I've been wondering for years Conor Oberstwhy The Faint was his backing band during his Coachella performance in 2005!"

It wasn't until his next project that Conor made a name for himself in the music world, but the name wasn't "Conor Oberst." It was under the name "Bright Eyes." Since 1998 the project has involved a revolving door of musicians throughout its six albums, mainly from the developing indie scene in Omaha, Nebraska. But let's just cut to the chase...Bright Eyes IS Conor Oberst. And by 2005, with the simultaneous release of I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning and Digital Ash in a Digital Urn, Bright Eyes was being hailed as the "Bob Dylan" of the iPod generation, culminating with his much talked about performance at Coachella 2005 (see video below).

If the release of I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning, made Bright Eyes this generation's "Bob Dylan," then Conor Oberst, by Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band in 2008, has given us our "Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers."Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band
 
Listening to Tom Petty's music has always made me want to grab my best friend and commence a spontaneous roadtrip. On a recent Sunday afternoon, I needed to get out the "big city" and clear my head, so I left my home in Culver City, jumped in the car, popped Petty's Full Moon Fever into the CD player and cruised north on the Pacific Coast Highway out of LA with no reservations. Conor Oberst says it best in the song "Moab:" "...there's nothing that the road cannot heal." I think this Sunday, Conor and the boys are going to be riding shotgun as I head up the PCH. I dare you to listen to his music and not do the same.

P.S. Keep your eyes open for the new album by Conor Oberst and the MVB, Outer South, on May 5, 2009.

"Souled Out" from the album Conor Oberst (2008):


"Moab" from the album Conor Oberst (2008):


"Lua" performed at Coachella 2005, from the Bright Eyes album I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning (2005):


Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band performing live at Amoeba Hollywood on Aug 8, 2008:


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