Conor Oberst

The 6 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Drake, Lana Del Rey, Parquet Courts

It was a busy week in the mainstream, with two new Drake tracks, some old-new Lana Del Rey, Janelle Monae covering Bowie, Icona Pop partying with Ty Dolla $ign, Conor Oberst still trying to make fetch happen, and more. Some of them make the cut here. Let’s go. … Read More

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The Internet’s Dangerous, Opportunistic Speculation on Conor Oberst’s Rape Accusations Needs to Stop

I wasn’t going to write about the Conor Oberst rape accusations, because the last thing the internet needs is more noise over allegations that no one has any way of knowing are true or false. But the way this whole thing is playing out is both depressing and mildly terrifying. Virtually as soon as the accusations were posted, the internet went crazy, and not in a great way. First it was the accusations going viral on Tumblr, and then it was irresponsible commentary pieces like this, in which a writer explains that she believes the accusations because she had a similar experience. Now, Tumblr discussion of Oberst has become a cesspool of unfounded assumptions and increasingly frightening attempts to out and/or discredit the accuser. People. We need to stop. … Read More

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Literary Mixtape: Eeyore

If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite literary characters might be listening to while they save the world/contemplate existence/get into trouble, or hallucinated a soundtrack to go along with your favorite novels, well, us too. But wonder no more! Here, we sneak a look at the hypothetical iPods of some of literature’s most interesting characters. What would be on the personal playlists of Holden Caulfield or Elizabeth Bennett, Huck Finn or Harry Potter, Tintin or Humbert Humbert? Something revealing, we bet. Or at least something danceable. Read on for a cozy reading soundtrack, character study, or yet another way to emulate your favorite literary hero. This week: Winnie the Pooh’s most mournful pal, Eeyore. … Read More

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10 of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Most Overrated Lyricists

Last week we ran a post on the people who we thought were rock ‘n’ roll’s most underrated lyricists — artists who don’t get the credit they deserve for their writing, either because they’re better known as guitarists/producers/crazy performers, or just because they’re generally underappreciated. We got some great feedback, and some excellent suggestions in the comments section, and all was very congenial. But last week’s post does raise one obvious question: If those were rock ‘n’ roll’s most underrated lyricists, who are its most overrated? We’ve taken the plunge and put together a list of the latter. Again, to be clear, this isn’t meant to be any sort of definitive list of worst lyrics or lyricists — Des’ree, your throne is secure — just those who we reckon don’t get enough scrutiny for being either a) not that great or b) not quite as great as people seem to think they are. So, what say you, readers? Are there more names you’d like to nominate? Or do we just need to join the witness protection program? … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we couldn’t decide which we wanted more: a crazy octopus chair or a Stephen Colbert sofa. We learned four reasons why zombies will overtake vampires in 2011. We bookmarked Full Stop, a new website that’s “committed to an earnest, expansive, and rigorous discussion of… Read More

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Daily Dose Pick: Monsters Of Folk

Five years after their first tour together, the debut album from Monsters of Folk melds the talents of M. Ward, Conor Oberst, and My Morning Jacket’s Jim… Read More

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Conor Oberst’s Outer South is a Lyrical Abomination

Conor Oberst is the only musician who, at age 29, can sing, “Dementia you better treat me good,” without the slightest bit of irony. After hearing Outer South, the sophomore release from Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band, one can only wonder if dementia has indeed set in. There are no remnants of the boy who, when love pissed him off, once sang, “I want a lover I don’t have to love/I want a girl who’s too sad to give a f*ck.” Oberst, the once emotive child prodigy, has grown into a beer-guzzling rocker at 30. A lyrical analysis and our thoughts on why the album is an abomination, after the jump… … Read More

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Emo Kids Arise! A Free Bright Eyes Doc Is Now Online

While there’s certainly debate amongst our music nerds as to whether Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst is this generation’s Dylan or a coffee-house cretin whose voice has yet to progress beyond pre-pubescence [Editor's note: I wonder which side Andy's on...], we have to give him credit. He’s spent the last 15 years meticulously working his way… Read More

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