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Conor Oberst

With his trembling voice, acoustic guitar, and confessional approach to songwriting, Conor Oberst played an important role in shaping the lighter, intimate side of indie rock during the late '90s and beyond. His main project was Bright Eyes, an eclectic group of rotating musicians that vacillated between pop, folk, electronica, and country-rock. Although Oberst remained at the center of that band, he also logged time in a number of other outfits, including Commander Venus, the Magentas, Park Ave., Desaparecidos, and an early version of the Faint. Finally, he supported like-minded artists on an executive level, co-founding Saddle Creek Records in the '90s and launching his own label, Team Love, in 2003. A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Conor Mullen Oberst was born on February 15, 1980. He began playing guitar at the age of ten, receiving lessons from his brother Matt -- a part-time teacher who doubled as the vocalist for Sorry About Dresden -- as well as the boys' father. Conor's second sibling, Justin Oberst, joined the effort three years later by financing Conor's first release. Entitled Water, the album featured a cameo by fellow Omaha resident Ted Stevens, who also played alongside Mike Mogis in Lullaby for the Working Class. This early partnership set the stage for Oberst's collaborative discography; it also allowed Oberst to further his friendship with Mike Mogis, who would later play an integral role in Bright Eyes' success. Although still a young teenager, Oberst joined the ranks of Commander Venus and Norman Bailer (who later rechristened themselves the Faint after Oberst's departure) in 1994. The Faint's Todd Fink then joined Oberst in 1996 for a short-lived band named the Magentas. That same year, Oberst expanded his résumé by playing drums for Park Ave., although the group disbanded two years later. Bandmates Jamie Pressnall and Neely Jenkins went on to form Tilly and the Wall, with Oberst issuing the group's albums under his own Team Love label. Along with longtime partner Mike Mogis, Oberst experienced an unexpected amount of success with Bright Eyes. The group released several recordings in the late '90s and early 2000s, during which time Oberst also set time aside to play with Desaparecidos. He returned to the Bright Eyes project in 2002, issuing the intimate Lifted or the Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground that summer and following it up with several EPs. It was 2005's ambitious double-album release, however, that established Oberst as a commercial artist, with both discs (I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning and the electronic Digital Ash in a Digital Urn) enjoying high-ranking slots on the Billboard 200. Bright Eyes released another album, 2007's Cassadaga, before Oberst decamped to rural Mexico to work on his first solo effort in years. Recorded in a makeshift studio with a cast of musicians dubbed the Mystic Valley Band, the self-titled Conor Oberst arrived in 2008. While on the road in support of that album, the Mystic Valley Band found time to compose another album, this time highlighting the group's collaborative spirit. Released in 2009, Outer South featured lead vocals and songwriting contributions from several members, a move that expanded the band's sound without threatening Oberst's status as bandleader. Three years later, a documentary about the Mystic Valley Band called One of My Kind appeared on DVD accompanied by a soundtrack collection of B-sides, outtakes, and the tour-only Gentleman's Pact EP. In late 2012, Oberst hit the road once again on a tour of North America and Europe, where he would play a variety of music from his many different monikers. Oberst then worked with producer Jonathan Wilson on the 2014 release Upside-Down Mountain, his first album for Nonesuch Records. The following year, Oberst retreated to his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. It was there that he spent the winter writing and recording his seventh album, Ruminations, which saw release in 2016. He quickly followed up that pared-down recording with Salutations, which featured full-band versions of the songs on Ruminations, in 2017. ~ Andrew Leahey
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  1.   Song
  2.   Moab
  3.   Cape Cañaveral
  4.   Sausalito
  5.   Souled Out!!!
  6.   Nikorette
  7.   Hundreds of Ways
  8.   Get-Well-Cards
  9.   Napalm
  10.   I Don't Want To Die (In The Hospital)
  11.   Till St. Dymphna Kicks Us Out
  12.   Mamah Borthwick (A Sketch)
  13.   You Are Your Mother's Child
  14.   Zigzagging Toward the Light
  15.   Time Forgot
  16.   Artifact #1
  17.   Air Mattress
  18.   Governor's Ball
  19.   You All Loved Him Once
  20.   Double Life
  21.   Tachycardia
  22.   Lenders In The Temple
  23.   Salutations
  24.   The Pearl featuring Patty Griffin
  25.   A Little Uncanny
  26.   The Rain Follows the Plow
  27.   Kick
  28.   Slowly (Oh So Slowly)
  29.   Roosevelt Room
  30.   Eagle On A Pole
  31.   Overdue
  32.   Too Late to Fixate
  33.   Desert Island Questionnaire
  34.   Worldwide
  35.   I Got the Reason, No. 2
  36.   Difference Is Time
  37.   Cabbage Town
  38.   Big Black Nothing
  39.   To All the Lights in the Windows
  40.   Next of Kin
  41.   NYC - Gone, Gone
  42.   Empty Hotel by the Sea
  43.   Night at Lake Unknown
  44.   Afterthought
  45.   Gossamer Thin
  46.   Anytime Soon
  47.   Valle Místico (Ruben's Song)
  48.   Milk Thistle
  49.   Danny Callahan
  50.   Bloodline
  51.   Ten Women
  52.   Enola Gay
  53.   White Shoes
  54.   Barbary Coast (Later)
  55.   Counting Sheep
  56.   Spoiled
  57.   Common Knowledge
  58.   Lonely at the Top

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