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Conor Oberst

Conor Oberst - FUV Live - 2014

by Carmel Holt

Of course you know this prolific musician from his work with his bands Bright Eyes, Desaparecidos and Monsters of Folk, to name a few. He’s also put out several albums as a solo artist. In fact, he just released his sixth solo album, Upside Down Mountain, and it we recently made the record our FUV's New Dig.  Of the new album, Oberst says, “For me, language is a huge part of why I make music. I’m not the greatest guitar player or piano player. I’m not the greatest singer either, but I feel if I can come up with melodies I like that are fused with poetry I’m proud of, then that’s what I bring to the table.”  Hear the ever-so-humble Conor Oberst perform songs from Upside Down Mountain for us in Studio A.

[recorded: 03/28/14]

Question of the Day: Lists

by Corny O'Connell

Lists of songs are everywhere, but what about songs with lists? Conor Oberst sings about "hundreds of ways to get through the day" on his latest Upside Down Mountain - this week's 'FUV #NewDig. Can you come up with a song that mentions a list? Or a song that itemizes anything? Add it to the list in the comments below and we'll spin a set after 9am.

Here's what we played:

"The Cheapest Key" - Kathleen Edwards

FUV's New Dig: Conor Oberst

by Darren DeVivo

Upside Down Mountain
Conor Oberst
Nonesuch Records

Conor Oberst has been making a lot a terrific music for a long time, though he's only 34 years old — it's no surprise that he produced his first album at 13. Now this young-but-seasoned veteran is offering his fans one of the most personal works of his career.

Newport Folk Festival: Day 3

by Sarah Wardrop
Sarah Wardrop

Sometimes it felt like we were paying as much attention to the weather radar as the music, but in the end, there was sun.

Day 3 at Newport had quite a finale: the skies cleared up, and a mutual admiration society of Dawes, Jonathan Wilson, Tom Morello and Sara Watkins held court on the Fort stage with Jackson Browne as their leader, soaking it all up. "Lawyers, Guns and Money" with a Tom Morello solo... Maybe the first time an electric guitar has been played with teeth at Newport? Probably a tie with "These Days" for my highlight of Jackson's set.