April 9, 2009

nothing makes sense when the wave rolls through


Just in time to prep me for seeing them for the first time on Friday night, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band released “Nikorette” off their forthcoming album Outer South for free download this week, and I can’t stop listening.

…But nothing makes sense when the wave rolls through
Nothing makes sense when the wave comes through
Well, if there’s something in me, well, I know it’s in you
If there’s something in me, well, I bet it’s in you

I don’t want to wait until the moon gets blue
I don’t want to dream if it don’t come true

Nikorette – Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band

This first sample off the new album has a bright and appealing open-road energy to it that also heavily reminds me of “Sausalito” from the self-titled 2008 album. If this is the direction of the whole new album then I am delighted, and as I sang along all day today I’ve been interspersing lines from both into one happy conglomerate.

Sausalito – Conor Oberst

Outer South is out Cinco de Mayo.

Apr 9 The Slowdown Omaha, Nebraska
Apr 10 Ogden Theater Denver, Colorado
Apr 11 Belly Up Aspen, Colorado
Apr 12 Barnett Harley Davidson El Paso, Texas
Apr 13 Sunshine Theatre Albuquerque
Apr 14 The Marquee Tempe, Arizona
Apr 15 The Glasshouse Pomona, California
Apr 17 Coachella Indio, California
Jun 17 Black Sheep Colorado Springs, Colorado
Jun 18 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Telluride, Colorado
Jun 19 Star Hall Moab, Utah
Jun 21 Knitting Factory Boise, Idaho
Jun 23 Wilma Theater Missoula, Montana
Jun 24 First Ave. Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jun 25 Summerfest Milwaulkee, Wisconsin
Jun 26 Anchor Inn Omaha, Nebraska
Jun 28 Beaumont Club Kansas City, Missouri
Jun 29 The Blue Note Columbia, Missouri
Jun 30 Headliner’s Music Hall Louisville, Kentucky
Jul 1 Grog Shop Cleveland, Ohio
Jul 2 Bearsville Theater Bearsville, New York
Jul 3 Toad’s Place New Haven, Connecticut

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  • He’ll be here on the 20th! Add that to your fancy calendar, missy.

    Dainon — April 9, 2009 @ 2:20 am

  • Uh, make that June 20th. Things don’t gel together so well at 3 in the morn.

    Dainon — April 9, 2009 @ 2:22 am

  • Love Conor, great new song, thanks!

    mike — April 10, 2009 @ 10:13 am

  • [...] new posts over at the I Am Fuel, You Are Friends blog including an interview with Blitzen Trapper, new music from Conor Oberst and a live set from Blind Pilot, who will be in Madison June 16th. Blind [...]

    Media Roundup: New Tunes for the Weekend! « True Endeavors- Music for Madison — April 10, 2009 @ 12:24 pm

  • so, do you know what the set list was. I knew all the songs but the encore had one kicking number that me and my friends had no idea about.

    it was right after he talked about goin 0-60.

    if you could help i would forever be in your debt bc my head is hurting trying to even recall lyrics lol

    JJ — April 11, 2009 @ 1:26 pm

  • here is the setlist.

    Eagle on a Pole (Conor)
    Air Mattress
    Big Black Nothing
    Ten Women
    Get-Well Cards
    Eagle on a Pole (Jason)
    Cape Canaveral
    Roosevelt Room


    White Shoes (Conor Solo)
    NYC-Gone, Gone
    Souled Out!!!

    Beth — April 13, 2009 @ 6:45 pm

  • hmmm….i am almost completely sure that Nikorette was third, and that he didn’t play Sausalito….?

    browneheather — April 13, 2009 @ 9:02 pm

  • You’re right! Sorry about that, that was the setlist for the aspen show.

    bethlon — April 14, 2009 @ 4:16 am

  • [...] Conor Oberst begins to line up summer dates [...]

    Hidden Track » Tour Dates: Rock The Bells — April 14, 2009 @ 8:00 am

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