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I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning

Author: Jon Zahlaway
11/18/2004 | | | Feature
Frontman Conor Oberst and his Bright Eyes (bio | tickets | CDs - DVDs - books) cohorts are making a New Year's resolution to work the U.S. club and theater circuit in early 2005 as they back a pair of forthcoming albums.

The run kicks off in Oberst's home state of Nebraska on Jan. 14, and dates so far stretch into mid-February. The itinerary is included below.

The outing backs two new albums expected to hit stores in January, according to Saddle Creek Records. The label describes the first, titled "I'm Wide Awake It's Morning," as "a distillation, if not a perfection, of the folk/folk-rock revival side of Conor Oberst's songwriting.

"Think of what happens when a country-inspired guy from Nebraska moves to New York and writes some songs about it."

The second album, meanwhile--titled "Digital Ash in a Digital Urn"--features "the more eclectic and pop-based sounds Bright Eyes has only alluded to in the past," according to Saddle Creek.

"Think of what happens when a New York inspired guy heads back to Nebraska and pushes the recording studio to its limit."

"I'm Awake It's Morning" features the cut "Lua," which recently topped Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Sales chart. The CD-single includes three additional tracks: The Bruces' "I Woke Up With This Song In My Head This Morning" and the non-album tracks "Well Whiskey" and "True Blue."

Recently following "Lua" at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales chart was the "Digital Ash in a Digital Urn" cut "Take It Easy (Love Nothing)." The song's three-track CD-single includes an instrumental titled "Cremation" and a cover of Simon Joyner's "Burn Rubber."

Oberst, a native of Nebraska, began performing professionally at the age of 13, and his various bands have released seven albums. His first group was Commander Venus, which issued two albums. In late 2001, he issued the first full-length album by Desaparecidos, a harder-edged rock group.

Members of Commander Venus started Saddle Creek Records, Bright Eyes' label, in the mid-'90s. Its roster now features acts including Cursive and The Faint, and has put Omaha on the map as a musical hotbed.