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Bright Eyes: I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning / Digital Ash In A Digital UrnI'm Wide Awake, It's Morning / Digital Ash In A Digital Urn (2005)
Saddle Creek Records

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I love punk rock. I love the do-it-yourself ethic, the anti-establishment mentality, the self-sustaining independence. What I don't like is the mentality that if you listen to punk, you must confine yourself to the bands that use three chords or less. So while the fashion punks in their denim, leath.
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I love punk rock. I love the do-it-yourself ethic, the anti-establishment mentality, the self-sustaining independence. What I don't like is the mentality that if you listen to punk, you must confine yourself to the bands that use three chords or less. So while the fashion punks in their denim, leather, and mohawks spit at an act such as Conor Oberst's Bright Eyes, it's their loss. Oberst has always seemed a staple of DIY; from 4-track recording in basements to a side project (the Desaparecidos) dedicated to attacking consumerism and the expansion of big business. This year Oberst releases two albums, I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning and Digital Ash In A Digital Urn. While the two albums are seperate releases, I am doing it all in one review to compare and contrast the releases.

The decision to release two albums was smart. I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning follows Conor's more traditional folk style, whether it be plucking away alone on an acoustic guitar or singing along with guest vocalist Emmylou Harris. Digital Ash In A Digital Urn was previewed as more "dancy, beat-oriented" music, which terrified me; I absolutely loathe the revival of the 80's dance wave that has infected the underground music scene. Fortunately, each album offers an array of surprises: some good, and some bad.

I'm Wide Awake... starts off with the now traditional spoken word introduction. While it works at first, for those of us that have enjoyed Bright Eyes in the past, this seems almost forced; a neccessary introduction to one of his albums. However, once the music picks up, it's back to the good old days of soft and slow sing-a-longs. "We Are Nowhere And It's Now" and "Train Under Water" are strong examples of what Conor offered on 2001's Lifted... For those old-time fans who want the quivering, more emotive qualities of Fevers And Mirrors, "Landlocked Blues" and "Poison Oak" offer the more metaphorical stylings Oberst seems to have departed from lately.

The only real fault of this album is that it seems to be watered-down Bright Eyes for the masses. Not until the aforementioned "Blues" and "Oak" does the album offer some dynamite tracks that can rival classics such as "Arienette;" "Poison Oak" is easily my favorite track, and a perfect drunken singalong (if you're into that sort of thing). The record's finale borrows from Beethoven's ninth, the massive and marching "Road To Joy," an anti-war declaration of the problems in modern America. While the vocals of the majority of the record have seemed restrained and produced, Conor finally lets loose at the end of the album when the Saddle Creek orchestra explodes, lead by his call, "Well I could have been a famous singer / if I had someone else's voice / but failure's always sounded better / let's fuck it up boys / make some noise!"

Now that we've got standard Bright Eyes covered, forget everything you've ever known about the group except for the beat-hinted track "Lover I Don't Have To Love," from 2001's Lifted... The introduction to Digital Ash In A Digital Urn is "Time Code," consisting of heavy breathing, muffled beats and ambient noises. When the echoed vocals start, the lyrics are more abstract than usual: "Death data intrigue / anthill law / encoded arc / our common cause / drink liquid clocks / til I see God / crystal display / can't turn it off."

Then, heavy beats and I'm reminded of a quieter Nine Inch Nails. While this is probably the most radical departure, it sets up a good pace for the rest of the album. The next two songs, "Gold Mine Gutted" and "Arc Of Time," are just fantastic, showing quite a bit of potential. The album carries on with this same tone - some dark songs, some light, but for the most part, really strong.

"I Believe In Sympathy" is hard to grasp at first, but the ending of the song really makes up for it. Unfortunately, the next two tracks, "Devil In The Details" and "Ship In A Bottle" show the new endeavour isn't all golden - I find myself skipping these more than I do listening to them all the way through. Surprisingly, the reason is not necessarily the music, but rather the writing - it's childish and amateur, something that Oberst is usually far above. "Light Pollution" rescues the disc as my favorite track, an ode to a friend who fought the system and lost. Everything about this song just clicks. The record concludes with "Easy Lucky Free," a pensive and epic track that seems to follow Oberst's train of thought about the changing times; "Don't be a criminal in this police state / you better shop and eat and procreate / you've got vacation days / and you might escape / to a condo on the coast."

Both of these records are strong. I'd put Digital above Morning, simply because it shows Oberst progressing as an artist both lyrically and musically. Unfortunately each of these albums has at least one track that I'd classify as filler - something that I'd never associate with Bright Eyes previously. While the two styles differ enough to merit two different releases, if Oberst had packaged the best songs from each of the two CDs together on one disc, it would easily see the top of many "Best of '05" lists.

I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning:
Digital Ash In A Digital Urn:

 

 
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Anonymous (June 16, 2006)

"His records are distributed by a major label and can be purchased at walmart and bestbuy."

best buy and wal mart here don't sell them?

tylerdurden8136 (March 31, 2006)

go kill yourself, colin.

Anonymous (February 7, 2006)

i realy love this cd. its wonderfull.

Anonymous (December 31, 2005)

booo. worst recording artist since the shaggs.

Anonymous (December 31, 2005)

booo. worst recording artist since the shaggs.

Anonymous (July 31, 2005)

The reason why I hate Bright Eyes so much is the medicocrity of it all, there are acts out there that are ten times better but because they their not in the "in crowd" they never catch on. Bright Eyes is some very shitty shit sorry losers!

Anonymous (April 26, 2005)

Love the music and the album and well the band. It speeks to me as if they were just playing for me not for anyone but me.
Bright Eye's rocks my world,
Ali The Anti-Prep-Hippie

Anonymous (March 23, 2005)

Read the SCENE POINT BLANK review here

Read the SCENE POINT BLANK review here

im-dead (March 18, 2005)

I really like "wide awake", haven't heard much of "digital" and have no real intent of hearing more, but "wide awake" is fucking good, not as good as "fevers" or "letting off the happiness" (notice how i left out "lifted") but still fucking good

Anonymous (January 31, 2005)

does anybody have the porno he made of winona?

Anonymous (January 31, 2005)

while neither album is perfect, this one-two punch may end up atop my top 10 list for this year...maybe.

amazing shit. fuck Scott's opinion on this one. sorry.

paul

Anonymous (January 31, 2005)

This would be hilarious, if some weren't so serious. The poor schmuck, who types for shit, basically says Oberst is a genius and a fuckup. And if he doesn't stop self-medicating himself he is gonna lose it. Chad on Flagpole hit's the nail on the head...post-Dylan landscape of songwriters working their way into the history books, Conor Oberst has a clear and unmistakable lead; any more stumbles like this, though, and he can count himself out of the race.

Chad Radford

Anonymous (January 30, 2005)

This is my actual score.

Joe

Anonymous (January 30, 2005)

The "I'm Wide Awake" CD just reached the Top 20 in the UK album charts....we must stop this before he DESTROYS US ALL, in the interim anyway. Ahem.

Joe

Anonymous (January 29, 2005)

Conor Oberst knows a hole in the ground when he sees one, but clouds of ethanol pecludes the mastery of an art form. Poetically challenged and musical adriot, he desperately attempts to secure the brass ring. with a heart og gold and beguiling innocence (ha!) he marches forward. Some day he'll get off his slacker ass and become the artist he portends to be. in the interim, it just goes to show that you can be a pretntious digital ass in a digital urinal. yup, it's is sad.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, oh my fucking god, I dont even know what to say. Maybe someday you will be the linguist you want to be, but until that day comes, kindly take your fingers away from the keyboard. I have never see anyone fall on their face harder. Big words are only effective in moderation and SPELLED PROPERLY.

hobbitcore (January 28, 2005)

Conor Oberst knows a hole in the ground when he sees one, but clouds of ethanol pecludes the mastery of an art form. Poetically challenged and musical adriot, he desperately attempts to secure the brass ring. with a heart og gold and beguiling innocence (ha!) he marches forward. Some day he'll get off his slacker ass and become the artist he portends to be. in the interim, it just goes to show that you can be a pretntious digital ass in a digital urinal. yup, it's is sad.

speaking of pretentious...way to abuse the thesaurus, tyson
it sounds like you're trying to write a really bad poem

Anonymous (January 28, 2005)

"have to laugh at you dweebs for a typo, where is your sense?"

that has to be my favorite comment ever.
it makes no sense...

where is your sense?

Anonymous (January 28, 2005)

"Fuck you dudes"

I gotta respect this guy for saying, essentially, what every comment posted here says, only in three words.

Anonymous (January 27, 2005)

Fuck you dudes

Anonymous (January 27, 2005)

This score is for the feeling of urine passing through one's bladder.

-BSD

Anonymous (January 27, 2005)

have to laugh at you dweebs for a typo, where is your sense?

KeithyBoBeefy (January 27, 2005)

I'm not a fan of Bright Eyes, but I wanted to bring everyones attention to a comment made earlier.

"Go read a book."

I love tor ead. Nick Hornby is my favorite author. He wrote a book called 'Song Book' which is about some of his favorite songs.

SCORE FOR READING!

Anonymous (January 27, 2005)

pitchfork would laugh you out of their offices with spelling like that.

Anonymous (January 27, 2005)

rotf dweeb

theevilmonkey (January 27, 2005)

To the guy below me- it's not a fucking Pitchfork audition, speak English

Anonymous (January 27, 2005)

Conor Oberst knows a hole in the ground when he sees one, but clouds of ethanol pecludes the mastery of an art form. Poetically challenged and musical adriot, he desperately attempts to secure the brass ring. with a heart og gold and beguiling innocence (ha!) he marches forward. Some day he'll get off his slacker ass and become the artist he portends to be. in the interim, it just goes to show that you can be a pretntious digital ass in a digital urinal. yup, it's is sad.

sickboi (January 27, 2005)

To the guy below:

Then, maybe, just maybe, the conflict in the middle east will stop, world hunger will end and we can all live happily ever after?

If you don't like the comments, don't read them.

Anonymous (January 27, 2005)

What's the point of having comments below album reviews anymore?

Instead, there should be a "generic comment section" that has just one comment for each review. For established artists with any sort of fanbase "This band sucks" will suffice, and for any band that is little known, "This band rules" would be enough. Then people can stop wasting their time trying to be clever on here and trying to get those internet high-5s they're all looking for.

Go read a book.

Anonymous (January 27, 2005)

bright eyes is for homos.

hobbitcore (January 27, 2005)

If Winter Ends?!

Dude that's like, by far, one of his most stripped-down acoustic songs. Touch I can see but definitely not If Winter Ends. It's a lot more like a song such as Pull My Hair.

Anonymous (January 27, 2005)

I don't know if Digital Ash in a Digital Urn can be said to be this great departure for Bright Eyes; if anything it's reminiscent of older Bright Eyes. These songs remind me a hell of a lot of Letting off the Happiness (If Winter Ends, Touch), just more sophisticated. And Bright Eyes has always used samples in its music, even in Lifted, so that's not any different.
In any case, I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning is a lot more solid than Lifted, which had some pretty shitty tracks.

Anonymous (January 27, 2005)

"the guy below me sniffs little girls bike seats"

Better than the little boys ones like you do.

Anonymous (January 27, 2005)

the guy below me sniffs little girls bike seats

Benjasaurus (January 26, 2005)

Say what you want, but Conor Oberst is honest. Honesty is lacking so much in music these days, and he has it. I listen to this album, and I hear fucking heart. He is not throwing together bullshit lyrics he knows will sound good over certain chords, he is analyzing his life, the world around him, and on top of that, doing it in an incredibly intelligent and poetic way. These lyrics are the kind that you can listen to 15 times and not understand what he's trying to say until the 15th listen.... there are hidden messages and subtleties that most bands could only dream of coming up with.

I don't mind the spoken word intro. The first song is amazing and while the story about the plane crash doesn't really make sense or fit into the song, it's not just bullshit I have to skip through to get to the actual song like on Fevers and Mirrors or Lifted...

In conclusion, this shit is amazing. With the possible exception of "Another Traveling Song".

theevilmonkey (January 26, 2005)

"Christ, you people can't fucking wait to start making these stupid lists.

And you know what else? That song came out in November on the single."

Come on, now. That's just being anal.

Anonymous (January 26, 2005)

i have a lot of respect for the way connor has gotten to where he is, but holmes is in 'Elle Girl' and 'Girls Life' and shit. that shit aint diy.

Anonymous (January 26, 2005)

"Digital Ash has it's high poiints and low points, but "Take It Easy" (Love Nothing) is, in my mind, an early contender for best song of 2005. "

Christ, you people can't fucking wait to start making these stupid lists.

And you know what else? That song came out in November on the single.

Anonymous (January 26, 2005)

If punk is truly a mindset, then Conor Oberst has it in spades.

Besides, several, several indie lables are distributed by major lables. Its just another form of DIY by exploiting them to you advantage by working within the system.

Anonymous (January 26, 2005)

I'd like to see that meeting between conor and the record distribution execs. I imagine it could be a fairly awkward and.. tense situation.

kenjamin (January 26, 2005)

His records are distributed by a major label and can be purchased at walmart and bestbuy. There is nothing wrong with that. He wants as many people as possible to hear/buy his record. However, It's obviously not DIY. I'm not denying that he has ethics. If everyone treated music like he does, as a personal and expressive art form instead of a career, music as a whole would greatly become better.

dazed (January 26, 2005)

This stuff bores me after about one song but it doesn't seem bad enough to trash. I'd rather people listened to pop like this without nasal vocals and background screaming vocal formulas than a lot of the other crap people review here.

Anonymous (January 26, 2005)

Start your own label. Put out your music along with that of your friends. Tour your ass off for a decade. Ask your friends in lesser known bands to come on tour with you. Refuse to pay money to get more attention on the radio and MTV. Do everything in your power not to play CC venues, and speak out against them, too. Turn down multi-million dollar contracts and buyouts from various major labels.

What about that is not DIY? Should he be screen printing his own t-shirts and living on a street corner?

Whether you like the guy's music or not, you have to give Oberst and the rest of Saddle Creek credit for making success happen on their own terms without forgetting what they stand for. It's so easy to cash in and make an quick buck these days, especially with the kind of money top shelf indie rock artists are being offered these days to jump up.

IheartAdam (January 25, 2005)

Sappy soulless losers.

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

Pitchfork rightfully trashed the new Trail of Dead album.

These two things, unfortunately, got some pretty good individual reviews. Kind of sad, considering they're even worse than Worlds Apart.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

"No... U2 is pretentious. Thinking that you're worthy of having your own ipod is pretentious. Some punk bands may be cocky, but not pretentious."

If you've read Interviews with Green Day, they think their album is a very, very important release and that it should be remembered. I was also referring to their shows.

Same thing goes with LOC, but they can get away with it because they've been doing the whole schtick from the beginning. Green Day are just being cocky assholes.

And, yes, U2 is very pretentious, but the iPod idea was not theirs, it was Apples and the record company's.

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

"By that definition, over half of the bands popular on this site are pretentious. Green Day and Leftover Crack are great examples."

No... U2 is pretentious. Thinking that you're worthy of having your own ipod is pretentious. Some punk bands may be cocky, but not pretentious.

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

i don't think his voice is great, but the warbled mess fits some of his music really well. i think his strength is more in songwriting.
anyhow, i never really even got into "lifted." i definitely prefer fevers and mirrors. i'm thinking of picking up the digital one though- souds interesting.

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

"PN.ORG Word of the Day:
pre·ten·tious
adj.
1. Claiming or demanding a position of distinction or merit, especially when unjustified.
2. Making or marked by an extravagant outward show; ostentatious"

By that definition, over half of the bands popular on this site are pretentious. Green Day and Leftover Crack are great examples.

Also, how is recording in a studio not DIY? Coner Oberst paid for it, produced it, and mixed all by himself. How is that not DIY? If recording in a studio is not DIY, then most punk bands who say they are DIY are not. Especially Q and Not U, one of the most DIY bands out now.

Say what you want, but he writes great lyrics and has carefuly orchestrated and interesting music. His earned his merit. He did not try to appeal to the masses like he so easily could of, and I give props to him. Also, I give props to him for not playing in Clear Channel venues unless needed.

theundergroundscene (January 25, 2005)

Why do people think this guy has a great voice?

Digital Ash > I'm Wide Awake

I hate his country bullshit.

kenjamin (January 25, 2005)

I knew exactly what you meant colin, about how he hasn't folded to outside pressures to make a quick buck and has created the music that he want to make despite obviously having the chance to be much more popular. I've just been finding out more about true diy culture and felt that bright eyes isn't really a part of it in the true sense. I like to nit pick, obviously.

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

maybe i should address the DIY comment -

it was mainly in reference to his older albums , you know, back when he was recording in basements. not so much these days. my apoligies for the mix up.

-colin

kenjamin (January 25, 2005)

Thanks for clearing up my distribution question. It really doesn't matter all too much to me but i just thought it was inappropriate to call Bright Eyes DIY.

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

Saddle Creek is disrtibuted by ADA which is owned by WEA. ADA also distributes Epitaph, Sub Pop, Tiger Style, Fearless and many more. I dont know how a cd is considered "not diy" by the distributor. All one stop cd distributors( ATM, Norwalk, Galaxy, etc..) carry everything from Nelly to Leftover Crack. I can't think of label that only allows you to buy cds directly from them and doesn't allow any other distributors to carry their product. Anyway who really gives a shit. Wide Awake is great.

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

"Conor Oberst is more punk rock than 95% of artists that call themselves that today. He's been blacklisted by Clear Channel for speaking out against them, including once at a televised CC event for MTV2. There's also a searing anti-Bush track called "When The President Talks To God" that's available for free through Itunes as of today from what I hear."

This comment and the one about Bright Eyes being DIY are about the most appetite-suppressing statements I have heard in a great while.

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

your definition omits the meaning as it has found its way into regular application in our vernacular. now stop abusing dictionary.com.

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

The temporary return of PN.org Word of the Day

PN.ORG Word of the Day:
pre·ten·tious
adj.
1. Claiming or demanding a position of distinction or merit, especially when unjustified.
2. Making or marked by an extravagant outward show; ostentatious

Definition courtesy of dictionary.com

NOW STOP ABUSING THE DAMN WORD

Crookedsuperhero (January 25, 2005)

Ugh.

Jesse (January 25, 2005)

Hey, I hate Bright Eyes and Tsunami Bomb.

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

"there's nothing more annoying than a pretentious acoustic artist trying to make bad pretentious ambient/the kind of "digital" music a hipster would make...

can't wait for the chemical brother's folk record...

for christ's sake."

There's nothing more annoying than the over and miss use of the word pretentious.

What's wrong with trying to make some different music? Just be glad he isn't shoving the same old crap down our throats like Pennywise has been doing for the past couple releases.

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

why do "punk" kids always feel the need to justify liking something other than 3 chord punk? more specifically, why did this reviewer feel the need to distance himself from "the others"?? just like the shit, write a positive review and do something else with your day. fuck.

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

there's nothing more punk than being indie these days. cute.

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

there's nothing more annoying than a pretentious acoustic artist trying to make bad pretentious ambient/the kind of "digital" music a hipster would make...

can't wait for the chemical brother's folk record...

for christ's sake.

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

scott... there are so many bands with similar lyrics and music that you do like. I think it hits too close to home. I honestly don't love the man like some, but I acknowledge that he pens some nice music.

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

"I hate this guy, so, so, so much. Awful music, awful lyrics, awful vocals. It's all a sham, people.

-Scott"

He is far more talented than Tsunami Bomb.

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

"Today was super-duper Tuesday until I remember this crybaby garbage was in the mix. Save your money kids, there are 3 other AMAZING records released today that eclipse this horse shit."

what else came out?

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

Fair review. I don't think "I'm Wide Awake" is watered down at all, just more focused and less pretentious. It's a fantastic record, minus the intro. Oberst can't seem to keep himself from doing that.

To me, "Digital Ash" is inconsistent and awkward, with a few good songs. I can see how a person might like it more, though.

Conor Oberst is more punk rock than 95% of artists that call themselves that today. He's been blacklisted by Clear Channel for speaking out against them, including once at a televised CC event for MTV2. There's also a searing anti-Bush track called "When The President Talks To God" that's available for free through Itunes as of today from what I hear.

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

or maybe he's just everything you wish you were....

food for thought...but don't eat your monitor over it.

maverick (January 25, 2005)

I hate this guy, so, so, so much. Awful music, awful lyrics, awful vocals. It's all a sham, people.

-Scott

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

"Then, heavy beats and I'm reminded of a quieter Nine Inch Nails."

Pretty funny, since I think Conor looks like Trent's better looking younger brother...

Score is for wanting to shove my wood up Conor's arse....

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

i really dig wide awake (spoken word intro aside), but digital ash is just meh... i'm not saying it's terrible but it's not on my rotation and probably won't be unless some odd mood strikes me.

sickboi (January 25, 2005)

Someone should review the new Ghetto Boys album. Bushwick Bill is 1000x punker than Conor Oberst.

theevilmonkey (January 25, 2005)

Digital Ash has it's high poiints and low points, but "Take It Easy" (Love Nothing) is, in my mind, an early contender for best song of 2005.

Landlocked Blues is the reason that some people have been calling Conor "this generation's Dylan." It's just one of the best songs I've heard in a while.

I don't mean to overheap praise, I don't think he's a Dylan by any means, but I can see the reason why some reviewers have been saying it.

lou (January 25, 2005)

i thought this was a pretty solid review considering everyone seems to have very strong opinions one way or the other on bright eyes.
...like previously mentioned, i wouldn't recommend going into the politics of punk because that debate can create even more backlash than mr. oberst himself.
"poison oak" is probably one of my personal favorites also.

andrew13 (January 25, 2005)

score is for wide awake... that cd is great, although not as good as Lifted, it's still my early choice for cd of the year... this is just temporary however because there are some kick ass releases coming up...

digital ash hasn't really done it for me... i haven't listened to it much though, sinc ei'm going to see the wide awake show in a few days and have been busy listening to it...

and about the clear channel comment... connor trys not to tour in cc venues whenever possible... he was attacked a few years back at the shortlist prze show for using his set to speak out against clear channel....

SethCohen (January 25, 2005)

Trail of Dead comes out today. It's going to be epic

kenjamin (January 25, 2005)

also, i don't see how DIY ethic applies to Conor and Saddle Creek...aren't they distributed by a caroline which is owned by a major and his tour in clear channel venues. Good stuff regardless and I'll be picking one of these up but just thought I'd bring that up. Confirm/deny?

sickboi (January 25, 2005)

Today was super-duper Tuesday until I remember this crybaby garbage was in the mix. Save your money kids, there are 3 other AMAZING records released today that eclipse this horse shit.

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

Dude look at the photos of this guy....why would he allow such ridiculous photos to be let out to the public

Young female fans

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

way to buy into the hype. this is crap

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

i read that desap. had began writing new material and mr oberst shelved it when he got wrapped up in his nelly sweat/suit mission to make more money. i'll wait for my brother to buy these, then i'll burn them.

Benjasaurus (January 25, 2005)

I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning had no filler as far as I'm concerned. You didn't even touch on the most amazing track, "First Day of My Life". I enjoyed this just as much as "Lifted...". And I haven't heard anything from Digital Ash apart from the single, which is amazing.

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

im wide awake is fantastic. digital ash is just ok.

-travis

swingline (January 25, 2005)

he stopped desaparecidos for this shit?

TheMarc (January 25, 2005)

Boo.

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

That was a very nice, well informed and thoughtful review. great job!

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

Is it just me or does Digital Ash sound like Conor has been listening to a lot of Xiu Xiu?

I mean that in a good way....

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

"I love punk rock. I love the do-it-yourself ethic, the anti-establishment mentality, the self-sustaining independence. What I don't like is the mentality that if you listen to punk, you must confine yourself to the bands that use three chords or less."

no more saying stuff like this. 1 out of 5 "not punk but still good" album reviews start with this. Its irritating and obvious. Lets just consdier it unspoken.

-!Greenvandal!

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

Does anyone know what's up with Deseparecidos?

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

Good review, keep it up.

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

i thoguht this is punknews, not pitchforkmedia?

Jesse (January 25, 2005)

See my comment in Strike Anywhere for my opinions on "punk rock."

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

Say what you want, but "boy with the chemicals" is a great song.

Jesse (January 25, 2005)

Fuck conor oberst.

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