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Bright Eyes

A Christmas Album - 2023 Reissue

    Bright Eyes’ Christmas Album begins with a piano, flute, ambient noise, and musical saw-driven version of “Away in a Manger,” helping weed out casual Christmas music enjoyers, but all too tempting for the most devout of Conor Oberst’s disciples, who originally learned that the warmth of the holiday season is trumped only by its potential for melancholy back in 2002 with the original Saddle Creek release. Oberst and a small army of friends at his house proceed to jamboree through Christmas classics like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” and “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem,” Holiday cheer, when delivered with Oberst’s trademark tremble, sounds more like a lament than it does hymns of ecclesiastical joy. But the spirited listener will find that the fragile, homespun, and somewhat blinkered vibe that permeates the album sets itself apart from the bog-standard, less sonically humble offerings of the holidays, and, both strangely and satisfyingly, is probably more aligned with the true spirit of the season.

    TRACK LISTING

    1) Away In A Manger
    2) Blue Christmas
    3) Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem
    4) God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
    5) The First Noel
    6) Little Drummer Boy
    7) White Christmas
    8) Silent Night
    9) Silver Bells
    10) Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
    11) The Night Before Christmas

    Bright Eyes

    The People's Key

      One of the things that struck Oberst as he and the band went through twenty-plus years of music is that he may in fact have been writing the same song this whole time. Not sonically, of course, but conceptually. This last wave contains, in Noise Floor, early Bright Eyes songs so raw Oberst never even released them back in the day, as well as, in Cassadaga and The People’s Key, the band’s most polished and sophisticated albums. When Bright Eyes toured Cassadega they performed an epic 7 sold-out nights at NYC’s Town Hall. What’s more grown-up rock- star than that? And yet ...“Thematically those early songs are not that different than the songs I make now,” Oberst says, shaking his head. “There’s something affirming and disheartening about it. It’s like, have I really changed or grown? But maybe it’s just that I knew what I wanted to write about from the beginning.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Firewall
      2. Shell Games
      3. Jejune Stars
      4. Approximate Sunlight
      5. Haile Sellassie
      6. A Machine Spiritual (In The People’s Key)
      7. Triple Spiral
      8. Beginner’s Mind
      9. Ladder Song
      10. One For You, One For Me

      Bright Eyes

      Cassadaga

        One of the things that struck Oberst as he and the band went through twenty-plus years of music is that he may in fact have been writing the same song this whole time. Not sonically, of course, but conceptually. This last wave contains, in Noise Floor, early Bright Eyes songs so raw Oberst never even released them back in the day, as well as, in Cassadaga and The People’s Key, the band’s most polished and sophisticated albums. When Bright Eyes toured Cassadega they performed an epic 7 sold-out nights at NYC’s Town Hall. What’s more grown-up rock- star than that? And yet ...“Thematically those early songs are not that different than the songs I make now,” Oberst says, shaking his head. “There’s something affirming and disheartening about it. It’s like, have I really changed or grown? But maybe it’s just that I knew what I wanted to write about from the beginning.”

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Clairaudients (Kill Or Be Killed)
        2. Four Winds
        3. If The Brakeman Turns My Way
        4. Hot Knives
        5. Make A Plan To Love Me
        6. Soul Singer In A Session Band
        7. Classic Cars
        8. Middleman
        9. Cleanse Song
        10. No One Would Riot For Less
        11. Coat Check Dream Song
        12. I Must Belong Somewhere
        13. Lime Tree

        Bright Eyes

        Noise Floor (Rarities: 1998-2005)

          One of the things that struck Oberst as he and the band went through twenty-plus years of music is that he may in fact have been writing the same song this whole time. Not sonically, of course, but conceptually. This last wave contains, in Noise Floor, early Bright Eyes songs so raw Oberst never even released them back in the day, as well as, in Cassadaga and The People’s Key, the band’s most polished and sophisticated albums. When Bright Eyes toured Cassadega they performed an epic 7 sold-out nights at NYC’s Town Hall. What’s more grown-up rock- star than that? And yet ...“Thematically those early songs are not that different than the songs I make now,” Oberst says, shaking his head. “There’s something affirming and disheartening about it. It’s like, have I really changed or grown? But maybe it’s just that I knew what I wanted to write about from the beginning.”

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Mirrors And Fevers
          2. I Will Be Grateful For This Day
          3. Trees Get Wheeled Away
          4. Drunk Kid Catholic
          5. Spent On Rainy Days
          6. The Vanishing Act
          7. Soon You Will Be Leaving Your Man
          8. Blue Angels Air Show
          9. Weather Reports
          10. Seashell Tale
          11. Bad Blood
          12. Amy In The White Coat
          13. Devil Town
          14. I’ve Been Eating (For You)
          15. Happy Birthday To Me (February 15)
          16. Motion Sickness
          17. Act Of Contrition
          18. Hungry For A Holiday
          19. When The Curious Girl Realizes She Is Under Glass Again
          20. Entry Way Song
          21. It’s Cool, We Can Still Be Friends

          Bright Eyes

          The People's Key: A Companion

            One of the things that struck Oberst as he and the band went through twenty-plus years of music is that he may in fact have been writing the same song this whole time. Not sonically, of course, but conceptually. This last wave contains, in Noise Floor, early Bright Eyes songs so raw Oberst never even released them back in the day, as well as, in Cassadaga and The People’s Key, the band’s most polished and sophisticated albums. When Bright Eyes toured Cassadega they performed an epic 7 sold-out nights at NYC’s Town Hall. What’s more grown-up rock- star than that? And yet ...“Thematically those early songs are not that different than the songs I make now,” Oberst says, shaking his head. “There’s something affirming and disheartening about it. It’s like, have I really changed or grown? But maybe it’s just that I knew what I wanted to write about from the beginning.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Jejune Stars (Companion Version)
            2. Firewall (Companion Version)
            3. When You Were Mine
            4. Approximate Sunlight (Companion Version)
            5. A Machine Spiritual (The People’s Key) (Companion Version)
            6. Beginner’s Mind (Companion Version)

            Bright Eyes

            Noise Floor: A Companion

              One of the things that struck Oberst as he and the band went through twenty-plus years of music is that he may in fact have been writing the same song this whole time. Not sonically, of course, but conceptually. This last wave contains, in Noise Floor, early Bright Eyes songs so raw Oberst never even released them back in the day, as well as, in Cassadaga and The People’s Key, the band’s most polished and sophisticated albums. When Bright Eyes toured Cassadega they performed an epic 7 sold-out nights at NYC’s Town Hall. What’s more grown-up rock- star than that? And yet ...“Thematically those early songs are not that different than the songs I make now,” Oberst says, shaking his head. “There’s something affirming and disheartening about it. It’s like, have I really changed or grown? But maybe it’s just that I knew what I wanted to write about from the beginning.”

              TRACK LISTING

              1. Nunca Seré Feliz Otra Vez (Companion Version)
              2. The Vanishing Act (Companion Version)
              3. Soon You Will Be Leaving Your Man (Companion Version)
              4. Blue Angels Air Show (Companion Version)
              5. I Will Be Grateful For This Day (Companion Version)
              6. Motion Sickness (Companion Version)
              7. I Won’t Ever Be Happy Again (Companion Version)

              Bright Eyes

              Cassadaga: A Companion

                One of the things that struck Oberst as he and the band went through twenty-plus years of music is that he may in fact have been writing the same song this whole time. Not sonically, of course, but conceptually. This last wave contains, in Noise Floor, early Bright Eyes songs so raw Oberst never even released them back in the day, as well as, in Cassadaga and The People’s Key, the band’s most polished and sophisticated albums. When Bright Eyes toured Cassadega they performed an epic 7 sold-out nights at NYC’s Town Hall. What’s more grown-up rock- star than that? And yet ...“Thematically those early songs are not that different than the songs I make now,” Oberst says, shaking his head. “There’s something affirming and disheartening about it. It’s like, have I really changed or grown? But maybe it’s just that I knew what I wanted to write about from the beginning.”

                TRACK LISTING

                1. Clairaudients (Kill Or Be Killed) (Companion Version)
                2. Middleman (Companion Version)
                3. Coat Check Dream Song (Companion Version)
                4. (Companion Version)
                5. I Must Belong Somewhere (Companion Version)
                6. Napoleon’s Hat (Companion Version)
                7. Wrecking Bal

                Bright Eyes

                Digital Ash In A Digital Urn - 2022 Reissue

                  “The first three are innocent in a way, because we didn’t have an audience when we were making them,” says Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst. “But from ‘Lifted’ on, I was definitely aware of an audience. ‘Lifted’ was well received right away, and then everything happened with ‘Wide Awake’ and ‘Digital Ash’.”

                  Those two albums came out simultaneously. And their lead singles - ‘Take It Easy (Love Nothing)’, from the austere, remote ‘Digital Ash’, and ‘Lua’, from the warm, folky ‘Wide Awake’ - debuted in the top two slots on the Billboard Hot 100. ‘First Day of My Life’, also from ‘Wide Awake’, would later be voted the Number One Love Song Of All Time by NPR Music’s readers’ poll. 

                  Bright Eyes had officially broken through. It was a heady, exciting time, but also fraught and tense, both because of the band’s careening new fame, and because of the state of the world. When Bright Eyes made their Tonight Show debut in 2006, they chose to perform none of their shiny new hits, instead delivering a searing, harrowing rendition of their caustic anti-Bush anthem, ‘When The President Talks To God’. 

                  TRACK LISTING

                  Time Code
                  Gold Mine Gutted
                  Arc Of Time (Time Code)
                  Down In A Rabbit Hole
                  Take It Easy (Love Nothing)
                  Hit The Switch
                  I Believe In Symmetry
                  Devil In The Details
                  Ship In A Bottle
                  Light Pollution
                  Theme To Piñata
                  Easy/Lucky/Free

                  Bright Eyes

                  Digital Ash In A Digital Urn: A Companion



                    TRACK LISTING

                    Hit The Switch
                    Down In A Rabbit Hole
                    Arc Of Time (Time Code)
                    Ship In A Bottle
                    Agenda Suicide
                    Gold Mine Gutted

                    Bright Eyes

                    I'm Wide Awake, It’s Morning - 2022 Reissue

                      “The first three are innocent in a way, because we didn’t have an audience when we were making them,” says Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst. “But from ‘Lifted’ on, I was definitely aware of an audience. ‘Lifted’ was well received right away, and then everything happened with ‘Wide Awake’ and ‘Digital Ash’.”

                      Those two albums came out simultaneously. And their lead singles - ‘Take It Easy (Love Nothing)’, from the austere, remote ‘Digital Ash’, and ‘Lua’, from the warm, folky ‘Wide Awake’ - debuted in the top two slots on the Billboard Hot 100. ‘First Day of My Life’, also from ‘Wide Awake’, would later be voted the Number One Love Song Of All Time by NPR Music’s readers’ poll. 

                      Bright Eyes had officially broken through. It was a heady, exciting time, but also fraught and tense, both because of the band’s careening new fame, and because of the state of the world. When Bright Eyes made their Tonight Show debut in 2006, they chose to perform none of their shiny new hits, instead delivering a searing, harrowing rendition of their caustic anti-Bush anthem, ‘When The President Talks To God’. 

                      TRACK LISTING

                      At The Bottom Of Everything
                      We Are Nowhere And It’s Now
                      Old Soul Song (For The New World Order)
                      Lua
                      Train Under Water
                      First Day Of My Life
                      Another Travelin’ Song
                      Land Locked Blues
                      Poison Oak
                      Road To Joy

                      Bright Eyes

                      I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning: A Companion



                        TRACK LISTING

                        Old Soul Song (for The New World Order)
                        First Day Of My Life
                        Fare Thee Well, Miss Carousel
                        We Are Nowhere And It’s Now
                        Road To Joy
                        Land Locked Blues

                        Bright Eyes

                        LIFTED Or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground - 2022 Reissue



                          TRACK LISTING

                          The Big Picture
                          Method Acting
                          False Advertising
                          You Will. You? Will. You? Will. You? Will.
                          Lover I Don’t Have To Love
                          Bowl Of Oranges
                          Don’t Know When But A Day Is Gonna Come
                          Nothing Gets Crossed Out
                          Make War
                          Waste Of Paint
                          From A Balance Beam
                          Laura Laurent
                          Let’s Not Shit Ourselves (to Love And To Be Loved)

                          Bright Eyes

                          LIFTED Or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground: A Companion



                            TRACK LISTING

                            The Big Picture
                            You Will. You? Will. You? Will. You? Will.
                            Laura Laurent
                            Nothing Gets Crossed Out
                            November
                            Waste Of Paint

                            Bright Eyes

                            A Collection Of Songs Written And Recorded 1995-1997 - 2022 Reissue

                              It’s the desire to celebrate their sonic bounty that first got Oberst and the band excited about the idea of comprehensive reissues. But this wouldn’t be a Bright Eyes project if a moment devoted to appreciating the past weren’t turned into an opportunity to connect with the future. That’s where the nine companion EPs come in. Or as Oberst puts it, “the supplemental reading” for the primary reissues: One six-track EP per reissued album, each featuring five reworked songs from that album. “My thing was they had to sound different from the originals, we had to mess with them in a substantial way.” Plus one cover that felt “of the era” in which that particular albums was made – a song that meant something to the band at the time. To help the EPs come alive in the fullest way, Bright Eyes called in lots of old friends, like Bridgers, M. Ward, and Welch and Rawlings, as well as new ones like Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              SIDE A:
                              1.The Invisible Gardener
                              2. Patient Hope In New Snow
                              3. Saturday As Usual
                              4. Falling Out Of Love At This Volume
                              5. Exaltation On A Cool Kitchen Floor

                              SIDE B:
                              6. The Awful Sweetness Of Escaping Sweat
                              7. Puella Quam Amo Est Pulchra
                              8. Driving Fast Through A Big City At Night
                              9. How Many Lights Do You See?
                              10. I Watched You Taking Off

                              SIDE C:
                              11. A Celebration Upon Completion
                              12. Emiy, Sing Something Sweet
                              13. All Of The Truth
                              14. One Straw
                              15. Lila

                              SIDE D:
                              16. A Few Minutes On Friday
                              17. Supriya
                              18. Solid Jackson
                              19. Feb. 15th
                              20. The ‘Feel Good’ Revolution

                              Bright Eyes

                              Letting Off The Happiness - 2022 Reissue



                                TRACK LISTING

                                SIDE A:
                                1. If Winter Ends
                                2. Padraic My Prince
                                3. Contract And Compare
                                4. The City Has Sex
                                5. The Difference In The Shades
                                6. Touch

                                SIDE B:
                                7. June On The West Coast
                                8. Pull My Hair
                                9. A Poetic Retelling Of An
                                Unfortunate Seduction
                                10. Tereza And Tomas

                                Bright Eyes

                                Fevers And Mirrors - 2022 Reissue

                                  It’s the desire to celebrate their sonic bounty that first got Oberst and the band excited about the idea of comprehensive reissues. But this wouldn’t be a Bright Eyes project if a moment devoted to appreciating the past weren’t turned into an opportunity to connect with the future. That’s where the nine companion EPs come in. Or as Oberst puts it, “the supplemental reading” for the primary reissues: One six-track EP per reissued album, each featuring five reworked songs from that album. “My thing was they had to sound different from the originals, we had to mess with them in a substantial way.” Plus one cover that felt “of the era” in which that particular albums was made – a song that meant something to the band at the time. To help the EPs come alive in the fullest way, Bright Eyes called in lots of old friends, like Bridgers, M. Ward, and Welch and Rawlings, as well as new ones like Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A Spindle, A Darkness, A Fever, And A Necklace
                                  A Scale, A Mirror, And Those Indifferent Clocks
                                  The Calendar Hung Itself…
                                  Something Vague
                                  The Movement Of A Hand
                                  Arienette
                                  When The Curious Girl
                                  Realizes She Is Under Glass
                                  Haligh, Haligh, A Lie, Haligh
                                  The Center Of The World
                                  Sunrise, Sunset
                                  An Attempt To Tip The Scales
                                  A Song To Pass The Time

                                  Bright Eyes

                                  A Collection Of Songs Written And Recorded 1995-1997: A Companion



                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    SIDE A:
                                    1.Driving Fast Through A Big City At Night
                                    2. Solid Jackson
                                    3. A Celebration Upon Completition
                                    SIDE B:
                                    4. Falling Out Of Love At This Volume
                                    5. Exaltation On A Cool Kitchen Floor
                                    6. Double Joe

                                    Bright Eyes

                                    Letting Off The Happiness: A Companion



                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      SIDE A:
                                      1. The Difference In The Shades
                                      2. The City Has Sex (feat. Waxahatchee)
                                      3. Contrast And Compare (feat. Waxahatchee)
                                      SIDE B:
                                      4. Kathy With A K’s Song (feat. M Ward)
                                      5. St. Ides Heaven (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)
                                      6. June On The West Coast (feat. Becky Stark)

                                      Bright Eyes

                                      Fevers And Mirrors: A Companion

                                        It’s the desire to celebrate their sonic bounty that first got Oberst and the band excited about the idea of comprehensive reissues. But this wouldn’t be a Bright Eyes project if a moment devoted to appreciating the past weren’t turned into an opportunity to connect with the future. That’s where the nine companion EPs come in. Or as Oberst puts it, “the supplemental reading” for the primary reissues: One six-track EP per reissued album, each featuring five reworked songs from that album. “My thing was they had to sound different from the originals, we had to mess with them in a substantial way.” Plus one cover that felt “of the era” in which that particular albums was made – a song that meant something to the band at the time. To help the EPs come alive in the fullest way, Bright Eyes called in lots of old friends, like Bridgers, M. Ward, and Welch and Rawlings, as well as new ones like Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        Haligh, Haligh, A Lie, Haligh (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)
                                        A Scale, A Mirror, And Those Indifferent Clocks (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)
                                        Arienette
                                        Hypnotist (Song For Daniel H)
                                        When The Curious Girl Realizes She Is Under Glass (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)
                                        A Spindle, A Darkness, A Fever, And A Necklace (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)

                                        Bright Eyes

                                        Down In The Weeds, Where The World Once Was

                                        A lone pair of footsteps meanders down a street in omaha, into the neighborhood bar and then into a near-imperceptible tangle of conversations – about wars, sleepless nights – a surrealist din pushing against the sound of ragtime. Then, as the background quiets, a line rings out clearly: “i think about how much people need – what they need right now is to feel like there’s something to look forward to. We have to hold on. We have to hold on.”

                                        Thus we enter the fitting, cacophonic introduction to bright eyes’ tenth studio album and first release since 2011. Down in the weeds, where the world once was is an enormous record caught in the profound in-between of grief and clarity – one arm wrestling its demons, the other gripping the hand of love, in spite of it.

                                        The end of bright eyes’ unofficial hiatus came naturally. Conor oberst pitched the idea of getting the band back together during a 2017 christmas party at bright eyes bandmate nathaniel walcott’s los angeles home. The two huddled in the bathroom and called mike mogis, who was christmas shopping at an omaha mall. Mogis immediately said yes. There was no specific catalyst for the trio, aside from finding comfort amidst a decade of brutal change. Sure, why now? Is the question, but for a project whose friendship is at the core, it was simply why not?

                                        The resulting bright eyes album came together unlike any other of its predecessors. Down in the weeds is bright eyes’ most collaborative, stemming from only one demo and written in stints in omaha and in bits and pieces in walcott’s los angeles home. Radically altering a writing process 25 years into a project seems daunting, but oberst said there was no trepidation: “our history and our friendship, and my trust level with them, is so complete and deep. And i wanted it to feel as much like a three-headed monster as possible.”

                                        As a title, as a thesis, down in the weeds, where the world once was functions on a global, apocalyptic level of anxiety that looms throughout the record. But on a personal level, it speaks to rooting around in the dirt of one’s memories, trying to find the preciousness that’s overgrown and unrecognizable. For oberst, coming back to bright eyes was a bit of that. A symbol of simpler times, vaguely nostalgic. And even though it wasn’t actually possible to go back to the way things were, even though there wasn’t an easy happy ending, there was a new reality left to work with.

                                        And here, there is a bleary-eyed hopefulness – earnest, emotive recommitments to love appear on “dance and sing” and “just once in the world.” And throughout, down in the weeds features snippets of oberst’s loved ones speaking, in late-night conversations. The fleeting loveliness of intimate moments punctuates the bleakness of the record’s existential crisis, crackling like lightning bugs illuminating the long night.

                                        Down in the weeds is a distillation of a prolific, enduring canon. It’s immediate and urgent, the product of its creators’ growth across a decade apart, as well as the need to make a record together to find solace from loss. Through deliberate, fearless experimentation in process, the trio made the truest bright eyes sound: the sound of a deep bond, of a band coming home, but also a seamless continuation, like bright eyes never went away. It’s the impossible, sprawling mess of human experience that bright eyes has always sought to put to tape, since the beginning – the sound of holding on. Why now? Why not?

                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Barry says: It's been far too long since the last Bright Eyes album, and this one shows why we've missed him so much. Beautifully tender melodies, orchestral swoon and soaring crescendos aplenty. This is a new journey for Oberst & crew, but also warmingly familiar.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        Pageturners Rag
                                        Dance And Sing
                                        Just Once In The World
                                        Mariana Trench
                                        One And Done
                                        Pan And Broom
                                        Stairwell Song
                                        Persona Non Grata
                                        Tilt-a-whirl
                                        Hot Car In The Sun
                                        Forced Convalescence
                                        To Death’s Heart (in Three Parts)
                                        Calais To Dover
                                        Comet Song

                                        Bright Eyes

                                        Noise Floor

                                          "Noise Floor" collects selected Bright Eyes singles, one-offs, unreleased tracks, collaborations and covers recorded between 1998 and 2005. Variously recorded to cassette four-track, minidisc, reel-to-reel tape machine, ADAT and computer, these songs trace Bright Eyes' evolution from basement project to band of international repute. Many of these gems previously lost to out-of-print obscurity are hereby resurrected.


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