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Omaha, Nebraska, United States (1995 – present)

Bright Eyes is an band consisting mainly of American singer, guitarist, and songwriter Conor Oberst. Bright Eyes also features multi-instrumentalist/producer Mike Mogis, keyboard player Nate Walcott and a rotating lineup of collaborators drawn primarily from Omaha, Nebraska, United States’ indie music scene. Having been deeply influenced early on by singer-songwriters David Dondero and Simon Joyner, Conor Oberst has been recording music since the age of 13. He released his first three albums at the ages of 13, 14, 15, respectively, all under the name “Conor Oberst” and released only on cassettes. He then moved onwards with a band called Commander Venus with whom he released two albums. After the break-up of this band in 1997, Conor’s main focus became Bright Eyes, and in 1998 he released the first Bright Eyes album, A Collection of Songs Written and Recorded 1995-1997(a collection of 20 stockpiled songs) on the independent label Records, which he had co-formed earlier in collaboration with fellow local Omaha musicians.

Saddle Creek also released Letting Off the Happiness in November 1998, a ten-track record that boasted a much more focused and clear sound than the previous album. According to the Saddle Creek press release, it features members of Lullaby For The Working Class, Neutral Milk Hotel, and of Montreal. It was predominantly recorded in the Oberst family basement in Omaha on an analog eight track reel to reel; with some work also done at keyboardist Andy Lemaster’s Athens, GA studio.


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  • aboynameddirt

    Nice to see that a few of the songs from A Christmas Album have made it into the top tracks. It's that time of year!

    9 Dec 2:45am Reply
  • melkmeintogepi

    Yes people, get the Christmas Album into the Top 10!

    7 Dec 2:50pm Reply
  • nomadicherder

    time to break out the christmas album.

    29 Nov 8:07pm Reply
  • davidjosepha

    How does it feel that 9 of your top 10 songs are off one album?

    24 Nov 5:25am Reply
  • taylorbroad

    If you like Bright Eyes, you might like ambient lo-fi folk act The Noises We Make When No One Is Around. The debut ep is available on Bandcamp on September 29th but until then, you can listen via Soundcloud; Enjoy!

    15 Sep 2:34pm Reply
  • PlayingDead-

    Waste of Paint is beautiful [2]

    10 Sep 6:08am Reply
  • awarmbier

    Waste of Paint is beautiful

    4 Sep 5:01pm Reply
  • FoolmeThrice

    Look at that dip that bright eyes took in the charts. Absurd. But they're back, it looks like

    30 Aug 1:43am Reply
  • FoolmeThrice

    I don't care if she gets death threats. If someone kills her that's a little fucked up. Not any worse than Jack Ruby, though.

    25 Aug 1:09am Reply
  • Seperat0r

    You're a fucking creep if you blame anyone but her for this, but you're an even worse type of creep if you're gonna send someone a death threat.

    19 Aug 12:29am Reply
  • Katatonia95

    Didn't want this music video to end :( <3

    6 Aug 2:23am Reply
  • the_whistler

    Just finished my hobby project, perhaps someone here will find it useful :)

    4 Aug 7:57am Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    Отличный парень, настоящая "новая искренность" начала нулевых, этакий кобейн и дилан в одном флаконе.

    19 Jul 12:16pm Reply
  • Element_X

    this is why people don't take rape seriously anymore

    18 Jul 2:25am Reply
  • FoolmeThrice

    I'm sure Conor got death threats, fuck if I'm going to feel bad if she gets any. She's not a fucking victim.

    16 Jul 5:42pm Reply
  • oceanseacrest

    @Schindlers_Fist: Just saying, her name is public and it's likely she'll receive death threats, etc. from people online who find her personal information. So I highly doubt people are going to leave her alone for this.

    15 Jul 5:57pm Reply
  • Irryco

    Schindlers_Fist: don't be silly, but I guess Conor will always be "guilty" in your eyes, no matter what the supposed "victim" or anyone else says.

    15 Jul 6:08am Reply
  • catchingsignals

    So then she posts a GoFundMe or whatever on xojane and gets all the money and more in 24 hours. Please. She confessed, and now everyone hates her for good reason, so she certainly won't be left alone for a good while. People lie on the Internet for attention all the fucking time. Clearly she didn't expect it to blow up in her face, but you can't even say the word "rape" on the Internet without the Tumblr SJ crowd reblogging the shit out of it.

    15 Jul 4:19am Reply
  • Schindlers_Fist

    she probably is just saying she made it up so people will leave her alone, and she doesn't have the resources to deal with a lawsuit.

    15 Jul 2:03am Reply
  • PastSanctuary

    my best friend survived two different extremely real and emotionally damaging rapes. she has only come forward to her therapist and not anyone who can do anything about it because of the societal perception put forth by people who lie about sexual abuse. you wanna see what rape culture truly is perpetuated by (and not what the people whining on tumblr think it is)? just look at this young woman who i cherish as a friend. look at why she is so fearful to look for help. she's not afraid of her attackers anymore. she is solely afraid of divulging her fears to a crowd of people who love her and usually believe her, but have seen far too many women cry wolf. thanks joanie faircloth. i wish you all the fucking worst.

    14 Jul 10:43pm Reply
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