Things to look forward to in 2007: More bloodshed in Iraq, plenty more local bickering over the viaduct, and despicable Barry Bonds breaking Hank Aaron's home run record. But hey, at least there's new Bright Eyes music on the horizon!
On March 6th, BE mainman Conor Oberst (Omaha, Nebraska's fourth-favorite son, following Marlon Brando, Fred Astaire, and Malcolm X, of course) and company will get the party started with the Four Winds EP, which in addition to that identically titled first single will include five B-sides. The band's publicist describes the EP as "carefully played, deftly poetic, and quietly enchanting," with "a wandering country charm and all of the story-telling seductiveness of earlier work."
And THEN, on April 10th, Bright Eyes will release the full-length album Cassadaga, which the band has been busy recording most of this year in New York, L.A., Portland, and Lincoln, Nebraska. It'll feature such guests as M. Ward, Gillian Welch, and former (which still feels weird to type/say) Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss. The band is slated to do some U.S. dates in February -- they've always seemed to like Seattle, so if/when I hear they've lined up a show, I'll let you know.
I used to despise Bright Eyes; in recent years that's mellowed to a grudging semi-respect, and I even dug a few tunes on I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning. Maybe the new disc will push me into total fanboy territory. Are you excited for new Bright Eyes, or what?!?!