monsters of folk: neither monsters nor folk
    • TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 01, 2009

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    My favorite part of the new indie supergroup Monsters Of Folk is the part of their bio when Conor Oberst says "The name is very misleading." These guys are far from monsters, and what they play isn't exactly totally folk-sy. And we all know that an ironic name is the key to success.

    Man, everyone is forming supergroups these days. (e.g. fun., our recent obsession, oh, and that movie with Jack White and Jimmy Page, and the annoyingly monikered 'Edge' from U2). But this is taking it to a wet-yourself level of audible awesomeness. The superfriends include: Oberst, joined by M. Ward, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, and Bright Eyes production dude Mike Mogis. And James has been referring to himself as "Yim Yames" for some reason. This is exciting!

    The group decided to get together and make a record after the fun they had on tour five years ago. The recording was done at Mogis and Oberst's lifetime-of-earnings financed studio in Omaha, followed by Shangri-La in Malibu (a studio that has hosted Neil Young and The Band). Listen to this description of recording: "No ego. No drama. Just a lot of song-trading and ideas floating around and good times." The boys didn't even discuss what they were going for, they just kind of did it. The result is a lot of improvisation and multi-instrumentalism, with everyone swapping instruments and playing things they'd never played before. Oberst even managed some steel drums, and everyone took turns on the drum kit. James (Yames?) commented that they all felt like they were "in high school again, picking up new instruments for the first time and just losing ourselves to the moment and having fun." And then our brains exploded from the anticipation.

    Even better, the so-called Monsters are planning on touring through the fall, in support of the album which drops on 9/22. No doubt there will be tons of instrument swapping and general shenanigans. Don't let the Monsters scare you; they are here to play. -joe puglisi

    Monsters Of Folk On Tour


    10/13 - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum
    10/14 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
    10/15 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
    10/17 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
    10/18 - Los Angeles, CA - The Greek Theatre
    10/20 - San Diego, CA - Spreckels Theatre
    10/21 - Phoenix, AZ - Orpheum Theater
    10/22 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
    10/28 - Omaha, NE - Holland Center
    10/29 - Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theatre
    10/30 - Chicago, IL - Auditorium Theatre
    10/31 - Louisville, KY - Louisville Palace Theatre
    11/02 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
    11/03 - Boston, MA - The Orpheum
    11/06 - New York, NY - United Palace
    11/08 - New York, NY - Beacon Theater
    11/09 - Philadelphia, PA - Academy of Music
    11/12 - Stockholm, SE - Philadelphia Church
    11/14 - Berlin, DE - Huxleys
    11/15 - Copenhagen, DK - Vega
    11/17 - London, UK - Troxy
    11/18 - Paris, FR - Elysee Montmartre
    11/19 - Koln, DE - E-Werk
    11/21 - The Hague, NL - Crossing Border
    11/22 - Antwerp, BE - Crossing Border


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