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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