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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

New Album Collaboration: Bright Eyes, She & Him and My Morning Jacket

What happens when you combine four indie-rock band boys from three separate totally happening bands into one album? The answer, my friends, is Monsters of Folk. Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes, M. Ward of She & Him and Jim James of My Morning Jacket have created a self-titled album that literally makes me shake in my little hipster booties.

The collaboration is the love child of a successful tour between the men’s respective bands a while back. According to Ward on the Monsters of Folks’ website, “It was never a question of where or how – it was just when…we knew we wanted to record an album after seeing that we had good chemistry on tour.”

Okay, I’ve only heard 3 songs from the band’s website, but there is definitely promise for their first album when you consider these guys “previous experience.” This seems like the indie rock album we’ve been waiting for; one that goes back to the roots of garage jams with a few friends after school.

Unfortunately, you will have to wait a little while to hear the new tunes. Monsters of Folk will release their self-titled debut album on Shangri-La Music at the end of September. Until the release, check out a few songs on the band’s media page.

-Marie Baginski
Currently listening to “Living in the Sky With Diamonds” by Cobra Starship

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