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Thursday, August 4th, 2005
12:55 pm
GIVEAWAY Neva Dinova in Los Angeles, August 6
Saturday, August 6; 6 PM; all ages
Neva Dinova, Richard Swift, MayDay @ Echo (1822 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, 90026)

Trivia Question: Neva Dinova released a split with which indie heartthrob that also hails from Omaha, Nebraska?

“[Neva Dinova’s] trademark sound [is] marked by swirling countermelodies and assorted textures. It is around this musical fabric that [the] poetry-based lyrics are centered. Experiments in ambient sound give the songs impact, while the melody and lyrics act as tethers to reality, driving each song’s direction and purpose.”

Email your answer along with your first and last name to contest@spaceland.tv by noon on Friday, August 5. Enter “Neva Dinova giveaway” in the subject line. The first three correct answers will be put on the list for the show.

Buy tickets.
Tuesday, January 25th, 2005
6:51 pm
question of the day

Which Bright Eyes cd do you like best?

Digital Ash in a Digital Urn
I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
Friday, December 17th, 2004
9:57 pm
You guys are neat. I love you all.

Current Mood: Pleasantly Serene
Thursday, December 9th, 2004
10:55 am
diy fashion
hi! i made this tunic top from a brand new bright eyes shirt. you can wear it to a show on the next bright eyes tour and pick up on scene boys!

(click on the picture for more details...)
Sunday, October 24th, 2004
10:21 pm
i was curious as to the origins of a couple songs, i.e. what were they originaly released on, where else may they have been released, where can i find them, etc. most of these are titles i've heard of numerous places on the internet, some of them i have only heard of once.

song titles:

  • Bad Blood
  • Bottom of Everything (We Must Sing)
  • Only Piano
  • Poison Oak
  • The First Day of My Life
  • Untitled (Lovers Turn Into Monsters)

    anyone know anything?

    edit: some of them solved, thanks to http://www.speakeasy.org/~pjohnson/bright/lyrics.html, http://www.thestoryinthesoil.com/albums.html and http://cdnow.com

    while i'm at it, may as well make a list of as many non-album tracks as i can.

  • North of the City - Bill Hoover/Bright Eyes split

  • Go Find Yourself a Dry Place - Squadcar 96/Bright Eyes split
  • Racing Towards the New - Squadcar 96/Bright Eyes split

  • Southern State - Bright Eyes+Britt Daniel collaboration
  • Spent On Rainy Days - Bright Eyes+Britt Daniel collaboration
  • You Get Yours - Bright Eyes+Britt Daniel collaboration
  • Let The Distance Bring Us Together - Bright Eyes+Britt Daniel collaboration

  • Hungry for a Holiday - The Album Leaf Collaboration Volume I

  • Going for the Gold - Oh Holy Fools (Son, Ambulance split)
  • Oh, You Are the Roots That Sleep Beneath My Feet and Hold the Earth in Place - Oh Holy Fools (Son, Ambulance split)
  • No Lies, Just Love - Oh Holy Fools (Son, Ambulance split)
  • Kathy With a K's Song - Oh Holy Fools (Son, Ambulance split)

  • I'll Be Your Friend - Bright Eyes/Neva Dinova split
  • Spring Cleaning - Bright Eyes/Neva Dinova split
  • Black Comedy - Bright Eyes/Neva Dinova split

  • Contrast and Compare [Making Words Work Mix]-Project Pitchfork - Bright Eyes/Her Space Holiday split

  • Feeling It - Books/Bright Eyes split
  • The Vanishing Act - Books/Bright Eyes split

  • I've Been Eating (for You) - Drunk Kid Catholic ep
  • Drunk Kid Catholic - Drunk Kid Catholic ep

  • I Will Be Grateful For This Day, I Will Be Grateful For Each Day to Come - SubPop single release
  • When the Curious Girl Realizes She Is Under Glass Again - SubPop single release

  • Soon You Will Be Leaving Your Man - Blood of the Young 7"
  • Motion Sickness - Blood of the Young 7"

  • Amy In The White Coat - Lover I Don't Have to Love single
  • Out On The Weekend (Live) - Lover I Don't Have to Love single

  • Well Whiskey - Lua single
  • I Woke Up With This Song In My Head This Morning - Lua single
  • True Blue - Lua single

  • Burn Rubber - Take It Easy (Love Nothing) single
  • Cremation - Take It Easy (Love Nothing) single

  • A Line Allows Progress, A Circle Does Not - Every Day And Every Night ep
  • A New Arrangement - Every Day And Every Night ep
  • A Perfect Sonnet - Every Day And Every Night ep
  • Neely O'hara - Every Day And Every Night ep
  • On My Way To Work - Every Day And Every Night ep

  • Mirrors and Fevers - Don't Be Frightened of Turning the Page ep
  • I Won't Ever Be Happy Again - Don't Be Frightened of Turning the Page ep

  • Messenger Bird's Song - There's No Beginning to the Story ep
  • We Are Free Men - There's No Beginning to the Story ep
  • Loose Leaves - There's No Beginning to the Story ep

  • Act of Contrition - Second Thoughts comp
  • Entry Way Song - Amos House Collection 2 comp
  • It's Cool, We Can Still Be Friends - T>A>Z comp
  • The Trees Get Wheeled Away - Lost Highway: Lost & Found Volume 1 comp
  • Pioneer's Park - Commercial Food Processor
  • No Title - Insound Tour Support
  • One Foot In Front of the Other - Saddle Creek 50
  • Devil Town - Late Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered Covered
  • Have You Ever Heard of Jandek Before? - Naked in the Afternoon- A Tribute to Jandek
  • Blue Christmas - Maybe This Christmas

  • Jetsabel Removes the Undesirables - Fevers & Mirrors Japanese Import
  • The Joy in Discovery - Fevers & Mirrors Japanese Import
  • Empty Canyon/Empty Canteen - letting off the Happiness Japanese Import

  • N'en Parlons Plus - Melon Galia song that Conor does vocals on
  • Old Blood - Mayday song that Conor does vocals on
    A Christmas Album
    1. Away In A Manger
    2. Blue Christmas
    3. Oh Little Town of Bethlehem
    4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
    5. The First Noel
    6. Little Drummer Boy
    7. White Christmas
    8. Silent Night
    9. Silver Bells
    10. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
    11. The Night Before Christmas

    if i missed any, feel free to mention 'em

    Current Mood: curious
  • Wednesday, October 13th, 2004
    9:56 pm
    ok tomorrows the show. Orpheum Theatre LA
    i have 2 tickets to sell
    both in orchestra one ROW J the other ROW X
    who ever IMs me first that is certain theyll pay and go wins

    Monday, October 11th, 2004
    11:15 pm
    bright eyes ticket
    i have a bright eyes ticket for sale at the los angeles orpheum theatre show.
    its sold out. offer a price. i was thinkin id start it at $45.
    its in the orchestra section
    Saturday, October 9th, 2004
    8:02 pm
    I love Bright Eyes, Ya'll love Bright Eyes. Let's all be friends!

    Current Mood: calm
    Sunday, September 5th, 2004
    2:51 pm


    The blatant rip-off band of Bright Eyes, An Angle, MUST GO!

    Break your CDs (if you are unfortunate enough to own anything buy them), Go to your local record store and stick post-it notes on all drive thru merchandise telling people not to buy it!
    Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004
    1:54 am

    Post any of these three photos in your journal.

    Kyle Zeto is my internet hero, he should be yours too.

    Saturday, July 24th, 2004
    2:05 pm
    I found this looking at reviews, most of you may have read it. Most people posted back about how they really agree or that they were just really angry. I just laughed. It's really sad, how he just went on and on about his idea on what Conor's music stands for. Isn't that up to the person who listens to it, for what it is, and not for what it isn't?

    There are two unbearable things on the face of this planet. One - Pain, and Two - Hearing people fucking whining about it. For ages. And repeatedly. If arrogant Nebraskan teen (well, whatever, he acts like he’s still 15) Oberst was in a fucking concentration camp, being brutally beaten and tortured then I’d let him off, but as it stands his chosen dish from Café D’angst is, like, girls LEAVING HIM! Oh. My. God. The poor guy. Get over it. DON’T act like a total prick and write songs about your once dearly-beloved, you insensitive brat, laden with hundreds of references only SHE will get, and only SHE will be hurt by. DON’T write a self-pitying concept album (last year’s ‘Fevers and Meeeeeeeeeers’), and DON’T let yourself off the hook by claiming it’s all a show, you’re only a character. That doesn’t work for Eminem and it doesn’t work for you. DO FUCKING NOT compose a song entitled ‘It’s cool, we can still be friends’, a bitter assault on an ex-lover, and end with the lines “I’m pouring some whisky, I’m gonna get real fucking drunk, so I pass out, and forget your face by the time I wake up”. You utter bastard.

    Right, I believe you are depressed, I believe you have problems, and I believe it’s ok to write songs about it. But, and this is the important bit, don’t get all high and mighty and decide that these songs deserve to be displayed to the world! "But hey, you don’t have to buy them if you don’t want!" SO FUCKING WHAT? Once it intentionally enters the media then you’ve crossed that line, the line between personal gratification and belief that you have something to offer the world. Miserable fucking teens do not need more shoegazery, whining, self-pitying quotes for their MSN names. They need a good fucking slap round the face. They need rock and roll, outrage, disgust, and hell, even fucking happiness! Cheer the existential, weight-on-my-back-gotta-drink-fucking-vodka-to-stop-the-fucking-paaaaaiiiinn kids up! Don’t give them more ammo!

    Desaparecidos is a good start, but stop screaming like you’ve just endured the worst pain in the world, and get that fucking trembly, ‘gonna cry I’m so sad’, tone from your voice, ok? No one should get away with such blatant self-pity, and usually they don’t. If he constantly phoned up his friends and whined at them about how sad he is, and how he thinks about suicide, they’d tell him to shut the fuck up and get over it (I would hope, anyway). It’s because he puts it in a song, in such a poetic style, that everybody goes "Ahhh" and worries about the poor little lad. Well WAKE UP! Here’s the truth: No one can go onstage night after night and FEEL all that pain. He’s kidding himself and he’s kidding you. How can he still feel for a girl that dumped him years previously? (Well, ok, I’m not ruling that out, but she probably dumped him because of his constant fucking whining! He deserved it!) The guy is wallowing, and he makes you wallow too.

    Now, some people say that the Bright Eyes game isn’t about self-pity. No, really, they do. When that boy goes into the studio to record a song, all that can possibly emerge from his collapsing little frame is total and utter T-O-R-T-U-R-E! And get this, we apparently walk away from the experience feeling happier, having come through the worst with our little ‘Wunderkind’ guiding us by the hand. WELL! What’s the best word to describe all that bollocks?

    Oh well, BOLLOCKS will do. Sing it loud, sing it far. Run the fuck over to Omaha and bleat it in the bastard’s face. He has A CHOICE! Choice one is to sing songs, like a normal little boy, hitting all the right notes and not going out of his way to whine for a new surrogate mother/teenage fan. Choice two is to use song writing as a diary, a self-obsessed (yes, you were right on ‘Padraic my prince’), self-pitying (don’t deny it, he isn’t talking about war), self-indulgent little teenage diary. For god-knows-how-long he’s been walking the second road, but thankfully that trend seems to be bucking slightly, as, on the new EP, he cuts the method acting rubbish for a few brief moments and decides to sing properly. And all nicely! Aww. You do have to wade through loads of ‘look at me!’ crap about doctors and pills though, which is a shame.

    Hey, I used to like Bright Eyes. I used to appreciate the self-pity and relate it to my own experiences (like I’m sure you do). But like most bands out there, they either let you down, or you realise the truth. And the truth is that listening to Bright Eyes turns you into a whiny little vodka-drinking cunt, and I don’t think any of us really wants to be like that, do we? Be "entranced" by this moaning indie-bollocks if you will, but I for one couldn’t give a toss about this or any other Saddle Creek band. It’s a cyclical (i.e. it won’t fucking die!) culture of liars, whiners, shoegazers and poets. Oh, I forgot, they’re all the same thing. Bastards. Bright Eyes may be heading in a slightly more acceptable direction, but ‘Wunderkind’ Conor still has that pin ready and waiting to stick deep into his hand. Question is, are you gonna give him the time of day?

    I really laughed at the last paragraph. How he said he use to listen to Bright Eyes and he repeatidly mocks Conors choice of words, way of singing and insight on the world and at the end he places the line "Question is, are you gonna give him the time of day" What a joke.

    Current Mood: amused
    12:48 pm
    Another one..
    I was reading several reviews on Bright Eyes last night before The Velvet Teen played a show I was planning on attending. Allot of people say that Conor is the next in line Bob Dylan of our time. Have any of you heard this before? I didn't mention that in my last post, but I truely do, but in a more personal level.
    As for all of you wonderful people who opened up and let on to their feelings about this music, I thank you. It's good to know people aren't just listening to music cos it's hip. But that;s okay, too. But sometimes it's conforting to know people like me are out there. Heh, a good reason to love Bright Eyes.
    To the one who said they didn't know how to put Bright Eyes into words, my attempt, was the last post. Intense, is a good starting word. I think.
    I had this idea, reguarding Bob Dylan/ Conor Oberst. Since I frequently write in my journal about this issue, I thought it'd be nice if I could manage to have one side have Bob Dylan and the other have a photo of Conor Oberst. Have my "journal writing" in the middle and kind of like a scratchy cut in the middle between the two genious minds. Is this possible? I'm thinking of asking one of those LJ layout request communities, but I figured some of you might know a little about it. Hmm?

    Anyone care to list off some of their favorite bright eyes songs? They;re all great, we all know, but right now, I've been playing "The Act of Contrition"

    Current Mood: awake
    Thursday, July 22nd, 2004
    7:11 pm
    The air was all dust...
    When I first heard bright eyes, I didn't know what to think. That was about a year ago, but it seems like forever. I literally speak in bright eyes lyrics. Songs like "a song to pass the time" have gotten me through some of the most rediculously painful of times.
    So I guess this is my introduction, to the community. I noticed that not many people post in here, which is amazing, considering, there are so many members. But I hope I can help change that.
    I've never felt so connected to a band in my entire life. I could tell you my entire life just by giving you names of bright eyes songs, thats how relative I find this music.
    It's not just the words, the beat, his voice.. whatever it may be.. I don't know, all it is that I hold it deep inside and I reallllly would like to know where the rest of you find your connection. Does it seem like Connor has this familiar story that needs to be heard? Maybe you just like the music. All in all, I'm just very interested in whatever stories you have.
    When people ask me what it is I like about Bright Eyes, I always say this:
    Bright Eyes has music that no other band has. It's not just music, it's all these emotions rolled into together and perfectly placed to tell the perfect story. It gives you time to remember all the bad memories, the good ones and the ones that are just there. It's a comfort in every possible way. It's almost too intense.
    The song that first gave me that perspective was "The Calender That Hung Itself" for personal reasons, but there have been many many others. "Laura Laurent" was one of those freakishly indescribable songs that just screams you.. and in this one, it's so simply there.. "but you should never be embarrassed by your trouble with living cause it's the ones with the sorest throats, Laura,
    who have done the most singing"
    As much as I see I have written here, it doesn't seem enough. I guess I'll just wait to see if anyone responds.

    Current Mood: curious
    Monday, June 28th, 2004
    10:47 pm
    Hello, I joined this community a year or two ago but have not posted in a while. I just thought I would re-introduce myself, although there seems to be a lack of posting from all, makes me wonder if anyone really reads this anymore. If no, this is sad. (and by sad I truely mean sad, not pathetic.)
    Right, well, take care all.


    Current Mood: indifferent
    Thursday, April 1st, 2004
    8:01 am
    listen up!
    Bright Eyes contest over at www.bornbackwards.com . Submit your best drunken escapade and you could win either the Bright Eyes/ Neva Dinova cd or Limited Edition 10" LP. So go submit.
    Monday, March 15th, 2004
    2:18 pm
    Hey, kids. Whats up? Just joined this community..Yeah..so if you wanna add me, Ill add you back <3.

    Current Mood: creative
    Wednesday, March 3rd, 2004
    12:06 pm
    Hey Guys,
    Im so glad I came up across this community! Its awesome to see that so many people love conor and his music like i do....

    Please feel free to add me to ur friends list...i promise i will return the favor!

    "Baby don't worry cause now I got your back. And every time you feel like crying,
    I'm gonna try and make you laugh. And if I can't, if it just hurts too bad,
    then we will wait for it to pass and I will keep you company
    through those days so long and black."


    Current Mood: cheerful
    Friday, February 20th, 2004
    5:55 pm
    hey, has anyone been to any of the bright eyes shows on his current tour?
    if so, can you roughly tell me how long the sets are?
    Thursday, February 19th, 2004
    2:32 pm
    Quick question.
    Anyone live in the philly area and would like to buy 2 tickets for 2/23 bright eyes?

    because i have a fucking exam and cant go. i'm mad.

    but if anyone is interested please comment.

    Wednesday, February 18th, 2004
    12:49 am
    I'm cross posting this like an asshole...sorry guys.

    The following article is in the March 2004 issue of Jane magazine:

    And Now, A Message From Conor

    I've noticed a lot fo haters in the world and it's really starting to bring me down. So this year, my friend Nate and I decided to start a team to compete against Team Hate. We argued for a long time about what to call ourselves and eventually settled on Team Love. And since we aren't much for physical confrontations of any kind, we decided to make Team Love more of a record label instead of a traditional kick-the-ball kind of thing. Luckily, years ago, my friends from Omaha and I started another label called Saddle Creek to release my band Bright Eyes, as well as other great bands. So Nate and I traveled to the Saddle Creek office and said, "Hey dudes! If we start a new label and put out amazing bands like Tilly and the Wall will you have our backs?" They said yes, so me and my neighbor Stevy P (he has a band called Criteria) set about turning his basement into a professional recording studio and worked with Tilly to make their debut album. It sounds so rad! I can't wait for you to hear it! It's great pop music that makes you want to laugh and cry and dance and generally jump up and down. you should come to our site (www.team-love.com) and hear them. We plan on having all our music for free on our site all the time, because unlike all those Team Hate record companies, we believe music should be shared. And we're sure if you like what you hear you'll support it by buying these records. So, in 2004 look for Tilly's record, as well as awesome Omaha hip-hop from Riggie and trenscendental folk from Willy Mason. Team Love is going to win this year. I just know it. -Conor Oberst
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