Appearing almost literally out of nowhere, Better Oblivion Community Center is a brand new band comprising the formidable talents of Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst. Written and recorded in Los Angeles during the summer of 2018, their self-titled debut album is released on Dead Oceans.
The pair first collaborated on the track “Would You Rather”, taken from Bridgers’ acclaimed debut album Stranger In The Alps.
Co-produced by Bridgers, Oberst and long time Oberst / Bright Eyes collaborator Andy LeMaster and mixed by John Congleton, Better Oblivion Community Center features the work of several talented friends, including Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), and Carla Azur (Autolux, Jack White) among others.… Read the rest
Dropbears only existed in the periphery of my memory, our paths crossing when Australia was granted their own version of the English teen-oriented music magazine Smash Hits in 1984. In an effort to contribute local content, any fresh-faced act to graze the Top 40 was fair game, which at the time could’ve been anybody from INXS to Mental As Anything. This is where I recalled my first sighting of a Dropbear* and I’m pretty sure throughout 1985 when they charted with “Shall We Go” there were several more. What happened after that, well who knows?
According to their brief Wikipedia entry, the band was formed in Darlinghurst, Sydney in 1981 and consisted of Johnny Batchelor on guitar/vocals, Simon Rudlin on drums and Chris Toms on bass.… Read the rest
Who were The Go-Betweens trying to channel when they went into the studio to record this song? “Man O’ Sand to Girl O’ Sea” sounds nothing like The Go-Betweens of Before Hollywood, released only 8 months prior, in fact it sounds nothing like The Go-Betweens at all.
This bashful quintet (previously a trio, this song is the first recording to feature Robert Vickers on bass), normally introspective and restrained, show rare garage rock flight, sounding like a cross between The Strangeloves and The Seeds, dispensing with their acoustic drifts and angular shackles, instead furiously peeling out in a zealous declaration of love.… Read the rest