Let’s Not Shit Ourselves (To Love and to be Loved)

Conor Oberst can make me weep openly in public. Or laugh. Or get angry. Or dance.

They call it EMO music and sneer when they’re doing so, but then they’re listening to Nickelback sing about wanting to get drunk and screw. Pardon me if I enjoy someone with a command of the english language and the courage to wear their heart on their sleeve.

If you’ve got 10 minutes and want to be blown away, give this song a listen. The lyrics are there, too, and he’s unapologetically opinionated.

I saw Bright Eyes close a show with this once, and he screwed up in the middle and started all over — so all in all it took over 15 minutes to do the song. Pretty impressive, really.

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7 responses to “Let’s Not Shit Ourselves (To Love and to be Loved)

  1. Charming ditty with the a caustic edge of a line squall. My ears perk up at my favorite dilettante’s recommendations-you open my ears to new possibilities of sonic and poetic expression. Recalls the Clash’s halcyon days. I delight in mistakes-if a band screws up it makes me love them more. Nothing worse than automated, Vegas Elvis (Presely) for all the glassy-eyed flash of his technical perfection.

    • Bright Eyes is decidedly lo-fi and anything but polished. I discovered them while in California, and their albums became the soundtrack of long drives along the Pacific Coast Highway — driving just to drive, with the radio blaring and the wind blowing through my hair! As close to heaven as I’m ever going to get.

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