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Bright Eyes On World Cafe | April 22, 2011 |

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The People's Key is the seventh full-length from Omaha's Conor Oberst and is by far the most adventurous of his career. The album comes after Oberst's Bright Eyes "hiatus," which saw him collaborate with the Mystic Valley Band and the group, Monsters of Folk that featured M. Ward andJim James of My Morning Jacket.
 
That folk tangent is nowhere to be heard on The People's Key. Oberst has tired of Americana and was clearly out to make something that felt contemporary. The result, according to All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton, is the best album of his career.
 
Hear Oberst and his Bright Eyes band perform four songs live in the WXPN studio. (link)
 
Playlist - HOUR ONE
 
Tony Allen "Ayenlo" Secret Agent 
Patti Smith "Frederick" Wave 
TV On the Radio "Will Do" Nine Types of Light 
Bright Eyes "Triple Spiral" Recorded Live for the World Cafe 
Bright Eyes "Firewall" The People's Key 
Bright Eyes "Firewall" Recorded Live for the World Cafe 
Bright Eyes "Beginner's Mind" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Bright Eyes "Lua" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Bee Gees "New York Mining Disaster 1941" The British Invasion: History of British Rock, Vol. 8
Alexander "A Million Years" Alexander
Teddy Thompson "Looking for a Girl" Bella 
Julian Cope "World Shut Your Mouth" Floored Genius 
 
Playlist - HOUR TWO
 
The Seeds "Pushin' Too Hard" Nuggets from Nuggets: Choice Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era
Elivs Costello "Getting Mighty Crowded" Get Happy! 
Steve Earle "Every Part of Me" I'll Never Got of This World Alive
The Cranberries "Dreams" Everyone Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? 
Free Energy "Bang Pop" Stuck on Nothing 
Bell X1 "Velcro" Bloodless Coup 
Nada Surf "Whose Authority" Lucky 
The Joy Formidable "Whirring" The Big Roar 
U2 "Angel of Harlem" Rattle and Hum 
Everything But The Girl "Twin Cities" Worldwide 
James Blake "Limit to Your Love" James Blake 
Ratatat "Mandy" LP4 
Tristen "Baby Drugs" Charlatans Spectacular 
MGMT "Electric Feel" Oracular Spectacular 
Finley Quaye "Even After All" Maverick A Strike