To mark today’s release of his new album Ruminations (Nonesuch), Conor Oberst will perform the record in its entirety to an audience of contest winners at New York City’s Housing Works Bookstore Cafe tonight, Friday, October 14, 2016.
The performance, co-presented by NPR Music’s Bob Boilen and WFUV Radio’s Rita Houston, will be video live stream via NPR Music’s Facebook page. WFUV.org and NPR Music’s website will host the video stream on-demand in the days to follow
Oberst also will be the musical guest on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on October 24th.
In the winter of 2016, Conor Oberst found himself hibernating in his hometown of Omaha after living in New York City for more than a decade. He emerged with the unexpectedly raw, unadorned solo album Ruminations, available October 14, 2016, on Nonesuch Records. “I wasn’t expecting to write a record,” says Oberst. “I honestly wasn’t expecting to do much of anything. Winter in Omaha can have a paralyzing effect on a person but in this case it worked in my favor. I was just staying up late every night playing piano and watching the snow pile up outside the window. Next thing I knew I had burned through all the firewood in the garage and had more than enough songs for a record. I recorded them quick to get them down but then it just felt right to leave them alone.”
Oberst went to ARC, the studio he built with his Bright Eyes bandmate and longtime friend Mike Mogis, to record that music. With the help of engineer Ben Brodin, he recorded all the songs in the span of 48 hours. The results are almost sketch-like in their sparseness, and they ultimately became the songs that comprise Ruminations. These tracks do not have the multi-layered instrumentation of the most recent Bright Eyes and solo albums: This is Oberst alone with his guitar, piano, and harmonica; the songs connect with some of the rough magic and anxious poetry that first brought him to the attention of the world, while their lyrical complexity and concerns make it obvious they could only have been written in the present.
Ruminations is released Nonesuch Records on October 14th, 2016.
Conor Oberst Live Dates:
Oct 14 – New York City, NY @ NPR First Listen Live @ Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
Oct 24 – Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC – 11.35/10.35c)
Nov 3 – Omaha, NE @ 40th Street Theater (SOLD OUT)
Nov 6 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium (Mark Kozelek supporting)
Nov 17 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall (Waxahatchee supporting)
Nov 23 – New York, NY @ Carnegie Hall (Simon Joyner supporting 11/23)
Nov 26 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall (SOLD OUT)
Nov 27 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall (SOLD OUT)
Dec 9 – Los Angeles, CA @ Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church (SOLD OUT)
Dec 10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church (SOLD OUT)