Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Monsters of Folk

Cream. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Traveling Wilburys. The Highwaymen. Velvet Revolver. Tinted Windows. (even Taylor Hanson gets a fist bump on this blog)

Better than that last bite of Thanksgiving dinner, supergroups are a heady blend of performers who've already made a name for themselves as legal pundits or geography bee champs. In this recent wave of rocker emulsion, I've been looking out for the Monsters of Folk album since early summer. Conor Oberest (Bright Eyes), M.Ward (She & Him), Yim Yames (My Morning Jacket) and producer/engineer Mike Mogis - these fellas have joined each other on and offstage, share recipes and have weekly get-togethers for MNF. Total bros.

Scheduling a late autumn trip around the world, for each M.O.F. ticket sold a $1 will go to local non-profits. Karma & jams, as dear to me as pb&j. Word on the street is they'll be switching instruments and trading roles throughout each show in the spirit of their laidback collaboration. I'm sure they won't mind me stepping in for a little triangle jangle and a recorder solo.

Will they be a success or a novelty? Take a listen and decide for yourself - I like you more when you have an opinion.

M.O.F. // Sandman, the Brakeman and Me
M.O.F. // Temazcal

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