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Monday, August 08, 2005

I'M WIDE AWAKE IT'S NEWPORT
Spent a gorgeous weekend in Newport, R.I. at the famed Folk Festival. The entire 2-day bill (Elvis Costello, Del McCoury, Bela Fleck, Pixies, etc.) was fantastic, but for me the highlight by far was the song circle led by Bright Eyes' Coner Oberst and featuring M Ward and Jim James from My Morning Jacket.

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All in a DAY'S work: Oberst, Elvis, Gillian Welch, M Ward & a golden sunset.

While it may be a bit premature for comparisons to Bob Dylan, Oberst's powerful, thought-provoking lyrics were on display Sunday afternoon.

Land Locked Blues
we made love on the living room floor
with the noise in the background from the televised war
and in the deafening pleasure
i thought i heard someone say
if we walk away they'll walk away

but greed is a bottomless pit
and our freedom's a joke we're just taking a piss
and the whole world must watch the sad comic display
if you're still free start running away
cause we're coming for you

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p.s. The second best act of the festival? The always-brilliant Wiyos on the waterside stage. Catch them at Barbes in Brooklyn on 9/23 if you can, they're fantastic.

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