Team Love's next release may well be a solo album by Jenny Lewis, singer with Rilo Kiley, an LA band whose beautiful, story-telling album More Adventurous comes out here next week.Mini-mogul Oberst comes from a middle-class background in Omaha, Nebraska.As part of a highly concentrated, four-day press blitz in New York, he and Bartolomei are making the radio rounds, uptown and down, satellite and online.One half of the room’s walls are stacked floor-to-ceiling with vintage speakers; the other, where CNET hosts an online show dedicated to gadgets, has been decorated with old legos, Nintendo cartridges, and a model of the Delorean.His father Matthew is an information manager at Mutual of Omaha, while his mother Nancy is a teacher.
'Cus the truth is that gossip is as good as gospel in this town...a gymnasium of eyes staring at him!This spring he's undertaking two separate world tours, one in support of each album (his fifth and sixth albums as Bright Eyes).He's released others under the name Desaparecidos (a band playing rockier material), and is forever popping up on records by other bands signed to Saddle Creek, the Omaha label he co-founded."The songs, essentially, are just pretty simple folk songs," he told magazine in 2005."What I find interesting is the idea that we can take those songs and just dress them up in a million different ways." Whether it's the heart-on-sleeve confessionals of early Bright Eyes, the pointedly political Desaparecidos — who just released their sophomore album, in 2000: "The people that like it really fucking like it." 1980 to 1992Conor Oberst is born February 15, 1980 in Omaha, NE."It was amazing," he says when I meet him after a rapturously received show at the University of London Union, "not only to play with people I respect, these huge icons, but also to be a part of something that transcended entertainment.When music does that, it's a great thing."Already hailed as "the new Dylan" and "this generation's Woody Guthrie", 24-year-old Oberst is something of a linchpin for a whole network of musicians on the more cerebral, literate wing of the American alternative scene. Under the name Bright Eyes, he has just released two albums simultaneously, a largely acoustic record called I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning which features guest vocals from Emmylou Harris, and a more electronic set called Digital Ash in a Digital Urn.At 34, Oberst is an at times unsettling vision of himself at 20, the unlikely, porcelain-skinned pin-up that launched a thousand Live Journals.He is still delicate in build, still armed with an inky mess of fantastically disheveled, famously sculpted hair.Then there's his other label Team Love, which he and his manager launched a year ago.Team Love unearthed Willy Mason, a 19-year-old singer-songwriter from Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts whose Where the Humans Eat album is garnering rave advance notices.