profile: Monsters of Folk (with audio)

"Our road manager just started calling us the 'Monsters of Folk,' because each of our careers have been so storied on folk," Jim explained. "It really seemed to fit, especially since it didn't."

Over the next nearly half decade, the members went on to create some of the best music of the last couple of years: Bright Eyes with I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning and Cassadaga, My Morning Jacket with Z and Evil Urges, and M. Ward with Post War and Hold Time.

"A lot of procrastination went into this record," said Conor. "You know, whenever we had time, we'd get into it."

The band finally released their self-titled debut album September 22, 2009.[image-1]

"The songs, some road-worn fables, some intimate and intricate with electronic elements, some woozy and sun-soaked are everything one expects from these four musical minds collaborating together," said NPR's Bob Boilen. "The album exudes a warm, organic spaciousness, filled by brilliant choruses, intoxicating harmonies and effortless melodies, as each member brings his own strengths to the table to create one perfect whole."

Click here to go to the Monsters of Folk website and here for their Myspace page. Click here for a September 25, 2009 NPR Music Review. To check out an October 2, 2009 interview and set recorded by KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic, scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Check here to see if Monsters of Folk have any gigs scheduled near you.

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Monsters of Folk rock.

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The super group Monsters of Folk is made up of actual "monsters of folk" Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), M. Ward (of late, the "him" of She and Him), and producer Mike Mogis (Jenny Lewis, Rilo Kiley, Sea Wolf, Cursive, etc).

The foursome first came together as a result of a 2004 one-off gig in Chicago,"An Evening with Bright Eyes, Jim James and M Ward." Oberst later explained that the unnecessarily long name wasn't very catchy.

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