A SADDLE CREEK FAQ BROUGHT TO YOU BY yourlastletter AND governments.
We've noticed a wide amount of repetitious questions asked here, so we'd thought we'd put them all into one big FAQ.
1.) Is the interview at the end of An Attempt to Tip the Scales real?
No, it's not even Conor talking. It is Todd Baechle from The Faint.
When Oberst was putting the CD's package together, he agonized over writing liner notes that would explain what he was trying to convey. He opted against it as being too pretentious, and instead included a nearly 6-minute scripted faux "interview" performed by Todd Baechle and former Lullaby for the Working Class member Matt Silcock. The Oberst character answers questions from a smooth-talking FM radio DJ, who asks about the meaning of the CD's title, its symbolism, and Oberst's depression.
"Some of the answers in the interview are honest," the real Oberst said, "but a bunch is bullshit, mixing truth with falsehood and making it blend together in a surreal sort of way. It's not intended to be a real interview, but some people think it is."
2.) What is the book at the beginning of A Spindle, a Darkness, a Fever, and a Necklace called?
Mitchell is Moving by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat.
3.) Is Conor on drugs?
4.) Does Conor have bad teeth?
5.) Is Tim Kasher awesome?
6.) Do you have a certain ____ song?
Yes, governments and yourlastletter own every Saddle Creek song known to man. So stop posting and ask them.
7.) Is Desaparecidos broken up?
No, they're not. They've been too busy to work on their new album now, but they'll do it eventually.
Plans called for recording some Desa tracks while Oberst was in town prior to Friday night's tour launch, and recording more on the road and this summer. "We don't want to say we're putting out a record," he said, "but we're working on it. I miss playing with those guys and rocking out and screaming. It's not something I can do all the time, but I do enjoy it."
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8.) Is Cursive broken up?
NO, YOU FAG. GOD (TIM) SAID HIMSELF THAT CURSVE WAS ON A HIATUS.
hiatus: A gap or interruption in space, time, or continuity; a break.
With The Good Life scheduled to tour through this winter and beyond, and with no plans for Cursive in the immediate future, word began surfacing that Cursive's hiatus had become permanent. Kasher was quick to dispel the rumors.
"I love those guys too much to not do it anymore," he said of Cursive. "Right now I feel good about getting away from it and just working on different stuff. I guess what's gotten harrowing about the rumors is that we refuse to say when we'll do it again; it seems too loose-ended. Saying 'We'll get back together a year from now' is too much of a deadline for us. One of these days we'll get back together."
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9.) Where can I get CawNur PiCturez Cuz He'Z sew CuTe?
www.britishpunk.com and google image search.
10.) How do you pronounce Desaparecidos?
11.) How do you spell Dayzuhpaircitos?
12.) What does Desaparecidos mean?
Desaparecidos is the Spanish word for "The Disappeared." For thousands of Argentine families, this word has become a symbol of a long harrowing nightmare.
In a coup on March 24, 1976, a military junta seized power in Argentina and went on a campaign to wipe out left-wing terrorism with terror far worse than the one they were combating. Between 1976 and 1983 - under military rule - thousands of people, most of them dissidents and innocent civilians unconnected with terrorism, were arrested and then vanished without a trace.
13.) OMGZ I HEARD DIZ BAND CALLED LYK AN ANGLE!~! DEY SOUND EXACTLEE LYK CAWNR N THETER' TRYNTG YO LTK RIP HOIM OFF!11
Yes, we've heard of An Angle, and yes, we know they sound exactly like Bright Eyes. SO SHUT UP!
14.) OMGZ MY PRECIOUS CAWNR IS SELLING OUT, WUT IZ HIZ DEAL WIF SONY?!
Bright Eyes has a publishing deal with Sony Music Publishing, but Bright Eyes still records for Saddle Creek. Sony has no creative influence in Bright Eyes' music. -from SC.com
15.) What's the deal with Conor's necklace he always wears?
It's a gift from Todd Baechle, he has one too.
16.) It's spelled Conor. One C, one O, one N, another O, and one R. C-O-N-O-R Conor. NOT: Conner, Connor, Konner, Kahnur, Qa'nir, Conore. His last name is Oberst. Not: Oburst, Ohburst, O'Berst, O'Burst.
17.) Where did the characters Neely O'Hara and Tereza and Tomas come from?
Neely O'Hara is a character in the book The Valley of the Dolls by Jackie Susann.
Tereza and Tomas come from The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera.
18.) Where did the theme from Jetsabel Removes the Undesirables from?
From the poem 'Annabel Lee' by Edgar Allan Poe.
19.) Who is Arienette?
CONOR'S MADE UP IDEAL WOMAN!
20.) Why are you so awesome?
We were just born this way.
21.) What other bands has Conor been in?
Commander Venus, Park Ave., The Magnetas, The Faint (Briefly) when they were Norman Bailer, Bright Eyes, and Desaparecidos.
22.) Where did the name Bright Eyes come from?
Conor said he took it from an old movie where a boy called a girl 'Bright Eyes.'
23.) Where did the name The Good Life come from?
It's the state motto of Nebraska.
24.) What is Poison Oak about?
Poison Oak is about Conor's cousin named Collin (He also dedicated Lifted to him).
Collin committed suicide in 2001. He was the brother of Ian McElroy from Desaparecidos.
25.) What is Conor's middle name?
Conor Mullen Oberst.
26.) Did Conor really have 5 brothers that drowned in a bathtub?
No, Conor's a retard. He has two brothers, Justin and Matt. Justin helped to find Lumber Jack Records, which is now Saddle Creek Records. Matt is in the band Sorry About Dresden.
27.) Where did the name Saddle Creek come from?
There's a road in Omaha called Saddle Creek Road. There is also another road called Park Ave., which was the name of one of Conor's older bands.
28.) Where did the name Cursive come from?
AL: Cursive is an odd name for a band. It has something to do with writing. Did you come up with the name?
Tim: Yeah. At the time there was this book that I was reading by V. S. Naipaul. I was intrigued that the British came over to India and forced everyone to learn this penmanship. It wasn't really worth anything. In music, it's like forcing it on them like a discipline.
29.) What is Team Love?
Nate Krenkel and Conor Oberst's record label. It features Tilly and the Wall, Team Rigge, Willy Mason, Dave Dondaro and Mars Black. There will also be a Jenny Lewis solo album. For more info, go here.
30.) Did Conor date Winona Ryder?
Yes, very briefly in 2003. It wasn't a big deal. Yes, there are pictures of them making out from People magazine. Go find them yourself.
31.) Is Conor gay or bi?
Who cares? Go gossip somewhere else.
32.) BUT BUT THERE'S A PICTURE OF HIM KISSING A BOY!!!
Yeah, there is. As seen here. IT IS NOT TIM KASHER. It is Aidan Moffat from Arab Strap.
The two bands shared a classic road moment in Pomona, California, when Oberst sang "Happy Birthday" to Moffatt from stage in honor of his 30th birthday. In return, Moffat walked onto the stage and gave Oberst more than a friendly peck on the cheek. "...He called me a prude so I snogged him," Moffat said in his tour diary, "and for a brief moment I was the envy of at least 550 fawning lassies. Seriously, I love that boy, and his tongue's fucking HUGE."
33.) What's Conor's birthday?
February 15, 1980.
It's also the name of a song on A Collection of Songs, and Drunk Kid Catholic.
34.) When is Tim Kasher's birthday?
August 19, 1974.
35.) Is Todd Baechle engaged to Orenda Fink?
Yes, Todd is engaged to Orenda from Azure Ray.
36.) How big is Conor's penis?
3 inches, true story.
37.) What does Puella Quam Amo Est Pulchra mean?
'The girl I love is beautiful' in Latin.
If you feel there's anything else that needs to be added, let us know.