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Exclusive MOF video: 'The Sandman, the Brakeman and Me'

What better way to wile away your day than with the following selection from the Monsters of Folk? Jim James (of My Morning Jacket), Conor Oberst (of Bright Eyes fame), M. Ward (a.k.a. M. Ward), and Mike Mogis (their kindly bespectacled producer friend) have joined together to form one peaceful, sonically-pleasing unit, and as demonstrated by this video — shot by Meiert Avis at Shangri-la Studios in Malibu this August — theirs is an eclectic yet simple charm. It is also quite manly. And scruffy.

The video won't allow me to imbed. Watch HERE.

Enjoy the video, and as a bonus, stay tuned after the jump for a segment we’ll call “Monsters on Monsters” — the four men bromantically discussing what each of their compadres brings to the supergroup table. Then let us know in the comments: Who’s feelin’ it, Mixers?


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MOF Kiss Tribute.

If you can get the makeup right, classic-era Kiss remains one of the all-time great group Halloween costumes. At their October 31 show at Louisville's Palace Theatre, indie-acoustic supergroup Monsters of Folk pretty much nailed it, chains and batwings and all. They also turned in a totally convincing cover of "Detroit Rock City", guitar solo included.

As Gene Simmons, Jim James didn't play a battleaxe-shaped bass, but that's a minor quibble. According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Conor Oberst was Paul Stanley, complete with eight-inch heels.

Blessedly, someone in the crowd captured half-decent camera phone footage of the ensuing ridiculousness.

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Jim James dishes on the other Monsters

What the My Morning Jacket frontman really thinks of his new bandmates:

Conor Oberst: "The thing I think most people don't know about him is his sense of humor. He's a really funny guy, and fun to be around. And he's obviously just a great songwriter. It's been inspiring to get in the studio with him and see how his mind works, and see the way he looks at a song. It has opened my eyes to all the different ways to explore a song."

M. Ward: "The same way Conor has gotten me to think about songwriting, M. has gotten me to think differently about approaching the guitar. He has ways of using the guitar that might seem normal at first but are really, really magical, and he has so many different approaches to playing. I tend to get bored with the guitar, but M. over the years has saved me many times from getting too bored with it."

Mike Mogis: "Mike and I have really bonded. We're sort of the two gearheads in the band, and we both have our own studios. His sense of humor is really great, too. When Conor and I were talking about the initial idea to tour [in 2004], he said it would just be fun to bring Mike along, plus he's really valuable as a multi-instrumentalist. The guy really can play anything."


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daily post # 72

but still i hope you get everything
that you care to possess
and unbelievable sex
with him
or any one of my friends.
but just don't ask about my appetite
i didn't lose it tonight
it's been gone half my life
it's just i
i've been eating for you.

- i've been eating (for you)