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- Posted on Aug 30th 2009 4:41PM by Benjy Eisen
Oberst alluded to the end of the road for the Mystic Valley Band early on during the daytime set when he said, elusively, "Two more nails left to do in this pine coffin. The fork in it."
Later on, at the Mezzanine, he was a little more direct. "It's been a long adventure," he said. "And this is the end of the road." The Mystic Valley Band made two records with Oberst -- one released as a self-titled solo album and 'Outer South,' credited to the band -- over the past year-and-a-half. "Some of us refer to it as the 20 month nightmare," said Oberst, who quickly disclaimed that comment as a joke.
Joking or not, during both shows on Saturday the band covered material that came almost exclusively from those two albums, craftily avoiding any tunes from the Bright Eyes catalog. The one exception was when Oberst invited Jenny Lewis to the stage for a cover of her band's (Rilo Kiley) 'Portions for Foxes.'
The band threw it all on the table for their long goodbye -- a two-hour show from a band with only two albums. "We're all a little scared of what happens when the show ends," said Oberst. "We won't know what to do with ourselves."
It's OK that this is the end of the road, at least for now. For Oberst's next trip, his fellow passengers will include M. Ward, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, and Bright Eyes' Mike Mogis, touring as the supergroup Monsters of Folk. Bon voyage!