Music Monday: Monsters of Folk

I first listened to the supergroup Monsters of Folk, really before I knew they were a supergroup – I thought they were just a group that happened to have a free song out on iTunes. The song, specifically, was “Baby Boomer.”

Little did I know that the band’s constituents are actually pretty huge – there’s Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes, Jim James, the frontman of My Morning Jacket, and the beloved M. Ward (and, since January, Will Johnson of the band Centro-Matic). And not only do they have both talent and star power outside of MOF, they jam pretty darn well on their (so far) only album, a self-titled release in 2009. Here’s another one of the songs on the album, “His Master’s Voice”:

The cool thing about Monsters of Folk is that the band members trade off on instrumental and vocal duties, so you get three different vocalists (Oberst, James, and Ward), both James and Ward on piano, and all four members on both acoustic and electric guitar. This is well-seen on the band’s first track, “Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.)”:


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