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"Now it feels extra magical and I wear it all the time." What was Oberst doing in Tepoztlan? Given that Cassadaga was named for a spiritualist community in Florida that Oberst had visited, it was only natural that he would be drawn to a small Mexican town famous for Aztec magic and its high incidence of UFO sightings; a town that is also the reputed birthplace of the feathered-serpent-god Quetzalcoatl. " says the singer of the locale that spawned his 14th album, Conor Oberst.
"There were pigs and wild dogs in the street; lots of people on horseback.
"This here," says Conor Oberst, twisting off a turquoise-encrusted piece of jewellery, "is my Four Winds ring. If you read the inscription on the band it says in Hebrew: 'Father of the four winds fill my sails across the sea of years.'"Oberst, 28, is chatting outside the East London offices of Wichita Recordings, the label that puts out his work this side of the pond.
It's 10.30am and he normally rises after noon, but with two strong lattes inside him he's slowly coming to.
Here's to Special Treatment was followed by 1996's The Soundtrack to My Movie, a cassette only released on Sing Eunuchs! Kill the Monster Before It Eats Baby, a split 7" vinyl with Bill Hoover, was also released around this time.The first time I interviewed Maria Taylor in March 2002 she and her Azure Ray partner Orenda Fink were about to move to Omaha to become part of the city's then-burgeoning music scene. That's a difficult question to answer," Taylor said moments after she and the rest of her band, along with tour mates The Whispertown 2000, took in Niagra Falls on their way to Cleveland for the evening's show.Seven years later and Taylor is long gone, having moved to Los Angeles almost a year ago. Over the past couple of years, Omaha has seen a handful of its biggest indie music stars leave for better climes, including Cursive's Tim Kasher, and more recently, The Faint's Todd Fink and his wife, Orenda. Taylor said that there are still some "core people" living in Omaha, but "you can only stay in one place for so long.In mid-1993, Oberst self-released his debut album Water on cassette tape.The release of the album was financed by his brother Justin on what they called Lumberjack Records, the indie label that would become Saddle Creek Records, making them founders and present day executives of the label.