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Bright Eyes singer/songwriter Conor Oberst gets dubbed "the new Dylan" so often that it's easy to imagine the instructors of tomorrow handing out his lyric sheets in class, Dangerous Minds-style. But as the press surrounding his recent releases reveals, Oberst doesn't confine his words of wisdom to the studio and stage. Here's a sampling of his sage commentary.

"This salmon salad looks Gang Starr!"
Rolling Stone, April 28, 2005
Life Lesson Learned: Nebraska natives can endear themselves to New Yorkers by turning the Big Apple's hip-hop acts into cornerstones for compliments.

"We don't really do business with people unless they're like our bros. Every time you add someone to the crew, you've got to know they're down for the cause."
GQ, February 2005
LLL: In order to sell newly coined street slang, one must display extensive knowledge of the existing parlance. Here, that means discussing an innocuous indie label as if it were a crime syndicate.

"We started `election night 2004` at this MoveOn party. My friend got sick, and that was the first sign that something weird was in the air. Once I realized that it was out of my hands, I just fuckin' ordered a real big whiskey."
Spin, February 2005
LLL: When sudden illness strikes a loved one, it's an indisputable harbinger of a disaster with international implications. Until this omen occurs, everything, no matter how far removed from the seeming scope of your personal influence, is "in your hands." Once the pal pukes, though, alcohol is the only answer.

"I'll keep (dating older women) until I get old and then flip it around. I've never dated an 18-year-old girl. I wanna try it."
Rolling Stone, April 28, 2005
LLL: This is just a variation of Matthew McConaughey's Dazed and Confused character's sleazy credo: "I get older – they stay the same age."

Bright Eyes
with The Faint
7 pm Thursday, June 2
Hard Rock Live

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