Oberst scores #58 (and still no vinyl); Oberst and Dawes tonight at Sokol…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , — @ 12:48 pm June 4, 2014
Conor Oberst fronting Bright Eyes at Westfair Amphitheater, June 4, 2011. He plays solo backed by Dawes tonight at Sokol Auditorium.

Conor Oberst fronting Bright Eyes at Westfair Amphitheater, June 4, 2011. Three years to the day, he plays solo backed by Dawes tonight at Sokol Auditorium.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Last week Conor Oberst sold another 4,356 copies of his new solo album, Upside Down Mountain, enough to land him at No. 58 on the sales charts. He’s managed to do this without selling any vinyl, because vinyl copies of his record still are not available.

Seems outrageous on the surface. Isn’t having timely vinyl production part of the reason to head to a major label like Nonesuch? Mike Fratt, general manager at Homer’s Records, says Conor’s lack of vinyl is a hangover from Record Store Day, and he’s not alone.

The hangover “also affected the Zeppelin reissues that came out yesterday with only 28 percent of the orders being filled,” Fratt said. “We (Homer’s) got lucky and got all our order except for one version of Zep III, which we should have later this week.”

Fratt said Oberst’s record also should arrive later this week, which could keep him on the charts for a couple more weeks.

BTW, find out other reasons why Conor went to Nonesuch right here.

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Tonight Conor Oberst and his backing band, Dawes, take the stage at Sokol Auditorium. As of this writing, $30 tickets were still available for what is bound to be a memorable show. If the set list follows what he played at First Ave. in Minneapolis a couple nights ago, expect plenty of Bright Eyes tunes (though no “Lua”) as well as some Mystic Valley songs. Show starts at 8 p.m.

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