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Watch Conor Oberst Play New Songs For The First Time Live

On the day Conor Oberst released Ruminations, one of his most personal records, he performed all the songs from that album — some of them for the first time. We've pulled three of our favorite songs into a mini-set here, filmed at Housing Works Bookstore cafe in NYC. "Tachycardia," "Gossamer Thin" and "A Little Uncanny" establish the sound of the record, spare and lyric-based. These are the sounds of hard moments, elevated through beautiful music and a true poetic touch.

Watch the full set.

SET LIST

  • "Tachycardia"
  • "Gossamer Thin"
  • "A Little Uncanny"
  • CREDITS

    Producers: Bob Boilen, Saidah Blount, Colin Marshall, Benjamin Naddaff-Hafrey; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Director: Colin Marshall; Editor: Nicole Conflenti; Concert Videographers: Nicole Conflenti, Nickolai Hammar, Cameron Robert; Photographer: Ebru Yildiz for NPR;Executive Producers: Anya Grundmann, Rita Houston.

    Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

    In 1988, a determined Bob Boilen started showing up on NPR's doorstep every day, looking for a way to contribute his skills in music and broadcasting to the network. His persistence paid off, and within a few weeks he was hired, on a temporary basis, to work for All Things Considered. Less than a year later, Boilen was directing the show and continued to do so for the next 18 years.