Conor Oberst: This one’s “Glass, Concrete & Stone,” Grown Backwards is the name of the record. It’s early aughts, I mean we all love David Byrne [with the] Talking Heads obviously, but this one is from one of his records from the early 2000s, and I happen to really love this song a lot.
WNRN: He’s always pushing the boundary, I love his work with Brian Eno, too. Have you ever seen David Byrne live?
Conor Oberst:: I have, I’ve seen him several times but one time that sticks out for me was, we played the same night at the Telluride Folk Festival in Colorado, and we played one of the same years as him and it was, maybe like 2008 or something like that? It was an incredible show, he had a big band and everyone was dancing in the band.
WNRN: I would love to see him, I have never seen him but he’s on my bucket list, and I just wonder what he’s like in person because he’s so eccentric. Sometimes it’s better not to meet some of your musical heroes, because it can be very jarring.
Conor Oberst: I met him in New York a few times, but I do have this running, kind of a funny story. My cousin Ian, who’s like my best friend, we’re basically the same age and we lived in New York at the same time, and he had this almost like Curb Your Enthusiasm situation, he worked downtown, in Soho at this fancy bodega grocery store, but like 3 or 4 different times he almost got run over by David Byrne when he was on his bicycle. He was walking down the street and he’d be like, “What the –!” and then it would just be like, everytime it was David Byrne. It was pretty amazing, you know just a funny situation..