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Featured Release This Week From Better Oblivion Community Center + Tracks Top 30 Playlist


If you saw Conor Oberst joining Phoebe Bridgers on stage last July at 80/35, maybe you thought it would be cool if those two were in a band together.  In that case, your wish has been granted in the form of Better Oblivion Community Center.  It's an unwieldy band name to be sure, and serves as the title of their debut album as well.  As a record, Better Oblivion Community Center loosely ties together ten songs having to do with a fictional dystopian wellness facility.  Oberst and Bridgers kept quiet about the album as they recorded it last year, surprise releasing it in early 2019.  The release was preceded by the appearance of a mysterious phone number on social media platforms, and enigmatic brochures and Los Angeles bus stop advertising for the Better Oblivion Community Center.    

Here are the Top 30 new album releases played on Studio One Tracks for the week ending March 24, 2019:

1    Mercury Rev- Bobbie Gentry's The Delta Sweete Revisited

2    Julia Jacklin- Crushing

3    Better Oblivion Community Center- Better Oblivion Community Center

4    Cass McCombs- Tip Of The Sphere

5    Telekinesis- Effluxion

6    Mavis Staples- Live In London

7    Tedeschi Trucks Band- Signs

8    Sharon Van Etten- Remind Me Tomorrow

9    The Cactus Blossoms- Easy Way

10   Girlpool- What Chaos Is Imaginary

11   Deerhunter- Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?

12   Steve Gunn- The Unseen In Between

13   Jessica Pratt- Quiet Signs

14   The Claypool Lennon Delirium- South Of Reality

15   Chain Wallet- No Ritual

16   Karen O & Danger Mouse- Lux Prima

17   Son Volt- Union

18   Ibibio Sound Machine- Doko Mien

19   Deer Tick- Mayonnaise

20   Beirut- Gallipoli

21   Maggie Rogers- Heard It In A Past Life

22   Anemone- Beat My Distance

23   Y La Bamba- Mujeres

24   Ex Hex- It's Real

25   Frankie & The Witch Fingers- ZAM

26   Andrew Bird- My Finest Work Yet

27   Hand Habits- placeholder

28   Emilie Kahn- Outro

29   Susto- Ever Since I Lost My Mind

30   Hugh Coltman- Who's Happy

Clay Masters is Iowa Public Radio’s Morning Edition host and lead political reporter.