Jenny Lewis and Conor Oberst Reveal They Recorded an Unreleased Album Together
Published Oct 16, 2014A new interview between Jenny Lewis and Conor Oberst has revealed that the pair recorded an album together over a decade ago under the punny title, Blood on the 4-Tracks.
While grilling each other as part of Noisey's "Back and Forth" video series [via Pitchfork], Lewis confirmed that the collection was cut in her "very cute but kinda run-down" Los Angeles apartment back in 2003, back when she was still in Rilo Kiley and Oberst was touring as Bright Eyes.
Oberst added of the recording, "We stayed up for like two days and made a weird record, which I don't think I've ever heard since then."
While full details on the set were not given, it was explained that Postal Service member Jimmy Tamborello also contributed to the recordings. Though a tracklsting has not been made available, it apparently featured early versions of Bright Eyes' Digital Ash in a Digital Urn number "Gold Mine Gutted" and Rilo Kiley's More Adventurous track "It Just Is."
While Blood on the 4-Tracks, its title a nod to Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks, remains unheard, Lewis brought up the possibility of a future release. The pair then joked that Jack White's Third Man imprint could issue the forgotten set as an edible record.
"I'd be into it as long as it's some kind of edible 7-inch or something. We can talk to Jack [White] about making us an edible 7-inch," Oberst quipped, with Lewis adding, "We want a Fruit Roll-Up 7-inch of Blood on the 4-Tracks."
Lewis and Oberst had previously appeared on together on a cover of the Traveling Wilbury's "Handle With Care" that appeared on Lewis's 2006 LP, Rabbit Fur Coat. Both artists also contributed vocals to separate tracks on Tamborello's 2007 Dntel effort, Dumb Luck.