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The Golden Age

by Bobby Conn

After doing time in the criminally obscure Chicago art-rock band Condeucent, Bobby struck out on his own in 1995 with the release of the "Whose the Paul?" 7" on Casablanca Records. A relationship with the Truckstop/Atavistic label family followed, culminating in 1998's critically acclaimed opus Rise Up! That album, produced by Jim O'Rourke, found Bobby exploring his Judaic heritage with a fervor and a concept that led many to believe that Bobby was indeed, the Anti-Christ, a charge which Bobby vehemently denies. Bobby then moved on to Thrill Jockey (who also issued Rise Up! on vinyl) for his Llovesongs EP, in which he toiled for a more seductive muse. The Golden Age continues the Conn/Thrill Jockey union in fine fashion as Bobby picks up where Llovesongs left off, inviting the listener to indulge in a world of leisure. It's a world that celebrates the salad days of FM radio in the 1970's, exploring the glam, disco, pop, rock and soul that decade of decadence is known for. Bobby is once again joined by violinist Monica BouBou whose virtuosic melodies pepper the album, unflinching at Bobby's stylistic mood swings. Elsewhere Bobby is joined by a cast of stellar players including: Glenn Kotche (Wilco, Jim O'Rourke), Josh Abrams (Town & Country), and Thymme Jones (Cheer Accident) as well as free-music stalwarts Fred Lonberg-Holm & Jeb Bishop. Always a perfectionist Bobby spent a year & a half making The Golden Age, recording in studios with Jim O'Rourke, John McEntire and others as well as at Casa de Bobby. Let the new Golden Age begin!