A Spanish term which translates to "The Disappeared"(which is a reference to the thousands of Argentinian political prisoners who were murdered by their own military in the late '70s and early '80s), Desaparecidos is a five-person side project from Bright Eyes singer/songwriter Conor Oberst. The band recently released their debut album entitled Read Music/Speak Spanish on Saddle Creek Records. The band instantly gains a large number of fans from the Bright Eyes pool, however it's likely to appeal to a wider rock audience as well. Gone are Bright Eyes' trademark accoustic ballads and in place are distorted guitar of indie rock fashion. Also, Oberst's trademark songs about depression and sorrow have been replaced socially conscious, political lyrics. In "The Happiest Place on Earth" Oberst sings "I don't want to be ashamed to be American" like any good liberal indie rocker would. This could be seen as either a breath of fresh air from a typical Oberst effort, or as a means to reach a wider rock audience. Probably a little of both. A good description of their sound would be a combination of Weezer(espcially the drumming) and Jimmy Eat World, only with better lyrical content.

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Read Music/Speak Spanish (LP)

1. Man and Wife, the Former (Financial Planning)
2. Manana
3. Greater Omaha
4. Man and Wife, the Latter (Damaged Goods)
5. Mall of America
6. The Happiest Place on Earth
7. Survival of the Fittest / It's a Jungle Out There
8. $$$$
9. Hole in One

The Happiest Place on Earth (Single)

1. The Happiest Place on Earth
2. What's New for Fall
3. Give Me the Pen

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