By Lauren Sloss | August 19th, 2012
Things I don’t generally think of when I think of Conor Oberst: punk rock. Probably because in 2000, I was too busy being a middle schooler with bad music taste to know or care about Desaparecidos, his decidedly punk rock band, who has just reunited to release new material for the first time in about 10 years.
“MariKKKopa,” which addresses Oberst’s diatribe against Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona, who is, per the Huffington Post, and a particularly incriminating sound clip included at the end of the track, “proud to be compared to the KKK.”
Oberst’s anger shows — and, I’ll be honest, I dig the energy and verve of his punk rock soul (talented as he is, the man can get a little whiny, at times). This is a political punk rock rallying cry with the best of them, full of rage, and with the tight musical prowess that we can always know we can count on Oberst for.