Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers Debut Better Oblivion Community Center with Spirited 'Dylan Thomas' on 'Late Show': Watch

The pair dropped their surprise duo album on Wednesday night (Jan. 23).

Singer-songwriters Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers debuted their surprise collaborative project Better Oblivion Community Center on The Late Show on Wednesday night (Jan. 23) with a spirited run through "Dylan Thomas." And, in keeping with the track's inspiration, the duo did not go gentle into the good night, rocking the screen with a late night informercial vibe that played off the trail of breadcrumb clues they've been leaving on social media about the supergroup, whose self-titled debut album dropped at midnight.

"It was quite early one morning/ Hit me without warning/ I went to hear the general speak," the pair sang in harmony, both strumming electric guitars over the song's pastoral groove as the words "Call Now!" and a phone number flashed on the screen (it works, try calling it for a bizarre message) and the group's logo hung in the corner with the message "not a copy."

With cryptic shapes zooming across a screen behind them and cheap-looking camera effects trapping the two in floating bubbles and squares, Oberst ripped off a solo alongside band member Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, amping up the energy of the ragged rock anthem with the refrain, "I'm getting greedy with this private hell/ I'll go it alone, but that's just as well." The song's noisy, Neil Young-esque conclusion had Zinner and Oberst pumping up the distortion to host Stephen Colbert's delight.

Click here to listen to Better Oblivion Community Center, which the pair wrote and recorded in secret in Los Angeles in the summer and fall of 2018, as fans ferreted out clues through mysterious phone numbers that popped up on social media and through curious brochures they received in the mail and spotted on bus benches around Los Angeles. The album was produced by Bridgers, Oberst and frequent Oberst/Bright Eyes collaborator Andy LeMaster, with contributions from Zinner, drummer Carla Azar (Autolux, Jack White), as well as Dawes rhythm section Wylie Gelber and Griffin Goldsmith, singer-songwriter Christian Lee Hutson and bassist Anna Buttress.

Watch the performance of "Dylan Thomas" below.

Track listing for Better Oblivion Community Center:

"I Didn't Know What I Was In For"


"Dylan Thomas"

"Service Road"

"Exception to the Rule"


"My City"

"Forest Lawn"

"Big Black Heart"



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