Exclusive Monsters of Folk video: 'The Sandman, the Brakeman and Me'

What better way to wile away your day than with the following selection from the Monsters of Folk? Jim James (of My Morning Jacket), Conor Oberst (of Bright Eyes fame), M. Ward (a.k.a. M. Ward), and Mike Mogis (their kindly bespectacled producer friend) have joined together to form one peaceful, sonically-pleasing unit, and as demonstrated by this video — shot by Meiert Avis at Shangri-la Studios in Malibu this August — theirs is an eclectic yet simple charm. It is also quite manly. And scruffy.

Enjoy the video, and as a bonus, stay tuned after the jump for a segment we’ll call “Monsters on Monsters” — the four men bromantically discussing what each of their compadres brings to the supergroup table. Then let us know in the comments: Who’s feelin’ it, Mixers?

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JIM JAMES ON MIKE MOGIS Michael Mogis brings a keen ear, keen intellect, keen wit. I think he just does a really good job of choosing soundscapes, constructing soundscapes, choosing how things should be set up and miked. He’s a great player, can really play anything, including the ladies. I think Mogis is the glue that holds the Monsters together.

MIKE MOGIS ON M. WARD Matt is this transcendental songwriter. I’ve worked with him, mixing his own records, and just learning some of his sensibilities —  the less is more sort of musical aesthetic. At times, you end up throwing stuff on when building a track and you lose a little perspective, and I think he can remind you what the most important things in songs are. Keep you humble. Primarily the songwriting, though. It’s f—ing top notch.

M. WARD ON CONOR OBERST I’ve been a fan of Conor’s since I first heard his music in 2000, 2001. And his lyricism has been an inspiration since day one, so it’s incredible to be able to work in the studio with someone who you can trust with anything. The biggest thing is he approaches music with a tremendous heart, and a tremendous passion, and that’s a constant inspiration.

CONOR OBERST ON JIM JAMES Jim’s a lot of things. He’s a handsome son of a bitch, first off. He’s kind of what we like to call our total package. I love his songwriting, I love how he just thinks outside the box, refuses to do anything the same way twice. A lot of people will take a well-worn path, and he chooses the path least traveled, which I really admire. He’s a true explorer of sound. And I think his lyrics are always interesting, I think he’s one of the most naturally gifted singers that I’ve ever been around. His sense of harmony is pretty much unmatched. And he’s handsome, did I say that? And he’s a sick guitar player, and pretty much all around bad dude.

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Comments (13 total) Add your comment
  • jackie

    the sandman, the brakeman and me is my favourite MoF song from there album, pretty happy they made a video

  • Melissa

    Needs more Conor! But otherwise, spiffy stuff. Saw them in concert a couple of weeks ago and was just blown away.

  • KR

    Thats bootiful. Jim James has such a great voice.

    • Rishabh

      ok first towards the bototm corner you can allign the three chairs towards the top corner on the left wall you can put the china cabinet then the clock another china cabinet. on the right wall you can put the lamp the buffet and then another lamp so when you go to put the table in there is only one spot for it. i hope this helps

  • Kathy

    saw them in concert a while back and all i can say is that it was epic. this is one of the best songs off their album and it’s just as awesome with jim james singing instead of m. ward.

    ditto on the more conor, though.

  • Ciara

    Aw wow, beautiful! Thanks for that!

    Jim James can do no wrong, and what an amazing combination the four of them are. But yes, more Conor please!

    And if they don’t come to Dublin I’ll cry…

  • Justice

    This turned out very lovely. I also saw them in concert,just last week. They were great, unforgettable experience. So good. Agreed that it needs more Conor. :)

  • Nikki

    Oh, that was just lovely. Yim Yames on lead vocals…. he is just so incredible. I love this band. They were absolutely wonderful live. I highly recommend catching them before the tour is over!

  • liz

    great video, love the behind the scenes vantage point. this is one of my favorites from the album & while i absolutely love jim james – i kinda prefer m. ward on lead vocals for this song.

    saw these guys last night & it was a beautiful thing to behold. they sounded fantastic & there was just such a great vibe… you could just tell that they love playing together.

    see this band live. it’s a true delight.

  • jlembo

    i love these guys…i’m reminded of the old food emporium jingle “Someone Made a Store Just for Me” – feels like this collective effort resulted in old fuzzy worn in sweaters that make you just want to spend the whole day laying around in day dreaming BUT just as familiar as they are at the same time they tap right into your imagination

  • Dave

    this is great. any way to download it?

  • Terry

    Great album. I can’t stop listening to this!

  • maura logue

    keep playing their album like the version of the brakeman & Me in this clip
    when are MoF coming to ireland ….please come

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