- "We Are Nowhere and It's Now" mp3
- "Soul Singer in a Session Band" mp3
If you are still curious about what pre-refined Bright Eyes sounds like then try "Lifted or the Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground." Okay, this is the first Bright Eyes album I ever heard. At first, I did not enjoy it because it was just too raw for my underdeveloped ears. But lyrically, this is an excellent album. Each track tells a different story but contains themes of not quite being good enough. "Lover I Don't Have to Love" is classic Bright Eyes as it features a story about being in a drunken blur, struggling to find some person-to-person comfort for an evening. "Bowl of Oranges" is charming and hopeful. "Waste of Paint" is more of a pessimistic view on the world. The last track, "Lets Not Shit Ourselves (To Love and Be Loved)" is a 10 minute masterpiece featuring a variety of themes that characterize the human experience: ambition, disappointment, mistakes . Most notably, it contains hint of Oberst's shift towards political activism ("Well, ABC, NBC, CBS: Bullshit./ They give us fact of fiction?/ I guess its even split...As we take eye for an eye until no one can see,/ we must stumble blindly forward repeating history.").
- "Waste of Paint" mp3
- "The Calender Hung Itself..." mp3
- "Easy Lucky Free" mp3